Date: 6/11/19 12:19 pm From: Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hooded Warbler and Rose-throated Becard - Tumacacori NHP area
A singing male Hooded Warbler has returned to the de Anza Trail at Tumacacori for at least the third year. It is in the same area as last year, approximately 0.2 miles north of the intersection with the River spur trail. It remains a skittish bird, singing repeatedly about twenty feet from the trail, but rarely in clear sight. I managed to get a decent recording but no pictures. You most likely will detect it by listening for the song, and there are no obvious markers other than a mesquite adjacent to the east side of the trail that has had two large branches sawn off recently. The pair of Rose-throated Becards that were seen often in late winter and early spring appear to have built their nest about 50 yards south of last year's late summer nest. Walk to the west bank of the Santa Cruz River following the signs that point you to the river from the intersection with the de Anza Trail, and then follow the "social trail" along the river to the south until you come out on a large sand bar. I placed a small branch vertically in the sand, and another larger branch with a plastic bottle on the end, horizontally and pointing east at the nest. The nest is on the other side of the river about 20 yards away and 50 feet in the air. A male becard seemed to be hanging around the nest area most of the time, which might indicate there is a female in the nest, on eggs.
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