While not being the sharpest of all pictures, it does serve the purpose of id’ing some of the more challenging myiarchus flycatchers. This bird can be told from Ash-throated Flycatcher only by bill shape. Also note the bright rufous patch on the outer secondaries, something Dusky-capped doesn’t have. Anyway, this bird was way too big for Dusky-capped. It is a Brown-crested Flycatcher.
Now a Dusky-capped Flycatcher at Pena Blanca Lake …
The Beatty’s CAS site at Miller Canyon had good numbers of the common hummingbirds yet nothing rare. Here a subadult male Broad-tailed.
Not often do you get real close to a raven. This bird was at Escapule Wash near the Charleston Bridge across the San Pedro River. It is not a Chihuahuan which you want to make a raven into at this location.
Upper Carr Canyon is always spectacular. I always seem to struggle there initially, but then with a lot of patience, I am successful. You must know your calls though, here maybe more so than other places. A Greater Pewee came down from his higher perches later in the morning.
I know, this isn’t exactly poster quality … Interestingly, this female was followed by a youngster begging for food. Notice the timing: It is very early for Olive Warbler young to have fledged by mid May.
At the St. David Monestary, the draw is breeding Common Black-Hawks (not this year though) and Mississippi Kite (which I dipped on). Nevertheless, a Tropical King bird should be easy there, right? Nope … I saw one there last year. This is “just” a Western. Look at the size of the bill and the uniformity of the coverts/secondaries.