Date: 8/7/17 12:39 pm From: Erika Wilson <terika88...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--06 Aug 2017
Second try on sending:
Thirteen folks trudged around the Sierra Vista EOP dikes in the bright sun and heat this morning, including visitors from Alaska, Germany, and New Mexico. The group tally was 66 species at morning's end.
No bitterns were seen today, but not for lacking of looking. Heavy rain over the past week created some new shallow habitat where we found the expected Killdeer joined by Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, and Wilson's Phalarope.
A good mix of swallows of six species were seen throughout the morning. A Lesser Nighthawk cruised through. Cassin's Sparrows were particularly vocal, declaring the monsoon breeding season. The most abundant migrants were 40 + Lazuli Buntings, mostly males. Two different impoundments with grasses and weeds hosted these birds, along with Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, and a mixture of blackbirds.