This beauty was discovered by X at their home somewhere in Washington Co. Thanks X, you know you you are!!!
I had a day to play around Tucson, so I decided to do Catalina State Park in the morning and then work my way up Mt Lemmon. The wind started kicking in and by the time I finished the area was unbirdeable.
This Buff-breasted Flycatcher was one of a pair I found in Rose Canyon.
A stately Canyon Towhee at Catalina SP
Costa’s Hummingbird at Catalina SP
Grace’s Warbler at Middle Bear
Greater Pewee at Rose Canyon
Hutton’s Vireo, also Rose Canyon
I had to work hard to get this shot of a male Olive Warbler at Rose Canyon
Rufous-winged Sparrows at Catalina SP
An oblivious Yellow-eyed Junco near Summerhaven
Finally, 2 days later near V Bar V (Sedona), a Common Black Hawk made a couple of appearances. Nice!
In my effort to get to 100 species for each county in CA, I found myself in San Benito and Merced Co this last weekend. I succeeded. Safely. Overall, I finished with 137 species.
My favorite spots were Lone Tree Rd northeast of Hollister in San Benito Co and Basalt CG of San Luis Reservoir in Merced Co. Here some impressions …
Many Bullock’s Orioles were conspicuous …
Basalt CG hosted not only Western, but also Cassin’s Kingbirds
Grasshopper Sparrows are always a personal highlight of mine!!! 2 singers were at the first crest (where I turned around, maybe there are more?) of Lone Tree Rd NE of Hollister.
Several Yellow-billed Magpies were in the closed-0ff portion of Basalt CG in Merced Co.