Monday, April 9
Start and end time:
6 am – 3 pm
Provided box breakfast and lunch
Near the Mexico border along the infamous Ruby Road, this small man-made lake and nearby canyon offer great birding in an interesting habitat of rolling hills made up of oak grassland with willows and cottonwoods near the lake. This is good Montezuma Quail habitat and we’ll try to get a look at these secretive quail. Depending on time we will make a stop along the De Anza trail in Tumacacori on the way back. Last year a pair of Rose-throated Becards tried nesting in this area.
Ruddy Duck, Neotropic Cormorant, Black Vulture, Gray Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Acorn Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermillion Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Bell’s Vireo, Mexican Jay, Rock Wren, Lucy’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Possible species: Montezuma Quail.
Recommended Gear and Cautions:
Intermediate level. Will involve walking on some steeper slopes and rocky/rooted trails. Bring a water bottle and hat, wear sunscreen, and shoes/boots that are appropriate for hiking trails. 1-2 miles walking.
Includes entrance fees to Lake Patagonia State Park and/or the Sonoita Creek Nature Conservancy.
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