Date: 8/6/17 6:50 pm From: Matthew Brown <mattbrownbirds...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Montosa Canyon Five-striped Sparrow again/still
Sorry for the day-lateness of this: while doing the second day of the Santa Cruz River Valley overnight trip for the Southwest Wings festival yesterday, August 5, at about 6:00 a.m., Myron Smith and I had a lone, singing male FIVE-STRIPED SPARROW just past the cement stream crossing in Montosa Canyon on the road past the Whipple Observatory Visitor Center. His territory seems to comprise the area around the 20 mph sign and rocky two-track that starts on the right, including the close little wall above it and the roadside mesquites on the left. I wasn't sure if this recently near-perennial loner had been reported this summer or not, but he's currently present and obviously territorial.
Of even less timelines, Myron and I also had the female GREEN KINGFISHER reported recently from the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on Friday morning, August 4, at around 8:45 a.m., on the opposite bank of the downstream end of the small section of creek visible from Blue Haven Road about 250 yards beyond (southwest of) the Preserve entrance. Since the Preserve is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, this cut-bank and the bigger one about a third of a mile southwest of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia would be good places to look for this potentially continuing rarity.
Matt Brown The Patagonia Birding and Butterfly Co. 520-604-6300 mattbrownbirds AT gmail.com lifebirds.com Flickr: https://flic.kr/ps/zUTe8
"Oddities appear in the oddest of places." ---Lord Varys