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Juan Bautista De Anza Trail
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Juan Bautista De Anza Trail Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding1.74 Miles 98 AEG
Birding1.74 Miles
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Quick overnight birding getaway with Santa Rita Lodge as my basecamp, as usual.
Had a couple hours work in the morning, so I didn't reach the area until about noon. I went straight to the De Anza Trail at Tubac bridge, intending to add Rose-throated Becards to my year list (I saw them once before, a few years ago). The Santa Cruz River was barely hanging on here, but the habitat is bonkers - absolutely teeming with life and activity, even in the oppressive mid-day heat. Spent about two hours meandering and enjoying myself ... I did see a Becard - sitting above a pair of nests - and also got my first Yellow-billed Cuckoo of the year.
Next I hit Sahuarita to pick up a few items, then on to the Canyon and the Lodge. Birded the feeders for a few minutes before I even went to my casita, and met a few of my fellow guests ... Mary had just arrived from Florida for her first visit to SEAZ, and she was already pretty dazzled. There was also a trio of mammalogists from back east, here for a conference in Tucson ... and later another mammalogist all the way from Switzerland would join the group.
I spent an hour or so hiking the canyon Nature Trail solo ... the creek only has water in a few sparse places - I sure hope monsoon fires up for them this weekend as expected.
Back to the Lodge and the feeders in time to catch a surprise Violet-crowned Hummingbird! Pretty rare visitor for Madera Canyon - I've only seen them at Paton's in Patagonia before - and a thrilling score for my new friend from Florida, where they generally only get one kind of Hummingbird. Mary and I and two of the mammalogists wandered across the street to the owner's house to scope out the power pole in front for the famous Elf Owl ... had to go up the stairs into his yard, since the current nest hole is on the backside, facing his house. Soon Steve came out and said we were welcome - but the owl wouldn't come out until about 8pm ... Mary abruptly had her long travel day catch up to her, and took off for bed but two of us went back and enjoyed watching and photographing the owl with Steve. I'd heard and recorded Elf Owls before, but this was my first look at one - they are the smallest owl species in the World, at less than six inches in length and weighing barely over an ounce ... but they are fierce predators all the same.
Plenty of deer in the canyon as usual, but surprisingly no coatis seen this time ... and apparently I just missed a small bear near the Lodge while I was hiking downstream.
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