Date: 3/19/17 5:13 pm From: Erika Wilson <terika88...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--19 Mar 2017
Another full group this morning as we walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes, with visitors from CA, CO, MI, MN, ONT, OR, and elsewhere in AZ. The group tally was 62 species at the end of the walk.
Highlights today included four adult Ring-billed Gulls at the Moson Road impoundments, an adult Great Egret for the sixth week in a row, and the first EOP Cassin's Kingbirds of the year.
Duck numbers continue to decline, although a male Bufflehead with several females continued to attract attention. An adult Black-crowned Night-Heron was a good find, as were three Wilson's Snipe that zipped away from various impoundments during the morning. Only two Soras were heard, so they too are moving north.
It was a three falcon day, with a Peregrine Falcon sweeping by at the beginning of the walk, right over the tops of the cattails. Only a few Tree and Barn Swallows today, ditto for Am. Pipits and Horned Larks. Still a 100+ Yellow-headed Blackbirds, but Brewer's Blackbirds have dropped to a dozen or so. Marsh Wrens were busy singing, but stayed resolutely hidden.