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Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) nest, Florida Canyon, Pima County

This Rufous-capped Warbler nest was photographed by Scott Loss on 18 May 2014

There are just over 20 records of Rufous-capped Warbler for Arizona, including observations of multiple birds and nesting attempts.  Multiple individuals have been reported in this canyon since 2008 raising the possibility that they have been continuously present.

 Photo 1 is close-up of nest; Photo 2 is of the nest site, nest can be seen just left of center (also centered vertically) in a crevice in the rock wall. This dome-shaped ground nest is typical of Rufous-capped Warblers, and adults were observed nearby, although the nest was empty at the time photographed.

In the event that Rufous-capped Warblers attempt to breed in the area again, we remind observers that nesting birds are sensitive to disturbance. Birders should minimize disturbance around nesting birds.


18 May 2014, photo by Scott Loss

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Submitted on 27 June 2014

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