My apologies for the late post, but on Saturday June 24, 2018 I led the Tucson Audubon Society field trip to Carr Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista. It was a gorgeous day in the range and birds were fairly plentiful.
The best bird of the morning was likely a fairly cooperative female RED CROSSBILL who alerted us with her "kip kip" call notes and then perched in the open for a few moments. A butterscotch OLIVE WARBLER was a close second on the popularity list. BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERs were downright numerous (perhaps 18-20?) and were calling frequently and perching in the sun atop manzanita bushes. A singing EASTERN BLUEBIRD was nice and the soaring ZONE-TAILED HAWKs were entertaining as always. GRACE'S WARBLERs produced a few "oooos" and "ahhhs" and a silent GREATER PEWEE put on a flycatching show.
Other birds included WHITE-THROATED SWIFTs, ACORN WOODPECKER, WESTERN WOOD PEWEEs, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERs, HUTTON'S and PLUMBEOUS VIREOs, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSHes, SPOTTED TOWHEEs, YELLOW-EYED JUNCOs, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKs, a brief HEPATIC TANAGER flyby and a few other species.