Date: 12/1/19 5:00 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--01 Dec 2019
Hi, birders,

Fourteen hardy souls braved freezing temperatures to start, but bright
sunshine soon warmed all creatures, from birds to people. The final tally
at the end of the morning was 71 species.

No rarities today, but still a few lingering birds, like the two Barn
Swallows foraging over an old impoundment that had taken up rain from the
recent storm. Dry sludge was now wet, too, suitable for a high count of 25
Least Sandpipers, along with the usual Killdeer, Am. Pipits, and mixed
blackbirds that forage there.

Sparrow numbers remain low, but there was good diversity today. The usual
big five (Vesper, Savannah, Song, Lincoln's, and White-crowned) were joined
by 1-5 each of Rufous-winged, Grasshopper, Black-throated, Lark, and Swamp
Sparrow. Among the Horned Larks flying about were at least two
Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

A three falcon day, with a dark Merlin streaking by, a well-fed Peregrine
Falcon digesting a full crop, and several active Am. Kestrels. Big flocks
of ducks were found in the flooded grasses at the Moson Road side of the
EOP, with several hundred Am. Wigeon, 100+ Green-winged Teal, and good
numbers of Gadwall and N. Pintail.

Colorful birds today included at least fifteen Pyrrhuloxia, most of them
males, and the ever present Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

Cheers, Erika Wilson


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Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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