Date: 7/16/17 3:43 pm From: matt V. <fickity...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Yuma County recent sightings
Last Sunday, July 9th, I noticed the beginning of a small movement of landbirds. In the Roll/Wellton area, stops at the former Streak-backed Oriole spot, Green Acres adult RV park, and Effie May migrant trap found many multiple Bullock's Orioles, and a few Western Tanagers, and Black-headed Grosbeaks at all locations. Dome Valley feedlot had an early and first of Autumn (FOA) Solitary Sandpiper.
On Friday July 14, Brian Johnson found an adult SNOWY PLOVER in a flooded field west of AVE 8E and 16th ST. The bird continued on July 15, and I obtained many, many photos. Also in the field 7-15: first of Autumn Long-billed Dowitcher, a late Wilson's Phalarope, nearly 100 Least Sandpipers, ~20 Western Sandpiper, 2 Western Willet, 11 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and multiple Black-necked Stilts and Killdeer. I rechecked Green Acres in Wellton and found only 1 Bullocks Oriole. Highlight was a FOA SELASPHOROUS Hummingbird. In the evening on 7-15, I checked areas south of town. In the neighborhood at AVE C and Pluto Dr., I was elated to find and photograph an adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK!!! This bird is more than likely the same individual found by Henry and Suzanne Detwiler way back in February. Whether it is lurking, or has bred and there are more/has hybridized with another species is as yet unknown.
Today 7/16, the two Brown Pelicans continue at Mesquite Lake overlook, INWR. Blue Grosbeaks were conspicuous and singing today, they have been silent for weeks... A check of flooded fields west of AZ Western College found 6 Greater, and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Western Willet, and 11 Long-billed Dowitchers. There were no birds at the field west of 8E, and the Snowy Plover and diverse flock of Shorebirds were gone.