Date: 8/6/17 10:21 am From: Keith Kamper <keithkamper...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Short-tailed Hawk N. Mescal Road/Paige Creek
Patty Tersey and I observed a dark-morph juvenile Short-tailed Hawk in flight about 14 miles north from the I-10 Mescal Road overpass. This is before the concrete tank (and small pond set back from the road). This is presumably the same bird (or one very similar?) that I photographed along Paige Creek on June 5th. More info on this area can be found in the TAS Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona under "Happy Valley, Ash and Paige Creek.
Afterwards we birded Paige Creek, parking just before the gate, and walked both directions. Two pairs of Zone-tailed Hawks, four Yellow-Billed Cuckoos, and our FOS Pacific-Slope Flycatcher. Paige Creek is flowing strongly, and Happy Valley is greener than I have ever seen. There are a few washes that are flowing across the road, so high clearance would be advisable.