Date: 7/21/17 6:32 pm
From: Richard Webster <>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Green Kingfisher at San Bernardino NWR
Hi Folks:

Today at SBNWR, Rose Ann Rowlett and I saw a Green Kingfisher, which I have
seen more tangentially in late June and 10 July, that seems potentially
re-findable now. It was at the Minckley ponds and then in the outflow into
Black Draw from the Minckley ponds, which is where it was also on 10 July.
The Minckley Ponds are the first ponds north of the main road crossing of
Black Draw on the east side of Black Draw (after crossing Black Draw on the
main crossing, walk left and then turn left on the first left side road;
or, walk up Black Draw from the main crossing--very mucky--to the obvious
piped outflow, and then right) (Black Draw is the main north-south riparian
corridor, the dominant feature of the refuge). Green Kingfishers at SBNWR
often hang around, but they often move around greatly through much
available habitat.
Of interest for the refuge was a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Twin Ponds
(west of Black Draw just south of the main crossing road) and four Black
Vultures that could see New Mexico but flew into Sonora (they never fly
toward New Mexico--mountains--ughh).
Otherwise, two Tropical Kingbirds at House Pond on Slaughter Ranch, nesting
Gray Hawks, a sprinkling of Yellow-billed Cuckoos and N
Beardless-Tyrannulets, all species more easily seen at many sites.
SBNWR is reached by 15th Street in Douglas that becomes Geronimo Trail. It
is open to walk-in traffic all daylight hours; about a 45 minute walk from
the main gate to Black Draw. Slaughter Ranch (check website) (entrance
fee) is open Wed-Sun roughly 10-3:30).


Richard Webster

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