Cave Spring American Dipper and Pacific Wren
2 Nov 2016, 3:18 PM,
Cave Spring American Dipper and Pacific Wren
I joined Chuck LaRue and Ben West for a day of birding Oak Creek Canyon and FR618.

Cave Spring produced an accommodating Pacific Wren and American Dipper. The wren was about 50 feet north of the bridge in the weeds choking the creek. The dipper was just below the falls.

We looked for Rufous-crowned Sparrow at Midgley Bridge, Sacred Mountain and eventually found one at the Bell Trail parking lot. The bird was in fresh fall plumage and very beautiful.

It was great birding with Ben one last time before he heads off to Oregon to pursuit his Master's Degree.
3 Nov 2016, 1:25 PM,
RE: Cave Spring American Dipper and Pacific Wren
Well, I dipped on the dipper and wren. But, I did have a golden eagle fly over and then had a singing (and rather late) empid that I believe is a hammond's. (Hopefully the photo attaches?)

5 Nov 2016, 12:07 PM,
RE: Cave Spring American Dipper and Pacific Wren
The dipper was there today, Sat. Nov 5, at 10:45 am. It was bobbing in the creek across from the check in station, but there wasn't another bird in sight. Nothing in the skies. No bird sounds. A very pretty dead zone--except the dipper.

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