Birding in Tucson, AZ: Madera Canyon and the Elegant Trogon

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Elegant Trogon, Madera Canyon, Tucson, AZ

I've read about the Elegant Trogon, a magnificent bird that makes its way north of the border when springtime arrives in Tucson.  I've seen one in the Coronado National Forest.  Until today, though, I had never photographed a Trogon.

Dave Young, who ramrodded our birder outing, is a retired geologist.  He's an avid birder and a born teacher. Being with Dave is like having your own Docent from the Desert Museum.

Ten of us--all friends from church--met at 8:00 this morning at Exit 63 on Interstate 19, and carpooled up into Madera Canyon, just north of Elephant Head.

We saw 20 species of birds before noon, including the elusive Elegant Trogon.

It's hard to see in the photo, but the head of the Trogon is a deep emerald green. The word "magnificent" doesn't do it justice. Take a look at the show below; we saw a flock of turkeys, too!

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Cheryl Johnson
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Madera Canyon!!!   What a beautiful place....  one of my favorite places on earth   :-)

May 17, 2008 08:09 PM
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Cheryl,

I'm not at all surprised that you're the first to comment!  I wish you could have been with us!

Mike in Tucson

May 17, 2008 08:28 PM
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Susan Davis
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Mike, I have a bird here in my area that I can not identify. It makes a neat sound that I thought was a whiporwhill but it isnt. I am trrying to capture the sound on tape so I can see if someone can identify it for me! I love the ways it sounds. Also... did you see the mention I gave you on my blog today?!

Susan

May 17, 2008 08:58 PM
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Mike - That is a great way to spend time with friends.  The things around us can give us much joy.

Your real estate show was delightful, I will send it to my son-in-law he loves birds.

May 17, 2008 09:19 PM
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Jennifer,

Thanks for reading and commenting!  Madera Canyon is known as a birder's mecca!

Susan,

I don't know a lot of birds by their call, but several of the people on the hike today could listen to a call and tell us the name of the bird.

Mike in Tucson

May 17, 2008 09:29 PM
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Derenda Grubb
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Mike,

I can tell by your blog that the day was very special.  There is nothing like comming home with a trophy photo and your best friends to vouch for the experience.  Congratulations.

May 17, 2008 09:55 PM
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Derenda,

Thanks for stopping by to comment!  It was a lot of fun, and didn't that bird just pose for the camera!

Mike in Tucson

May 17, 2008 10:09 PM
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Oh, Mike..magnificent doesn't do it justice! What a beautiful bird! Your show is breathtaking. We love birding, but my photos are nothing like yours! Thanks for sharing these beautiful creatures with us!

May 17, 2008 10:26 PM
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Linda,

Thanks for stopping by to comment.  I didn't know you were a birder! (And you're welcome.) 

Mike in Tucson

May 17, 2008 11:11 PM
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Fran Gaspari
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Mike,

Great show...Thanks,   Fran

May 17, 2008 11:52 PM
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Doreen McPherson
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Mike, I can't see the show???  In fact your show on the side bar is gone, too.  I wonder if it's because I'm in explorer instead of firefox? 

May 18, 2008 12:38 AM
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Doreen McPherson
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Oh, that Elegant Trogon is very pretty also.  I bet the red and emerald green looked beautiful in person. 

May 18, 2008 12:40 AM
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Fran,

Thanks, man!

Doreen,

I use IE for my browser, so I can't explain why you can't see the RES.  Once I posted the article, I wasn't able to edit in WYSIWYG, though, and had to edit in HTML.

Mike in Tucson

May 18, 2008 06:26 AM
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Doreen McPherson
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Hey, I got the RES now.  It didn't even show up for me before.  That was a strange lizard.

May 22, 2008 07:45 AM
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Doreen,

I'm glad you were able to see the Real Estate Show;  As a kid in South America, we had lizards that were four feet long and weighed fifteen pounds!

Mike in Tucson

May 23, 2008 09:44 AM
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Mike - what beautiful colors!

May 27, 2008 10:58 AM
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
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Thanks for the picture of the trogon, I have never heard of this bird. What a beauty!

May 31, 2008 04:48 PM
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