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Operation PhotoTrogon Cease #6 – Carr Canyon – Reflections of the Pure World


By Jim Acquire

OPERATION PHOTOTROGON

This weblog collection chronicles the adventures that Wealthy Brown and I skilled on our quest to search out and {photograph} the wonderful birds of Southeast Arizona in Might of 2022.

After leaving Miller Canyon we took the highway as much as Carr Canyon which proved to be fairly an arduous journey of 5 miles on a really lengthy and winding grime highway.

It was steep and rocky and bouncy and if you happen to seemed over the sting as you had been driving you’ll seemingly get vertigo, as a result of it was an extended methods right down to Sierra Vista.

Our goal up the canyon was the Reef Townsite Campground an uncommon campground manner on the prime of the canyon.

At over 7200 toes the habitat adjustments from the Madrean Oak shrubland to to a pine forest with cool breezes and cooler temperatures.

ABOUT THE CAMPGROUND:

This excessive mountain campground was constructed on a web site that was as soon as occupied by the outdated mining city of Reef. That distant outpost obtained its identify from the close by Carr Reef, a tall band of quartzite-bearing cliffs that type the Huachuca Mountains’ dramatic japanese entrance. Mining exercise alongside the Reef started throughout the previous couple of years of the nineteenth century and proceeded in suits and begins all the best way into the 1950’s.

The property occupied by the mines and the city was returned to public possession in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. Quite a few picnic tables and tent pads had been positioned throughout the seen outlines of outdated cabin foundations. From Reef Townsite Campground webpage

GOOGLE MAP LINK TO REEF TOWNSITE CAMPGROUND

BIRDING THE CAMPSITE

It is a location that I had been to a number of instances earlier than and it might in all probability be the very best place for a lot of of our the rest goal birds. As we pulled into the campground and rolled our home windows down a birder walked up and began a dialog with us. He shared with us that they’d seen Grace’s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Buff-bellied Flycatcher and a Better Pewee.

As we had been speaking a vireo started calling fairly loudly within the timber simply above us. We obtained on it straight away and utilizing our Merlin app once more decided that we had been certainly listening to the Plumbeous Vireo which is an all grey model of the Cassin’s Vireo however with no yellowish or tan coloration in any respect.

Plumbeous Vireo

This chicken continued to sing virtually the complete time we had been there. We ultimately encountered a number of extra of the Plumbeous Vireos and obtained very accustomed to their track and what they appear to be.

Plumbeous Vireo

Subsequent within the timber above us we noticed a flycatcher flitting round catching bugs and we rapidly decided resulting from its all tan coloration that it was our goal Buff-bellied Flycatcher.

As we walked across the campground for the subsequent hour and a half we managed to search out and {photograph} Hepatic Tanager, Grace’s Warbler, Painted Redstart and a Dusky-capped Flycatcher.

Hepatic Tanager
Grace’s Warbler
Painted Redstart
Dusky-capped Flycatcher

MR. JOSE MARIA – I HEAR YOU

We left the Reef Townsite Campground and headed in direction of the highest of Carr Canyon to the Ramsey Vista Campground. I had simply been speaking with Wealthy about what the Better Pewee seems like with its “Jose Maria” name and as we cruised very slowly up the canyon I might hear the sounds of Mr. Jose Maria, AKA Better Pewee calling from the highest of the ridge.

Better Pewee

By the point we headed again down the canyon Wealthy had snagged 4 extra lifers bringing his journey lifer listing as much as 10!

Ebird Guidelines Hyperlinks: Carr Canyon–Reef Townsite CG and Carr Canyon Highway–BETWEEN Reef Townsite and Ramsey Vista CGs

Subsequent Cease – Return to Ash Canyon Fowl Sanctuary

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