Date: 12/31/17 3:14 pm From: Erika Wilson <terika88...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--31 Dec 2017
The final day of the year drew 13 people to walk the Sierra Vista EOP dikes, with visitors from CO and IL joining local residents. A typical winter day, with a final tally of 56 species, showcasing ducks, raptors, and sparrows, for which the EOP is well known.
Ten species of ducks, including Bufflehead and Ring-necked Duck, with the last addition being a large group of stunning N. Pintails in a mixed flock of ducks at the Moson Road impoundments.
Raptors today were: an immature N. Harrier hunting over the reed beds; both perched and soaring Red-tailed Hawks; perched and flying Am. Kestrels; a zip-through Merlin; and several sightings of a dark Peregrine Falcon during the morning as it soared, passed by the soaring Red-tails, and knifed its way through a blue sky.
Land birds of interest were a flock of Horned Larks at close range as they walked along the sloping side of a dike, small groups of Am. Pipits, and six species of sparrows. All the expected icterids were about, with colorful Yellow-headed Blackbirds being particularly well seen in the bulrushes.
Today's walk completed the 2017 EOP walks, covering every week of the year, with a total of 166 species.