Date: 12/31/17 3:14 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--31 Dec 2017
Hi, birders,

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.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

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Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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