Date: 11/12/17 11:17 am
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
Hello birders,

The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird that Melissa photographed at Ft. Lowell Park on Saturday made a brief appearance (along with a Cassin's Kingbird) between 7 and 7:30 am in the Mulberry tree just east of the northern baseball field and then perching in the tall Eucalyptus north east of the baseball field.

In went undetected until just after 10:30 am, when the COUCH's/TROPICAL KINGBIRD was spotted atop a pecan tree, at the southern edge of the most eastern parking lot, by the artificial creek. It then spent enough time feeding in the pecan grove heading west going from perch to perch, so that all birders present could arrive and obtain excellent views. It posed for many photos and was recorded when it called a few times. I imagine eBird checklists and facebook will have documentation on this bird. The call was consistent with Couch's Kingbird.

Then it headed west, perching first in the Eucalyptus tree just south of the northern most baseball field, then continuing to the trees just west of the covered adobe (just north of Cottonwood Lane) and before the ramada. It was still in that area feeding when Mark and I left the park at 11:45 am.

Other interesting sightings by a group of 8 or so birders: flyover Lewis's Woodpecker and Red-breasted Merganser, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Inca Dove, Hutton's, Plumbeous, and Bell's Vireos.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ

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