Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii), Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor's Center Feeders, Santa Cruz County
On 10 August an adult Plain-capped Starthroat started coming to the feeders at
the Spirit Tree Inn in Patagonia (see
here). On 13
August an adult Plain-capped Starthroat was observed at the Patagonia-Sonoita
Creek Preserve Visitor Center. These two locations are 2.6 miles apart.
Starthroats were observed at the two locations only about 10 minutes apart, so
it seems most likely they are two different birds. This Plain-capped Starthroat was photographed by Bryan Holliday on 13 August 2009.
Plain-capped Starthroat is normally resident from southern Sonora, Mexico to
northern Costa Rica. It strays casually to southern Arizona in summer and early
fall, chiefly to elevations between 4,000 and 5,000 feet. There are fewer than
20 records for the state. While birders most often find them at feeders, the
species prefers hawking insects to taking nectar. They are also attracted to
blooming century plants. The first Arizona (and U.S.) record was at a Nogales
feeder, 20-30 September 1969.
13 August 2009, photos by Bryan HollidayAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 14 August 2009