Date: 11/10/19 6:29 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--10 Nov 2019
Hi, birders,

Ten people walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning. Overall a quiet
morning, with a list of 68 species; adding in four pre-dawn birds, the
final tally was 72 species.

A full complement of ducks were noted today, with 11 species, including
250+ Am. Wigeon in one flock in the flooded grasses at Moson Road. N.
Pintail and Gadwall numbers have doubled, and two Lesser Scaup were noted.

Behavioral highlight was watching an adult Peregrine Falcon hunting ducks.
Its stoops were unsuccessful, but it was interesting to watch its speed and
maneuvers. Also spotted was a fast-moving Merlin over the weedy fields. Two
latish Cassin's Kingbirds were seen, as was a single Barn Swallow.

Ten sparrow and towhee species were found, with Savannah Sparrow the most
numerous at 60+. Impressive were the 22 Lincoln's Sparrows, outnumbering
Song Sparrows this morning. A big flock of Western Meadowlarks were noted
(128) as they passed by the ramada overlook platform in waves at the
beginning of the walk.

Walks at the Sierra Vista EOP take place every Sunday, with the group
leaving promptly at 8 a.m. during the winter months (Nov-Feb). Arrive early
to sign in, securing your place on this walk behind locked gates.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

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Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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