Date: 1/30/18 12:37 pm From: Jonathan Lutz <jlutz...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rufous-backed Robin at Paton Center 1/29/18
Good afternoon, fellow birders.
A Rufous-backed Robin was photographed and reported at the Paton Center on Monday, January 29. The bird was photographed in the mesquite tree that grows directly behind the main house. To my knowledge, the bird has not been seen yet today.
Cassin's Finches are continuing in the front yard. Look for these birds to be mingling with House Finches at feeders offering mixed seed and black oil sunflower seeds. They've also been visiting the low, shallow watering stations.
Two Violet-crowned Hummingbirds (along with a Broad-billed and multiple Anna's) were observed this morning. Both birds appear to be a in good health. A Violet-crowned with a damaged bill and appearing in poor condition was observed and photographed over the weekend. We'll continue to watch for this bird.
If you live in the area and are interested in volunteering at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, we have volunteer positions available. Docents are needed to fill volunteer shifts on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday afternoons. A typical docent shift lasts 4-6 hours and begins with cleaning and filling seed, suet, and nectar feeders. The remainder of the day is spent interacting with visiting birders from around the US and the world. We also have volunteer work days that involve the eradication of invasive Johnson Grass in a concentrated riparian zone along Sonoita Creek. This multi-year project is intended to benefit species like the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Gray Hawk. Interested parties should email Tucson Audubon Volunteer Coordinator, Luke Safford, to enroll in the volunteer program. Thereafter, we'll schedule an orientation day at the Paton Center.
For inquiries and questions, please feel free to email me: Jonathan Lutz, Paton Center Director, via <jlutz...>
The Paton Center is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Please observe the site rules posted at the information kiosk, which include keeping dogs on leashes at all times and no flash photography allowed. Follow the Paton Center online for regular updates: