Date: 8/1/17 8:28 am
From: Donna J. Memon <donna...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Migration morning flight 29-31 July 2017
Maybe a dumb question, but how do you know they
are migrating & not just "flying"? I'm very
interested to know how to do this in my Oro Valley yard.


At 11:15 AM 8/1/2017, Tim Spahr wrote:
>Hi Brian, AZNM readers:
>The subject of 'morning flight' is
>fascinating. I love this discussion. Us
>eastern birders (I live in Massachusetts) can
>often see and hear hundreds/thousands of
>migrants if the day and location are right. It
>is encouraging also this phenomenon is being
>detected in the west. I am looking forward to
>other reports this fall as more folks are interested!
>I will note on a couple of my birding trips to
>SE AZ that I detected a fair bit of morning
>flight. I hope some other folks might chime in
>and maybe try the locations where I have had success:
>1) Mt. Hopkins road, at the observatory gate.
>(around the 13km post). There is an open area
>up here where when facing south, Josephine
>Canyon is on the left, and Montosa Canyon is on
>the right. I had a good spring day when
>migrants were selecting which of these canyons
>they'd use for the day. I suspect this spot
>would be very, very good in the fall, and
>perhaps spectacular in the event of a little fog
>or rain. The eBird checklist is here:
>2) Proctor Road, Madera Canyon. Rather
>surprisingly (to me) one late April morning at
>Proctor Road produced a big flight of sparrows,
>tanagers, and orioles coming up the creek bed
>from the desert. I had the feeling the birds
>were out over the desert when the sun came up
>and flew uphill to the water and deciduous trees
>they could see in Madera Canyon. This flight
>included several hundred Lark and Chipping
>Sparrows, and also a dozen or so tanagers,
>grosbeaks, and orioles. I suspect monitoring
>this area could be useful in the future, too.
>I imagine there are other spots, and perhaps
>more productive spots, than the ones I've listed
>here. I'd love to get out this fall and poke
>around for more productive locations to observe this phenomenon!
>Tim Spahr
>On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 12:33 AM, Brian Gibbons
><<mailto:<thehornedguan...><thehornedguan...> wrote:
>Hi Birders
>The birds are still moving. Saturday was a very
>light flight, Sunday moderate until I got chased
>inside by a shower and Monday was moderate but ended early, by about 7 am.
>If you're interested in trying to count migrants
>I think the headquarters parking lot at Saguaro
>National Park East might be a good lookout.
>29 July
>Cassin's Kingbird 1
>Western Kingbird 8
>Northern Mockingbird 10
>Phainopepla 2
>Lark Sparrow 25
>Western Tanager 16
>Black-headed Grosbeak 8
>Lazuli Bunting 1
>Bullock's Oriole 4
>Passerine sp 8
>83 migrants
>30 Jul
>Western Kingbird 13
>Tree Swallow 1
>Barn Swallow 1
>Phainopepla 4
>Chipping Sparrow 2
>Lark Sparrow 52
>Western Tanager 32
>Black-headed Grosbeak 10
>Lazuli Bunting 2
>Bullock's Oriole 14
>Passerine sp 16
>137 migrants
>31 July
>Cassin's Kingbird 1
>Western Kingbird 15
>Tree Swallow 4
>Cliff Swallow 1
>Northern Mockingbird 3
>Painopepla 9
>Yellow Warbler 2
>Lark Sparrow 27
>Western Tanager 9
>Black-headed Grosbeak 5
>Lazuli Bunting 1
>Bullock's Oriole 6
>Passerine sp 3
>85 migrants
>Good Birding
>Brian Gibbons
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