Cordilleran Flycatcher is another one of many flycatcher species that visit or make their home in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
This is a small species of flycatcher, with olive to brown on the upper body, and a yellow throat and stomach. The breast is olive-gray. The eye ring is oval and elongated. The beak is long and wide and bi-colored. The top is black, while the bottom is bright yellow.
This flycatcher breeds from Canada all the was into southeastern Arizona, migrating to Mexico during the winter months.
In the Santa Rita Mountains, you would most likely see these species in Madera Canyon, or other canyons in this range that are heavily vegetated as this is their favorite habitat type.
Trails abound in the Santa Ritas, so if you are off for a bird watching hike, you can choose from varying levels of difficulty. The Old Baldy Trail is quite popular to the top of Wrightson and a good choice even if you don’t trek the whole 5.5 miles. The Kent Springs Loop Trail is steep, but worth the trip. Try a trail on the west side if you don’t want a lot of company.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com