Saturday, July 30, 2005
Southeast Arizona Trip ~ July 28, 2005
We arrived at the Red Rock feedlot at first light on the 28th, hoping to find a Ruddy Ground-Dove for Babe. We heard at least one but never saw it. Birds that did show themselves included Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and Common Poorwills that were along the roadside at dawn. After several hours of the heat and unpleasant odors, we decided to head to Madera Canyon, which was now finally open again. We had hoped to see the Flame-colored Tanagers that had nested there, but they hadn't been seen since the fire and we struck out again. Surprisingly, Babe found a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak there! We had stumbled upon a Rose-breasted in California and now in Arizona. Local birders came to see the grosbeak and add it to their state lists. Other birds seen in Madera included another Zone-tailed Hawk, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Mexican Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Painted Redstart, Hepatic Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Hooded Oriole, and a 'black-backed' Lesser Goldfinch.