Date: 1/7/18 7:01 pm From: Erika Wilson <terika88...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--07 Jan 2018
The first Sierra Vista EOP walk of the year fielded 11 people to walk the dikes, all Arizonans enjoying the mild weather. The group tally at morning's end was 62 species, a great start to the year.
As usual in winter, ducks were prominent, with ten species, including several knock-out male Cinnamon Teal shining in the sun. Both Sora and Virginia Rails were heard, but not seen. Shorebirds were few, but two Least Sandpipers were found, and a Wilson's Snipe zigzagged back and forth several times in the late morning.
A Peregrine Falcon was actively hunting, and finally caught a bird, although it was too far away to determine the prey. A small Horned Lark flock was again frequenting the rocky side of one dike, giving all of us great, close looks.
At Moson Road we were treated to two interesting birds--the first a well-hidden Crissal Thrasher calling repeatedly, and the second an active, calling Black-tailed Gnatcatcher bouncing around in the mesquites.