Arizona Chiricahua Mountain Birds

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

Elf Owl at nest

Elf Owl at nest

Elf Owl in nest cavity

Elf Owl in nest cavity

Gambels Quail Breeding

Gambels Quail Breeding

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

 

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Gambel's Quail Breeding

Gambel’s Quail Breeding

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia male

Pyrrhuloxia male

Pyrrhuloxia on Agave

Pyrrhuloxia on Agave

Pyrrhuloxia male

Pyrrhuloxia male

 

Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owl

Whiskered Screech Owl

Whiskered Screech Owl

On our latest trip to the Chiricahua mountains in southeastern Arizona, near the town of Portal, there were some spectacular birds. I was able to photograph Western Screech Owls, Whiskered Screech owls, and Elf owls.The Elf Owl is the smallest owl in the world at 5-6″ high and weighing only 1 ounce. ¬†Other birds include the Elegant Trogon only found in a few mountain ranges in southeast Arizona, Mexico and Central America with an estimate of only 100 birds in the U.S. These were in the south fork of Cave Creek Canyon south of Portal. The Pyrrhuloxia is a subspecies of the Northern Cardinal found only in S Texas, New Mexico, and S. Arizona. The Gambel’s Quail were in a breeding ritual with the female jumping in the air and making different vocalizations. Two males fought over the right to mate with the female.