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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

(My favorite photos are highlighted.)


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 variant), Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Gilded Flicker, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Brown-crested (or ash throated?) Flycatcher, Madera Canyon.

Vermilion Flycatcher, Patagonia.

Lesser Goldfinch 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, maybe a female Black-chinned (pollen on chin), Patagonia.

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 (too bad I didn't get a better photo, I didn't know I wouldn't see this bird again on my trip), Madera Canyon.

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)

(My favorite photos are highlighted.)


Western Bluebird, Grand Canyon, AZ.

Chicken (Rooster), rest stop in New Mexico.

Scaled Quail, rest stop in New Mexico.
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