Monday, December 13, 2021—Madera Canyon

Having taken a short break from making photos, Dan and I traveled to Madera Canyon just east of Green Valley, AZ, to “capture” additional birds.

Though we traveled up and down the Canyon, Santa Rita Lodge’s feeding station proved to provide the best opportunities. The regulars were there; Mexican Jays, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Lesser Goldfinches, and Acorn Woodpeckers.

A Rivoli Hummingbird nectared at a nearby feeder, but did to offer a good photo opportunity. 

And, all at once, a beautiful orange bird perched in a tree directly facing me. It proved to be a male Hipatic Tanager. Soon, his female partner landed in the tree, and offered a brief pose. These birds were “LIFERS” for me.

A number of Gould’s Turkeys were feeding on seed dropped from the feeders, and the resident Coatimundi wandered from seed pile to seed pile, scarfing up the fallen seeds.

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