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