Date: 6/17/18 11:14 am From: Erika Wilson <terika88...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--17 June 2018
Three local birders and a visiting CA birder walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning. Our group tally was 53 species, right in line with the past few weeks. Unlike the past few weeks, we saw only a handful of Lesser Nighthawks at dawn.
Best birds of the day were: a) a singing male Summer Tanager, only the third record for the EOP. The tanager did seem a bit out of place, singing from a large mesquite, rather than a cottonwood along the river. b) a calling Virginia Rail, which was seen briefly. This bird was in the same cattail bed as last week, and the same bed from which a Virginia Rail called during most of June 2017.
There were several families of Lucy's Warblers, and the Red-tailed Hawk nest atop a communications tower no longer holds youngsters. The most vocal species today was Blue Grosbeak, with males singing and chasing females vigorously throughout the morning.