So early on Saturday morning, I met up with Nick Vendehei in Mesa, then we travelled to northern Phoenix where we picked up Jason Morgan and continued on our way to Black Canyon City where we met the rest of the team of about 12 individuals. One of the local residents then led us to the riparian area on the west side of town and showed us where the access point was located. It did not take long for us to be amazed at this riparian area of cottonwoods and willows with the Agua Fria River with running water and pools of water. We divided up into teams, with one team heading north and our team heading south. Since there really are no well marked trails, much of our progress was a bit of bushwhacking through the brush and trees. Our finally tally came up to about 50 species of birds in just the southern section only, including Broad-billed Hummingbirds. We observed and recorded males in the riparian area, but no females, but we also surmised that it is possible that females might be nesting at this time of year.
Black-chinned Hummingbird - Female blurred on the left