Date: 2/10/19 4:05 pm From: <pgoltz...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Common Poorwill
I had either a Common Poorwill or a Lesser Nighthawk on my driveway two different evenings week before last, but didn't report it because I couldn't determine which. I often have these species when nobody else does. Low mountain altitudes near Tucson, if that has any bearing. If it is the case nighttime temperatures have to be above 55, that would explain it, and I didn't go anywhere last week.
Good Birding, Pat Goltz
On 2019-02-10 15:14, Andrew Core wrote: > From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3  or > rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org ): > > 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 another roost. > > 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. > > thanks Bob, Lenore, Paul & Brian - > > Andrew Core > SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ > http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/