My son Austin and I took the day off for a photo safari and headed to Scotia Canyon on the west side of the Huachuca Mountains early this Independence Day holiday. It was a gorgeous day and although water was scarce in the canyon, there were still pools here and there. All of the water crossings are passable by car or on foot.
A SCALED QUAIL was roadside just south of Sonoita.
Even better, a gorgeous MONTEZUMA QUAIL was in the road just past Parker Canyon Lake right before the turnoff to Scotia and Sunnyside Canyons. Austin had his photography fun with this bird.
In the canyon proper, we had up to three ELEGANT TROGONs barking back and forth most of the morning from opposing hillsides. They were quite skittish, however, and our only glances were of a bird flying over the road between the canyon walls.
Other birds of interest included ARIZONA WOODPECKERs, tons of WESTERN WOOD PEWEEs, lots of BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERs, lot of SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERs, HUTTON'S and PLUMBEOUS VIREOs, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, GRACE'S and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERs, PAINTED REDSTARTs,, HOODED ORIOLE and CASSIN'S KINGBIRDs, among others.