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Location
De Anza Trail--Tubac, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
4 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
1.25 mile(s)
Observers:
Scott Olmstead
Comments:
Walked south along the Santa Cruz River from the bridge parking area for about half a mile, then returned on the De Anza Trail. Birded around the Tubac bridge at the end of my walk. Sunny and cool (75F at start), warming up to 90F by midday. Calm. This was my personal record third consecutive weekend birding at Tubac. The ambience was very different from earlier in the month, as the bird song was greatly diminished today and at first I thought it would be a quiet and short walk. But with effort I found that bird density was not much lower than the past couple weekends and I again had trouble tearing myself away at midday. - See more at: http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=525044&MLID=AZ&MLNM=Arizona%20and%20New%20Mexico#sthash.f30MKS8M.dpuf
Species
53 species (+8 other taxa) total
1
Mallard/Mexican Duck

flyover; Mexican type or integrade

4
7
7
7
1

soaring over the bridge and gliding south around noon

1

heard only

11
8
4
1
1
Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher
2

ID assumed based on elevation and timing

5
2
2
14
3
1
4
2
2
11
9
4
5
4
19
3
6
40
4
16
3
20
12
1
3
2
4
1
Louisiana/Northern Waterthrush

Heard only; it flushed before I got a view of it, and didn't bother pursuing it, figuring the bird would be too skittish and it would turn into a fool's errand. There's not much water remaining along the river.

11

The most common warbler today, foraging at all levels from understory to canopy. This is a conservative count.

20

Most of the Orange-crowneds were bright yellow.

2
8
1
1
10
2
9
12
7
2
17
19
23
13
3

All in greenish female-type plumage. One was regrowing all its rectrices.

15
Passerina sp.

unidentified Passerina sppp. or Blue Grosbeak

1

Drab, hatch year individual (probably female?) showing almost no color. Overall very beige. Characteristic flat head and long bill. Pale malar stripes running down toward the shoulder, each one terminating with an indistinct dark splotch on the shoulder. Breast with very faint streaking. Upper belly showed just a hint of yellow. Back was coarsely marked reddish brown. Associating with buntings and Blue Grosbeaks in an Arizona grape thicket at the edge of an overgrown weedy clearing.

1
passerine sp.

The most tantalizing and surprising sighting of the morning was what certainly looked like a female Purple Finch (Eastern variety??) coming down to a small pool in the river in the company of Lesser Goldfinches, sparrows, and Orange-crowned Warblers. I saw it only briefly in not-the-best lighting conditions, but was struck by the obvious white supercilium behind the eye and defined, dark streaking on the flanks. Can't be 100% sure of the ID...

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes