AZNMBirds
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12/12/17 7:07 pm Elaine Halbedel <inannaqoh...> [AZNMbirds] A Critical Omission in the Report
12/12/17 7:04 pm Elaine Halbedel <inannaqoh...> [AZNMbirds] SW NM: Short-eared Owl
12/12/17 6:52 pm Charlie Trapani <charliednb...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ San Rafael Grasslands
12/12/17 6:47 pm Tom Hildebrandt <thildebrandt...> RE: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
12/12/17 5:59 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
12/12/17 3:38 pm Jason A Wilder <Jason.Wilder...> [AZNMbirds] FW: NAZ: Negative White-wing Crossbill report from Chuska Mts
12/12/17 3:27 pm Brian walsh <mrbrianwalsh2...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
12/12/17 3:02 pm William Higgins <whiggins11...> [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
12/12/17 2:49 pm David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson, Reid Park
12/12/17 2:02 pm Carl Englander <carl...> [AZNMbirds] Central Tucson, AZ Peregrine Falcons
12/12/17 1:28 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] AZNMbirds] SE AZ: TUCSON Indian Agency & Los Reales Roads CARACARAS and SNOW GEESE
12/12/17 1:23 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Indian Agency & Los Reales Roads CARACARAS and SNOW GEESE
12/12/17 12:51 pm Jay Miller <arizonajay23...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove, 12-12.
12/12/17 11:04 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] SAZ Santa Cruz Flats 12-12-2017
12/12/17 9:39 am Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: BLACKBIRD COUNT IN ORANGE GROVE PIT, TUCSON
12/11/17 8:30 pm Jim Ripley <jimripley.az...> [AZNMbirds] Sandhill Cranes CEAZ
12/11/17 6:28 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 12/11/2017
12/11/17 2:56 pm Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO Expedition Highlights - White-winged Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks, Northern Shrike, etc.
12/11/17 10:00 am David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many new photos
12/11/17 9:54 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Lake Havasu Surf Scoters
12/11/17 8:30 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Crossbills again
12/11/17 7:44 am greentailedtowhee . <skua33...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Possible Greater Scaup; Marana area, Sunday.
12/11/17 6:47 am greentailedtowhee . <skua33...> [AZNMbirds] Possible Greater Scaup; Marana area, Sunday.
12/11/17 6:34 am C kirscher <antclaudia2008...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats 12/10/17 Lewis' Woodpecker and more
12/11/17 5:53 am MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ft. Lowell Park Couch's Kingbird - Sun - yes
12/10/17 8:24 pm Brian Nicholas <weehawker2...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Mt Lemmon -Santa Catalina Mountains CBC hikers needed Saturday December 16th
12/10/17 7:40 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--10 Dec 2017
12/10/17 7:39 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson: Fort Lowell Park - Cassin's kingbird
12/10/17 5:26 pm <lwrkenai...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Paradise Valley yardbirds: two Rufous-backed Robins and intergrade Fox Sparrow continues
12/10/17 3:44 pm Steve Wolfe <sdw90731...> [AZNMbirds] Elegant Trogon in Chiricahuas' Cave Creek Canyon 12/10
12/10/17 12:39 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Fw: C AZ: Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP 10 Dec 2017
12/10/17 12:04 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Flats cont Orchard Oriole & Lewis's Woodpecker
12/10/17 10:17 am Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Reid Park Bonanza
12/10/17 9:15 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 December 2017
12/9/17 10:31 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Hassayampa WINTER WREN continues
12/9/17 7:09 pm Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] Misc Tucson parks updates
12/9/17 6:38 pm Darlene <dsmyth3...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson, Sweetwater Wetlands
12/9/17 6:38 pm Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...> [AZNMbirds] Az: Eurasian Wigeon in Gilbert
12/9/17 6:38 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 December 2017
12/9/17 6:38 pm <pgoltz...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: Hardesty Bldg Northern Parula
12/9/17 6:38 pm Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rough-legged Hawk in San Rafael Grasslands; other – Swamp Sparrow, Rufous-backed Robin, Summer Tanager
12/9/17 6:34 pm Merlin <merlin32757...> [AZNMbirds] Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Dec 9, 2017
12/9/17 6:34 pm Sean Fitzgerald <sfitzgerald86...> [AZNMbirds] Orchard Oriole—santa cruz flats—pinal county
12/8/17 7:09 pm Robert A. Behrstock, Naturewide Images <rbehrstock...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Co. odds and ends: 8 Dec.
12/8/17 6:35 pm Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: San Carlos Lake--Common Loon
12/8/17 3:36 pm Luke Safford <saffordluke...> [AZNMbirds] Hardesty Bldg Northern Parula
12/8/17 2:56 pm David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Fort Lowell Park, Tucson
12/8/17 1:58 pm JOHN <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson KENNEDY PARK WESTERN GREBE
12/8/17 1:32 pm JOHN <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Goldeneye at hardesty building west pond
12/8/17 12:21 pm Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Just in Case the Listserv Backups This Weekend
12/8/17 10:59 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Common Goldeneye
12/8/17 10:45 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] listaerv Fri night/Sat AM
12/8/17 10:41 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Common Goldeneye
12/8/17 7:20 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Blackbird Rise-Ina and Orange Grove
12/7/17 4:25 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Grebes still present 12/7/17
12/7/17 12:42 pm Sally Johnsen <empidonax...> [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills
12/7/17 9:53 am Jake Mohlmann <mohlmann2...> [AZNMbirds] Atascosa Highlands CBC Dec. 19th, 2017
12/7/17 4:49 am John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, White-throated Sparrow
12/6/17 5:00 pm Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...> [AZNMbirds] Peck Canyon, just north of Rio Rico
12/6/17 4:42 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Western and Clark's Grebes, Arthur Pack Violet-green Swallow
12/6/17 1:21 pm Stan Hart <shart...> [AZNMbirds] Fort Lowell Park Tucson - Couch's Kingbird
12/6/17 9:46 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Crystal Garden Parkway 12-6-2017
12/6/17 9:45 am Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO Piute Canyon Expedition this weekend
12/6/17 8:27 am Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...> [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbill Types 2 (Ponderosa) and 4 (Douglas-fir) at Fort Lowell Park
12/6/17 8:08 am Richard Castetter <rcastett...> [AZNMbirds] SC NM Broad-billed Hummingbird
12/6/17 6:47 am Jerry Friedman <jerry_friedman...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills in Tucson – Documenting the Types
12/6/17 5:20 am Uwviper <uwviper...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: White-throated Sparrow - Graham County
12/5/17 9:28 pm Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...> [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills in Tucson – Documenting the Types
12/5/17 6:54 pm Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Canyon Elegant Trogon, Dec 5, 2017
12/5/17 6:39 pm Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Catalina Mountains Red-backed Junco, Lewis's Woodpecker,
12/5/17 6:08 pm Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Townsend's Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch
12/5/17 4:03 pm Charles Corson <chcorson...> [AZNMbirds] Lewis’s Woodpecker, Santa Cruz Flats
12/4/17 6:41 pm <Birdsounds...> Re: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 December 2017
12/4/17 5:47 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Course
12/4/17 4:43 pm Susan Stillwell <slknitnut1...> [AZNMbirds] Yellow Warbler?
12/4/17 2:51 pm David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson, Hardesty Building area
12/4/17 2:48 pm mary klinkel <munchita...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Desert Museum
12/4/17 10:13 am Jeremy Medina <jmedina1...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Reid Park Red Crossbills
12/4/17 10:00 am Gordon Karre <karhop1...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Black-throated Green Warbler
12/3/17 8:46 pm Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...> [AZNMbirds] McCown's Longspurs in Lonesome Valley, Yavapai Co.
12/3/17 7:47 pm Henry Detwiler <henrydetwiler...> [AZNMbirds] SWAZ: Yuma County Waterfowl, Warblers, etc.
12/3/17 6:35 pm <lwrkenai...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Paradise Valley yardbirds: Rufous-backed Robin and intergrade Fox Sparrow
12/3/17 4:59 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
12/3/17 4:34 pm Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Las Cienegas NCA Today -- White-tailed Kite and LOTS of Sparrows
12/3/17 3:51 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--03 Dec 2017
12/3/17 2:27 pm Alan Schmierer <aaschmierer...> [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Course: 2 CARACARAS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 10 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES!!
12/3/17 2:16 pm rich armstrong <richarmstrong...> [AZNMbirds] no glaucous gull
12/3/17 12:55 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Re: [AZNMbirds] N. Parula R/e/i/d Randolph Park
12/3/17 11:58 am Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] East side Tucson Parks
12/3/17 11:07 am Matthew Brown <mattbrownbirds...> [AZNMbirds] CBC conflict, Tucson Valley vs. Patagonia
12/3/17 9:39 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] More Crossbills, NW Tucson
12/3/17 9:01 am Lori <lconrad6853...> RE: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
12/3/17 7:28 am Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Couch's Kingbird cont Fort Lowell
12/3/17 4:56 am Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...> Re: [AZNMbirds] N. Parula Reid Park
12/3/17 2:04 am Charlie Trapani <charliednb...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ (Fort ) Hauchuca Canyon Varied Thrush
12/3/17 2:04 am Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] Not sure if this went through- N. Parula Reid Park Tucson
12/3/17 2:04 am Steve Hosmer <sjhosmer...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Base and Meridian WA Black-throated Green Warbler
12/3/17 2:04 am Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] N. Parula Reid Park
12/3/17 2:03 am W MCCRADY <wmccrady...> [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
12/3/17 2:03 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 December 2017
12/1/17 2:02 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Harris's Hawks
12/1/17 11:58 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Eurasian Wigeon or hybrid wigeon
12/1/17 10:47 am Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...> [AZNMbirds] Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County Book (3rd Edition)
12/1/17 10:06 am J P Hirth <jphmdh8...> [AZNMbirds] WIWR
11/30/17 8:10 pm Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Greenlee County Birding (29-30 November 2017)
11/30/17 4:31 pm W MCCRADY <wmccrady...> [AZNMbirds] Dusky Flycatchers at Gila Hot Springs (Grant Co.)
11/30/17 2:39 pm David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Couch's Kingbird continues at Fort Lowell Park, Tucson
11/30/17 2:24 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <dhworkout...> [AZNMbirds] Amado Pond
11/30/17 2:05 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <dhworkout...> [AZNMbirds] Brown Pelicans
11/30/17 1:49 pm Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
11/30/17 1:43 pm Andrew Core <andrewcore...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
11/30/17 1:40 pm Jason A Wilder <Jason.Wilder...> [AZNMbirds] NAZ: Sandhill Cranes at Many Farms Lake
11/30/17 1:26 pm Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
11/30/17 1:21 pm Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
11/30/17 8:39 am Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...> [AZNMbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch still in Tempe
11/29/17 8:26 pm Jay Miller <arizonajay23...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove still, 11-29.
11/29/17 8:04 pm Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Parker Canyon Lake
11/29/17 6:18 pm Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Bronzed Cowbirds at Reid Park
11/29/17 6:15 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Three Quail Day
11/29/17 4:48 pm Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, L. Waterthrushes continue
11/29/17 3:36 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, L. Waterthrushes continue
11/29/17 1:13 pm Susan Allerton <sallerton...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Varied Thrush on Fort Huachuca
11/29/17 11:10 am Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson
11/29/17 10:16 am Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...> [AZNMbirds] Montosa Canyon - Santa Cruz county
11/29/17 10:01 am JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Los Reales and Indian Agency Roads SNOW GEESE
11/29/17 10:01 am Jeffrey Coker <uwviper...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Couch's Kingbird
11/29/17 9:56 am Jeffrey Coker <uwviper...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Couch's Kingbird
11/29/17 9:52 am Lainie Epstein <lainiee95us...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Benson WWTP Eurasian wigeon
11/29/17 7:50 am <Birdsounds...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sandhill Crane, south end of Moyza Ranch Road, Amado-Arivaca, AZ
11/28/17 8:31 pm Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Chiricahuas Clark's Nutcrackers
11/28/17 6:34 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Cassin's Finch - central NM plains (Willard)
11/28/17 4:47 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Benson STP Eurasian Wigeon still there
11/28/17 4:42 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Reid Park
11/28/17 2:55 pm Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana - El Rio Preserve
11/28/17 1:18 pm <Birdsounds...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Moyza Ranch Road (between Arivaca and Amado, AZ) Pinyon Jay
11/28/17 11:27 am Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...> [AZNMbirds] Eurasian Wigeon Benson STP
11/28/17 9:47 am David Stejskal <dstejskal...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park COUCH’s KINGBIRD continues
11/28/17 5:04 am Kathryn Lance <klance801...> [AZNMbirds] Possible Black and White warbler at Tohono Chul Pak
11/27/17 7:40 pm Maureen Blackford <mblackford...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rio Rico Golf Course (Santa Cruz County) Crested Caracara
11/27/17 7:38 pm Luke Safford <saffordluke...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Valley Christmas Bird Count, Thursday Dec. 14
11/27/17 7:16 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 11/27/2017
11/27/17 4:59 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack, LEAST GREBE - NO
11/27/17 3:27 pm Maureen Blackford <mblackford...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rio Rico Golf Course (Pima County) Crested Caracara
11/27/17 2:04 pm Steve Hosmer <sjhosmer...> [AZNMbirds] NAZ: American Bittern at Sedona Wetlands Preserve
11/27/17 12:47 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] FW: Boyce Thompson Arboretum bird walk 11/26/17
11/27/17 11:51 am Christopher Vincent <cj...> [AZNMbirds] AZ-3 miles east of Catalina ebird list- WOW Arizona
11/27/17 9:03 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Several new photos
11/27/17 8:36 am Steve Valasek <botheringbirds...> [AZNMbirds] [CEAZ] Gilbert Water Ranch - Ruddy Ground Dove YES
11/27/17 8:07 am Janet Witzeman <jlwitzeman...> [AZNMbirds] Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona
11/27/17 7:58 am Janet Witzeman <jlwitzeman...> [AZNMbirds] Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona
11/26/17 5:30 pm DeeDee DeLorenzo <deedeedelorenzo...> [AZNMbirds] WEAZ surf scoters and red-necked grebe
11/26/17 5:08 pm Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Sycamore Reservoir, Catalina Mountains today
11/26/17 3:41 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Paton's and beyond
11/26/17 1:57 pm Daniel Moore <dan...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Sahuarita merlin
11/26/17 12:19 pm Steve Ganley <sganley...> [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birds
11/26/17 11:59 am David Stejskal <dstejskal...> [AZNMbirds] Glendale Recharge Basins BRANT - No
11/26/17 10:50 am MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ft. Lowell Park - Eastern Bluebirds, COUCH'S - yes
11/26/17 8:15 am Jim Ripley <jimripley.az...> [AZNMbirds] Male Green Kingfisher SEAZ
11/26/17 6:09 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-26-2017
11/25/17 10:39 pm Troy Corman <aplomado...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Pinal Co. Stanfield Sod Farm Area
11/25/17 7:37 pm Jay Miller <arizonajay23...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove still, 11-25.
11/25/17 6:30 pm greentailedtowhee . <skua33...> [AZNMbirds] San Carlos Reservation (Permit required)
11/25/17 5:07 pm Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> [AZNMbirds] Mohave/ Davis Dam birds
11/25/17 4:59 pm Anita Strawn de Ojeda <kettleheadhats...> [AZNMbirds] Long-tailed duck in Holbrook
11/25/17 4:54 pm Clark, Daniel Glenn - (dgclark) <dgclark...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Eastern Bluebird
11/25/17 4:49 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Eastern Bluebird
11/25/17 2:38 pm Steve Valasek <botheringbirds...> [AZNMbirds] [CEAZ] Gilbert Water Ranch - Black and White Warbler
11/25/17 2:29 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Hassayampa WINTER WREN, etc.
11/25/17 1:56 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Note for eBirders
11/25/17 1:46 pm Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-25-2017
11/25/17 1:46 pm Melanie <mherring5...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: CEAZ: Glendale recharge ponds BRANDT
11/25/17 1:46 pm Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe and RBME-yes
11/25/17 1:46 pm DianaBlue Herron <blueheron64...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Scottsdale Ranch Woodpeckers
11/25/17 1:45 pm Diane Touret <dctouret...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
11/25/17 1:45 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Hassayampa Rufous-backed Robin(s?)
11/25/17 1:45 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 24 November 2017
11/25/17 1:45 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Ft Lowell Couch's present, Arthur Pack Red-breasted Mergansers
11/25/17 1:45 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] test
11/25/17 1:45 pm Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] Continuing TucsonLeast Grebe
11/25/17 1:45 pm Melanie <mherring5...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Glendale recharge ponds BRANDT
11/25/17 1:45 pm Melanie <mherring5...> [AZNMbirds]
11/25/17 1:45 pm Johnson Brian <spindlebrook...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Least Grebe - YES
11/25/17 1:45 pm Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: San Carlos River below Talkalai Dam (24 Nov 2017)
11/24/17 4:28 pm Marcia Lincoln <boahiss...> RE: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats, Mountain Plovers
11/24/17 2:22 pm Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats, Mountain Plovers
11/24/17 2:18 pm Lisa Swanstrom <labs823...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Sahuarita merlin
11/24/17 2:07 pm Daniel Moore <dan...> [AZNMbirds] Sahuarita merlin
11/24/17 1:58 pm Sally Johnsen <empidonax...> [AZNMbirds] Proctor Road etc
11/24/17 12:57 pm Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...> [AZNMbirds] Huachuca Canyon
11/24/17 10:28 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Least Grebe
11/24/17 9:42 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Arthur Pack Park Least Grebe, Friday, 11/24
11/24/17 8:29 am Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> [AZNMbirds] Mohave/ American Redstart at Rotary, Surf Scoters off of Pittsburgh Point
11/23/17 1:32 pm Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...> [AZNMbirds] Sprague's Pipits in Big Chino Valley, Yavapai Co.
11/23/17 1:07 pm Richard Ditch <richditch...> [AZNMbirds] Gilbert Water Ranch continuing Saw-whet, plus Surf Scoter
11/23/17 12:56 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Sahuarita - Lewis's Woodpeckers
11/23/17 12:21 pm James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...> [AZNMbirds] Maricopa Co. American Redstart.
11/23/17 9:02 am <bncthay...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson rarities 11/23
11/23/17 8:54 am Jay Miller <arizonajay23...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: The Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove, Lewis's Woodpecker, 11-23.
11/23/17 8:14 am <vernieaikins...> [AZNMbirds] Couch’s Kingbird - Ft. Lowell Park
11/23/17 8:00 am Jeremy Medina <jmedina1...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe at Arthur Pack Park present at 8:15 AM, 11/22 Tucson
11/23/17 6:59 am Vic Lewis <azvegasvic...> [AZNMbirds] Lewis’s Woodpecker
11/22/17 6:40 pm Keith Kamper <keithkamper...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Buenos Aires NWR- Arivaca Creek
11/22/17 6:27 pm Maureen Blackford <mblackford...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Sahuarita AZ (San Martin de Porres) Lewis's woodpecker
11/22/17 2:45 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Louisiana Waterthrush, Green Kingfisher
11/22/17 2:18 pm Scott Olmstead <sparverius81...> RE: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
11/22/17 12:55 pm Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe-yes
11/22/17 12:20 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ N Saw-whet Owl cont Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch
11/22/17 12:10 pm Jean Siesener <michbirdlady1...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Ramsey Canyon CBC on 12/17/17!
11/22/17 11:45 am Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Flats
11/22/17 11:41 am Lyndie Warner <lyndie...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Magpie Jay in Verrado?
11/22/17 11:40 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
11/22/17 10:03 am David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [AZNMbirds] Magpie Jay in Verrado?
11/22/17 9:52 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe at Arthur Pack Park present at 8:15 AM, 11/22 Tucson
11/22/17 9:27 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
11/22/17 8:23 am Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship...> [AZNMbirds] Ramsey Canyon CBC on 12/17/17!
11/22/17 7:39 am Barbara Buck <brbrbuck0...> [AZNMbirds] Ft Lowell Park , Tucson
11/22/17 6:29 am Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park... possible LEAST GREBE
11/22/17 6:26 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Grebe directions
11/21/17 8:40 pm Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Holy Trinity Monastery, St. David: Rufous-backed Robin, Pine Warbler
11/21/17 8:09 pm Alexander Hamilton <ispidina.picta...> [AZNMbirds] {AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird continues Tuesday late afternoon 11/21/2017
11/21/17 8:00 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: McCOWN'S LONGSPURS (Navajo Co.), EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (Apache Co.)
11/21/17 7:51 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: McCOWN'S LONGSPURS (Navajo Co.), EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (Apache Co.)
11/21/17 5:40 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Cassin's Kingbird Fort Lowell Park
11/21/17 5:02 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park... possible LEAST GREBE
11/21/17 4:52 pm Brian walsh <mrbrianwalsh2...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park Tucson
11/21/17 4:01 pm Gary Rosenberg <ghrosenberg...> [AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird continues
11/21/17 1:19 pm Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...> [AZNMbirds] Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Sprague's Pipits, and more on Ash Flat, Graham Co.
11/21/17 6:16 am Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] Correction: Stanfield sod farm
11/20/17 9:59 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Canyon Creek (Navajo Co.)
11/20/17 8:53 pm Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Stanfield area sod farms
11/20/17 6:15 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 11/20/2017
11/20/17 6:04 pm Merlin <merlin32757...> [AZNMbirds] Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Nov 18, 2017
11/20/17 3:21 pm Richard Castetter <rcastett...> [AZNMbirds] SC NM Continuing Broad-billed Hummingbird in Las Cruces
11/20/17 2:14 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
11/20/17 12:13 pm Merlin <merlin32757...> [AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird
11/20/17 11:17 am James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...> [AZNMbirds] Maricopa Co. continuing warblers at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
11/20/17 10:53 am Carl Englander <carl...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson - Couch's Kingbird continues at Fort Lowell Park
11/20/17 10:32 am David Pearson <dpearson...> [AZNMbirds] AZ, Maricopa Co., Mesa Lewis Woodpecker
11/20/17 10:06 am <josmithgv...> <josmithgv...> <josmithgv...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sahuarita Lewis's Woodpecker--YES
11/19/17 9:26 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Sahuarita - Lewis's Woodpecker + more
11/19/17 8:23 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird continues - Midtown Tucson
11/19/17 5:53 pm Mark Krenitsky <mkrenitsky...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP - 19 November 2017
11/19/17 4:53 pm Ralph Poulsen <ktm690dog...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Ft Lowell Park Kingbirds Couch's, Cassin's & Tropical??
11/19/17 2:20 pm David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Greater Scaup continues at Kennedy Park, Tucson
11/19/17 11:50 am Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Midtown Tucson - Red Crossbills near Fort Lowell Park
11/19/17 11:24 am MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson continuing Baltimore Oriole
11/19/17 11:21 am Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Birding - White-throated Sparrow, RB Robin and Northern Parula
11/19/17 11:18 am John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
11/19/17 10:20 am Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] WNM: Scoters Bluewater Lake
11/19/17 9:32 am tad lamb <tadlamb...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Couch's Kingbird continues
11/19/17 8:51 am Johnson Brian <spindlebrook...> [AZNMbirds] Couch’s Kingbird - YES, 11/19/17
11/19/17 6:49 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: SEAZ: Tucson - Tundra Swans
11/18/17 6:38 pm Darlene <dsmyth3...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Patagonia
11/18/17 6:23 pm trose <trose...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Tucson More Red Crossbills South Lawn Cemetery
11/18/17 5:30 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park, NW Tucson, Hooded Mergansers, Neotropic Cormorants, etc
11/18/17 1:16 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] A Little Florida Canyon Birding
11/18/17 12:25 pm Alan Schmierer <aaschmierer...> [AZNMbirds] Patagonia Lake: ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, AZ WOODPECKER, BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER.
11/18/17 8:58 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Iceland Gull
11/17/17 9:09 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 17 November 2017
11/17/17 8:19 pm Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Gila County-Gisela area (17 November 2017)
11/17/17 8:04 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Midtown Tucson - Cassin's finches, meadowlarks
11/17/17 4:48 pm Christopher Vincent <cj...> [AZNMbirds] AZ/3 miles east of Catalina
11/17/17 4:00 pm Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Havasu Iceland Gull, Purple Finch
11/17/17 3:10 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Course Today
11/17/17 2:31 pm Alan Schmierer <aaschmierer...> [AZNMbirds] Three pairs of Black-capped Gnatcatchers along Blue Haven Rd, Patagonia?
11/17/17 1:55 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Green Kingfisher Continues
11/17/17 11:26 am greentailedtowhee . <skua33...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Se az: Tucson kennedy park lake gull
11/17/17 9:23 am MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson SAT 11/18 - Bike Race Traffic Advisory
11/17/17 7:56 am JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] Se az: Tucson kennedy park lake gull
11/17/17 6:47 am Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] Scottsdale, AZ Lovebirds This Morning
11/16/17 11:47 am Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO Expedition to Piute Canyon, Navajo Co. 9-10 Dec '17
11/16/17 10:32 am David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New Photos Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
11/16/17 7:52 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: SEAZ: NE Tucson-N. Parula
11/15/17 6:24 pm DianaBlue Herron <blueheron64...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Acorn Woodpeckers at Scottsdale Ranch Park
11/15/17 5:37 pm Richard Webster <webster.re...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: San Bernardino NWR & Slaughter Ranch: Green Kingfisher(s), Rufous-backed Robin, Winter Wren
11/15/17 3:58 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, 2nd Louisiana Waterthrush
11/15/17 3:34 pm Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many new photos!
11/15/17 1:53 pm cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...> [AZNMbirds] Mt.Ord
11/15/17 1:23 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House
11/15/17 1:21 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Bill Will Surf Scoters
11/15/17 1:21 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
11/15/17 10:52 am Lori <lconrad6853...> [AZNMbirds] Late Rufous Hummingbird
11/15/17 9:09 am David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Couch's Kingbird continues at Fort Lowell Park
11/15/17 8:27 am Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Rufous-backed Robin at Butcher Jones
11/15/17 8:21 am Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Rufous-backed Robin at Butcher Jones
11/14/17 1:52 pm Troy Corman <aplomado...> [AZNMbirds] AZ CBC Season Planning and Free AZFO Workshop
11/14/17 1:23 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
11/14/17 11:00 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - probable Orchard Oriole on Wentworth
11/14/17 10:31 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
11/14/17 9:30 am David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: continuing Couch's Kingbird at Fort Lowell Park
11/14/17 9:05 am Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Chestnut-sided Warbler cont Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch
11/14/17 8:32 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - probable Orchard Oriole on Wentworth
11/14/17 7:52 am Janice Castro <janice41...> [AZNMbirds] American golden plover in Gilbert
11/14/17 6:53 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Couch’s Kingbird continues
11/13/17 6:54 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 11/13/2017
11/13/17 5:16 pm MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ft. Lowel Park Couch's Kingbird
11/13/17 3:57 pm Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Mountain Plovers in Stanfield area
11/13/17 1:29 pm Richard Carlson <rccarl...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
11/13/17 12:22 pm Sally Johnsen <empidonax...> [AZNMbirds] another new yard bird!
11/13/17 8:55 am John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Slate-Colored Fox Sparrow
11/13/17 6:43 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-13-2017
11/13/17 6:29 am Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
11/13/17 6:17 am David Chapman <chpmndavid...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Mt Lemmon Nutcrackers
11/12/17 10:18 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] NAZ: Coconino Red Phalarope, longspurs, 1st county record of Sprague's Pipit++
11/12/17 8:44 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tubac - Rufous-backed Robin continues
11/12/17 5:05 pm Matt Griffiths <matt...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Ft Lowell Park Violet-crowned Hummingbird
11/12/17 3:14 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] continuing Kingbird Fort Lowell Park
11/12/17 2:50 pm David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson >Christopher Columbus Park, Sweetwater Wetlands, 12 November 2017
11/12/17 2:47 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--12 Nov 2017
11/12/17 2:28 pm Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...> [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Club - 11/12/17 - Red Crossbills continue
11/12/17 2:01 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Mt Lemmon Nutcrackers
11/12/17 1:30 pm Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
11/12/17 12:48 pm Chauncey Wood <chaunceywood...> [AZNMbirds] White-tailed Kite
11/12/17 12:26 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Wickenburg: RED CROSSBILLS
11/12/17 11:27 am TRACY McCarthey <tmccarthey...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Thrasher Spot and Lower River Road Ponds
11/12/17 11:17 am MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
11/12/17 10:08 am Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Kingbird mystery
11/12/17 6:39 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 21-12-2017
11/12/17 5:24 am C kirscher <antclaudia2008...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Sandhill Cranes - Arlington area 11/11/17
 
