Date: 8/3/17 11:59 am From: Olga Harbour <oharbour...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Las Cienegas NCA
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 and YELLOW WARBLERS, VERMILION FLYCATCHERS.
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.