Date: 8/3/17 5:46 pm From: Peggy Rogers <peggy_rogers...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Las Cienegas NCA
Many thanks to all who responded to my question.
For others who are wondering...The area is east of 83 and my link below is west of 83. From 83 north of Sonoita, turn east onto E Empire Ranch Rd or from 82 east of Sonoita, turn north onto E Yucca Farm Rd.
Thanks again everyone. I really appreciate the help!
From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Peggy Rogers <peggy_rogers...>
Sent: Thursday, August 3, 2017 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Las Cienegas NCA
I'm not familiar with the Las Cienegas area, but would like to check out, including the grasslands, when I'm in AZ later this year. On eBird I see a hotspot off of hwy 83 called Lower Gardner Canyon Rd--grasslands http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3570855. Is this the same area being call the grasslands?
From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Olga Harbour <oharbour...>
Sent: Thursday, August 3, 2017 11:59 AM
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.