Date: 8/3/17 11:59 am
From: Olga Harbour <oharbour...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Las Cienegas NCA
Hi folks,

Following up on Chris Mccreedy's suggestion earlier in the week, I spent
the morning in the grasslands at Las Cienegas. I entered from Highway
83 and took the main road through to Highway 82. The eastern portion
remains closed due to the fire, but the western half is open.
Everything is incredibly GREEN! It's just a lovely drive, and add the
birds in for the icing on the cake.

Throughout the morning I was rarely, if ever, out of earshot of CASSIN'S
and BOTTERI'S SPARROWS, and both were easily seen. I never did see a
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, but I did catch a few songs along the paved portion
of the road. LARK and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS were present at several
spots along the road.

There's an overgrown corral just past the frog pond on the east side of
the road that was very birdy, with LAZULI BUNTING, BLUE GROSBEAK, LUCY'S

Maybe half a mile in from Highway 82 I spotted a single pronghorn, and
several more were visible shortly after I turned onto the highway
heading towards Sonoita.

Good birding!

Olga Harbour
Tucson, AZ

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