Operation PhotoTrogon Stop #7 – Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary Redux – Reflections of the Natural World


By Jim Gain


This blog series chronicles the adventures that Rich Brown and I experienced on our quest to find and photograph the amazing birds of Southeast Arizona in May of 2022.

After a very successful trip up Carr Canyon, we decided to return to the Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary to see if we could photograph a Pyrrhuloxia, Scott’s Oriole or a male Lazuli Bunting while we killed time waiting to go to Tony and Julie Battiste’s Bed Breakfast and Birds house to see their famous house guest, the Elf Owl. Neither Rich nor I got any lifers, but I did manage to find a few birds to photograph.

White-winged Dove
Curve-billed Thrasher
Mexican Jay
Acorn Woodpecker
Western Tanager
Bullock’s Oriole – Immature Male
Summer Tanager – Immature Male
Black-headed Grosbeak (Top) & Scott’s Oriole
Scott’s Oriole – Male
Scott’s Oriole – Male
Scott’s Oriole – Female
Bullock’s Oriole – Male
Bullock’s Oriole – Male
Hooded Oriole – Female
Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
Cactus Wren
Western Tanager
Bewick’s Wren
Black-headed Grosbeak – Male
Black-headed Grosbeak – Male
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Bottom) & House Finches
Lazuli Bunting – Female
Lazuli Bunting – Male

Ebird Checklist Link Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary

Next Stop – Paton Center for Hummingbirds Redux


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