I took a casual stroll along Santa Gertrudis Lane near Tumacacori this afternoon. This area is primed for a frugivore invasion with pyracantha, the purple berried trees (?) and hackberry all laden and ripening. Not much is partaking yet except HOUSE FINCHs and GILA WOODPECKERs.
At the flooded river crossing, there was a large flock of birds including 18 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETs, 6 BRIDLED TITMOUSE, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, 1 scolding CASSIN'S VIREOs (a bright colored individual), LINCOLN'S SPARROWs, ABERT'S TOWHEEs, PYRRHULOXIA, LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKERs, VERDIN, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHs, BEWICK'S WREN and a few others.
In late afternoon, at the Amado Wastewater Treatment Plant there was a pair of GREATER SCAUP (m and f), scads of RING-NECKED DUCKs, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCKs and a few others. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was "hiding" on the floating impeller, the GREAT EGRET was hiding in the structure in far northeast portion of the pond and a TURKEY VULTURE floated lazily overhead.