Date: 7/30/17 8:40 am From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SWAZ/ Shorebirding in Yuma and La Paz Counties
I started yesterday in Yuma, and found Matt Victoria and Henry Detwiler on many shorebirds west of the north end of Avenue 3E. Matt had found a Short-billed Dowitcher, and other notable shorebirds included two Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Snowy Plover, at least seven or eight Semipalmated Plovers. A Peregrine and tractors ruckused up the shorbs just as I arrived, but luckily most eventually returned
Henry struck out at Cocopah, Matt had minimal luck at Dome Valley, and Martinez was empty for me, so I drove up to the Vicksburg Farm ponds east of Quartzsite. There was a Stilt Sandpiper at one of the ponds, it seems to be a good year for them.
Next I stopped at Alamo Lake. The water is still pretty high. It was my first time there, and I found it incredible. There is so much possibility if one had a kayak. I managed to find Neotropical Cormorants in both La Paz and Mohave Counties, an American White Pelican on the Mohave side, and a Tropical Kingbird calling in one of the flooded willow bays on the La Paz side.
I next tried for the farms around Salome but was stormed out, for a beautiful ride home.