Olive Warbler is always a great bird.
The nice thing about this look is that you can immediately id this myiarchus as a Brown-crested. Note how much rufous there is in the tail and that the rufous reached all the way down the tail.
And a Tropical Kingbird in St. David at the monestery …
There were several Black-throated Sparrows in Dave Jasper’s yard in Portal raiding the feeders.
This Mississippi Kite was along AZ80 in St. David.
1. Approximate trip flow:
-Day 1: Start the day at Willcox for the Hudsonian Godwit, then bird Portal, Cave Creek Ranch, secure a campsite for 2 nights at Stewart CG (no people all weekend!), then bird the oak/pine zone no higher than Herb Martyr. Owling in Portal.
-Day 2: Try early for Black-chinned Sparrow along Paradise Rd, then work our way up to Rustler Park. Again owling near Portal.
-Day 3: Try early for Black-chinned Sparrow along Paradise Rd again, then Stateline/Gin Rds for Bendire Thrasher. Quickly check in at Willcox. Carefully bird St David. Then back to Sky Harbor.
-Very good looks at a lot of good birds this time: Mexican Chickadee, Red-faced and Olive Warbler, Montezuma Quail and. Great looks at Elf, Western and Whiskered Screech-Owls
-Misses included the trogon, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Black-chinned Sparrow, Greater Pewee and Short-tailed Hawk.
-Camping at Stewart CG was great! No people, lots of birds
-Hudsonian Godwit was #300 for AZ for me
3. Full species list: 133
American Wigeon (1 female at Willcox)
Blue-winged Teal (Willcox)
Cinnamon Teal (Willcox)
Northern Shoveler (Willcox)
Ruddy Duck (many at Willcox)
Scaled Quail (Willcox)
Montezuma Quail (a pair along the road opposite the Trogon Lodge, Chiricuahuas)
Great Blue Heron
White-faced Ibis (up to 35 in Willcox)
Mississippi Kite (1 in St. David along AZ80)
Marbled Godwit (1 at Willcox)
Hudsonian Godwit (1 female at Willcox on 5/26)
Baird’s Sandpiper (1 at Willcox)
Wilson’s Phalarope (1 at Willcox)
Band-tailed Pigeon (Rustler Park)
Greater Roadrunner (1 heard at Stewart CG)
Western Screech-Owl (3 at Portal)
Whiskered Screech-Owl (1 at Idlewild CG, 2 at Stewart CG)
Elf Owl (2 at Portal)
Lesser Nighthawk (2 in Portal)
Whip-poor-will (several calling at Stewart and Idlewild CG)
Common Poorwill (calling outside of Portal)
White-throated Swift (near Portal)
Blue-throated Hummingbird (Portal area)
Magnificent Hummingbird (Portal area)
Arizona Woodpecker (near Stewart CG)
likely Dusky Flycatcher along Herb Martyr Rd
Cordilleran Flycatcher (common at Rustler Park)
Vermilion Flycatcher (St. David)
Brown-crested Flycatcher (a few off Blue Haven Rd)
Tropical Kingbird (St. David) Cassin’s Kingbird
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Mexican Chickadee (a few at Rustler Park)
Juniper Titmouse (1 at 1.4mi from T along Paradise Rd)
Bendire’s Thrasher (1 off Gin Rd east off Rodeo)
Olive Warbler (2-3 just below Rustler Park)
Virginia’s Warbler (en route to Onion Saddle)
Lucy’s Warbler (St. David)
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Grace’s Warbler (1 at Research Station)
Red-faced Warbler (2 at Rustler Park parking lot)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Dave Jasper’s yard, St. David)
Hepatic Tanager (pair at Onion Saddle)
Summer Tanager (Stewart CG, St. David)
Abert’s Towhee (St. David)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Paradise Rd)
Lark Sparrow (St. David)
White-crowned Sparrow (1 at Dave Jasper’s yard)
Pyrrhuloxia (Dave Jasper’s yard, St. David)
Blue Grosbeak (just uphill from Portal)
Indigo Bunting (1 in Portal)
Eastern Meadowlark (several lilianae at Willcox)