Date: 10/31/17 6:46 pm From: Alexander Hamilton <ispidina.picta...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Rio Rico Golf Course - Red Crossbills - YES!
this afternoon (10/31), I decided to try and chase down the Red Crossbills reported by Rob and his small army of birders yesterday (now that I know the protocol for the closed and "locked" gate - thanks Rob!).
first off, the RRGC is fantastic - the only downside might be too many trees (loads of great habitat).
in any case, this afternoon I found the crossbills and at least one Red-breasted Nuthatch near the "17th waterhole." there is a pond near the clubhouse / main buildings, and then if you walked the signposted birding trail backwards it would be the next largish body of water you would come to. there is a long line of trees between the fairways and the waterhole and the birding trail, the birds were in these trees.
I first heard the crossbills quietly chewing on the pine cones, but they were mostly high up and well hidden and otherwise silent. I was going to conservatively count 2 males and 2 females as I could never see more than 2-3 birds (max) at a time, and when I had 2 males simultaneously I figured okay, at least I know there are definitely 2 males. but I was fairly certain there were more birds. as luck would have it, the flock of crossbills took flight and circled around several times so I had a number of opportunities to count them... and I ultimately came up with 40.
I'm still rather ecstatic...
Ron Batie Rio Rico, AZ
On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 9:31 PM, Merlin <merlin32757...> wrote: > Hi All > > We had a wonderful bird walk at the Rio Rico Golf Course. This is a > wonderful spot to come and bird having a nice variety of habitats. The > highlight of the walk was the four Red Crossbills that were by one of the > ponds in a willow tree after getting a drink. At first I thought they were > just some House Finches until we got a scope on them and some pictures. They > then flew up into the pines to crack open some pine cones. We got to see > them as they flew from pine tree to pine tree which the golf course has > quite a few. The Sora Rail popped out of the reeds for a look around and the > Marsh Wrens played tag in the reeds as well. The golf course is closed to > golfing for the next two weeks as they do some reseeding but birders are > still welcome, just open the gate and close it after you drive in. We had > nice looks of an Osprey, Red tailed Hawk and Black and Turkey vultures. We > also woke up a Black Crowned Night Heron by one of the ponds. > > Thanks > Rob Rutledge > Green Valley, AZ > > 16 Kents Avenue, Rio Rico, Arizona, US (31.467, -110.964), Santa Cruz, > Arizona, US > Oct 30, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM > Protocol: Traveling > 2.0 mile(s) > 51 species (+3 other taxa) > > Gadwall 1 > American Wigeon 25 > Mallard 6 > Mallard (Mexican) 3 > Pied-billed Grebe 2 > Great Blue Heron 2 > Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 > Black Vulture 2 Black head white wing tips > Turkey Vulture 4 > Osprey 1 > Cooper's Hawk 1 > Red-tailed Hawk 2 > Sora 1 > American Coot 45 > Eurasian Collared-Dove 2 > Mourning Dove 2 > Anna's Hummingbird 2 > Belted Kingfisher 1 > Gila Woodpecker 4 > Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker 10 > Gilded Flicker 1 > American Kestrel 3 > Gray Flycatcher 2 > Black Phoebe 3 > Say's Phoebe 6 > Vermilion Flycatcher 6 > Cassin's Kingbird 7 > Loggerhead Shrike 1 > Horned Lark 3 > Verdin 2 > Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 In the pines w red breasts > Marsh Wren 2 > Bewick's Wren 3 > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 > Curve-billed Thrasher 4 > Cedar Waxwing 3 > Phainopepla 1 > Yellow-rumped Warbler 25 > Rufous-winged Sparrow 6 > Chipping Sparrow 2 > Lark Sparrow 6 > White-crowned Sparrow 6 > Song Sparrow 4 > Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) 1 > Lincoln's Sparrow 2 > Abert's Towhee 1 > Northern Cardinal 3 > Pyrrhuloxia 2 > Western/Eastern Meadowlark 2 > Red-winged Blackbird 6 > House Finch 6 > Red Crossbill 4 Photos coming, red w crossed bills > Lesser Goldfinch 12 > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40212957 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > Home Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds > To unsubscribe use the Unsubscribe button on that page. > To view archive: click "Archive" on that page.