Date: 3/16/17 12:26 pm From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Sweetwater Wetlands Cassin's Sparrow
I found a Cassin's Sparrow singing quietly along the river at Sweetwater Wetlands this morning (3/16). I was actually hoping for a Black-throated Sparrow or a Scott's Oriole, but I'll take it!
If you want to look for it, I first saw it from the multi-use path in the riverbed even with the 3rd recharge basin (from the east). There aren't many landmarks here, but it was perched up in a desert broom between two mesquites. This is about 100 yards past where they've repaired the iron railing with a couple steel bars welded for support, and about 200 yards past the ramp down to the river in the southeast corner.
I got a 6 or 7 minute recording of it calling and singing; at one point it was only 15 feet away and singing, but very quietly, so we'll see how it turns out. Got some pix as well.
There are a two other reports nearby in eBird from August and April but in general this is a very rare bird along the Santa Cruz River in Tucson.
Other than that, only notable bird to report was a continuing Snow Goose with the wigeon flock on the Silverbell Golf Course across the river. I think this is probably a different bird than the two at Columbus Park.