This past weekend I quietly walked along the paths of the riparian corridors in Southern Arizona.
|Babs observes a rare juvenile Common Black Hawk on the DeAnza Trail|
|A Santa Cruz resident takes Molly, her horse, for a much needed exercise.|
|Juvenile Common Black Hawk|
It didn't take long before we spotted a juvenile Common Black Hawk! It fed from grasshoppers along the Santa Cruz river.
The bird seemed to follow us along the DeAnza trail. This hawk should be down in Mexico or Central America right now, but it has decided to hang around Tubac. It has been an unusually warm fall so this may explain why this bird is still hanging around the Santa Cruz river.
While not rare, we found the orestera subspecies of the Orange-crowned Warbler. It's not the most common subspecies here in the state. Most of the Orange-crowned Warblers here in AZ fall under the brighter yellowish/green lutescens subspecies.
|Orange-crowned Warbler(orestera subspecies)|
The lutescens subspecies is shown above with the orange-crown showing(rare). The sordida subspecies was found on Catalina Island off the coast of California. It has been mentioned that this bird may be separated as a new species down the road. It lives on the Channel Islands year round.
|Michael Summers at work|
|Juvenile Peregrine Falcon|
The trees are about to sleep for several months.
|Babs snapped this shot of me. We had a great morning out.|