Monday, April 29, 2013

Apr 27-28 2013 Final days in Portal AZ.

We have to rise early here in Portal to get out while the birds are active and before the heat gets uncomfortable.  The area has had many birders here for the last few days looking for the Crescent-chested Warbler.  It hasn't been re-located and few birders are left.  It was nice having the area to ourselves today.  However the warblers seem to have left also.  We occupied our time with hummers and Trogons.  Some ladies told us their host had taken them out owing so we decided we would give it try.  We were amazed at the amount of owl sounds we heard on our final evening in Portal Az.  The Whiskered Screech Owl is above.

Western Screech Owl.  We could not locate the Elf owl which was also heard.
The view from Rustler Park looking towards New Mexico.  Rustler is about 8000 ft. above sea level and it was 17 degrees.  It was 30 degrees in the valley.

We have been searching for Bendires Thrasher for a long time and we finally found a pair close to our campground.
We took a trip up the mountains to Rustler Park looking for Mexican Chickadees.  We didn't find any so we made do with a Yellow-eyed Junco.
This House Wren was also at Rustler.  This was around 8000 ft. above sea level .
A research centre was along the way to Rustler.  We stopped to view their Hummers.  This one is a Blue-throated.

Blue-throated Hummingbird.  I know it's a feeder shot.  When you get a lifer you get pictures any way you can.

This Elegant Trogon was calling incessantly.  I believe it is the same one from my previous blog.
This is the female Trogon.  She flew in and landed beside us.  Obviously the males calls were working.

She seems to be listening intently

Magnificent Hummingbird.  These are large hummers but the Blue-throated seemed a little bigger and would chase this interloper to the feeders, away.

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