Bird #292 — Pyrrhuloxia

cardinalis (dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church who wears scarlet robes) sinuatus (curved)

Monday, April 2, 1984 — 7:30 am

Coronado National Forest, Arizona — Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

As I was watching the Brewer’s Sparrows fly from one mesquite bush to another, I saw this Pyrrhuloxia fly into the bush vacated by the sparrows.  It sang a short Cardinal-like song.  The area was a scrubby desert on the flats at the base of the canyon along the road from the visitor center.

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