junco (rush-colored) phaeonotus (from phaios, dusky, and notan, back)
Sunday, April 1, 1984 — 4:10 pm
Coronado National Forest, Arizona — Ramsey Canyon Preserve
We left Patagonia and looked for a place to eat lunch. It was getting on in the afternoon, and we hadn’t eaten since our pie in Sonoita. We drove through miles and miles of desert without finding a likely place until we reached Sierra Vista around 3:00 p.m. We ate a surprisingly good meal at a franchise steak joint.
After we ate, we drove south to Ramsey Canyon which is owned by the Nature Conservancy. As soon as we arrived, I spotted the Yellow-eyed Juncos on a feeder, on the ground under the feeder, and in nearby trees.
Ramsey Canyon is a steep-walled, wooded canyon with a small creek running along the floor. There was a visitor center and a few small cabins.