I led the Tucson Audubon Society field trip into the Santa Catalina Mountains this warmish morning, though the temperature at the top of the range was south of 60 F and quite pleasant. Incinerator Ridge was the star location but we stopped at the top above Ski Valley, Sykes Knob, Loma Linda, Bear Canyon and a few other quickie spots. Other than Incinerator Ridge, things were a bit sparse.
Without significant details, we saw RED-FACED WARBLERs at unbelievably close distances, OLIVE WARBLERs (all youngsters and females), one VIRGINIA'S WARBLER (at the top of a spruce above ski valley), one AUDUBON'S WARBLER, several GRACE'S WARBLERs, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, lots of close up PAINTED REDSTARTs and a good number of HERMIT WARBLERs with a few males in breeding plumage.
Other birds spotted during our trip included ZONE-TAILED HAWK, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, GREATER PEWEEs, PLUMBEOUS VIREOs, HUTTON'S VIREOs, scads of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEEs, WESTERN BLUEBIRDs, lots of BROWN CREEPERs and PYGMY NUTHATCHes and a few other common species.