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Date: 12/12/17 7:07 pm
From: Elaine Halbedel <inannaqoh...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] A Critical Omission in the Report
In my previous report on seeing a SHORT-EARED OWL in the Las Uvas Mts. of SW NM, I forgot to mention that I was then in Dona Ana County. This area is very close to the Luna County line. Sorry!

Elaine Halbedel
Silver City, NM

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Date: 12/12/17 7:04 pm
From: Elaine Halbedel <inannaqoh...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SW NM: Short-eared Owl
While doing a ridiculous hike into a seldom visited area of the Las Uvas Mts on Monday 12/11 for non-birding purposes, I scared a large owl out of a juniper tree in a wash that I was traversing. The area is located north of the SR 549 exit from I-10 between Deming and Las Cruces, and is north of the Lazy E Ranch/Massacre Peak area by some miles -- right up against the southern edge of the Las Uvas Mts. (SW of Magdalena Peak). This is a very remote area which took me about 2 hours to hike cross-country to the base of the range and thence another hour up into the canyon.
I initially assumed that it was a Great Horned, which are common in the area. However, both the bird and I continued up the canyon over a period of ~15 minutes as the bird flushed from tree to tree when I approached. Consequently, I was able to see that it was not Great Horned, but instead appeared to be an adult male SHORT-EARED OWL. It was very pale below with dark tipped wings and a whitish barely streaked breast and a darker collar. Absolutely no ear tufts were visible, which was significant because I eventually got to watch it watching me as it flew for a considerable distance. It had buffy wing patches on the upper primaries and flew in a fluttery manner (i.e, not strong direct wingbeats). The tail was short and lightly barred. It was not a Barn Owl since it had no heart-shaped face and was not rufous & gray in body color. It was not a Great Horned because it was smaller, paler, without ear tufts, and with a 'Harrier-like' face (rounded head and flattish face, as if it had run into a wall). It was not a Long-eared since it did not have orangish facial disks nor long ear tufts. It was too light in color to be a Spotted Owl and physically too large for any of the other more common small owls (e.g., Whiskered-Screech).
I had only my I-Phone camera with me, so got lots of useless px of juniper trees since I could never get close enough to it for that format without it flushing out of deep cover and my reflexes were not fast enough to get it jumping into flight. I chased it for some time, trying to get a photo, but the canyon was narrow and sinuous, so I never got a long straight flight path to capture. It eventually tired of the game and took off over the top of the mesa. Although it may not sound as though I saw it in appropriate habitat, the owl was roosting at the very mouth of a canyon that drained into the vast grassland of a mostly deserted cattle ranch. Consequently, a couple of wing beats would have taken it into very good hunting territory for this sort of beast.
Not many other birds appeared on a blustery, cool NM afternoon. The most interesting was a flock of CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS that circled me with their distinctive calls and then walked away through the grass. I assume that they were all the same species since I was able to ID one well and they all seemed identical in flight.

Elaine Halbedel
Silver City, NM

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Date: 12/12/17 6:52 pm
From: Charlie Trapani <charliednb...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ San Rafael Grasslands
I birded the grasslands today, late afternoon and I observed 2 white-tailed kites , 2 Northern harriers , and 2 short-eared owls, Savannah sparrows, meadowlarks, common Ravens , 2 say’s phoebes , 2 kestrels , loggerhead shrike. Doc photos obtained.

At the bog I had a Virginia rail, a few ruddy ducks, a black phoebe , 4 mallards, 20 ish red-winged blackbirds, and a song sparrow. Aside from the rail it was a bit disappointing.

-Charlie



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Date: 12/12/17 6:47 pm
From: Tom Hildebrandt <thildebrandt...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
If APHIS is not able to respond, call the Tucson office of AZ Game & Fish and they should send an officer to collect samples for testing and provide the presence of a ‘badge’.

From: <aznmbirds-request...> [mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of David Griffin
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:59 PM
To: William Higgins
Cc: Arizona Birds Listserv
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot

William:

My experience with finding large numbers of dead blackbirds and other granivorous birds in one localized area generally means they were poisoned at a feedlot or other agricultural area nearby. In Las Cruces, NM we started one Christmas Bird Count several years ago by observing scores of dead American crows and other blackbirds along the Rio Grande. The birds were poisoned at a cattle feedlot about 15 miles away, the birds ate poisoned bait the evening before and first thing the next morning flew from their roosts to the river to get water, dying there instead.

We quickly were able to get in touch with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services - the agency responsible and permitted to carry out such activities, and were able to work with them to better educate local agricultural producers and ourselves (birders and general public). Birds and other "nuisance" wildlife can eat tons and tons of grain at these concentrated feed lots. It was a most memorable CBC - I remember getting a phone call just after sunrise from the birder reporting the dead birds, and I spent several hours making/receiving phone calls that day.

I'm not familiar with the land use practices at/near Red Rock, but that would be my first guess - feedlot "nuisance" wildlife removal.

David


On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM, William Higgins <whiggins11...> wrote:
Near the Red Rock feed lot today, I observed about 40 dead blackbirds (red-winged and yellow-headed) along with a small number of dead doves. There may have been many more off the road where I could not readily see. Dead birds were seen over a distance of about a mile (on the road or to the side). I did not study the birds but they appeared to be in one piece without any obvious trauma. Perhaps they were startled from a roost and collided with objects or each other. Perhaps a dove hunter fired his weapon nearby.

I’ve been in that area many times and the only dead blackbird I’ve seen were the remains of one or two killed by a raptor. I did not retrieve any bodies. I’m sure several will be there tomorrow if anyone wanted to do some forensics.

I’d appreciate any thoughts on the cause. Thanks.

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Date: 12/12/17 5:59 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
William:

My experience with finding large numbers of dead blackbirds and other
granivorous birds in one localized area generally means they were poisoned
at a feedlot or other agricultural area nearby. In Las Cruces, NM we
started one Christmas Bird Count several years ago by observing scores of
dead American crows and other blackbirds along the Rio Grande. The birds
were poisoned at a cattle feedlot about 15 miles away, the birds ate
poisoned bait the evening before and first thing the next morning flew from
their roosts to the river to get water, dying there instead.

We quickly were able to get in touch with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
- the agency responsible and permitted to carry out such activities, and
were able to work with them to better educate local agricultural producers
and ourselves (birders and general public). Birds and other "nuisance"
wildlife can eat tons and tons of grain at these concentrated feed lots.
It was a most memorable CBC - I remember getting a phone call just after
sunrise from the birder reporting the dead birds, and I spent several hours
making/receiving phone calls that day.

