This first is very colorful bird, but my best photo did not capture that bright red belly that makes it a great find. The Painted Redstart actually belongs to the family of Wood Warblers and it is a summer resident in the higher altitudes of the American southwest. As usual for most warblers, they are very active and do not sit still for photos. It poses with its wings and tail spread out. The first photo is a side view of one of these birds and just for those that have never seen one of these beauties, I am including a most unglamorous bottom shot to show off that red patch.
As we moved from one campsite to another, working our way up the mountain, we came to Arcadia Campsite and this is the place where we first found the Yellow-eyed Juncos that I wrote about in my first post. We also came across a family of Hermit Thrushes. Mom and dad were hopping around the campgrounds and 2 recent fledged young were following and checking out what there was to eat and how to find it. The photo below is one of the juvenile birds.