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

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Mortgage Banker with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171)

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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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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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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