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Stop 1 - Southeast Arizona : ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM, MADERA CANYON, PATAGONIA

The following page is devoted to my roadtrip photos of birds from a few birding hotspots in southeast Arizona. Clearly, I did not photograph every kind of bird that can be found in southeast Arizona, but I have provided a selection of some of my favorite photos of the birds I did happen to see as I passed through.

Birds I saw in Southeast Arizona

April 16-19, 2008

From the wet and cool early Spring weather of the Vancouver area, I headed straight for the heat of Southeast Arizona, one of the nation's top birding locations. With it's lush canyons, cottonwood-lined streams, refuges and reservoirs, and favorable weather and consistent food supply, Southeastern Arizona is home to an incredible variety and volume of birds. Moreover, due to its position on the Mexican border, several Mexican migrants can be found in Southeast Arizona.

I stopped at three birding hotspots in Southeast Arizona, all within a couple of hours drive of each other: the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (just outside of Tuscan), Madera Canyon, and Patagonia. The aviaries and controlled natural environment at the extensive Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum host a wide selection of birds native to the area. Madera Canyon-where I did most of my birding near the feeders of the Santa Rita Lodge and on trails near the head of the canyon-provided a selection of birds from a mountain zone. Patagonia-where I spent a few hours each at Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Patagonia Lake State Park, the popular Roadside Rest area, and the feeders at Marion Paton's House (a private residence whose bird feeders have become so successful that they've created a public viewing area)-rounded out my visit by providing a selection of birds from a riparian zone.

By mid-day temperatures were climbing towards the triple digits, but in the morning hours birds were everywhere, reveling the cooler morning temperatures. My birding adventure began with a flurry of new colorful birds. I saw many southeast Arizonan specialties, including an elusive Elegant Trogon (which I found by following its distinctive barking call), a Magnificent Hummingbird (one of the many hummingbirds southeast Arizona is known for), and a Flame-colored Tanager (many birders come to Madera Canyon in hopes of seeing this bird). The great birding in Southeast Arizona set the stage for my trip - would there be as many birds at my next stop in southern Texas? Go back to the main page of my birding roadtrip to find out (after you're done looking at these photos, of course)!

BLACKBIRD:
    Yellow-headed
BOBWHITE:
    Masked
BUNTING:
    Lazuli
CARDINAL:
    Northern
DOVE:
    Inca
    Mourning
    White-winged
DUCK:
    Black-bellied Whistling
FINCH:
    House
    House (yellow variant)
FLICKER:
    Brown-crested
    Vermilion
GOLDFINCH:
    Lesser
GROSBEAK:
    Black-headed
    Hybrid Black-headed x Yellow
HAWK:
    Gray

HUMMINGBIRD:
    Anna's
    Black-chinned
    Broad-billed
    Costa's
    Magnificent
    Rufous
    Violet-crowned
    Unidentified
JAY:
    Mexican
JUNCO:
    Gray-headed Dark-eyed
    Oregon Dark-eyed
    Pink-sided Dark-eyed
KESTREL:
    American
KILLDEER
KINGBIRD:
    Cassin's
MOCKINGBIRD:
    Northern
NUTHATCH:
    White-breasted
ORIOLE:
    Hooded
    Scott's
PARROT:
    Lilac-crowned
PHOEBE:
    Say's

PIGEON:
    Band-tailed
PYRRHULOXIA
QUAIL:
    Gambel's
REDSTART:
    Painted
ROADRUNNER:
    Greater
SAPSUCKER:
    Red-napped
SISKIN:
    Pine
SNIPE:
    Common
SPARROW:
    Black-throated
    Chipping
    Lark
    White-crowned
STILT:
    Black-necked
TANAGER:
    Flame-colored
    Hepatic
    Summer
TEAL:
    Blue-winged
    Cinnamon
THRASHER:
    Curve-billed

TITMOUSE:
    Bridled
TOWHEE:
    Canyon
TROGON:
    Elegant
TURKEY:
    Wild
TYRANNULET:
    Northern Beardless
VERDIN
VIREO:
    Bell's ?
    Plumbeous ?
VULTURE:
    Turkey
WARBLER:
    Lucy's
    Yellow
    Yellow-rumped (Audubon's)
WOOD-PEWEE:
    Western
WOODPECKER:
    Acorn
    Gila
WREN:
    Cactus
    House
UNIDENTIFIED:
    Bird 1