I'm not familiar with the land use practices at/near Red Rock, but that
would be my first guess - feedlot "nuisance" wildlife removal.

David


On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM, William Higgins <whiggins11...>
wrote:

> Near the Red Rock feed lot today, I observed about 40 dead blackbirds
> (red-winged and yellow-headed) along with a small number of dead doves.
> There may have been many more off the road where I could not readily see.
> Dead birds were seen over a distance of about a mile (on the road or to the
> side). I did not study the birds but they appeared to be in one piece
> without any obvious trauma. Perhaps they were startled from a roost and
> collided with objects or each other. Perhaps a dove hunter fired his weapon
> nearby.
>
> I’ve been in that area many times and the only dead blackbird I’ve seen
> were the remains of one or two killed by a raptor. I did not retrieve any
> bodies. I’m sure several will be there tomorrow if anyone wanted to do
> some forensics.
>
> I’d appreciate any thoughts on the cause. Thanks.
>
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Date: 12/12/17 3:38 pm
From: Jason A Wilder <Jason.Wilder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] FW: NAZ: Negative White-wing Crossbill report from Chuska Mts
Chuck LaRue asked me to forward to the listserv that he and John Coons did not cross paths with White-winged Crossbills at the site where they were found this weekend in the Chuska Mts. They put in 4+ hours of searching, and had 7 Pine Grosbeaks as a consolation prize.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ


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Date: 12/12/17 3:27 pm
From: Brian walsh <mrbrianwalsh2...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
Hello

Red Rock Feedlot

I saw the birds yesterday, some still alive. There was 100+ killed. They were in the surrounding desert as well and I saw them dead as far as Baumgartner Rd. My "guess" the flock took flight into a semi-truck moving quickly. Just an opinion. It was a disheartening scene.

Brian Walsh
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On Tue, 12/12/17, William Higgins <whiggins11...> wrote:

Subject: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
To: "Arizona Birds Listserv" <aznmbirds...>
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 4:01 PM

Near the Red Rock feed lot today, I
observed about 40 dead blackbirds (red-winged and
yellow-headed) along with a small number of dead doves.
There may have been many more off the road where I could not
readily see.  Dead birds were seen over a distance of
about a mile (on the road or to the side). I did not study
the birds but they appeared to be in one piece without any
obvious trauma.  Perhaps they were startled from a
roost and collided with objects or each other. Perhaps a
dove hunter fired his weapon nearby.
I’ve been in that area
many times and the only dead blackbird I’ve seen were the
remains of one or two killed by a  raptor.  I did
not retrieve any bodies.  I’m sure several will be
there tomorrow if anyone wanted to do some forensics.

I’d appreciate any thoughts on the
cause.
 Thanks.Home
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Date: 12/12/17 3:02 pm
From: William Higgins <whiggins11...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird kill vicinity of Red Rock feed lot
Near the Red Rock feed lot today, I observed about 40 dead blackbirds (red-winged and yellow-headed) along with a small number of dead doves. There may have been many more off the road where I could not readily see. Dead birds were seen over a distance of about a mile (on the road or to the side). I did not study the birds but they appeared to be in one piece without any obvious trauma. Perhaps they were startled from a roost and collided with objects or each other. Perhaps a dove hunter fired his weapon nearby.

I’ve been in that area many times and the only dead blackbird I’ve seen were the remains of one or two killed by a raptor. I did not retrieve any bodies. I’m sure several will be there tomorrow if anyone wanted to do some forensics.

I’d appreciate any thoughts on the cause. Thanks.
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Date: 12/12/17 2:49 pm
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson, Reid Park
Hi Birders,

This morning the female Summer Tanager was at the west end of the Rose
Garden. About 25 Red Crossbills, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Black-throated
Gray Warbler and 6 Western Bluebirds were in mesquites just north of the
east end of the large concrete-lined pond.

Good birding,
Dave Beaudette
Tucson
12Dec2017

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Date: 12/12/17 2:02 pm
From: Carl Englander <carl...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Central Tucson, AZ Peregrine Falcons
A little while ago there were 2 Peregrine Falcons perched on the 5151 sign
at the top of the west side of the tall office building at 5151 E Broadway
Blvd, Tucson. Recently I have seen just a single Peregrine Falcon perched,
but today was the first time I saw 2 at once.

Good Birding!

Carl Englander
Tucson, AZ




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Date: 12/12/17 1:28 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZNMbirds] SE AZ: TUCSON Indian Agency & Los Reales Roads CARACARAS and SNOW GEESE
I forgot to identify the town. TUCSON

John Higgins

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Date: 12/12/17 1:23 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Indian Agency & Los Reales Roads CARACARAS and SNOW GEESE
Tuesday at noon eight CRESTED CARACARAS were dealing with strong winds in the hay fields southeast of the intersection. They were closer to the Santa Cruz River, not in the fields north of the San Xavier Mission. The two SNOW GEESE continued in the gravel pond northeast of the intersection.


John Higgins, Tucson, AZ.

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Date: 12/12/17 12:51 pm
From: Jay Miller <arizonajay23...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove, 12-12.
The Ruddy Ground-Dove is still being seen daily, day 21 today. A couple birders have got this lifer fairly easy.

Currently looking at a Prairie Falcon where it has been perched for over two hours. A Common Raven came by and got within four feet displaying before backing away. Falcon never moved but turned to face the Raven as it moved all around it.

Good Birding!!

Jay Miller
Mesa, Az
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Date: 12/12/17 11:04 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SAZ Santa Cruz Flats 12-12-2017
Dara Vazquez and I had the Orchard Oriole on Green Reservoir Rd just east
of Picacho Hwy, in a pecan tree south of the garage/barn. Also hundreds of
White-throated Swifts circling around the fields, and possibly two Lewis's
Woodpeckers on Picacho Hwy south of Green Reservoir. The Harlan's was at
Green and Curry being harrased by a pair of Ravens.

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix, AZ

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Date: 12/12/17 9:39 am
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: BLACKBIRD COUNT IN ORANGE GROVE PIT, TUCSON
Birders:


This morning I was the only person in all of Tucson (and all of the world when you think of it) to stand in the cold with my back to the roar of I-10 commuter traffic and count the dawn blackbird flights coming out of the two marshes in the Orange Grove Pit.


The first set of blackbird waves began to lift off at 0707 hours and lasted only 4 minutes to 0711 hours with an estimated 4000 birds. Only four minutes? Was that it? I thought. No wonder I am the only one out here standing in the cold. No, there had to be more birds, so I waited. And in only 4 minutes more, the second, greater set of blackbird waves began. It, too, lasted only 4 minutes (0715-19, so what's up with that?), but it contained an estimated 7200 individuals, which included a few stragglers that continued until 0724. After that no birds were flying up from the pit.


So, my estimated total is 11,200 individual birds. Am I sure?, you ask. Well, I used my experience counting large flocks of shearwaters and storm-petrels off the west coast, so I think I came close to a reasonable estimate, though it is probably a conservative number. However, I am only GUESSING when I say that the mix was 60% Yellow-headed and 40% Red-winged for the morning, with not enough Great-tailed Grackles in the mix to matter. I could not simultaneously count and get a sense of the proportion of large blackbirds to smaller blackbirds. One could get the proportion from photos later I suppose.


If you go to see this murmurating phenomenon:

The first flights come out of the high marsh closest to the bike path at the north end of the pit. Directions: Cross the I-10 west frontage road on Orange Grove Road. Hang a U-turn after the lane divider and park in the bike lane access area, but not obstructing any of the bike lanes. If trucks that are lined-up waiting for the green light prevent the U-turn, continue straight on Orange Grove a hundred yards or so to a large turn-around place on your right. Don't drive into the cement plant, that would be embarassing. After parking, walk south on the bike path maybe 120 yards to a place where three large concrete pads are on your left. Stand here, in the open area off the bike path. Bikes come thru fast in the dark, not expecting a flock of birders in their way. From this position, the upper marsh is just west of you; the tops of the cattails are visible.


The later, second lift-off flights come from the upper marsh, too, but also include birds coming out of the deep marsh at the bottom of the pit, which cannot be seen from here, so do not waste your time trying. I think there may be birds coming from places further south, too, as groups of 200-300 "just appear" south of the pit, sometimes breaking to the east and not coming north down the river.


I hope the dawn flight totals are good for the Christmas Bird Count only two days away.


Larry Norris
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 12/11/17 8:30 pm
From: Jim Ripley <jimripley.az...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sandhill Cranes CEAZ
Today I followed up on a Saturday eBird report and found 19 Sandhill Cranes in a field west of Phoenix. The field was bordered on the west by Old US 80 and on the north by W. Desert Rose Road. The cranes were in camera range. Here’s a link to one of many photos: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1896760733699798&set=gm.1689441787779766&type=3&theater&ifg=1 <https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1896760733699798&set=gm.1689441787779766&type=3&theater&ifg=1>

I subsequently saw four fly out of a field along Narramore Road and from the Hassayampa River bridge I saw a large flock in an inaccessible field, Because of the traffic I didn’t stay to count.

At the large Lower River Rd. pond, I counted 47 American White Pelicans, eight Snow Geese, an uncountable number of Cormorants and the usual contingent of Coots and a few Grebes, which I did not take time to ID—though a glance at one suggested a Western Grebe. Oh, there was a gull. Looking into a south sun discouraged any effort to ID. Plus my attention was on the pelicans. I took many pics as the B-52s of the bird world lifted off on a mission to who knows where. I will post in the next day or two.

Numerous hawks and a Prairie Falcon decorated utility poles as did a Ferruginous Hawk

I’ve been to Bosque Del Apache twice, but I was just as thrilled to see this many in camera range at home.

Happy Birding,

Jim
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Date: 12/11/17 6:28 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 12/11/2017
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
December 11, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for December 11, 2017 sponsored by
the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for
private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch
country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a
checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty
species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the
NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more
complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at
http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New
Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at
http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All
individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This
includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially
new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of
conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or
out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy
Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred)
to <sunbittern...> Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes,
North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen
on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird
account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL
letters):
Surf Scoter (Cibola)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (Cibola)
BLACK SCOTER (Cibola)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE (Cibola)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Bernalillo)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Cibola)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Eddy)
GREAT KISKADEE (Sierra)
PACIFIC WREN (Los Alamos)
Carolina Wren (Socorro)
RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN (Hidalgo)
VARIED THRUSH (Santa Fe)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Socorro)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Socorro)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero)

BERNALILLO County:
--Morris reported an ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL at the Alameda Bridge in
Albuquerque December 9.

CIBOLA County:
--Rustay and Shoop reported four SURF and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at
Bluewater Lake November 19. Egelhoff and Hetrick found a BLACK SCOTER with
the other scoters later that day. Two White-winged and a Black Scoter
continued to December 9.

--Koehler reported a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE at Bluewater Lake December 6.
It was seen near the dam on the eastern side of the lake and continued to
December 9.

--Pederson reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Bluewater Lake December
9.

DONA ANA County:
--Castetter has a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD visiting his Las Cruces yard on
a regular basis. Contact him for further information <rcastett...>

EDDY County:
--Nieman reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Washington Ranch November 5. It
was seen at adjacent Rattlesnake Springs November 19.

HIDALGO County:
--Rustay, Hertick, and Egalhoff reported a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN in the New
Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon October 21. It was found near the old
cistern and orchard.

--Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon
May 13. Up to seven were present in the canyon October 21 for Rustay,
Hetrick, and Egelhoff.

LOS ALAMOS County:
--a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons
in Los Alamos November 10. Two have been reported at Upper Water Canyon to
November 25.

OTERO County:
--Hawksworth reported a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in
Alamogordo November 9. It was seen at the northern end of the park near a
tan metal foot bridge. It continued to December 2.

SIERRA County:
--Oldenettel reported hearing the GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam Recreation
Area September 4. It heard south of the playground and continued to
November 13.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--NOTE: There is a $5 entrance fee to bird at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes.

SANTA FE County:
--Pipkin reported a VARIED THRUSH at Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa
Fe December 5. It was relocated the following day near the courtyard.

SOCORRO County:
--Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December
10. It was seen at the visitor center feeders.

--an adult GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19.

--CAROLINA WRENS are currently at various locations at Bosque del Apache
NWR; recent reports have come from the Unit 17B Moist Soil Management area
and the Willow Deck.

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Date: 12/11/17 2:56 pm
From: Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO Expedition Highlights - White-winged Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks, Northern Shrike, etc.
Note: This weekend's expedition to Piute Canyon was postponed due to the
potential for issues surrounding access. We redirected to the subalpine
conifer forests of the Chuska Mountains, Apache County, to search for Pine
Grosbeaks, White-winged Crossbills, and other northern/high-elevation
irruptive species. We're glad we did.

On the evening of 8 December, while in transit to Chinle, we were fortunate
to cross paths with a Northern Shrike west of Pinon, Navajo County, here:
36.1033410, -110.2714470. The adult bird tolerated close approach, perched
atop junipers and sagebrush, allowing for photos and field sketches as
sundown neared.

At 36.428937, -109.107526, on the morning of 9 December, a flock of 10 Pine
Grosbeaks feeding on aspen buds and spruce seeds along upper Tsaile Creek
in the Tunitcha Mountains, Apache County, was an exciting and very
rewarding encounter. The group of males and females foraged long enough to
obtain photos and recordings, vocalizing only briefly before taking flight
to the south and out of sight.

After a second, full-day of surveying in the Tunitcha Mountains, on the
afternoon of 10 December, a flock of Red Crossbills containing two
White-Winged Crossbills at 36.3434966, -109.0724906, left us awestruck and
euphoric in the final hour of our expedition. The birds were documented
thoroughly with photos, recordings, and field sketches - the 2nd State
record.

Other birds of note include Northern Saw-whet Owl, American Three-toed
Woodpecker, Northern Pygmy Owl, and multiple Red Crossbill types.

A special thanks to our participants Caleb Stand and Micah Riegner for a
particularly memorable expedition!

Here's to exploration and increasing our knowledge of Arizona birds,

Felipe Guerrero
AZFO Field Expeditions Chair

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Date: 12/11/17 10:00 am
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many new photos

Field Ornithologists,

Felipe Guerrero contributed photos of Cackling Goose, 2 different Greater Scaup, Rough-legged Hawk, and Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker, Anita Strawn de Ojeda contributed photos of a Long-tailed Duck, Arlene Ripley contributed photos of a Pine Warbler, and Rob Woodward contributed photos of a Louisiana Waterthrush. Thanks Felipe, Anita, Arlene, and Rob!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos. It makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more quickly.

The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:

http://www.azfo.org
click on "Photo Documentation"

The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:

http://www.azfo.org
click on "Sounds Library"

Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo contributions from all photographers throughout the state.

Use our online form to submit photos:

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html

AZFO also welcomes contributions to its Sounds Library of bird vocalizations recorded in Arizona and nearby areas. See more information here:

http://www.azfo.org/SoundLibrary/sounds_contribute.html

If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and supporting our other activities. Details on the web site.

We strive for accuracy. Please email any corrections to postings to the photo editors.

Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym
AZFO Photo Editors


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Date: 12/11/17 9:54 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Lake Havasu Surf Scoters
12/11/2017 - This morning I had five SURF SCOTERS, continuing since at
least December 9, from the red and white lighthouse at Pittsburgh Point/the
Island, Lake Havasu City. They are hanging out in the large cove north of
this lighthouse, which is usually also filled with scaup (mostly Lesser, a
few Greater).

Generally it is pretty quiet on Lake Havasu right now, with just small
numbers of wintery things like Common Loons, Horned Grebes, and brown gulls.

Good birding,
Lauren Harter
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 12/11/17 8:30 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Crossbills again
The Aleppo Pine down the block just hosted at least three Red Crossbills for the second time in a week… I heard them three weeks ago but doubted my hearing when I couldn’t locate them… now I know where, and watched one hanging upside down while working on a cone.
All the birds I’ve seen so far have been yellow.

John R Williams
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Date: 12/11/17 7:44 am
From: greentailedtowhee . <skua33...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Possible Greater Scaup; Marana area, Sunday.
Ok, my photos are up.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41028681

The more I look at them I feel like it is just a Lesser Scaup. But if
anyone wants to take a look and double check I appreciate any comments.

Thank you,
Janine

On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 7:46 AM, greentailedtowhee . <skua33...>
wrote:

> Hi Birders,
>
> Early Sunday morning while driving to the Santa Cruz Flats, I made a quick
> stop at an eBird hotspot named La Mirage Estates. Basically, take the
> Marana Exit off I-10 and drive east over the RR tracks and take the first
> right turn on Adonis road. Drive this road possibly 1 mile. It bends
> left, then bends right, then bends left where here you find a chain link
> fence around a double pond basin.
>
> I had a pair of Scaup. The male seemed like a Lesser with it's more
> pointy head shape. However, the female with him had the more smooth round
> head shape plus, and much white around the base of the bill. I have been
> observing the GRSC at Kennedy Park in Tucson many times in the recent days
> and comparably these birds look quite alike. I will get my photos up on
> eBird soon.
>
> The only troubling field mark is overall size. I thought both birds were
> quite close in size.
>
> If anyone happens to be going by this is a fairly convenient stop. I will
> say though that birds jump off the water more easily here. I always use my
> car as a blind and approach the fence real slow.
>
> Also, I had an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH at the stakeout location for the Orchard
> Oriole in the Santa Cruz Flats on Green Reservoir road and Picacho Hwy.
>
> Janine McCabe
>

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Date: 12/11/17 6:47 am
From: greentailedtowhee . <skua33...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Possible Greater Scaup; Marana area, Sunday.
Hi Birders,

Early Sunday morning while driving to the Santa Cruz Flats, I made a quick
stop at an eBird hotspot named La Mirage Estates. Basically, take the
Marana Exit off I-10 and drive east over the RR tracks and take the first
right turn on Adonis road. Drive this road possibly 1 mile. It bends
left, then bends right, then bends left where here you find a chain link
fence around a double pond basin.

I had a pair of Scaup. The male seemed like a Lesser with it's more pointy
head shape. However, the female with him had the more smooth round head
shape plus, and much white around the base of the bill. I have been
observing the GRSC at Kennedy Park in Tucson many times in the recent days
and comparably these birds look quite alike. I will get my photos up on
eBird soon.

The only troubling field mark is overall size. I thought both birds were
quite close in size.

If anyone happens to be going by this is a fairly convenient stop. I will
say though that birds jump off the water more easily here. I always use my
car as a blind and approach the fence real slow.

Also, I had an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH at the stakeout location for the Orchard
Oriole in the Santa Cruz Flats on Green Reservoir road and Picacho Hwy.

Janine McCabe

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Date: 12/11/17 6:34 am
From: C kirscher <antclaudia2008...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats 12/10/17 Lewis' Woodpecker and more
  We had a great 3 hours of early morning birding yesterday in The Flats.  In the first 45 minutes we had a Lewis' Woodpecker, 2 Prairie Falcons, a Merlin (Prairie form), Cooper's Hawk, assorted RTHs the usual desert passerines as well as  a flyover calling Lesser Yellowlegs all near Nutt & Barrett.  Down to Picacho & Green Reservoir to find we had missed the Orchard Oriole by about 35 minutes per other birders. Raptor numbers and varieties are filling in nicely and we found the "Harlan's Hawk" as reported previously near Curry/Green Reservoir, a variety pack of RTH morphs including a beautiful "dark chocolate" female along Pretzer and at least 8 rufous morphs.  Numerous American Kestrels, 2 Merlins, a Peregrine Falcon, 3 Prairie Falcons, and 10 Crested Caracaras filled in our five-falcon morning. A Rock Wren along Green Reservoir near Toltec was a nice surprise. 45-50 Black Vultures on the ground or kettling near Sunland Gin Road& Pearce.  38 species total.
Good birding to all ! Claudia KirscherGlendale, Az
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Date: 12/11/17 5:53 am
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ft. Lowell Park Couch's Kingbird - Sun - yes
Hello,

Sunday, between 1:00 and 1:15 pm, I spotted the COUCH'S KINGBIRD, first perched in a tree near the southern end of the artificial creek in the eastern side of the park. It then flew southeast to some pecan trees along the southern park boundary. It vocalized quite a bit, perhaps complaining about catching bugs in the wind.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/10/17 8:24 pm
From: Brian Nicholas <weehawker2...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Mt Lemmon -Santa Catalina Mountains CBC hikers needed Saturday December 16th

We have a couple hiking routes open on Mount Lemmon for the Santa Catalina Mountains CBC on Saturday, December 16th.   These routes are above 5000 feet elevation and require some stamina, but there is no snow on the mountain.  Warmer temps and low winds are expected on count day, Saturday.  We may have a couple spots available in lower areas as well.   If interested please email compilers Kendall Kroesen (<kkroesen...>) and Brian Nicholas (<Weehawker2...>).   Thank you!
Brian Nicholas and Kendall Kroesen

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Date: 12/10/17 7:40 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--10 Dec 2017
Hi, birders,

A cold morning drew only nine hardy locals to walk the Sierra Vista EOP
dikes. A slow start, but as the sun came out birds began to move, so our
group ended the morning with 62 species.

Top bird today was a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher in the mesquites at Moson
Road. There are only a handful of records of this species at the EOP, most
of them in December. Today's sighting was made more interesting in that a
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was also foraging close by, headed in the opposite
direction. Both species called, each in their unique way, so we had both
tail pattern and voice to compare and contrast.

Moson Road also hosted the largest number of ducks--a mixed flock of
several hundred birds, mostly Mallards, Am. Wigeon, and Green-winged Teal,
with smaller numbers of Gadwall and N. Pintail. In the main impoundments we
also noted Cinnamon Teal, N. Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and
Ruddy Duck.

Continuing for some weeks now, we found singles of White-faced Ibis, Great
Egret, and Great Blue Heron again this week. Both Virginia Rails and Soras
called, but stayed hidden. A Merlin perched along the drive to the parking
lot was a good find. Two each of Com. Yellowthroat and Yellow-rumped
Warbler were found in the cattails. Closing out the list were the usual
large numbers of mixed blackbirds, especially the abundant and colorful
Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 12/10/17 7:39 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson: Fort Lowell Park - Cassin's kingbird
​I know folks are scouting out for the Tucson Valley CBC this Thursday.
We didn't see anything out of the ordinary this morning at Fort Lowell.

Later this afternoon, we went for a second walk, and I spotted a kingbird
on the wire along the access road to the Pet Cemetery just south of the
park across Glenn. Fortunately, Jim had his binoculars, and he was able
to get a definitive ID of a Cassin's kingbird... not what we'd hoped for,
but still a cool bird for "winter". Even without my binocs (I forgot to
put them in my bicycle basket), I could see from underneath that the bill
wasn't that exaggerated wide bill of the Couch's.

But, maybe the fact that the Cassin's is still around MIGHT be a good
indication?

We'll keep our eyes open and report any birds of interest.

Rosie and Jim Watts
Tucson

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Date: 12/10/17 5:26 pm
From: <lwrkenai...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Paradise Valley yardbirds: two Rufous-backed Robins and intergrade Fox Sparrow continues
Hi Birders,

This morning I met Troy Corman and Ken DeBrosse at my parent's house in
Paradise Valley in search of the Rufous-backed Robin I spotted last weekend in
the backyard feeding on the abundant pyracantha berries. After watching the
pyracantha bushes for a while we relocated one and then amazingly, a second
robin appeared close by as they quickly grabbed the berries before diving for
cover. I also saw the continuing Red x Slate-colored Fox Sparrow in the front
yard, as well as a Spotted and Green-tailed Towhee giving its "mewing" call.
Checklist with photos soon on eBird.

Cheers,
Brian Ison

Scottsdale
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Date: 12/10/17 3:44 pm
From: Steve Wolfe <sdw90731...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Elegant Trogon in Chiricahuas' Cave Creek Canyon 12/10
Hi Folks,

Following up on a lead I had secondhand from a birder yesterday, I saw an
adult male Elegant Trogon along the South Fork of Cave Creek Canyon in the
Chiricahuas this morning at 10:30am. A photo of the bird is on my eBird
checklist --

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41016704

Steve Wolfe
Portal

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Date: 12/10/17 12:39 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fw: C AZ: Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP 10 Dec 2017


-
> From: Wolterbeek, Paul A
>
>
>
>
>   BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM BALD EAGLE &
> BROWN CREEPER
> From: Kathe Anderson, Charles Babbitt and Cindy West
>
> Date: Dec. 10, Sunday
>
> An immature BALD EAGLE flyover was a dramatic sighting
> Sunday morning sighting for our guided bird walk group; one
> sharp-eyed viewer even spied a Bobcat prowling during
> daylight! A pair of Pyrrhuloxias were in the Children's
> Garden, a Brown Creeper seen near
> the white bridge over Silver King Wash. Also seen and
> heard: Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove,
> Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila
> Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker,
> Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Bridled Titmouse, Bewick's
> Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Black-tailed
> Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern
> Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling,
> Phainopepla, Green Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee,
> Black-throated, Song Sparrow, White-crowned
> Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House
> Finch, Lesser Goldfinch.
>
>
>   >  Editor's Note: Lisa and Peggy guide
> the final scheduled bird walk of 2017 on Friday morning,
> Dec. 15. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is within the annual
> Superior Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 23;  to sign up
> and participate
> , call Cynthia at 480.283.4515 or email: 
>  planres @ earthlink.net
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 12/10/17 12:04 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Flats cont Orchard Oriole & Lewis's Woodpecker
Now that I have cell service again, I don't see any update on the
continuing Orchard Oriole and Lewis's Woodpecker at Santa Cruz Flats.
This morning (12-10-17), both birds were within striking distance of the
earlier cited Picacho Hwy & Greene Reservoir Rd junction. This is the
northernmost (1st when coming from the freeway) of two spots these roads
cross. The Oriole was on Greene Reservoir east of Picacho. It was in a
bare roadside tree, then flew across Greene Reservoir to two large trees
beside thr house near a big bunch of machinery. This is not far from the
junction. Meanwhile the Lewis's Woodpecker was on Picaco south of Greene
Reservoir. It was about 20 pecan trees S of the junction at first.
Later, we saw it moving gradually S down Picacho. At one point it was on
the 5th utility pole from the jct (by a no passing sign).
Saw 3 Crested Caracaras off Picacho, nearer Baumgartner. Also had 16 on
Greene Reservoir (take 2nd Picacho connection, by shrine) in freshly cut
hayfield. My notes are elsewhere and the crossroad escapes me.
The continuing Harlan's was on Curry, about a half mile N of Greene
Reservoir. It flew SW to somewhere S of Greene Reservoir.
Lindsay Story - Mesa AZ

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Date: 12/10/17 10:17 am
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Reid Park Bonanza
A great morning out.
Currently there are a not a lot of people at the park. EVERY rarity is present. Summer Tanager. Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Crossbills and Wood Duck(in golf course pond). Mark and Molly also had 2 Canada Geese this morning. Very good day of birding!

Happy Sunday everyone! Chris Rohrer

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Date: 12/10/17 9:15 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 December 2017
Hello birders, I am sending this again as not everyone seems to have gotten
it. Apologies if you get it twice.


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Date: Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 11:48 PM
Subject: RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 December 2017
To: AZNM <AZNMbirds...>, BIRDWEST <BIRDWEST...>


Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 8, 2017; the next update will be made on
December 15. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including information
on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*)
preceding a species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details
are warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted
at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Rough-legged Hawk
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Palm Warbler
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#Baltimore Oriole

Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical
in separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-
north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/

Christmas Bird Counts start on Dec.14. Go to tucsonaudubon.org/cbc to see
the list of counts, and contact the compiler to join a team.

TUCSON area
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD continued on 12/8 (m.ob.) at Fort Lowell Park. It
prefers the area around the pond early in the morning but then wanders to
the pecan grove to the east and across the wash later in the day before
returning to the pond in the late afternoon. There are two previously
accepted state records.
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 12/8 (John Higgins). Several
Lesser Scaup are present as well.
The #BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen this week at Sweetwater Wetlands on 12/8
(David Alvarez).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) in the West Fork past the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
62A.
A #GREATER SCAUP was photographed at the Green Valley WWTP on 12/6, and a
PALM WARBLER was photographed on 12/5 (Ed Dunn).

BENSON area
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the Benson STP on 12/4 (Arlene Ripley).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported on 11/26 (Alan Schmierer). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS and a
#GREEN KINGFISHER continued this week at the east end along the Birding
Trail.
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd this week (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. A pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was photographed along Blue
Haven Rd at Temporal Gulch on 12/5 (Alan Schmierer). Patagonia-Sonoita
Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Green
Reservoir Rd and Curry Rd on 12/6 (Doug Jenness).

SAN RAFAEL VALLEY
A #ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported in the southern reaches of the valley on
12/8 (Rich Hoyer et al) about 3 miles northeast of Lochiel (GPS
31.3769,-110.5704).

DOUGLAS area
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 12/6 (m.ob.) at House Pond at
Slaughter Ranch.

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Roper Lake SP on 12/5 (Jeff
Coker, Diane Drobka).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, a #PACIFIC WREN and RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER were
reported about 100 yards past the 1.7-mile parking area on 12/1 (Charlie
Trapani). The wren was reported again on 12/8 (Rob Woodward).
At the San Pedro House, two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued on 12/5
(m.ob.), one near marker #7 south of the bridge and one north of the
bridge.

NOGALES area
A pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was reported from Peck Canyon on 12/6
(Tim Helentjaris).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on this
week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.

AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).


ANNOUNCEMENTS
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-bi
rding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to
long-term construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching"
link on this page for important information regarding access:
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/

EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb

RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead.

BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. The Visitor
Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an
active military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on
Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone
while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements
(subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a background
check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle
at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as
well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved military escort;
contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's
Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html for details.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.

BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside).

GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.

ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 12/9/17 10:31 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Hassayampa WINTER WREN continues
This morning (Dec. 9, 2017) at Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg (Maricopa County) the continuing WINTER WREN was re-found not far down the Palm Lake trail from the picnic area, skulking in the understory near a netleaf hackberry (first heard it giving its alarm call). Yesterday (Dec. 8) a few of us had a SORA at Palm Lake, a few GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS with a mixed species foraging flock along River Ramble trail, 18+ WESTERN BLUEBIRDS visiting the mistletoe clumps in the cottonwoods, and a flyover RED CROSSBILL calling. On Dec. 2 during Anne Leight’s bird walk, she reported two RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS and two LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES along the north/eastern most river channel where a spring runs water for a short distance, along River Ramble trail. At least two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS continue to be occasionally heard calling along the river and at Palm Lake, and there have been a couple of recent HARRIS’S HAWK sightings at the Preserve and at the U.S. 60 rest area downstream. One of the gray foxes has been regularly seen eating fallen palm fruit in the picnic area. Despite the cold temperatures overnight (30 degrees this morning!), the warm midday temperatures are still bringing out butterflies, odonates, mantids, bees, and other insects. This afternoon several kids attending a program got to watch a praying mantis eat a fatal metalmark butterfly atop one of the prickly pear cacti in the garden.

If you’re interested in participating in the Hassayampa River Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Dec. 16, please contact Vanessa Montgomery at 623-465-0012 or <hassayampacbc...>

The Preserve is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00am-5:00pm (closed Monday-Tuesdays). Admission is $5 per adult (age 13 and up), children 12 and under are free. Maricopa County Parks annual passes are also honored here, as the Preserve is now part of the county parks system. More information on the Preserve can be found at this link:

https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/hassayampa-river-preserve/

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ
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Date: 12/9/17 7:09 pm
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Misc Tucson parks updates
Chuck Williamson and I visited Kennedy Lake and saw the Western Grebe and continuing Greater Scaup along with the Redheads, Ruddy Ducks etc..

We visited Sam Lena Park where we had one Common Merganser, various common ducks (Ruddy Duck, N. Shoveler, Am. Wigeon etc). The small pond along Country Club road at the northeast side of the park had two Green-winged Teal as well as several other species. .

We looked for the Common Goldeneye at the Hardesty Pond at (Randolph/Reid Park) but didn’t see it. It was kind of windy and after noon when we got there, and there weren’t many passerines in the willows along the multi-use path nearby. We didn’t refind the Northern Parula, and we just saw one kinglet while we were there.

We did get excellent looks at the Zone-tailed Hawk at Reid Park. It soared over the zoo and south of the smaller pond, then landed in a Eucalyptus tree just north of the smaller pond at Reid Park. We also had one (maybe two) Red-breasted Nuthatches in a oak tree immediately southeast of the smaller pond. We saw several Canvasback in the bigger pond.

Sharon Goldwasser
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Date: 12/9/17 6:38 pm
From: Darlene <dsmyth3...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson, Sweetwater Wetlands
Nigel Crook and I birded Sweetwater this morning and of special interest to birders is the continuing American Bittern. (From the path opposite the eastern most recharge basin and in the vicinity of a large, browning/dying ?tamarisk? tree).

A Dark-eyed Junco, Slate-colored (male), was along that path as well but closer to the Keyhole Pond. It was with a group of 6 Oregon Juncos.

Nigel has gently berated me for not posting on this listserv the presence of a startling and scarce color form of the Yellow-headed Blackbird we saw in the feedlot, among the cattle, in the Santa Cruz Flats on November 26. I did not post it for two main reasons: I felt birders would not wish to try to sort through the hundreds of this species there and I did not know how unusual it really was. I could not find a reference to this color in any of the current birding literature so I consulted Rick Wright who sent the following information to me: Look at Ridgway, though (North and Middle America II): the male's "head, neck and chest yellow or orang (varying from canary yellow to almost cadmium orange, rarely to saturn red).” Rick sent me links to these two colors and the bird was the cadmium orange. The color was intense and certainly a highlight of our day. It is worthwhile checking for it among the others of its species in that area. It is unmistakable and really stands out.

Happy Birding,
Darlene
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Date: 12/9/17 6:38 pm
From: Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Az: Eurasian Wigeon in Gilbert
Hi all Brendon Grice found a Eurasian Wigeon at Higley Road Ponds in
Gilbert. Ponds are at northeast corner of Higley and Ocotillo. He found
the Wigeon on the pond just east and paralleling Higley. Bird was just
past the point in the pond where it was being filled up by water!

Just the messenger,

Tommy D.

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Date: 12/9/17 6:38 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 December 2017
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 8, 2017; the next update will be made on
December 15. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including information
on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*)
preceding a species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details
are warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted
at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Rough-legged Hawk
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Palm Warbler
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#Baltimore Oriole

Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical
in separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/

Christmas Bird Counts start on Dec.14. Go to tucsonaudubon.org/cbc to see
the list of counts, and contact the compiler to join a team.

TUCSON area
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD continued on 12/8 (m.ob.) at Fort Lowell Park. It
prefers the area around the pond early in the morning but then wanders to
the pecan grove to the east and across the wash later in the day before
returning to the pond in the late afternoon. There are two previously
accepted state records.
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 12/8 (John Higgins). Several
Lesser Scaup are present as well.
The #BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen this week at Sweetwater Wetlands on 12/8
(David Alvarez).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) in the West Fork past the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
62A.
A #GREATER SCAUP was photographed at the Green Valley WWTP on 12/6, and a
PALM WARBLER was photographed on 12/5 (Ed Dunn).

BENSON area
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the Benson STP on 12/4 (Arlene Ripley).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported on 11/26 (Alan Schmierer). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS and a
#GREEN KINGFISHER continued this week at the east end along the Birding
Trail.
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd this week (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. A pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was photographed along Blue
Haven Rd at Temporal Gulch on 12/5 (Alan Schmierer). Patagonia-Sonoita
Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Green
Reservoir Rd and Curry Rd on 12/6 (Doug Jenness).

SAN RAFAEL VALLEY
A #ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported in the southern reaches of the valley on
12/8 (Rich Hoyer et al) about 3 miles northeast of Lochiel (GPS
31.3769,-110.5704).

DOUGLAS area
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 12/6 (m.ob.) at House Pond at
Slaughter Ranch.

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Roper Lake SP on 12/5 (Jeff
Coker, Diane Drobka).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, a #PACIFIC WREN and RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER were
reported about 100 yards past the 1.7-mile parking area on 12/1 (Charlie
Trapani). The wren was reported again on 12/8 (Rob Woodward).
At the San Pedro House, two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued on 12/5
(m.ob.), one near marker #7 south of the bridge and one north of the
bridge.

NOGALES area
A pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was reported from Peck Canyon on 12/6
(Tim Helentjaris).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on this
week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.

AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).


ANNOUNCEMENTS
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-
birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to
long-term construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching"
link on this page for important information regarding access:
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/

EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb

RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead.

BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. The Visitor
Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an
active military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on
Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone
while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements
(subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a background
check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle
at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as
well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved military escort;
contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's
Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html for details.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.

BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside).

GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.

ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 12/9/17 6:38 pm
From: <pgoltz...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: Hardesty Bldg Northern Parula
I had a Luke Safford sighting at the same place, didn't get the
Red-breasted Nuthatch I was looking for, but had Eastern Bluebird
instead. On the tree behind the very tall fence, near the top. Two of
them.

Good birding,
Pat Goltz

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Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hardesty Bldg Northern Parula
Date: 2017-12-08 16:35
From: Luke Safford <saffordluke...>
To: <aznmbirds...>

We are looking at the Northern Parula behind the Hardesty Bldg near Reid
Park in Tucson. Also Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and a
vireo, possibly Warbling?

Near the two Saguaro cacti and two little shopping carts.

Luke Safford

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Date: 12/9/17 6:38 pm
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rough-legged Hawk in San Rafael Grasslands; other – Swamp Sparrow, Rufous-backed Robin, Summer Tanager
Dear Birders,

This afternoon five of us WINGS leaders (Luke Seitz, Evan Obercian, Fabrice Schmitt, Jake Mohlmann and I) had wonderful views of an adule male ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in the southern part of the San Rafael Grasslands. If my eBird app tagged the location correctly, the lat and long ar 31.3769,-110.5704.

Other sightings from today included:
CANADA GOOSE – flying south along I-19 between Tubac and Tumacacori. When we parked at Santa Gertrudis Lane, it flew right over us again.

RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN – one seen and another heard in the continuing location along Santa Gertrudis Lane

SWAMP SPARROW – at least three together at Peña Blanca Lake along the trail to the dam where the trail goes through a fence.

SUMMER TANAGER – a female about 1/2 mile below the dam at Peña Blanca lake in the second large sycamore in the middle of the stream bed, shortly before the stream disappears undergound. There is a large cave in the middle of the cliff up to the left at ths point.

Good Birding,

Rich
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Date: 12/9/17 6:34 pm
From: Merlin <merlin32757...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Dec 9, 2017
Hi All

A beautiful day at the Cienega, cool and clear. Two happy birders from
Alaska joined me for the walk. The cold did not seem to bother them. I have
never seen more Canyon Towhees in one area. I under counted them so e-bird
would not reject my numbers. The Number of birds still seems down, but so
does the amount of water in the area.

Rob Ruteldge
Green Valley, AZ


Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Pima, Arizona, US
Dec 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Turkey Vulture 20
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 2
Greater Roadrunner 1
Gila Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 4
Black Phoebe 1
Say's Phoebe 3
Loggerhead Shrike 2
Common Raven 6
Verdin 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Rufous-winged Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Canyon Towhee 25
Abert's Towhee 2
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Eastern Meadowlark 10
House Finch 20
Lesser Goldfinch 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S40996700

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



--
Thanks
Rob Rutledge
Green Valley, AZ

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Date: 12/9/17 6:34 pm
From: Sean Fitzgerald <sfitzgerald86...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Orchard Oriole—santa cruz flats—pinal county
Details in the checklist below:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40994378

Sean Fitzgerald
Gilbert, AZ

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Date: 12/8/17 7:09 pm
From: Robert A. Behrstock, Naturewide Images <rbehrstock...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Co. odds and ends: 8 Dec.
Turkey Vulture (5) all singles, between the S end of South River Road (near Kino Springs) and Tubac commercial area.

White-tailed Kite (1) Sonoita. Perched on an agave stalk. 200 feet N of Hwy. 82 and about 1/4 mi. E of Hwy. 83.

Rufous-backed Robin (1) The continuing Santa Gertrudis Lane site. Mid-afternoon. Feeding in the open on pyracamntha berries with two American Robins, Hermit Thrushes and Northern Cardinals.

Bob Behrstock
Karen LeMay



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Date: 12/8/17 6:35 pm
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: San Carlos Lake--Common Loon
12/8/17


Dave Pearson, Keith Kamper, and I visited San Carlos Lake today hoping to find birds brought in by the recent cold front. Though it was chilly, it wasn't windy and the birding was pleasant.


The highpoint was a COMMON LOON, the first we know of that has been reported from the lake. It was spotted from one of the lookouts about 0.5 mi. east of the dam on the south side of the lake. Also of interest was a DUNLIN and a WESTERN SANDPIPER straggler among a few dozen Least Sandpipers. While WESTERN/CLARK'S GREBE numbers were high, possibly as many as 1,000, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN numbers were no more than a dozen, the lowest I can recall. Waterfowl numbers were also lower than typical for this time of year. Two BALD EAGLES, an adult and an immature, though expected, added to the day's experience. One CALIFORNIA GULL was observed as well as over 60 RING-BILLED GULLS.


A brief stop at the nearly dry set of waste water ponds and the adjacent fields produced an adult BALD EAGLE, MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, 4 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS (including one dark morph), 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, and at least one LONG-BILLED CURLEW.


Doug Jenness,

Tucson, AZ


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Date: 12/8/17 3:36 pm
From: Luke Safford <saffordluke...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hardesty Bldg Northern Parula
We are looking at the Northern Parula behind the Hardesty Bldg near Reid Park in Tucson. Also Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and a vireo, possibly Warbling?

Near the two Saguaro cacti and two little shopping carts.

Luke Safford

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Date: 12/8/17 2:56 pm
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Fort Lowell Park, Tucson
Hi Birders,

Started birding at 0705

Hutton's Vireo - two in trees at the Museum
Merlin - one on a pole near the NW corner of the park
Dark-eyed Juncos - three Pink-sided east of the Museum
Broad-billed Hummingbird - one

Dave Beaudette
Tucson
8Dec2017

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Date: 12/8/17 1:58 pm
From: JOHN <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson KENNEDY PARK WESTERN GREBE
WESTERN GREBE at KENNEDY PARK lake Friday at noon.
John Higgins, Tucson, az


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Date: 12/8/17 1:32 pm
From: JOHN <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Goldeneye at hardesty building west pond

Common Goldeneye hen was still there Friday at 2pm.

John Higgins, Tucson, AZ


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Date: 12/8/17 12:21 pm
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Just in Case the Listserv Backups This Weekend
On Facebook, for those that subscribe, Arizona Birding is a great way to get the rare bird alerts just in case the backup happens again.  Thankfully someone had posted the Brant on FB several weeks ago and people were able to observe it. So if you're a chaser of all things Arizona rare and wonderful, you can bounce between the Listerv and Arizona Birding.  AND if you do spot something rare, let us know:)  Have a good weekend everyone!  Chris Rohrer

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Date: 12/8/17 10:59 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Common Goldeneye
Also, there were four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS present

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
--------------------------------------------
On Fri, 12/8/17, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> wrote:

Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Common Goldeneye
To: <aznmbirds...>
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:41 AM

Hi Birders,

This morning Molly and I saw the
subject bird in the golf course pond behind the Hardesty
city building
(22nd/Alvernon). We didn't detect the
parula.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 12/8/17 10:45 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] listaerv Fri night/Sat AM
The past two weekends, the listserver has not delivered posts
during this time frame, but they have all posted later on Saturday.

This could happen again this weekend, so don't be surprised.

I contacted UA IT about this, which had no beneficial effect.

Mark Stevenson
aznmbirds listowner
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/8/17 10:41 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Common Goldeneye
Hi Birders,

This morning Molly and I saw the subject bird in the golf course pond behind the Hardesty city building
(22nd/Alvernon). We didn't detect the parula.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/8/17 7:20 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Blackbird Rise-Ina and Orange Grove
Scouting for Tucson CBC: 36 degrees.
This morning at sunrise I watched the Blackbirds rise off their roost at the Vulcan Concrete plant just north of W Ina Rd. At 7:05 liftoff began with an estimated 8,000 in the first flock. There was a 5 minute gap without any birds. Then I saw a high flock which I think was from the roost in the pit by I-10 and Orange Grove; I estimated it at about 2000. That seemed to be the signal as another 12,000-14,000 lifted of in a sinuous ribbon. It was all over by 7:18.
I noted one small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds and some Great-tailed Grackles, but for the most part it was Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
This roost yields one of the highest YHBBcounts in the country on CBC data. It is quite a show.

Observations: Numbers appear to be down from two years ago. I attribute that to crop changes from sorghum to cotton in Marana.
It is difficult to estimate flocks of this size, so I’ve practiced by griding photo blow-ups and counting (4000 in an image!)
With the highway noise as background, this is nearly a silent event. I would love to hear what it sounds like without man made noise… not going to happen.

The Vulcan plant is where they roost. It can be reached from the Arizona Pavilions road or the I-10 access road. Park outside the plant entrance. I stand in the vacant lot by the entrance which provides a good view.. Get there by 7 if you want to see this… it is awesome.

John R Williams
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Date: 12/7/17 4:25 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Grebes still present 12/7/17
The Cemex plant pit still hosted the Clark’s Grebe and the Western Grebe at 3 PM.
Also present were 5 Pied-billed Grebes, 75 American Coots, 8 Northern Pintails, 4 Redheads, 16 Ring-necked Ducks including one very pale female, 20+ American Wigeon, 20+ Mallards,12 Green-winged Teal, 7 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Belted Kingfisher, a Snowy Egret, and several hundred Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

On W Avra Valley Road, in a stubble field west of Oremus Materials, a flock of Horned Larks numbered over 130. I lost count at that point as they started moving around by the dozen.

At the Coachline Pit, El Rio open space: 3 Great Egrets, 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Snowy Egret, 4 Black-crowned Night-herons, a Neotropic Cormorant, a Double-crested Cormorant, 16 Gadwall, 2 Northern Pintail,
20 Mallards, 9 Green-winged Teal, 14 American Wigeon, 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 16 American Coots.

On Overton Rd just east of Thornydale 4 Harris’s Hawks where perched.

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Date: 12/7/17 12:42 pm
From: Sally Johnsen <empidonax...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills
I have just had 6 Red Crossbills at my pond again in Green Valley at
Continental Vistas north of La Canada. This is the second time I have
seen them drinking at my pond. Really nice to see them.

Sally Johnsen

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Date: 12/7/17 9:53 am
From: Jake Mohlmann <mohlmann2...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Atascosa Highlands CBC Dec. 19th, 2017
CBCers -

The Atascosa Highlands CBC is scheduled for December 19th, 2017. Please email me if you would like to participate in this year's count ( mohlmann2 AT yahoo.com <http://yahoo.com/> )

For helpful information from prior years and to keep track of updates for this year in the upcoming weeks check out the Atascosa Highlands CBC blog:

http://atascosahighlandscbc.blogspot.com/ <http://atascosahighlandscbc.blogspot.com/>

Last year this Christmas Bird Count recorded the national high for 16 species! They are listed on the blog. As always there will be a countdown dinner at the end of the day to hear about what all the groups discovered. Imagine the surprise when one team discovered a Nutting’s Flycatcher during the CBC last year! Come join us and be a part of the excitement.

good CBCing,

Jake Mohlmann
Compiler
Atascosa Highlands CBC
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Date: 12/7/17 4:49 am
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, White-throated Sparrow
Highlights of yesterday's Every Winter Wednesday Bird walk per Richard Bansberg were 10 sparrow species with a White-throated Sparrow at the small pond near the House and prolonged scope views of a Grasshopper Sparrow west of Kingfisher Pond. There have been recent local reports of a White-throated Sparrow near that feeder. I also saw one in the grassland recently near Post #3.

Also, the L. Waterthrushes were continuing on Tuesday morning. Judy Visty and I saw one north of the Bridge while another local reported one on the south side of the Bridge between Posts #7 and #8.

The next Bird Walk is next Wednesday at 9. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista








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Date: 12/6/17 5:00 pm
From: Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Peck Canyon, just north of Rio Rico
Was out scouting this area in preparation for the Atascosa CBC. I had this area last year but not the section deeper into the upper canyon, so I wanted to check out access and what kind of birds might be around. If you haven’t been here, and most of you haven’t, it’s a bit out of the way, the directions are a little complex. Using the excellent directions from the CBC organizers, you take the Peck Canyon exit off of I19, then north on the frontage road to Peck Canyon Road. Now if you’re like me you would think you just drive that road up the canyon and you’re birding, but unfortunately the lowest end of the canyon is blocked by private property. So instead you have to loop around the top to the north and drop back down into the canyon. From Peck Canyon Road, take a right onto Circulo Sombrero, a right from there onto Circulo Jacona, a left onto Jalapa Court, a left onto Via Iguana, and finally a left onto Monsoon Court which crosses the Forest Service Boundary and takes you into the canyon area. The Pipeline road can then be taken to drop you into the canyon proper. Whew, confusing but it gets you there. The way in is alright until you drop down into the canyon and then you will definitely need a high clearance 4WD or you could just walk down.

Initially, you’re on a tableland of grasses and scattered mesquites. Last year it was good for sparrows, today not so much, just a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and meadowlark. Dropping down into the canyon bottom, there are a lot of trees and shrubby areas with many of the species typical of oak-juniper foothills and flanking Sonoran uplands. One of my first birds this morning, I heard a gnatcatcher that sounded intriguing and in the right habitat? Finally pished in a bird, darn, a female with white tail and a seemingly longer bill but I am always uncomfortable with this call? Luckily a male came in as well with a dusky remnant of a cap coming well below the eye, so BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS! These were probably the best birds of the morning, otherwise, BEWICK’S, ROCK, and CANYON WRENS, along with BRIDLED TITMOUSE, RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, CANYON TOWHEES, well, you get the picture, the usual suspects, although I did have a somewhat challenging Empid that I worked out to a HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER. All-in-all, an interesting area, and given past CBC results, it can produce some surprises.

Tim Helentjaris
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/6/17 4:42 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Western and Clark's Grebes, Arthur Pack Violet-green Swallow
This afternoon just after 3 PM, I took a look into the Cemex plant pit (Rillito Village Trail just south of Tangerine Road) It has a good fill of water in the bottom.
Found a Western and a Clark’s Grebe hanging together, giving a nice comparison.
Also Present
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked
Mallard
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy
Pied-billed Grebe
1500-2000 Yellow-headed Blackbirds
6-7 Northern Rough-winged Swallows

At Arthur Pack Park, duck numbers are finally picking up. A swallow working over the 9th hole pond showed the white rump-side panels of the Violet-green Swallow.
Shovelers are now totaling around 150 after only numbering 70-80 for the last several weeks.
American Wigeon 11
Green-winged Teal 9
Ring-necked Duck 4
Mallard 2
Bufflehead 4
American Coot 60 ( very low compared to the last several years. )

Did not see:

Yesterday there were two Canvasbacks.

John R Williams




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Date: 12/6/17 1:21 pm
From: Stan Hart <shart...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fort Lowell Park Tucson - Couch's Kingbird
Bird still present, clearly seen by David Cowan and Stan Hart at 11 AM Wednesday. Bird stayed on top branch of leafless tree on north shore edge of pond next to Craycroft Road parking lot for more than 20 minutes.

Dipped on the Crossbills!

Stan Hart


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Date: 12/6/17 9:46 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Crystal Garden Parkway 12-6-2017
While running errands around 10 am I detoured through Crystal Gardens,
there were three Snow Geese and a probable Ross x Snow Goose. In flight one
was definitely smaller but it didn't seem Small enough for a Ross's.

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix AZ

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Date: 12/6/17 9:45 am
From: Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO Piute Canyon Expedition this weekend
Last call for sign-ups for this weekend's AZFO expedition to Piute Canyon!

We've got a solid team assembled and we're looking at great weather on
Saturday and Sunday. Also, we're adding a Sunday trip to the subalpine
conifer forest meadow openings and adjacent riparian systems of the Kaibab
Plateau to look for Pine Grosbeak and other northern/high-elevation
irruptive species. It's sure to be a good time so do consider joining us!

To register contact me at fplguerreroATgmail.com and for more information
check out our website:
http://www.azfo.org/events/custom/PiuteCanyon_Page2017.html

Thanks!

