Birding in Southeast Arizona – Day 2

Our first full day was to be spent in the hills around Arivaca, AZ.  Tim planned on prospecting for gold while I searched for birds.  The area is very arid with rolling hills.

This day was also Scarlett’s 2nd Birthday!  🙂


Happy Birthday Scarlett!

On the way to the hills, we passed through the small town of Arivaca.  Among the tall trees around town, vultures were warming themselves up for a day of soaring.  I was happily surprised to see both Black and Turkey Vultures.


Turkey Vulture on the left.  Black Vulture on the right.

We finally made it to the hills.  The views were expansive.


Hills around Arivaca, AZ

As soon as I got out of the truck, I heard birdsong everywhere.  I thought to myself, “this is going to be a good day!”  🙂

On my list of birds to find, was the Rufous-Winged Sparrow.  As we were driving along the road to our destination, I figured I better play its song so I knew what to look for.  We had the windows down in the truck.  When I played the recording of the birdsong, we heard one reply outside the window.  Bingo!!!  I was gonna see this new bird for me!  And almost as soon as I started exploring around the truck, I saw one singing in a large bush.


Rufous-Winged Sparrow

I had a great time hiking the area.  I saw so many birds.  As barren as the place looked, it was really full of life.


Black-Throated Sparrow






Ash-Throated Flycatcher


Verdin with soft stuff to line its nest 🙂

One bird I saw and heard everywhere was the Lucy’s Warbler.  But it was a challenge trying to get a photograph of this quick, tiny bird!


Lucy’s Warbler

Another bird I heard often was the Bewick’s Wren.  But in this part of the country, it’s song is way more simplified than where I live.  So it took me a while to realize it was the same species.


Bewick’s Wren

I saw a few butterflies that day as well.  Most of them were new butterflies for me.   My friend Joe will hopefully tell me if I’ve incorrectly identified any.


Empress Leilia


Dotted Roadside Skipper


Marine Blue


Pahaska Skipper


Mormon Metalmark


Desert Checkered Skipper


Common Streaky Skipper


Tiny Checkerspot


Pacuvius Duskywing

Near the end of the day, we decided to move to a different area so Tim could explore a different gold claim.  I was surprised at how the area offered different birds even though we only drove a few miles.


Bell’s Vireo


Cassin’s Vireo


Ruby-Crowned Kinglet


Juvenile Golden Eagle


Canyon Towhee


American Crow

We had a wonderful day together.  The weather was gorgeous, the birds plentiful and fun times exploring.  More fun ahead!


12 thoughts on “Birding in Southeast Arizona – Day 2

  1. I am always amazed [and a bit envious] as to the great number of bird species you living in the southwest encounter. A joy to view and hear about, keep up the good work and happy birding.

    • Thanks Stephanie! Scarlett definitely enjoyed our road trip. I used the Nikon 1 for this trip. But I’ve just ordered me a new camera setup. It’s an olympus 4/3 camera. I rented it for a trip to Las Vegas and didn’t want to return it. It’s going to be a hard transition as it’s not an easy camera to learn.

    • It arrives this week. I’m anxious to try it out. I’ve heard lots of good reviews and seen some awesome bird photos with the new setup. I will keep you posted.

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