myioborus (from myna, a fly, and borus, greedy) pictus (painted)
Sunday, April 1, 1984 — 5:00 pm
Coronado National Forest, Arizona — Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Wow! Wow wow! Wow wow wow! This is a bird. I saw it sitting near the top of a very tall pine near the parking lot. It foraged briefly, then took off out of sight.
It was a good, but short view. Fortunately, I got a better, closer and longer view in Madera Canyon two days later.
And thus ended my favorite day of birding in my life. I added 21 new lifers, among which are some of my favorite birds. And it took place in some of the prettiest birding sites I’ve ever been to. If I could go back and relive one day of my birding career, this would be it. But this time, I would bring a camera.