Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Day in the Santa Catalina Mountains

On my sister's last day here before she leaves for her home in Utah, we visited the full range of elevations and habitats found in the Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson. We started in Sabino Canyon, where I spotted this Spine-tipped Dancer, Argia extranea, apparently a first January record for the species in Arizona.

The habitat farther up the mountain changes drastically, first through oak grassland, then chaparral, then coniferous forest.
In this last spot, Williamson's Sapsucker and Pygmy Nuthatch were at home.

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