Date: 12/29/17 11:52 am From: Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Benson ponds report
I was really bummed to be so sick I could not make it on either the Ramsey Canyon or Madera Canyon CBCs! Yesterday, I felt just well enough to spend a bit of sedentary time at the Benson STP, viewing birds, and was lucky enough to see 3 Greater Scaup (2 males, 1 female) and 7 female Common Merganser. Also, a female Common Golendeye and large numbers of Ring-necked Ducks (125). Eurasian Wigeon was not to be found (now in Wilcox?). There were also 3 Lesser Scaup on a different area of the pond for comparison.
Today, 29th, I returned for a quick view of STP. Still no Eurasian Wigeon, no Greater Scaup or mergansers, just Lesser Scaup and the usual assortment. Then I went over to the nearby golf course and had 5 Hooded Mergansers (usually here lately), 34 Canvasbacks (high for me at the site), and 2 imm. Snow Goose hangin with the coots.