Date: 1/31/18 4:05 pm From: <mmelius...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] White-tailed Kite and other Las Cienegas area birds
This morning I found a White-tailed Kite along the Greaterville Road (Rte. 62), two miles west of Hwy. 83. It was on forest service land, in savannah habitat north of the road. I was hiking along Trail 4072 when it flew overhead around 10:15 am then landed nearly half a mile west. So I had great views of the underside, fair views of the back. I went to my vehicle and drove towards it but could not re-locate it despite searching for an hour.
Farther west along Rte. 62, at the Arizona Trail trailhead, I heard a Western Screech Owl call during the lunar eclipse this morning.
In Las Cienegas NCA, at the Empire Ranch HQ around noon I found the bosque to be quite birdy. Highlights include Cassin's Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Brown Creeper, and Gray Flycatcher. In about 15 minutes of stationary birding in the bosque I found 19 species.