Elden Spring: Virginia's Warbler, Bushtits
7 Apr 2014, 9:26 AM,
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Elden Spring: Virginia's Warbler, Bushtits
A fine way to start my Monday was my FOS Virginia's Warbler near Elden Spring this morning. The bird was chipping loudly (but not singing) near the mouth of the canyon just to the west of the spring. I've been attentive for the presence of VIWAs on my last few trips to the spring, and hadn't detected any as recently as Saturday, 5 April. This compares with arrival dates of 4/4 in 2013 and 4/8 in 2012. As an aside, recent news reports from the Boulder Fire have been calling the canyon just west of Elden Spring "Paradise Canyon" - I can't find any support for that name on USGS maps (and hadn't heard it before). Does this name sound familiar to anyone else?

Very near the spring was a mixed flock containing 1 Yellow-rumped Warber, lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and also a small group of Bushtits (near the spring). While not unusual, Bushtits are only reported around Elden Spring sporadically and with no discernible seasonal pattern.

Also, perusing eBird reports I see one from yesterday noting a Zone-tailed Hawk at Elden Spring - a good report! There are only a handful of sightings of this species near the spring. In my yard yesterday (very near Elden Spring) I had a male Williamson's Sapsucker, which may represent a spring arrival.

Jason


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7 Apr 2014, 1:45 PM,
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RE: Elden Spring: Virginia's Warbler, Bushtits
Jason - re the name "Paradise Canyon"...my guess is that it comes from the nearby Paradise Springs on the southwest edge of Mt. Elden (shown as "Paradies Spring" on a 1962 USGS Quadrangle), perhaps from conflating the smaller canyons that arise near Devil's Head and Devil's Chair (the drainages of which merge near Paradise Spring) with the larger canyon near Elden Spring, or perhaps from someone taking a quick look at a map, seeing the nearby name "Paradise Spring," and just going for it.

Ron
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7 Apr 2014, 1:57 PM,
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RE: Elden Spring: Virginia's Warbler, Bushtits
For what its worth, the Arizona Daily Sun ran an article a few weeks ago in which they referred to "Paradise Valley" as the valley between Mount Elden and Buffalo Park (which would ultimately drain Paradise Spring), which is accessible via Paradise Road - all of which lies about 2 miles west of "Paradise Canyon". As if having to contend with Elden Spring versus Little Elden Spring wasn't trouble enough...now we apparently have Paradise Valley and Paradise Canyon.
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10 Apr 2014, 9:45 AM,
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RE: Elden Spring: Virginia's Warbler, Bushtits
(7 Apr 2014, 9:26 AM)jawilder Wrote: A fine way to start my Monday was my FOS Virginia's Warbler near Elden Spring this morning. The bird was chipping loudly (but not singing) near the mouth of the canyon just to the west of the spring. I've been attentive for the presence of VIWAs on my last few trips to the spring, and hadn't detected any as recently as Saturday, 5 April. This compares with arrival dates of 4/4 in 2013 and 4/8 in 2012. As an aside, recent news reports from the Boulder Fire have been calling the canyon just west of Elden Spring "Paradise Canyon" - I can't find any support for that name on USGS maps (and hadn't heard it before). Does this name sound familiar to anyone else?

Very near the spring was a mixed flock containing 1 Yellow-rumped Warber, lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and also a small group of Bushtits (near the spring). While not unusual, Bushtits are only reported around Elden Spring sporadically and with no discernible seasonal pattern.

Also, perusing eBird reports I see one from yesterday noting a Zone-tailed Hawk at Elden Spring - a good report! There are only a handful of sightings of this species near the spring. In my yard yesterday (very near Elden Spring) I had a male Williamson's Sapsucker, which may represent a spring arrival.

Jason

Several singing Virginia's Warblers today (heard 4-5 at same time). Also 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and at least 10 Ruby Crowned Kinglets. This was at turnoff to "Paradise Canyon".
Elizabeth
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