Felipe Guerrero
AZFO Field Expeditions Chair

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Date: 12/6/17 8:27 am
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbill Types 2 (Ponderosa) and 4 (Douglas-fir) at Fort Lowell Park
Dear Birders,

Yesterday, December 5, Fabrice Schmitt and I spent about 1 1/2 hours starting just after 10:00 at Fort Lowell Park, finding 39 species. We heard and saw RED CROSSBILLS several times. At one point two groups of about 9 each flushed from the pines along Glenn Rd. and my recordings confirmed they were Type 2 (Ponderosa Pine) and Type 4 (Douglas-fir). They eventually merged into one flock and disappeared. But even in the field it was obvious each group was of a different type and when they merged you could still easily tell that there were two call types. Type 2 has a slightly musical "trt" while Type 4 has a much drier and slighly higher "twit." They look even more different in a sonogram. I uploaded my recording to the eBird submission at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40931493, and eBird presents the sound file you can see the sonogram. Subsquent flyovers of individuals over the next hour were all Type 2.

Not so incidentally, we did not manage to connect with the Couch's Kingbird, finding only a single Cassin's Kingbird repeatedly. From eBird reports it's still there, but it moves around. We returned in the afternoon for another hour and still coudn't find it.

Good Birding,

Rich
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Date: 12/6/17 8:08 am
From: Richard Castetter <rcastett...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SC NM Broad-billed Hummingbird
A handsome male continues to show up irregularly at a private feeder in the north valley area of Las Cruces.
Also present:  RUFOUS  HUMMINGBIRD, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD,  very bright CASSIN'S FINCHES.
Rick Castetter
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Date: 12/6/17 6:47 am
From: Jerry Friedman <jerry_friedman...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills in Tucson – Documenting the Types
Just to add two things to the post below.  First, when making sound recordings with my camera (a Canon "bridge" with superzoom), it's helpful to take the lens cap off and hold the camera still.  The autofocus makes noises that show up clearly on the recording.  With the lens cap on, the camera keeps trying to focus, and of course if I move the camera, it refocuses on whatever I'm pointing at.  The recording might still be identifiable, but the quality can be improved.  So maybe with some other cameras, you can can get a better recording by taking the lens cap off and holding the camera still--or turning the autofocus off, if that's more convenient.
Second, the eBird article that Richard Hoyer linked to below not only gives information on identifying the sonograms, it asks you to upload them to eBird and send the authors a link to your checklist for use in their research.  They'll also help you with identification.  For those who don't use eBird, I'm sure the authors would be grateful if you e-mailed them recordings or sonograms.

I'm just hoping a Red Crossbill will show up here in Española so I can do that.
Jerry Friedman

From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...>
To: AZ-NM Bird List <AZNMBirds...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 10:28 PM
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills in Tucson – Documenting the Types

Dear Birders,

In the past three weeks that I've been home from tours, I've scarcely been able to sit for more than 30 minutes in the back yard without hearing a RED CROSSBILL fly over. That there is a serious irruption going on is an understatement. As many of you know, there are multiple "types" of Red Crosbills that represent what will eventually be recognized as valid species. Only one so far, Type 9 from SE Idaho, is offically split (as Cassia Crossbil), but only because its limited distribution has allowed it to be researched to an extreme. The remaining 10 types are not as limited in distribution, some rare and very nomadic, and so it will a while before enough vocal, physical, and genetic data has been collected to prove that they are also each valid species. Even then, unless you have absolute pitch memory like Diane Schuur and know immediately which type you're hearing, you'll probably want to record the calls and later look at the sonogram to determine which type (species) you heard.

Not all of us have a good digital recorder and professional microphone. I have an Olympus LS14 and Sennheiser ME67, which is well below the level of a professional setup. But any smart phone or digital camera with video function (just leave the lens cap on; you're not trying to video the birds) can record enough sound to determine which type you have seen and heard.

Once you have a video or sound file, upload it to your home computer and open it with the free Audacity software and compare the sonogram with the known types. The most useful synopsis is the article by Matt Young and Tim Spahr at http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/.

From my yard in north-central Tucson I have documented Types 2 (Ponderosa Pine), 3 (Western Hemlock), and 4 (Douglas-fir) in the past several days. Type 4 predominates each day, with only one each of Types 2 and 3. I also recorded one crossbill flying over the E side of the University of Arizona that proved to be Type 5 (Lodgepole Pine). Then just today birds in the Santa Catalina Mountains proved to be Type 6. In other words if you are paying attention, you could be seeing and hearing five kinds of Red Crossbill in SE Arizona right now.

If you have difficulty seeing the differences in the sonograms of each call note, feel free to email me your sound file, and I'll be happy to have a look at it.

Good Birding,

Rich
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Date: 12/6/17 5:20 am
From: Uwviper <uwviper...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: White-throated Sparrow - Graham County
Diane Drobka and I birded the Gila River Box and Roper Lake yesterday and came away with a couple good birds.


Serna Cabin Picnic Area provided the best birds of the day with a pair of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. They were observed along Bonita Creek and in the wolfberry bushes behind the picnic table that is up against the cliff at the far end of the parking lot. They were very vocal and provided great views. Also present at the picnic area was a low elevation Red-breasted Nuthatch.


At Roper Lake State Park, we had a female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, which may be the same one that has wintered there for the past four or so winters.


Good Birding,
Jeff Coker


Safford & Vail, AZ

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Date: 12/5/17 9:28 pm
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Red Crossbills in Tucson – Documenting the Types
Dear Birders,

In the past three weeks that I've been home from tours, I've scarcely been able to sit for more than 30 minutes in the back yard without hearing a RED CROSSBILL fly over. That there is a serious irruption going on is an understatement. As many of you know, there are multiple "types" of Red Crosbills that represent what will eventually be recognized as valid species. Only one so far, Type 9 from SE Idaho, is offically split (as Cassia Crossbil), but only because its limited distribution has allowed it to be researched to an extreme. The remaining 10 types are not as limited in distribution, some rare and very nomadic, and so it will a while before enough vocal, physical, and genetic data has been collected to prove that they are also each valid species. Even then, unless you have absolute pitch memory like Diane Schuur and know immediately which type you're hearing, you'll probably want to record the calls and later look at the sonogram to determine which type (species) you heard.

Not all of us have a good digital recorder and professional microphone. I have an Olympus LS14 and Sennheiser ME67, which is well below the level of a professional setup. But any smart phone or digital camera with video function (just leave the lens cap on; you're not trying to video the birds) can record enough sound to determine which type you have seen and heard.

Once you have a video or sound file, upload it to your home computer and open it with the free Audacity software and compare the sonogram with the known types. The most useful synopsis is the article by Matt Young and Tim Spahr at http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/.

From my yard in north-central Tucson I have documented Types 2 (Ponderosa Pine), 3 (Western Hemlock), and 4 (Douglas-fir) in the past several days. Type 4 predominates each day, with only one each of Types 2 and 3. I also recorded one crossbill flying over the E side of the University of Arizona that proved to be Type 5 (Lodgepole Pine). Then just today birds in the Santa Catalina Mountains proved to be Type 6. In other words if you are paying attention, you could be seeing and hearing five kinds of Red Crossbill in SE Arizona right now.

If you have difficulty seeing the differences in the sonograms of each call note, feel free to email me your sound file, and I'll be happy to have a look at it.

Good Birding,

Rich
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http://wingsbirds.com

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Date: 12/5/17 6:54 pm
From: Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Canyon Elegant Trogon, Dec 5, 2017
This afternoon while the Road Scholars group was here with Tom Wood and Matt Brown guiding them, Matt spotted a female Elegant Trogon in my cienega. No one got a picture, and only a few of the group were able to see her before she flew off. I was not lucky enough to see her, but you may be sure I will keep my eyes open for this bird, and will post right away if she shows up again. Some of you may remember the female Trogon that spent the winter here in 2007 eating suet, cranberries, and whatever bugs she could find, from January to April.

Mary Jo
Mary Jo Ballator
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Date: 12/5/17 6:39 pm
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Catalina Mountains Red-backed Junco, Lewis's Woodpecker,
Dear Birders,

Today, December 5, Fabrice Schmitt and I birded a bit at the General Hitchcock Campground area in the Santa Catalina Mountains N of Tucson. One of the first birds we saw was a MOUNTAIN NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL (~100 toots/minute), responding to my imitation in attempt to bring in small birds. In the first group of Yellow-eyed Juncos that appeared was a RED-BACKED JUNCO, which turns out to be a continuing bird, which I realized only after doing an eBird search.

We also had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, which also turns out ot be a continuing bird according to eBird reports.

There were SPOTTED TOWHEES everywhere, perhaps suggesting a very good breeding year. Same goes for ACORN WOODPECKER and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Finally, two RED CROSSBILLS proved to be the large-billed, SE Arizona/Mexico specialty Type 6.

Good Birding,

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Date: 12/5/17 6:08 pm
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Townsend's Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch
Dear Birders,

Yesterday, December 4, I birded a bit in Evergreen Cemetery to scout for the upcoming Tucson Valley Christmas Bird Count (Dec 14). I found a male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, probably one continuing from a November report I found on eBird. This species has been found on only 9 out of 45 CBCs.

I also found a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, which having been seen in 14 out of 45 years is not quite as rare, but it seems this year there are a number of them around.

Very rare locally was a ROCK WREN. Tombstone Wren, perhaps a new subspecies.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS numbered only four, which is down from recent years. Just three years ago, with similar effort I had 19.

Complete checklist, as usual, at eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40907982

Good Birding,

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Date: 12/5/17 4:03 pm
From: Charles Corson <chcorson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Lewis’s Woodpecker, Santa Cruz Flats
AZ: Santa Cruz Flats

In the east side pecans south of Picacho Rd & Green Reservoir Rd, at least two Lewis’s Woodpeckers were found, and lousy photo of one.

Seen at 4pm or shortly after.

After seeing what seemed like dozens of Gila Woodpeckers, this sure stuck out.




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Date: 12/4/17 6:41 pm
From: <Birdsounds...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 December 2017
Just curious with two questions: 1) On 29 November I reported a Sandhill
Crane at my neighbor's property at Moyza Ranch Road, between Amado and
Arivaca, Pima Co., and it is not included in this list. I thought it was out of
its range and worthy of reporting, so why wasn't it included? I did say I
have photos.

Second question: 2) When I report my sightings, I do not see them on the
list. Is that how it is for this list?

Thank you in advance for your reply,

Kathy Groschupf


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Hello Birders,


This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 1, 2017; the next update will be made on December
8. Phone your reports to _520-629-0510_ (tel:520-629-0510) X 3, or email
to rarebirdalert AT _tucsonaudubon.org_ (http://tucsonaudubon.org/) .

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including
information on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*) preceding a
species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details are
warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted at
_http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1mhttp://www.azfo.or_
(http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html) .

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
_http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-http://tucsonaudubon.org/http://tucsonaudub_
(http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/) . For additional sightings in the
region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding ListServ
(_https://list.arizona.edu/symphttps://list.ar_
(https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds) ).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see _www.tucsonaudubon.org_
(http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/) .

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:

#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
*LEAST GREBE
#Green Kingfisher
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Varied Thrush
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER


Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical in
separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/


TUCSON area
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD continued on 12/1/ (m.ob.) at Fort Lowell Park. It
prefers the area around the pond early in the morning but then wanders to the
pecan grove to the east and across the wash later in the day before
returning to the pond in the late afternoon. There are two previously accepted
state records.
A *LEAST GREBE continued at Arthur Pack Park on 11/25 (m.ob.). It was seen
on the 7th hole pond of the golf course. From the main road, take the dirt
road to the Maeveen Behan Trailhead next to the 9th hole pond. Park and
walk southwest through the desert (taking care to stay out of the way of
golfers) to the pond on the 7th hole.
A possible #EURASIAN WIGEON (or American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid) was
reported at Agua Caliente Park on 12/1 (Richard Carlson).
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 11/30 (m.ob.). Several
Lesser Scaup are present as well.
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at one of the tanks along Redington
Pass Rd on 11/25 (Brian Nicholas).


GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) in the West Fork past the dam. Directions:
About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past the gate
the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most sightings
have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the rough trail
in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak grove is
about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can be difficult
to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign with
distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the turn. It is not
necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research station to see
these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida Canyon this
week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking area and a
short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 & 62A.
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd on 11/26 (Richard Fray).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 11/29 (Tim Helentjaris) near the culvert,
upstream of the concrete stream crossing.


BENSON area
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the Benson STP on 11/30 (Arlene Ripley).
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St.
David on 11/25 (m.ob.).


PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported on 11/26 (Alan Schmierer). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued
this week at the east end along the Birding Trail.
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd this week (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map:
http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd


TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two #GREEN KINGFISHERS (male and female) were photographed along the De
Anza Trail in Tubac on 11/27 (Timothy DeJonghe) north of the bridge, and just
south of the golf course.
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on
this week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road
and walk in.
A Pinyon Jay was reported along Moyza Ranch Road between Amado and Arivaca
on 11/28 (Kathy Groschupf).


DOUGLAS area
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 11/25 (m.ob.) at House Pond at
Slaughter Ranch.


PARKER CANYON LAKE
An #EASTERN PHOEBE and a Common Loon were photographed at Parker Canyon
Lake on 11/29 (Arlene Ripley).


PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #PACIFIC WREN was reported in South Fork in Cave Creek Canyon on 11/25
(Christopher Rustay, Steve Drilling).


SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, a #VARIED THRUSH was reported about 100 yards past the
1.7-mile parking area on 11/29 (Susan Allerton) and continued on 12/1
(Diana Doyle).
At the San Pedro House, two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued on 11/29
(m.ob.), one near marker #7 south of the bridge and one north of the bridge.


AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).



ANNOUNCEMENTS
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here:
_http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-http://tucsonaudubon.org/http://tucsonaudub_
(http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/)


TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to long-term
construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page
(_http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/http://www.tuc_
(http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html) ) or
_http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/wahttp://cms3.tu_ (http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweet
water) for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching" link on
this page for important information regarding access:
_http://webcms.pima.govhttp://webcms.pima.gov<WBR>/gohttp_
(http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/)



EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb


RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.




ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to
dusk. Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call
ahead.


BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
_http://www.huachuca.army.mihttp://www.huachuca.army.mi<WB_
(http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html) <WBR>. The Visitor Control
Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an active
military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on Post for 30
days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone while driving.
You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements (subject to
change without notice): US citizens must pass a background check and should be
prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle at the entrance, and
possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as well. Foreign nationals
must be accompanied by an approved military escort; contact the
_(520.533.7111_ (tel:(520.533.7111) ), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's Bureau
_(520.417.6960_ (tel:(520.417.6960) ) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE:
apparently some states driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base
entry (KY, ME, MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see
_https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-puhttps://w_ (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs) or
_http://huachuca-www.army.mil/phttp://huachuca-www.army.mi_
(http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html) for details.


SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.


BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."


AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside).


GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.


ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.


Good birding!






















Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Date: 12/4/17 5:47 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Course
Hi birders: Some mid afternoon birding at the Rio Rico golf course produced some interesting birds, as local birder, Charlie Trapani, and I had a look around.

At that time of day most of the action seemed to center on the ponds. In the pond near the clubhouse, a handsome Cinammon Teal was a highlight. At the further pond by the 17th hole, Black crowned Night Heron, Sora, and Green Heron were observed. Vermillion Flycatcher seemed to be everywhere, a Song Sparrow was clearly seen at that pond, and Say's Phoebe were around, as well as Audubon's Warbler.

As the air cooled and the vultures began to settle, one of the two Crested Caracaras reported was seen feeding on the ground not too far from the clubhouse. The Red Crossbills seem to have gone.

Heading back to Green Valley a couple of Harris' Hawks were observed around the busy intersection of Highway 19 and Continental Road. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley.

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Date: 12/4/17 4:43 pm
From: Susan Stillwell <slknitnut1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Yellow Warbler?
Saw this bird in Verrado. Looks like the Yellow Warbler we would see in San Diego. Characteristics: Bright yellow, with back a greenish - yellow, prominent black eye, indistinct face markings, no eye ring, no wing bars, slight streaking on breast.
We sat and watched the bird for 20 minutes hoping around in the tree right by us. Was in with a bunch of Verdins and 2 Ruby-crowned kinglets
Here is the link to the pictures:

www.flickr.com/photos/slknitnut/


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Date: 12/4/17 2:51 pm
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson, Hardesty Building area
Hi Birders,

Here are some of the birds seen from the paved multi-use path behind the
Hardesty Building this morning:

Red Crossbill...about 10
Plumbeous Vireo...1
Hermit Thrush...2
Black-crowned Night-Heron...1
Green Heron...1
Red-breasted Nuthatch...1

Northern Parula not found

Good birding,
Dave Beaudette
Tucson
4Dec2017

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Date: 12/4/17 2:48 pm
From: mary klinkel <munchita...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Desert Museum
Seen today 12:30pm at butterfly garden, enjoying seeds of abundant yellow & orange cosmos flowers, apparent first-Fall male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (of course I didn’t have my camera, and the bird was within 10 feet of me, not bothered at all by my presence). Others also saw it & photographed it, but I don’t think they post on this listserv (most weren’t local).

Mary Klinkel
Tucson AZ


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Date: 12/4/17 10:13 am
From: Jeremy Medina <jmedina1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Reid Park Red Crossbills
I counted 23 Red Crossbills this morning at Reid Park west of the amphitheater feeding in the pines. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was nearby too. List (and pics later) in eBird.

