Date: 3/17/17 10:48 am From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Sweetwater Wetlands Cassin's Sparrow
The Cassin's Sparrow continued this morning in the same area.
Lucy's and Yellow Warblers and Bell's Vireos were singing
at Sweetwater this morning.
On Thu, 3/16/17, Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Sweetwater Wetlands Cassin's Sparrow
To: "<aznmbirds...>" <aznmbirds...>
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 12:25 PM
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.
Pix & sounds in eBird later... this is #306
for Sweetwater according to my tally (https://sites.google.com/site/sweetwaterwetlands/checklist).
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