Date: 3/14/17 8:47 am From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Las Cienegas NCA, Sunday, March 12
I spent the morning down at Las Cienegas/Empire Ranch yesterday. Plenty of birds, but the only real oddity was two Yellow Warblers in the cottonwood gallery just "upstream" from the wet part of Empire Gulch. This seems early to me...
The patch of vincas at the start of the wet area is blooming and was covered in butterflies (mostly Pipevine Swallowtails) -- really spectacular.
Other birds included a pair of very vocal (for 9:30 a.m.) Great Horned Owls; a single singing Cassin's Sparrow (also seems early) among many Vesper, Savannah, Chipping, and a few Lincoln's; and many woodpeckers (Gila, Ladder-backed, Flicker). Few raptors. Complete list will be on eBird later today.