Date: 1/7/18 1:12 pm From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Madera Canyon surprise
Yesterday Bill Scott and I went for birding hike in Madera Canyon, up the Vault Mine Trail, across the Agua Caliente Trail and down the Super Trail.
We were pleased to encounter GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS at several locations along the AC Trail.
Along that same trail between Jack Mountain and Joesphine Saddle, Bill spotted a warbler in a pine tree that shocked us: it was a GRACE'S WARBLER, very, very unexpected in winter. We both had very good looks at it and he attempted photos.
Not a lot of birds up high in the canyon but there was good activity in the afternoon at Santa Rita Lodge where the out-of-habitat Rufous-winged Sparrows continue (one even sang a bit). Not your average January day with most hikers clad in short sleeves and shorts at 7000 feet.