We also saw a very rare bird family the next day. Black-capped Gnatcatchers only nest in this area of the US and we were fortunate to see this male.
The bug isn't for him. It's for his baby which we also got to see up close. Cute little guy huh?
Lori made our accommodations for the trip and she did a great job. We rented a house in Tubac that had a great little yard and was close to the Anza Trail. We spent time watching some really great birds including this jet black Phainopepla.
And this stunningly red Vermilion Flycatcher that perched in a tree then on the wall of our yard.
We saw this Say's Phoebe flitting around and then sitting on a nest. They have a beautiful salmon color belly.
|Say's Phoebe Nest|
And this Gila Woodpecker was busy feeding nestlings.
|Gila Woodpecker Nest|
It wasn't all joy. We missed the Elegant Trogon for the 4th or 5th time. We heard it calling but despite 2 days in the canyon, never got to see the bird. We also witnessed a really bad fire that started in Box Canyon by a stupid guy shooting guns at exploding targets in the very dry desert. What was he thinking? The fire has spread across 20,000 acres and still moving across Arizona. Sheesh.