Thursday, August 8, 2019

Part 4 of 7 - Birding Miller Canyon, San Pedro House & Chiricahua National Monument

My third day in Sierra Vista started off by looking at Brown Canyon & Miller Canyon in the early morning, then moving towards the San Pedro House Riparian Area and then taking the long drive towards the Chiricahua mountains in the deep southeastern corner of Arizona.

At Miller Canyon, there was a cottage with hummingbird feeders (and bleachers set up!) and there were about 5 species of hummingbirds. The one new species for me was "Broad Tailed Hummingbird" which looks like a Ruby throated Hummingbird. One neat feature about this hummingbird is that when it flies, it makes a loud, buzzy sound with its wings. Most other hummingbird species have a silent wingbeat.

As I was leaving Miller Canyon, I noticed a hummingbird perched on a Palmer's Agave plant and as I went to photograph it - the bird took off. I was disaapointed but then elated to see a Grey Hawk flying low through the canyon - almost as you might see a Cooper's Hawk.

8. Miller Canyon, Sierra Vista Southeast, AZ 85615, USA
 Grey Hawk 446
 Broad tailed Hummingbird 447

9. San Pedro House (Riparian Preserve), Sierra Vista, AZ 85650, USA
 Albert's Towhee 448
 Gilded Flicker 449

10. Chiricahua National Monument (
 Sulphur-bellied flycatcher 450
 Chihuahuan Raven 451
 Cassin's Kingbird 452

Good Birding!

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