Date: 7/8/18 12:54 pm From: <dpsiminski...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sierra Vista EOP
This morning at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park (EOP), seven
birders experienced the early days of Arizona’s second summer, the wet summer.
No rain, but we certainly felt the moist warm monsoon air from the south.
Sixty species in all were observed. The pre-dawn count included several common
poorwills, lesser nighthawks and great-horned owls. After sunrise, the change
of season was made evident by several post-breeding birds returning to the EOP
or passing through to locations further south. These included two tree
swallows, a greater yellowlegs and a lark sparrow. A first of the season
Cassin’s sparrow, a monsoon breeding bird, was seen and heard seemingly
calling for the rain. Everyone was also treated to some of the EOP’s rarer
marsh birds: two least bitterns, one in flight and one clinging to the
cattails at the edge of the marsh, and the “kadik, kadik” song of a Virginia
rail from another of the marshes. To top off the day as the last of the
birders were departing the EOP, a peregrine was seen soaring high above the