KEY:      favorite photos      SONGBIRDS  WATERBIRDS  RAPTORS & OWLS/NEAR PASSERINES  HUMMINGBIRDS & WOODPECKERS


Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Masked BOBWHITE (male)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Lazuli BUNTING (male)
Patagonia

Northern CARDINAL (female)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Northern CARDINAL (male)
Patagonia

Inca DOVE
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Mourning DOVE
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

White-winged DOVE
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Black-bellied Whistling-DUCK
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

House FINCH
Patagonia

House FINCH (Yellow varient)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Gilded FLICKER
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Brown-crested (or Ash-throated?) FLYCATCHER
Madera Canyon

Vermilion FLYCATCHER
Patagonia

Lesser GOLDFINCH (most) and Pine SISKIN (lower left)
Madera Canyon

Black-headed GROSBEAK
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Hybrid GROSBEAK (Black-headed x Yellow)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Gray HAWK
Patagonia

Nesting Anna's HUMMINGBIRD (female)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Black-chinned HUMMINGBIRD (male)
Madera Canyon

Broad-billed HUMMINGBIRD (male)
Madera Canyon

Nesting Broad-billed HUMMINGBIRD (female)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Costa's HUMMINGBIRD (female)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Costa's HUMMINGBIRD (male)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Magnificent HUMMINGBIRD
Madera Canyon

Rufous HUMMINGBIRD
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Unidentified** HUMMINGBIRD
Patagonia
**maybe a female Black-chinned (pollen on chin)

Violet-crowned HUMMINGBIRD
Patagonia

Mexican JAY
Madera Canyon

Gray-headed Dark-eyed JUNCO
Madera Canyon

Oregon Dark-eyed JUNCO
Madera Canyon

Pink-sided Dark-eyed JUNCO
Madera Canyon

American KESTREL
Patagonia

KILLDEER
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Western KINGBIRD
Patagonia

Northern MOCKINGBIRD
Madera Canyon

White-breasted NUTHATCH
Madera Canyon

Hooded ORIOLE
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Scott's ORIOLE
Madera Canyon

Lilac-crowned PARROT
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Say's PHOEBE
Madera Canyon

Band-tailed PIGEON
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

PYRRHULOXIA
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Gambel's QUAIL
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Greater ROADRUNNER
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Painted REDSTART
Madera Canyon

Red-napped SAPSUCKER
Madera Canyon

Pine SISKIN
Patagonia

Common SNIPE
Patagonia

Black-throated SPARROW
Madera Canyon

Chipping SPARROW
Patagonia

Lark SPARROW
Madera Canyon

White-crowned SPARROW
Patagonia

Black-necked STILT
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Flame-colored TANAGER (male)
Madera Canyon

Hepatic TANAGER (male)
Madera Canyon

Hepatic TANAGER (female)
Madera Canyon

Summer TANAGER (female)
Patagonia

Blue-winged TEAL
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Curve-billed THRASHER
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Bridled TITMOUSE
Madera Canyon

Canyon TOWHEE
Madera Canyon

Elegant TROGON (male)
Madera Canyon

Wild TURKEY
Madera Canyon

Northern Beardless TYRANNULET (?)
Patagonia

VERDIN
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Bell's (?) VIREO
Patagonia

Plumbeous (?) VIREO
Madera Canyon

Turkey VULTURE
Madera Canyon

Lucy's WARBLER 
Madera Canyon
too bad I didn't get a better photo, I didn't know I wouldn't see this bird again on my trip

Yellow WARBLER
Patagonia

Yellow-rumped WARBLER (Audubon's)
Madera Canyon

Western WOOD-PEWEE (?)
Madera Canyon

Acorn WOODPECKER
Madera Canyon

Gila WOODPECKER
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Gila WOODPECKER
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Cactus WREN
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

House WREN
Patagonia

Some Mexican species of FLYCATCHER, immature BUSHTIT or VERDIN?
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Birds I saw at Other Areas Nearby

I photographed a few other birds while driving through the area near SE Arizona.

BLUEBIRD:
    Western (Grand Canyon)
QUAIL:
    Scaled (New Mexico)
CHICKEN / ROOSTER (New Mexico)

KEY:      favorite photos      SONGBIRDS  WATERBIRDS  RAPTORS & OWLS/NEAR PASSERINES  HUMMINGBIRDS & WOODPECKERS


Western BLUEBIRD
Grand Canyon, AZ

CHICKEN (ROOSTER)
rest stop in New Mexico

Scaled QUAIL
rest stop in New Mexico
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