Date: 11/30/17 1:43 pm
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
How did I find it? I just happened to see this bird - this culvert is a
good area for Rufous-winged Sparrows, and I had just seen a Canyon Towhee
(locally rare) when an unfamiliar bird popped up in the top of the Johnson
Grass in the culvert. I ran through a list of possibilities but none seemed
to match; unfortunately my camera battery had died, so I was unable to
figure it out at the time. It seems to like that culvert, though.

I have not birded the area south of the Ina Road bridge this year due to
the construction of the new bridge, but I have in the past. I believe Keith
had a female about 6 years ago nearby, and a male and female in the early

Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>

> Hi Andrew,
> I have been researching this as well. I have been downloading bishop
> records in the US since they are not shown on maps. Along with matching
> best with northern red bishop pics in macaulay and that scan Rick Wright
> put on fb, there are only three reports of southerns ever in the US and
> none since something like 1997. I have been asking friends and will keep
> working on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than this one
> individual. How did you find it in the first place?
> On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 14:21 Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>> 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.
>> You can see pix of it here:
>> view/checklist/S40825324
>> 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.
>> A few references (this species used to be called Orange Bishop):
>> wren_111200.htm#art5
>> p0082.pdf
>> AZFO seems to be down at the moment but will hopefully be up again soon.
>> good birding-
>> Andrew
>> --
>> Andrew Core
>> Tucson, AZ
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