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Owner Rick Taylor

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2019 Huachuca Mountain Elegant Trogon Survey. My territory was upper Huachuca Canyon from the mile 1.7 picnic area to the upper basin where the Huachuca Peak trail begins. Low 52 degrees F. at 6 a.m.; sunny--high about 80 degrees F. by the time I got back to car at noon; winds 0-20 mph. Stream was running more strongly than I ever remember seeing it, but water still confined to the lower picnic area, the 1.7 mile turn-around area or upper picnic area, the mid-canyon spring about 0.9 mile farther up canyon, and the narrows about 2.1 mile above the upper picnic area. The preliminary returns showed about 45-50 trogons altogether in the Huachuca Mountains.

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 1
  3. Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 1
  5. Number observed: 1
  6. Number observed: 1
  7. Number observed: 8

    Comments: 3 pairs, 1 male probably with an undetected female, and 1 male probably lacking a mate.

  8. Number observed: 8
  9. Number observed: 4
  10. Number observed: 2
  11. Number observed: 1
  12. Number observed: 16
  13. Number observed: 2
  14. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen and heard.

  15. Number observed: 8
  16. Number observed: 2
  17. Number observed: 4
  18. Number observed: 8
  19. Number observed: 2

    Comments: All the way up to the uppermost basin where the Huachuca Peak trailhead is located.

  20. Number observed: 8
  21. Number observed: 6
  22. Number observed: 1
  23. Number observed: 42

    Comments: 5 flocks.

  24. Number observed: 4
  25. Number observed: 5
  26. Number observed: 3
  27. Number observed: 4
  28. Number observed: 8
  29. Number observed: 1
  30. Number observed: 4
  31. Number observed: 2
  32. Number observed: 5
  33. Number observed: 1
  34. Number observed: 8
  35. Number observed: 4
  36. Number observed: 1
  37. Number observed: 1
  38. Number observed: 1
  39. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen singing for about 10 minutes about 100 yards below the second spring, approximately 0.8 mile above the 1.7 picnic area. I found the Ovenbird vocalizing continuously up in an oak on a large branch well away from the trunk. The song consisted of 4 repetitions of bi-syllabic notes--"teacher teacher teacher teacher" that reminded me a bit of one vocalization given by Bridled Titmouse. The spotted white chest, greenish back, big eye ring, and orange coronal stripe outlined in black were all obvious. I watched it for about 10 minutes from about 8:20-8:30 a.m., before I continued on up canyon. This is a species I know reasonably well--I've seen Ovenbirds on at least 100 previous occasions (most recently on Cerro San Juan near Tepic in Nayarit, Mexico in January, 2019), mostly wintering in the tropics, but also multiple times in Maine, Florida, and Texas, and on 2 previous occasions in Arizona.

  40. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At lower picnic area at 5:50 a.m. Not seen in the morning—heard only as I drove past to my territory in the upper canyon for the Elegant Trogon census. I heard it again on my way down canyon at around 12:30 p.m. This time I stopped and located the bird singing just below the top of a large sycamore. It was an adult male with bold blue and brick red chest bands and it was the loudest songster in the immediate vicinity.

  41. Number observed: 7
  42. Number observed: 5
  43. Number observed: 14

    Comments: 1 was a recent fledgling with full black breast. I sure there were others.

    Breeding Code: FL Recently Fledged Young (Confirmed)
  44. Number observed: 6
  45. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Pair.

  46. Number observed: 6