Despite reports of it being out in the open on the listserv, there was no sign of it during the 90 minutes that I stood around (sometimes in a tree so that I could see over the reeds) but I managed to see some good birds anyway.
There were so many Yellow Warblers around, I reported 7 but there could have easily been more.
|Yellow Warbler - Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ|
|Cooper's Hawk - Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ|
|Prairie Falcon - Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ|
I found the trail at the top and kept on going. Shortly after I noticed a small bird fly into a pine tree above me and quickly got it in view with my (new) binoculars. It was a warbler with an yellow-to-orange head and breast, dark eye-line and white wing bars: OLIVE WARBLER! I've been hoping to see one of these birds from the time I lived in New Mexico.
|Olive Warbler - Mt. Lemmon, Pima Co Arizona|
|Painted Redstart - Mt. Lemmon, Pima Co, Arizona|
|Brown Creeper - Mt. Lemmon, Pima Co Arizona|
It wasn't fully dark when I heard a deep "hoot-hoot-hoooooot" coming from the west. I scanned the tall Saguaros until I saw the culprit, a male Great-Horned Owl was calling away.
|Great Horned Owl - Catalina State Park, Pima Co Arizona|
|Elf Owl - Catalina State Park, Pima Co Arizona|