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Operation PhotoTrogon Cease #4 – Ash Canyon Chook Sanctuary – Reflections of the Pure World


By Jim Achieve

OPERATION PHOTOTROGON

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

ABOUT THE SANCTUARY

GOOGLE MAP LINK TO ASH CANYON BIRD SANCTUARY

Nestled towards the Huachuca Mountain Vary simply south of Sierra Vista and about 10 miles north of the US/Mexico border, the sanctuary was the Ash Canyon B&B owned and lovingly maintained by Mary Jo Ballator. Her dedication and devotion created a vacation spot the place folks from world wide came around to see uncommon and exquisite birds just like the Lucifer Hummingbird and Plain-capped Star-throat.

I met Mary Jo in April of 2019 after I spent virtually a complete day birding and chatting together with her and different birders. I keep in mind so distinctly as she pointed to a smaller hummingbird feeder and stating “The male Lucifer Hummingbird prefers to go to this one first and he’ll perch briefly on this department. Be prepared as a result of he’ll be right here shortly!” Not 5 minutes later I bought this picture as he paused briefly on that precise department. She was such a pleasant particular person and I vowed to return to go to her once more. Sadly, Mary Jo handed away barely a month later.

Lucifer Hummingbird – April 2019

ASH CANYON B&B BECOMES ASH CANYON NATURE SANCTUARY

Dr. Mario Molina contacted the Southeastern Arizona Chook Observatory providing to donate the total asking value of the property in order that it may stay protected and open to the general public. With this terribly beneficiant donation and the blessings of Mary Jo’s household, SABO assumed possession of the property on November 1, 2019, to be managed as a everlasting sanctuary for birds, different wildlife, and the individuals who love them.

BIRDING THE SANCTUARY

As we left the Paton Heart, we have been sitting at 67 species for the journey with Wealthy sitting at 3 lifers with the addition of the Ruddy Floor Dove. We had visited the Ash Canyon Chook Sanctuary once we got here right here in January of 2021 and have been hopeful of getting a number of the migrating birds we had missed then. As we pulled in to the parking space at 4:00 pm, our first ideas have been to seek out out if the Lucifer Hummingbird was being seen. Feedback from others appear to point that “somebody” had seen it not too long ago. One other one in every of Wealthy’s goal birds, Scott’s Oriole, had additionally been seen. As we watched each the hummingbird feeders and seed feeders, the native birds gave us numerous “Kodak Moments.”

Mexican Jay
Bronzed Cowbird
Lazuli Bunting – Feminine
Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Shortly after 6:00, a van filled with birders pulled into the parking zone and we now had many eyes watching the feeders.

I occurred to stroll round to the general public blinds space and I observed a small, yellow-faced chook hopping round on the base of one of many smaller Mesquite bushes. I instantly acknowledged it as a GRACE’S WARBLER. Moderately than specializing in getting a photograph of it, I referred to as out to the group of birders sitting close by and I attempted to get them on it. Straight away, the chief of the group commented, “It’s in all probability only a Yellow-rumped Warbler, ignore it. Grace’s Warbler doesn’t happen right here.” Two of his group did get on the chook and confirmed the ID. He was right in that Grace’s Warbler is the next elevation chook, however we caught one which was passing by way of.

AND NOW, THE REST OF THE GRACE’S WARBLER STORY

I spent a number of minutes attempting to re-find and {photograph} the warbler to no avail.

A few minutes later, Wealthy comes as much as me to point out me the LCD panel of his digicam to ID an uncommon chook he had simply photographed. Positive sufficient, the Grace’s Warbler had popped up down on the decrease feeding station and was posing for all of the birders there. Picture by Wealthy Brown

LUCIFER “LIGHT-BEARING” HUMMINGBIRD MAKES AN APPEARANCE

The identify of the chook possible derives from the Latin that means of “Lucifer”, which is interpreted as “light-bearing” and sure refers back to the iridescent gorget of the male.

One of many sanctuary volunteers commented that the chook appreciated to return in near nightfall and replenish for the night time. Immediately, the decision goes out, “Feeder Station E, it’s right here!” Positive sufficient, the male Lucifer Hummingbird got here in not as soon as, however a number of instances as nightfall settled in on the sanctuary. Lifer #5 for Wealthy.

Lucifer Hummingbird
Lucifer Hummingbird
Lucifer Hummingbird

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Subsequent Cease: Miller Canyon–Beatty’s Visitor Ranch

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