Jeremy Medina
Tucson
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Date: 12/4/17 10:00 am
From: Gordon Karre <karhop1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Black-throated Green Warbler
BTNW continues at Base & Meridian near Phoenix. Same spot as previous reports. With Barb Meding this morning.

Great birding to all!

Gordon Karre

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Date: 12/3/17 8:46 pm
From: Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] McCown's Longspurs in Lonesome Valley, Yavapai Co.
Was happy to find a flock of 22 McCown's Longspurs in Lonesome Valley this
afternoon after bailing off the very windy Colorado Plateau earlier.

For photos go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/arizonabirding/

Felipe Guerrero

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Date: 12/3/17 7:47 pm
From: Henry Detwiler <henrydetwiler...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SWAZ: Yuma County Waterfowl, Warblers, etc.
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Date: 12/3/17 6:35 pm
From: <lwrkenai...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Paradise Valley yardbirds: Rufous-backed Robin and intergrade Fox Sparrow
Hi Birders,

While visiting my parents in Paradise Valley (near Indian Bend Rd. and
Tatum Blvd.) I was surprised to see a Rufous-backed Robin feeding on
pyracantha berries in the back yard. It appeared to be a first fall or female
bird. Many others were attracted to the fruit including a Hermit Thrush,
Gambel's Quail, Curve-billed Thrashers, etc. Also notable was a probable Red
x Slate-colored Fox Sparrow intergrade. Luckily, I was able to get many
photos. Included is my eBird checklist with pix.

Good Birding,
Brian Ison

Scottsdale
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Date: 12/3/17 4:59 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
There are a few extralimital eBird reports of Pileated from southwest Kansas (Dodge City) and western Oklahoma, although wanderers from the eastern population would seem to be more expected to show up as a vagrant following wooded river corridors on the Great Plains into eastern New Mexico or eastern Colorado. As of yet, neither NM or CO have any Pileated records. For one to show up in southwest NM, I would think a bird from farther north might be more plausible, especially given the movements of many other montane species further south than usual this fall, presumably due to lack of food resources with drought and widespread wildfires earlier this year. Looking at eBird, the nearest populations of Pileated to the north would be the Yellowstone area of Wyoming or Sawtooth Mountains of southern Idaho. In Arizona there is a hypothetical, unsubstantiated report of one from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from 1935 (Monson & Phillips 1981) and the Utah Bird Records Committee’s website lists several unsubstantiated sight reports from across the state (a supposed specimen noted by both of the above sources from Bluff, UT in 1892 was apparently mislabeled, according to the UBRC).

White-headed Woodpecker is also thought of as mostly sedentary, yet one was found in the Spring Mountains/Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas, Nevada, east of the nearest population in the southern Sierra Nevada (these locations separated by Death Valley). It would seem a Pileated certainly would be able to cover some ground/air if it was motivated to.

Of course we’ll have to see if this report can actually be substantiated. If you’re in the area and hear or see something resembling Pileated, please take photos or get a recording with your phone (most smartphones have a “voice memos” or similarly named app that comes with the phone…don’t hesitate to use it!).

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ


> On Dec 3, 2017, at 10:00 AM, Lori <lconrad6853...> wrote:
>
> Hi Wendy; all,
>
> Has anyone given thought to the fact that both Lineated & Pale-billed Woodpeckers probably occur closer to NM than Pileated does? I think this should be considered as a distinct possibility. Hope someone can find this bird!
>
> Lori & Mark Conrad
> Portal, AZ
>
> From: <aznmbirds-request...> [mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of W MCCRADY
> Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2017 6:41 AM
> To: <aznmbirds...>
> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
>
> On Tuesday of last week, I had a secondhand report of a PILEATED WOODPECKER seen on Saturday, November 25, in Catron County, NM, near the Grant County line. While I did keep my eyes open when driving between Gila Hot Springs and the Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat'l Monument, and spent three hours birding in the Heart Bar WMA one day, I figured it was either a misidentification ( for what, though?) or the bird was long gone.
>
> Imagine my surprise yesterday when I heard its distintive deep drumming followed by a short call. I looked for the bird for over two hours and again later with no success, although I may have caught it in the background of a photo. It's distant and blurry enough that I'm not sure.
>
> I then stopped by and talked to the lady who had the original sighting and it looks good. She saw it fairly close, both perched and in flight, and heard it cackle. She seems to know her birds.
>
> The problem with trying to find it is that there are many dead standing and down trees here due to fire and floods. More birders in the area may mean a higher chance of finding it and getting a photo. I believe this would be the first record for the state.
>
> Dawn saw it at the Heart Bar WMA. I heard it less than a mile north of her location. I was overlooking the beginning of the Middle Forks Trail just past the Visitor Center for the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
>
> Please feel free to email me with questions but be patient with replies. Internet access in this area is extremely limited.
>
> Wendy McCrady
> Gila Hot Springs, NM
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid
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Date: 12/3/17 4:34 pm
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Las Cienegas NCA Today -- White-tailed Kite and LOTS of Sparrows
Spent the morning at Las Cienegas NCA. I was hoping for a White-tailed
Kite, and found one right away on the road down to Maternity Well. The
area around the well and (dry) pond was a sparrow/towhee bonanza -- Canyon
and Abert's Towhee, and Rufous-winged, Grasshopper, Chipping, Brewer's,
Black-throated, Lark, White-crowned, Vesper (by far the most numerous),
Savannah, Song and Lincoln's Sparrows. Added Dark-Eyed Junco down in
Empire Gulch. If my math is correct, 47 total species today.

An interesting note -- the water in Empire Gulch was flowing across the
road near the lower parking area, which I've never seen before.
Considering how dry it's been, I assume this stems from the changes in flow
following the fire in the spring.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/3/17 3:51 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--03 Dec 2017
Hi, birders,

Seven people walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning, counting 67
species by the end of the walk. Nothing unusual today, but a nice spread of
species that find the EOP worth exploiting for food and/or loafing space.

Eleven species of duck included the usual dabblers, but also a pair of
Bufflehead and the first drake Lesser Scaup of the season among the
Ring-necked Ducks. Rampant cattail growth this year is closing off the open
water where ducks, etc. used to gather in good numbers, so counts are
somewhat lower than average.

Virginia Rail and Sora counts were based on vocal birds today--none were
spotted in the open. Big waders included a late White-faced Ibis, several
Great Egrets, and the usual Great Blue Heron, which likes to stand out in
the middle of an adjacent field.

Nice spread of wrens today: Rock Wren (1), House Wren (2), Marsh Wren (5+),
Bewick's Wren (1), and Cactus Wren (2). A flock of Horned Larks, 30 +
strong, were spotted several times, often disappearing immediately when
they landed among the rocks on the dike sides. Ditto for the flock of Am.
Pipits which favored a drying sludge pile.

Sparrow numbers remain very low compared to past years, with Brewer's
Sparrow conspicuously absent. Dapper Green-tailed Towhees were well seen,
along with colorful Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Pyrrhuloxias.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 12/3/17 2:27 pm
From: Alan Schmierer <aaschmierer...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Course: 2 CARACARAS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 10 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES!!
I spent several hours at the Rio Rico Golf Course this morning carefully checking all of the pines from the gate to the more easterly pond for the Crossbills, with no luck. There was 1 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and 1 CRESTED CARACARA at the more easterly pond. A few hours later, both of these were at the pond at the Club House pond, but now 2 CARACARAS. 10 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were more than I have seen there before. Alan Schmierer
PO Box 626
Patagonia, AZ  85624
805-801-3701 (cell)
PHOTOS AT:
 www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan

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Date: 12/3/17 2:16 pm
From: rich armstrong <richarmstrong...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] no glaucous gull
1. kay hawklee and lisa grubbs saw a glaucous gull at north end of lake pleasant yesterday afternoon
2. 4 of spend from about 915 to 1245 today scanning north end, then south end, then back to north end and did not find it.
3. all of the gulls (and all the grebes) were at north end - about 25 ring-billed and 1 california, and a possible herring.

Rich Armstrong
928-282-3675
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Date: 12/3/17 12:55 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] N. Parula R/e/i/d Randolph Park
Hi Birders,

Molly and I saw the parula this morning in willows and cottonwoods along the paved multi-use path behind the Hardesty Building along
the edge of Randolph park. Thanks to Sharon for the report.

(For those interested in history: this park complex began as solely Randolph Park and then later Reid Park was carved out of Randolph. At
the really picky level there are two golf courses and the one behind Hardesty Bldg. isn't Randolph).

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ


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On Sat, 12/2/17, Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...> wrote:

Subject: [AZNMbirds] N. Parula Reid Park
To: <AZNMbirds...>
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 12:45 PM

Chuck Williamson and I just found a nice male
Parula Warbler in the willows on the se side of Reid Park
(just northwest of the Hardesty pond). We also had a
Hutton's Vireo hiding amongst the kinglets. 

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Date: 12/3/17 11:58 am
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] East side Tucson Parks
Lakeside Parks this morning had an Osprey perched in a tall tree just south of the lake. There is a nice “Storm” wigeon at Lakeside, the continuing immature Snow Goose and a Great Egret. There were a several kinglets and an Orange-crowned Warbler in the willows.

I also stopped at Jesse Owens Park. Nothing of note - expected species like Lark Sparrows, a Red-shafter Flicker, a Broad-billed Hummingbird etc. I didn’t spot any crossbills today (there were several last Sunday).



Sharon Goldwasser
Tucson
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Date: 12/3/17 11:07 am
From: Matthew Brown <mattbrownbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CBC conflict, Tucson Valley vs. Patagonia
The Patagonia Christmas Bird Count has two new volunteers that are
transitioning this year into carrying on the tradition themselves for Abbie
and me in the future. Please bear with us as we work together to hand the
reins over to Patsy VandenBerge and John Hughes. As hard as we try, there
are still bound to be some glitches.

However, they were not responsible for choosing the date this year. In
fact, the Patagonia CBC has been held on the first Thursday of the count
period since 2010, making this the eighth year we've done so (and the date
for the upcoming season was provided to Tucson Audubon officials back on
Sept. 25). We chose to do this after the 2009 count specifically to avoid
conflicting with some of the bigger counts in southern Arizona which seemed
to prefer using the weekends back then, such as Green Valley/Madera Canyon,
Ramsey Canyon, and the Tucson Valley count. This was a risky choice, since
the obvious trade-off is that we may lose people who work during the week
and can't get the day off, but we figured this was the best way to allow
birders in Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Green Valley to participate, at least
those that didn't have to work on Thursdays. This way we could maintain an
early, stable, and predictable count date and week.

We do regret that we conflict with Tucson Valley this year, and recognize
that many counts like to use the same date consistently, rather than day of
the week, but sometimes stuff like this just can't be avoided unless
perhaps the organizers use some sort of pre-season email chain or
conference call to coordinate their proposed dates. Blaming Patsy and/or
John for this year's conflict, as more than one person already has, is
entirely inappropriate.

Matt Brown, future ex-co-coordinator of the Patagonia CBC.

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Date: 12/3/17 9:39 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] More Crossbills, NW Tucson
I just heard then saw four Red Crossbills in a pine in a neighbor’s yard here in NW Tucson.
Interestingly, none were red, so either female or variant male form birds.
The particular tree has a good cone crop… but it is about 1/4 mile outside the edge of theTucson CBC circle.

Anyone scouting for the Tucson Valley CBC should be on the lookout for cone bearing pines as it seem that there are a lot of crossbills moving around the area.

Yesterday I found another (Same bird as last week?) Eastern Bluebird at Arthur Pack Park.

John R Williams
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Date: 12/3/17 9:01 am
From: Lori <lconrad6853...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
Hi Wendy; all,



Has anyone given thought to the fact that both Lineated & Pale-billed Woodpeckers probably occur closer to NM than Pileated does? I think this should be considered as a distinct possibility. Hope someone can find this bird!



Lori & Mark Conrad

Portal, AZ



From: <aznmbirds-request...> [mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of W MCCRADY
Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2017 6:41 AM
To: <aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM



On Tuesday of last week, I had a secondhand report of a PILEATED WOODPECKER seen on Saturday, November 25, in Catron County, NM, near the Grant County line. While I did keep my eyes open when driving between Gila Hot Springs and the Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat'l Monument, and spent three hours birding in the Heart Bar WMA one day, I figured it was either a misidentification ( for what, though?) or the bird was long gone.



Imagine my surprise yesterday when I heard its distintive deep drumming followed by a short call. I looked for the bird for over two hours and again later with no success, although I may have caught it in the background of a photo. It's distant and blurry enough that I'm not sure.



I then stopped by and talked to the lady who had the original sighting and it looks good. She saw it fairly close, both perched and in flight, and heard it cackle. She seems to know her birds.



The problem with trying to find it is that there are many dead standing and down trees here due to fire and floods. More birders in the area may mean a higher chance of finding it and getting a photo. I believe this would be the first record for the state.



Dawn saw it at the Heart Bar WMA. I heard it less than a mile north of her location. I was overlooking the beginning of the Middle Forks Trail just past the Visitor Center for the Gila Cliff Dwellings.



Please feel free to email me with questions but be patient with replies. Internet access in this area is extremely limited.



Wendy McCrady

Gila Hot Springs, NM







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Date: 12/3/17 7:28 am
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Couch's Kingbird cont Fort Lowell
Currently (8:25a.m), the continuing Couch's Kingbird is just E of the SE
corner of Tucson's Fort Lowell park. It was first in Glenn St tree
between Fort Lowell corner and Orchard River Dr. The Kingbird is now
working N in the trees on Orchard River Dr.
Lindsay Story -Mesa AZ

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Date: 12/3/17 4:56 am
From: Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] N. Parula Reid Park
Correction- probably not adult male but definitely a Parula

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 2, 2017, at 12:45 PM, Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...> wrote:
>
> Chuck Williamson and I just found a nice male Parula Warbler in the willows on the se side of Reid Park (just northwest of the Hardesty pond). We also had a Hutton's Vireo hiding amongst the kinglets.
>
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Date: 12/3/17 2:04 am
From: Charlie Trapani <charliednb...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ (Fort ) Hauchuca Canyon Varied Thrush
Birders,
Please forgive the day-late post as my phone died.

Thanks to Susan Allerton I was able to finally get a varied thrush on Friday the 1st. I’ve dipped 4 times in CA and twice on mount Lemmon.

There were a few other birders there looking for the varied thrush when I arrived about 10:45. The bird made various sneaky appearances up until I left at 4pm. I stayed within the first 100 yards of the start of the trail. Watch the ground as it comes to feed and drink with the robins.

By the end of the day all the birds pretty much cleaned out the medrone berries on that stretch.

Of note: three species of Sapsucker and a pacific wren that was spotted by Arlene. The wren came back out after she left.

Lincoln’s sparrow 1
Cedar waxwings 5
Williamson’s Sapsucker male 1
Red-naped Sapsucker 6
Mex jay 5
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Robins over 30
N. Flicker 4
Hermit thrush over 15
Varied thrush 1
Pacific wren 1
Common Ravens 2
Modo 1
Western bluebirds 5
Painted redstart 1
Red-breasted sapsucker 1
Lesser goldfinch 8
Hammonds flycatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

-Charlie


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Date: 12/3/17 2:04 am
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Not sure if this went through- N. Parula Reid Park Tucson
Apologies if this is a duplicate message, but I didn’t see this come through my email. Just, in case, Chuck Williamson and I spotted a Northern Parula at the SE corner of Reid Park, in the willows along the bike path, just north of the Hardesty pond. Also present was a Hutton’s Vireo amongst the many Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

We had a Western Bluebird in a palm tree near the baseball fields and saw large black bird that could have been a Zone-tailed Hawk flying west from the north side of the park.

Lots of ducks at Kennedy and Reid parks- nothing out of the ordinary.

Sharon Goldwasser
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Date: 12/3/17 2:04 am
From: Steve Hosmer <sjhosmer...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Base and Meridian WA Black-throated Green Warbler
This morning my wife Joan and I went to the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area
(Maricopa Co.) by the Phoenix International Raceway to look for the previously
reported Black-throated Green Warbler.

It was found in the same location as reported yesterday -- head north on the
main trail from PIR and take the first good trail that goes to the right
(east) that is past the cement bridge/culvert over the river. The warbler was
in the first group of cottonwood and willow trees along the river on the right
side (river side) of the trail. We did not see the Black-throated Green
Warbler until around 10:30 AM, in the willows along the river. I was first
alerted to its presence by the sharp single 'tsik' notes it was giving. It
was foraging mostly in the mid to upper canopy tree levels, although at around
10:45 it flew a short distance to the west and foraged in willow trees at eye
level out in the open -- gradually moving higher up in the trees. Ryan
O'Donnell and his wife were also present and had good views of the warbler. I
posted photos of the warbler in my eBird checklist.

Take care and good birding.

Steve Hosmer
Anthem, AZ

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Date: 12/3/17 2:04 am
From: Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] N. Parula Reid Park
Chuck Williamson and I just found a nice male Parula Warbler in the willows on the se side of Reid Park (just northwest of the Hardesty pond). We also had a Hutton's Vireo hiding amongst the kinglets.

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Date: 12/3/17 2:03 am
From: W MCCRADY <wmccrady...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Catron County, NM
On Tuesday of last week, I had a secondhand report of a PILEATED WOODPECKER seen on Saturday, November 25, in Catron County, NM, near the Grant County line. While I did keep my eyes open when driving between Gila Hot Springs and the Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat'l Monument, and spent three hours birding in the Heart Bar WMA one day, I figured it was either a misidentification ( for what, though?) or the bird was long gone.

