2017-05-04 Arivaca Cienega

Calliope Hummingbird

Thursday morning I got out early to the Cienega at Arivaca, one of my favorite birding locations. Here I found Hermit Warblers, Orange-Crowned Warblers, Lucy’s Warblers, Brewer’s Sparrows, Vermilion Flycatchers, Cassin‘s Kingbirds, Say’s Phoebes, Mourning Doves, Bewick’s Wrens, Gila Woodpeckers, Canyon Towhees, Northern Cardinals, Hepatic Tanagers, White-Winged Doves, Yellow-Breasted Chats, Swainson’s Hawks, Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers, Song Sparrows, Dusky-Capped Flycatchers, a drab gray, silent empid resembling a Western Wood-Pewee, Broad-Billed Hummingbirds, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Black-Chinned Hummingbirds, Greater Roadrunners, a Calliope Hummingbird who sat nicely for a portrait, Rufous-Crowned Sparrows, Ash-Throated Flycatcher, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Bullock’s Oriole, and Gray Hawk.

I drove away from the Cienega late in the morning, believing I’d met all the birds I could. On my exit from town and making way west toward home, the valley had one more treat for me. Three Gray Hawks were soaring low over Arivaca Creek and I could not resist pulling over to take pictures. There was no time to set up my tripod, something I always prefer to do, so I handheld my big, heavy rig and hoped for the best.

This stop marked the end of a most rewarding expedition through the fruitful birdlands of Arizona. I didn’t get to visit the Huachucas, the Chiricahuas, Patagonia or Tubac. I didn’t have the time. Even so, my collection of bird species images has increased nicely. I’ll be adding to my Bird Gallery and updating existing sets and adding new ones. New species for me from this trip are Red-Faced Warbler, Olive Warbler, Grace’s Warbler, Brown-Crested Flycatcher, Black-Capped Gnatcatcher, Hepatic Tanager, and Gray Hawk. Other species I reacquainted myself with and allowed me to gather especially satisfying images were the Vermillion Flycatcher, Greater Roadrunner (especially at Sabino Canyon), Lucy’s Warbler and the Calliope Hummingbird.

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4 thoughts on “2017-05-04 Arivaca Cienega

  1. Many thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos from your trip to AZ! I live in the Green Valley area and bird where you were birding, but looking at these guys doesn’t get old — especially when the photography captures them as well as your photos do!

    • Thank you Andrew. I believe you are right. Seems I was a bit hasty. I will work on correcting the files and replace them with the updated files and data. I made the call of Rufous-Crowned by the voice … it must have been another bird I heard when this one showed its face.

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