Mexican Jay – Santa Rita Lodge; Madera Canyon, Arizona: The Mexican Jay is a common species found in pine-oak canyons of the southeast Arizona mountains. I photographed this Mexican Jay at the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, a world renown birding hotspot. I typically travel to Madera Canyon to photograph hummingbirds, but the Santa Rita Lodge is a great place to photograph acorn woodpeckers, black-headed grosbeaks, blue grosbeaks, house finch, lesser goldfinch and Gould turkey. The best time for hummingbirds is after July first, but I like late June as well, as the other species are in prime breeding plumage. If you have never been birding in southeast Arizona, it is a trip worth making.