Date: 2/10/19 2:15 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Common Poorwill
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
Not really rare, but unusual:
Bob and Lenore Perna report a Common Pooorwill roosting at the Safeway
on Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway. It’s been there since at least 1 pm
yesterday when a neighbor spotted it.
Paul Suchanek & Brian Nicholas report that it continues today just above
the east entrance door.
It should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway - don't flush it!
Obviously this is a busy place with hundreds of people passing by without
disturbing it, but I'm sure a dedicated effort could indeed make it find
Common Poorwill is the only bird known to spend long periods during winter
completely inactive. Many birds seem to "wake" up in mid-February and call
for a few nights when it is warm. Generally, overnight lows need to be
above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, if I remember correctly.