Date: 11/21/17 8:40 pm From: Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Holy Trinity Monastery, St. David: Rufous-backed Robin, Pine Warbler
This morning I went back to the Holy Trinity Monastery to try and photograph the EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and CEDAR WAXWINGS I saw yesterday (as I had stupidly forgotten to put my camera in the car!). I was very glad I returned as there were several surprises waiting for me in the same spot. Not only were the Eastern Bluebirds present, there was also a small flock of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and a flock of about 10 waxwings. The trees were hopping with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, several RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO. There was a lot of activity in the hackberry tree including a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN. Below, near the small stream a bright yellow warbler popped up and I quickly snapped a few photos before it and the robin disappeared. It turned out to be a male PINE WARBLER! All this activity took place along the line of trees to the east of St. Isadore pond, between the trailer park and the pond where a small vegetation-choked stream runs below the trees. It was, by far, the birdiest place in the whole area. The birds seem to fly between the pond and the line of trees. Today I didn't walk down to the river as I did yesterday. There is no water there so few birds along the trails. I returned to the spot after checking the other ponds and could not relocate the robin or the warbler.