Date: 11/15/17 5:37 pm From: Richard Webster <webster.re...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: San Bernardino NWR & Slaughter Ranch: Green Kingfisher(s), Rufous-backed Robin, Winter Wren
Wednesday, 15 November, there was a male Green Kingfisher at the outflow from North Pond on SBNWR and, 80 minutes later, a male at House Pond on Slaughter Ranch, where several visitors have reported it to the managers, Vickie & Fred, recently; kingfishers fly faster than I travel, but recent circumstances suggest two. On SBNWR there was a Rufous-backed Robin in Black Draw (the main N-S riparian drainage line) about 200m above the main road crossing of it; it was near a fruiting hackberry. A Winter Wren was heard and seen at Mesquite Pond, one of the NE ponds, but seemed unsettled. The Eastern Phoebe continues at House Pond on Slaughter Ranch. Other birds rarer locally were a White-tailed Kite hovering over Sonora, a Golden-crowned Kinglet at Robertson Cienega (large pond along the border west of Black Draw), and a flock of Eastern Bluebirds that departed from a hackberry in Black Draw. Apart from many more unusual birds than normal, it was really slow birding in terms of numbers and variety.
San Bernardino NWR (daylight hours all days, walk-in) and Slaughter Ranch (Wed-Sun 10-3, fee) are 14-15 miles E of Douglas on Geronimo Trail (15th Street).