After birding in Madera and Florida Canyons this morning, Walt and I headed over to the Paton Center in Patagonia. We took the shorter route using Highway 62 (Box Canyon Road); a long, rocky, dusty dirt road with lots of turns and scenic views. There weren't a lot of birds along this route.
It was worth the drive to the Paton Center, but it wasn't as "birdy" as we had expected. One of the birds we saw there looked like it should be easy to identify, but it turned out to be a challenge, as it was a drab, gray morph, female Western Tanager.
There were a variety of hummingbirds and other species. Of particular note was an American Goldfinch - abundant here in the east, but scarce in Arizona.
Summer Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak
Cassin's and House Finches
Rufous-winged Sparrow and Lazuli Buntings
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed)
Click here to continue the trip to the Sierra Vista canyons on May 8.