Monday, November 24, 2014
Following up on a Mini-Oasis
After finding and describing a seep that created a mini-oasis in Pima Canyon Wash, I followed up on this spot on another visit a week later to see if there were any changes worth noting. This spot is about 2½ miles from the parking area so I headed up there early on the morning of November 16th. This time, I made this my destination and found myself a spot to sit and observe. In the time span of only about 15 minutes, I counted 6 different species that came in to visit this area and its small pools of water: Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, 'Oregon' Dark-eyed Junco, Chipping Sparrow, Rock Wren, and House Finch. Who knows what all I might have seen had I stayed there for several hours. This obviously shows how big of an impact this small mini-oasis can have on the various avian life and I am sure countless other wildlife and insects.
'Oregon' Dark-eyed Junco - was a bit shy and did not want to show its face!
As I was sitting on a rock observing this area, I happened to glance up in the sky and found a pair of Peregrine Falcons flying near the north ridge line of the canyon. Yes, they were a bit high, but just being able to capture one photo for identity purposes was cool as this just added another species to my patch total for this spot.
As I made my way back to the parking area after another successful trip to Pima Canyon, I encountered a stunningly beautiful male Costa's Hummingbird, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet that almost showed me its full ruby crown, and a pair of very obliging Loggerhead Shrikes.
Loggerhead Shrike - Number 1
Loggerhead Shrike - Number 2
Seems I find a new surprise just about every visit and I will be back for more.