Thunder River - Tapeats Creek - Deer Creek: Dippers, Red-breasted Nuthatch, etc
15 Oct 2017, 8:09 AM,
Thunder River - Tapeats Creek - Deer Creek: Dippers, Red-breasted Nuthatch, etc
Just returned from a fantastic four day hiking trip with family into the Grand Canyon. We hiked a lollipop route from the North Rim down to a loop that took us along Thunder River, Tapeats Creek, the Colorado River at Granite Narrows, and then up Deer Creek. It was an incredible and challenging hike all around. Birds were few and far between. Highlights included:

- Red-breasted Nuthatch at Tapeats Creek - according to Brian Gatlin's book on GC Birds, this is one of very few inner canyon records
- American Dippers - one at Tapeats Creek, at least 3 on Deer Creek
- Ladder Backed Woodpeckers - several at Tapeats and Deer Creeks
- Black Phoebe - 1 at Deer Creek confluence with Colorado River
- Northern Goshawk - excellent view in the Kaibab NF on route to trailhead

I had my eyes open for low-desert species that might be of interest this far north (Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Verdin, etc), but didn't manage to turn up anything notable.

I didn't take my big lens on the trip, so no bird pics, but here are some scenery shots:





Flagstaff, AZ
15 Oct 2017, 8:43 AM,
RE: Thunder River - Tapeats Creek - Deer Creek: Dippers, Red-brasted Nuthatch, etc
That's my favorite loop hike, by far. Its a killer though!

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