Date: 1/12/18 3:38 am From: Diane Touret <dctouret...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Sinaloa Wren at Santa Gertrudis Lane 1/11/18 @10:45AM
Yesterday the sharp eyes of Sally Johnsen's friend Maureen found the SINALOA WREN feeding in the leaf litter near a Bewick's Wren and a House Wren just south of the tree trunk that crosses the path in the sunny area near the river. The wren was working the dead leaves below the branches of a deadfall and although close to the trail, it was often obscured. The other two wrens were right out in the open.
Coming back north through this area around noon, I saw what was probably the Sinaloa Wren fly back to the east side of the river.
Other "good" birds seen by me between 9AM and 2PM: Cassin's and Hutton's Vireo, Rufous-backed Robin, male Hepatic Tanager, and, best of all, alazily-soaring CRESTED CARACARAdrifting south along the river!
Sally and Maureen also saw a Merlin farther south along the Anza Trail where it comes back to the river in a grassy area near the road.