Date: 11/30/17 1:21 pm From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
Today at Crossroads District Park in Marana I found a bishop - no, this is not about the new bishop being installed by the Tucson diocese, but something more exotic. This one was probably a female Northern Red Bishop, which is an African species of weaver.
It is listed under "passerine sp." until I figure out what to do with it. I first saw it on Nov 15 but didn't get a good look at it; I refound it Nov 16 and got some pix then.
The specific spot I've seen it is in the southern culvert (the one full of weeds) south of the ball fields. Best views have been from the west edge of the multi-use path along the river.
It's hard to say where this bird came from; Keith Kamper told me he saw one near Ina Rd (a mile south) a few years back. I doubt there's a breeding colony along this stretch of the river, but it's something to be aware of. There was a colony in Phoenix that persisted for several years in the late 1990s, and the species is well established in Southern California.