Bird #284 — Yellow-eyed Junco

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. 

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