Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Butterfly Trail

Danny and I escaped the valley heat and headed to Mount Lemmon to do some mid-week birding. We stopped at Butterfly trail which, like most other trails on Mount Lemmon that I’ve seen, is a reverse hike – going downhill first and making you climb uphill on the way back which is quite cruel if you ask me! The birds were very cooperative and we needed to stop every few feet to watch and listen for something new. I’ve lumped them all together as they were all seen along this trail:

White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Chickadee
Red-shafted Flicker
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Stellar’s Jay
Turkey Vulture
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren (possibly the Mexican ssp.)
Bushtit
Olive Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak
Yellow-eyed Junco
Western Tanager

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