2015-10-27 Madera Canyon

Tubac-to-MaderaCanyonLeaving Tubac Arizona I wanted to visit Madera Canyon. That required a night in Green Valley at an overpriced motel. Hindsight tells me I should have traveled north 26 miles and stayed in a low priced lodge, but I didn’t do that. I stayed at the Best Western for $110 (with tax). The room and the facility was nice enough, and it included breakfast. Green Valley is just not my kind of town. Its an artificial oasis of country clubs and golf courses. Some people like that sort of thing, but I don’t count myself among them.

Madera Canyon is beautiful. I can see how it is so popular. It is a steep canyon with creek playing at its bottom. Oaks of several varieties are full of acorns line its course with sycamores and other canyon loving species. Conifers transition at the upper elevations. I found the Arizona Woodpecker (at last) in the company of Northern Flickers, Mexican Jays, Bridled Titmice, Yellow-Eyed Juncos, Brown Creepers, Acorn Woodpeckers, House Wrens, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Townsend’s Warblers and even a Magnificent Hummingbird (female). I must return to revisit this place!

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2 thoughts on “2015-10-27 Madera Canyon”

    • Hello Ed,

      The birds I heard (not seen) were flickers. If the Gilded Flicker is not likely, then they must have been Northern Flickers. The Acorn WP’s were obvious, but I encountered them much lower in the canyon than where I was photographing (top of the circle at the end of the road).

      I gladly defer to your experience with the local avifauna, but I have a question: Range maps indicate either flicker for this area. Is it elevation or some environmental trait that gives you reason to doubt the Gilded Flicker for Madera Canyon?

      Thank you for pointing out my mistake about the Gilded Flickers in this location. I’ve updated my post to indicate the “Northern Flicker”.


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