Date: 10/29/17 5:39 pm From: Erika Wilson <terika88...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--29 Oct 2017
Nine people walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning under clear skies, with the wind kicking up in the late morning. Our group tally was 57 species at morning's end.
Best bird of the day was a single Wood Duck among the large mixed duck flocks. Seen twice during the morning, most of the 300+ ducks were in the flooded grasses at the Moson Road impoundments. Am. Wigeon were the most common, but there were also plenty of N. Pintail, N. Shoveler, Gadwall, and Green-winged Teal. Only a handful of Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Ducks and Ruddy Ducks--filling in by cattails of open water is making it hard to see them.
Quite interesting was the complete lack of Killdeer this morning. We were treated to very noisy rails, with at least 8 Virginia Rails and 4 Sora calling, although we didn't see any of them today. The only shorebird was a single Least Sandpiper.
Other birds of note were Great Egret (1), Anna's Hummingbird (1 female), lingering Cassin's Kingbirds (7), and our first big flock of Am. Pipits (50+). Sparrow numbers remain low, and blackbirds are increasing slowly, including wintering W. Meadowlarks.