After Arizona's dominating basketball performance, I zoomed up to Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area (elev. 5,000 ft.). I immediately ran into Andrew Core and in a minute we found four birders aiming their optics intently into the trees. Good sign, they had the bird and we knew it! As we got there, I saw a flash of a bird fly to the back of a juniper as the other birders called out its movement. It was overcast and the bird busily moved from tree to tree and up a wash stringing us along and rarely sitting still. What a beautiful bird! I can't complain about its activeness. It put on quite a show fanning and flashing its tail, giving much better looks than the bird I saw two years ago in Huachuca Canyon.
March Madness has officially begun!
|Slate-throated Redstart range map|