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I heard its distintive deep drumming followed by a short call. I looked for the bird for over two hours and again later with no success, although I may have caught it in the background of a photo. It's distant and blurry enough that I'm not sure.

I then stopped by and talked to the lady who had the original sighting and it looks good. She saw it fairly close, both perched and in flight, and heard it cackle. She seems to know her birds.

The problem with trying to find it is that there are many dead standing and down trees here due to fire and floods. More birders in the area may mean a higher chance of finding it and getting a photo. I believe this would be the first record for the state.

Dawn saw it at the Heart Bar WMA. I heard it less than a mile north of her location. I was overlooking the beginning of the Middle Forks Trail just past the Visitor Center for the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

Please feel free to email me with questions but be patient with replies. Internet access in this area is extremely limited.

Wendy McCrady
Gila Hot Springs, NM



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Date: 12/3/17 2:03 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 December 2017
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 1, 2017; the next update will be made on
December 8. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including information
on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*)
preceding a species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details
are warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted
at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
*LEAST GREBE
#Green Kingfisher
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Varied Thrush
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER

Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical
in separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/

TUCSON area
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD continued on 12/1/ (m.ob.) at Fort Lowell Park. It
prefers the area around the pond early in the morning but then wanders to
the pecan grove to the east and across the wash later in the day before
returning to the pond in the late afternoon. There are two previously
accepted state records.
A *LEAST GREBE continued at Arthur Pack Park on 11/25 (m.ob.). It was seen
on the 7th hole pond of the golf course. From the main road, take the dirt
road to the Maeveen Behan Trailhead next to the 9th hole pond. Park and
walk southwest through the desert (taking care to stay out of the way of
golfers) to the pond on the 7th hole.
A possible #EURASIAN WIGEON (or American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid) was
reported at Agua Caliente Park on 12/1 (Richard Carlson).
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 11/30 (m.ob.). Several Lesser
Scaup are present as well.
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at one of the tanks along Redington
Pass Rd on 11/25 (Brian Nicholas).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) in the West Fork past the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
62A.
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd on 11/26 (Richard Fray).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 11/29 (Tim Helentjaris) near the
culvert, upstream of the concrete stream crossing.

BENSON area
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the Benson STP on 11/30 (Arlene Ripley).
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David
on 11/25 (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported on 11/26 (Alan Schmierer). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued this week at the east end along the Birding Trail.
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd this week (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map:
http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two #GREEN KINGFISHERS (male and female) were photographed along the De
Anza Trail in Tubac on 11/27 (Timothy DeJonghe) north of the bridge, and
just south of the golf course.
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on this
week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.
A Pinyon Jay was reported along Moyza Ranch Road between Amado and Arivaca
on 11/28 (Kathy Groschupf).

DOUGLAS area
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 11/25 (m.ob.) at House Pond at
Slaughter Ranch.

PARKER CANYON LAKE
An #EASTERN PHOEBE and a Common Loon were photographed at Parker Canyon
Lake on 11/29 (Arlene Ripley).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #PACIFIC WREN was reported in South Fork in Cave Creek Canyon on 11/25
(Christopher Rustay, Steve Drilling).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, a #VARIED THRUSH was reported about 100 yards past the
1.7-mile parking area on 11/29 (Susan Allerton) and continued on 12/1
(Diana Doyle).
At the San Pedro House, two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued on 11/29
(m.ob.), one near marker #7 south of the bridge and one north of the
bridge.

AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).


ANNOUNCEMENTS
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-
birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to
long-term construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching"
link on this page for important information regarding access:
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/

EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb

RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead.

BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. The Visitor
Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an
active military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on
Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone
while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements
(subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a background
check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle
at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as
well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved military escort;
contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's
Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html for details.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.

BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside).

GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.

ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 12/1/17 2:02 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Harris's Hawks
2:45 PM Just drove by the Thornydale Road side of Arthur Pack Park in NW Tucson. Just north of Hartland Rd, passed a lone Harris’s Hawk sitting on a pole. Not the least unusual… until going 200 yard further where SIX more were sitting together on the utility wires. Never before have I seen seven together.

John R Williams
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Date: 12/1/17 11:58 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Eurasian Wigeon or hybrid wigeon
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Richard Carlson sent a photo of a wigeon from Agua Caliente Park on the
northeast side of Tucson; it looks like it may have some Eurasian Wigeon
genes in it. It's hard to say if it is a hybrid or pure bird based on the
photo though - perhaps more photos will help.

thanks Richard!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Date: 12/1/17 10:47 am
From: Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County Book (3rd Edition)
There may have been an issue with the original distribution of this email
as it didn't go through to several things, so we want to make sure it gets
through to as many people as possible! This will be a fun event, hope to
see you all there. Good birding, Tommy

" Dear Birders,

The long awaited third edition of this book will be launched at the
Maricopa Audubon meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., with a book signing by
all four authors. The meeting place is at the Papago Buttes Church of the
Brethren on the northwest corner of Oak and 64th St.: 2450 N. 64th Street.
Oak is between Thomas and McDowell.

$25 cash or check ($26.95 in bookstores)

A copy of the out-of-print first edition will be on display. You will see
from this slim volume how little we knew about Maricopa County’s birds when
it was published in 1972, just before the explosion of birding and birders
in the years that followed.

There will be extra copies of the second edition, free for those who do not
have it. The second edition contains an interesting History section that is
not found in the third edition. This section contains information on birds,
birding, birders and habitat changes during the last half of the 20th
Century, such as when the first Great-tailed Grackle was recorded in the
county in 1953.

I hope to see you there.

Janet Witzeman

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Date: 12/1/17 10:06 am
From: J P Hirth <jphmdh8...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WIWR
Early this morning (Fri) there was a juvenile Winter/Pacific Wren at our house in Green Valley. Based on the paleness of the throat and breast, I think it was likely a Winter Wren. Now I believe that anything can happen in migration.
Good birding,
Marty Hirth
Green Valley
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Date: 11/30/17 8:10 pm
From: Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Greenlee County Birding (29-30 November 2017)
Hi Everyone,

Gordon Karre and I spent yesterday and today, November 29th-30th, birding
in southern Greenlee County near the towns of Duncan and Clifton. The
potential of this county is always impressive and the mystery of it's bird
life certainly is too.

Yesterday, November 29th, we spent the entire day in Duncan. Birding
highlights were many. We got to the Duncan Birding Trail along the Gila
River just after sunrise. The birding trail is always a productive stop.
We had about 50 species in just over three hours. Highlights included a
comical SNOW GOOSE flying in formation with a large flock of SANDHILL
CRANES. This goose was out of place and seemed to be fitting in with a
much larger bird, maybe wanting to be a Sandhill Crane. 5 WOOD DUCK,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL were among the ducks present. Waterbirds can be very challenging to
find in Greenlee County. A fly-over GREAT EGRET was a surprise. SANDHILL
CRANES are very common along the birding trail and throughout Duncan.
WHITE-WINGED DOVES winter here, and we had decent numbers throughout the
trip. A STELLER'S JAY was heard calling on the north side of the Gila
while we walked the trail. We later saw one nearby after crossing the
river, likely the same bird heard before. Several AMERICAN CROWS were
heard calling among the many Common Ravens. A good bird we found were at
least 10 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS out in a field near the eastern perimeter of the
birding trail. We also had CASSIN'S FINCH, RED CROSSBILLS, and PINE
SISKINS flying over, with the first perching for a few minutes and feeding
on berries in a tree. The best bird here was a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
among the many White-crowned Sparrows.

At a few small ponds along Wilkins Road (Private Property), we observed a
GREEN HERON and another EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

At a pond on the east side of the US 70 south of Duncan and just north of
Railroad Wash Road (Private Property but viewable from road) we found 3
REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, and VERMILION FLYCATCHER.

Railroad Wash Road, which attracted a Upland Sandpiper last year, didn't
have the conditions in the ag. fields that we were hoping for. A walk down
to the Gila River rewarded us with a SWAMP SPARROW. A PYRRHULOXIA was also
great to see.

Once back on US 70, we stopped to count a large flock of SANDHILL CRANES,
which numbered about 260 individuals in a small section of a field. Gordon
started laughing out of nowhere, and said, "Tommy, I think I found the SNOW
GOOSE". It was the Snow Goose, and it was hanging out with the Sandhills
and was copying their feeding behaviors except for when the Cranes would
dance. When a flock of 10 SNOW GEESE flew in nearby, the weird "Sandhill"
Snow Goose didn't pay any attention to it's own kind. This proved to be a
good stop otherwise, as we also added WILSON'S SNIPE, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRD, 2
PYRRHULOXIA, and a flock of AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

After completing the Stagecoach Loop on the north side of the Gila River in
Duncan, we accessed the north side of the Gila River from a dirt road.
This turnoff was on Old Virden Road, just southeast of Highway 75. The
section of habitat here was very impressive and there are more access to
tall cottonwood stands as opposed to the Duncan Birding Trail not far south
and on the south side of the Gila River. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was the
best bird here. As Duncan is roughly 3600' in elevation, we had some other
noteable birds for the habitat and elevation. In a stand of cottonwoods
along a small stretch we encountered DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER,
HUTTON'S and PLUMBEOUS VIREOS, BRIDLED TITMOUSE, BROWN CREEPER, and
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER. Another EASTERN BLUEBIRD called nearby.

Today on November 30th, we started the day in Duncan along a residential
road called East Avenue. We had good birds here in May including a
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and it has potential around the many barking dogs.
A few RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at this location were new for the trip.

We finished the trip with visits to the Gila River via the Gila Box
Conservation Area, a drive through Morenci, and the San Francisco River via
Clifton. At Gila Box was a small flock of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. This
is one impressive riparian area. A drive through Morenci looking for Rock
Pigeons gave us 11 ROCK PIGEONS, which seem to be pretty rare in Greenlee
County!!! We also looked for ponds in the area without any luck. Nothing
very notable was along the section of the San Francisco River that we
covered in Clifton via Frisco Avenue, but the cottonwoods and willows still
had amazing amounts of green on them compared to the dull yellow leaves
that were elsewhere in the birding spots visited during the trip. It would
have been interesting to visit this spot first thing in the morning. After
that, we left. Thanks Gordon for the fun Greenlee County birding trip!

Good Birding,

Tommy DeBardeleben (Glendale, Arizona)

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Date: 11/30/17 4:31 pm
From: W MCCRADY <wmccrady...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Dusky Flycatchers at Gila Hot Springs (Grant Co.)
On a walk down to the actual hot springs in Gila Hot Springs (Grant County, NM), I heard and then saw a nice, bright Dusky Flycatcher. So-so photos on my ebird checklist for that hotspot today.

Wendy McCrady
Gila Hot Springs, NM

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Date: 11/30/17 2:39 pm
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Couch's Kingbird continues at Fort Lowell Park, Tucson
Hi Birders,

The Couch's Kingbird was seen again today when I arrived at 0715. It
was in trees along the east entrance road where it was eating berries.
Also present were two Cassin's Kingbirds and a flyby flock of 5 Red
Crossbills. At about 0830 the Couch's flew to the fountain pond and
was seen in several trees there.

30Nov2017

Dave Beaudette

Tucson

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Date: 11/30/17 2:24 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <dhworkout...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Amado Pond
Two Brown Pelican

Diane  HolsingerGreen Valley AZ
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Date: 11/30/17 2:05 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <dhworkout...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Brown Pelicans
Two Brown Pelicans   Amado Sewage Pond



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Date: 11/30/17 1:49 pm
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
That’s what I thought from when you first reported it- given that it is
fairly cryptic (though sort of confiding but not overly so), it makes me
wonder if a small number may be in the area. I think it is an interesting
question because it seems like the odds were low that you would have found
it in the first place (suggesting more might be around), but enough birders
visit that area to simulataneously provide good odds that nesting birds
would have been noticed previously.

McCreedy
Tucson

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 14:42 Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:

> How did I find it? I just happened to see this bird - this culvert is a
> good area for Rufous-winged Sparrows, and I had just seen a Canyon Towhee
> (locally rare) when an unfamiliar bird popped up in the top of the Johnson
> Grass in the culvert. I ran through a list of possibilities but none seemed
> to match; unfortunately my camera battery had died, so I was unable to
> figure it out at the time. It seems to like that culvert, though.
>
> I have not birded the area south of the Ina Road bridge this year due to
> the construction of the new bridge, but I have in the past. I believe Keith
> had a female about 6 years ago nearby, and a male and female in the early
> 2000s.
>
>
>
>
> --
> Andrew Core
> Tucson, AZ
>
> On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Andrew,
>>
>> I have been researching this as well. I have been downloading bishop
>> records in the US since they are not shown on maps. Along with matching
>> best with northern red bishop pics in macaulay and that scan Rick Wright
>> put on fb, there are only three reports of southerns ever in the US and
>> none since something like 1997. I have been asking friends and will keep
>> working on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than this one
>> individual. How did you find it in the first place?
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 14:21 Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>>
>>> Today at Crossroads District Park in Marana I found a bishop - no, this
>>> is not about the new bishop being installed by the Tucson diocese, but
>>> something more exotic. This one was probably a female Northern Red Bishop,
>>> which is an African species of weaver.
>>>
>>> You can see pix of it here:
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825324
>>>
>>> It is listed under "passerine sp." until I figure out what to do with
>>> it. I first saw it on Nov 15 but didn't get a good look at it; I refound it
>>> Nov 16 and got some pix then.
>>>
>>> The specific spot I've seen it is in the southern culvert (the one full
>>> of weeds) south of the ball fields. Best views have been from the west edge
>>> of the multi-use path along the river.
>>>
>>> It's hard to say where this bird came from; Keith Kamper told me he saw
>>> one near Ina Rd (a mile south) a few years back. I doubt there's a breeding
>>> colony along this stretch of the river, but it's something to be aware of.
>>> There was a colony in Phoenix that persisted for several years in the late
>>> 1990s, and the species is well established in Southern California.
>>>
>>> A few references (this species used to be called Orange Bishop):
>>>
>>> http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/web-content/wrendition/wren_111200.htm#art5
>>>
>>> https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V32/32(1)%20p0081-p0082.pdf
>>> http://www.azfo.org/gallery/Orange_Bishop_2007.html
>>> http://www.azfo.net/gallery/ORBI_GWR_2006.html
>>>
>>> AZFO seems to be down at the moment but will hopefully be up again soon.
>>>
>>> good birding-
>>> Andrew
>>> --
>>> Andrew Core
>>> Tucson, AZ
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>>
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Date: 11/30/17 1:43 pm
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
How did I find it? I just happened to see this bird - this culvert is a
good area for Rufous-winged Sparrows, and I had just seen a Canyon Towhee
(locally rare) when an unfamiliar bird popped up in the top of the Johnson
Grass in the culvert. I ran through a list of possibilities but none seemed
to match; unfortunately my camera battery had died, so I was unable to
figure it out at the time. It seems to like that culvert, though.

I have not birded the area south of the Ina Road bridge this year due to
the construction of the new bridge, but I have in the past. I believe Keith
had a female about 6 years ago nearby, and a male and female in the early
2000s.




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Tucson, AZ

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
wrote:

> Hi Andrew,
>
> I have been researching this as well. I have been downloading bishop
> records in the US since they are not shown on maps. Along with matching
> best with northern red bishop pics in macaulay and that scan Rick Wright
> put on fb, there are only three reports of southerns ever in the US and
> none since something like 1997. I have been asking friends and will keep
> working on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than this one
> individual. How did you find it in the first place?
>
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 14:21 Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>
>> Today at Crossroads District Park in Marana I found a bishop - no, this
>> is not about the new bishop being installed by the Tucson diocese, but
>> something more exotic. This one was probably a female Northern Red Bishop,
>> which is an African species of weaver.
>>
>> You can see pix of it here: http://ebird.org/ebird/
>> view/checklist/S40825324
>>
>> It is listed under "passerine sp." until I figure out what to do with it.
>> I first saw it on Nov 15 but didn't get a good look at it; I refound it Nov
>> 16 and got some pix then.
>>
>> The specific spot I've seen it is in the southern culvert (the one full
>> of weeds) south of the ball fields. Best views have been from the west edge
>> of the multi-use path along the river.
>>
>> It's hard to say where this bird came from; Keith Kamper told me he saw
>> one near Ina Rd (a mile south) a few years back. I doubt there's a breeding
>> colony along this stretch of the river, but it's something to be aware of.
>> There was a colony in Phoenix that persisted for several years in the late
>> 1990s, and the species is well established in Southern California.
>>
>> A few references (this species used to be called Orange Bishop):
>> http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/web-content/wrendition/
>> wren_111200.htm#art5
>> https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V32/32(1)%20p0081-
>> p0082.pdf
>> http://www.azfo.org/gallery/Orange_Bishop_2007.html
>> http://www.azfo.net/gallery/ORBI_GWR_2006.html
>>
>> AZFO seems to be down at the moment but will hopefully be up again soon.
>>
>> good birding-
>> Andrew
>> --
>> Andrew Core
>> Tucson, AZ
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>> To unsubscribe use the Unsubscribe button on that page.
>> To view archive: click "Archive" on that page.
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Date: 11/30/17 1:40 pm
From: Jason A Wilder <Jason.Wilder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NAZ: Sandhill Cranes at Many Farms Lake
Work took me to northeastern AZ yesterday and this morning I was up early in my motel room in Chinle and decided to check out Many Farms Lake (about 12 miles north of Chinle). I arrived at the lake just before dawn in perfect windless conditions and immediately heard the bizarre noises of Sandhill Cranes from the southeast corner of the lake. I drove around and got a good look at a flock of 92 birds. Just after dawn they departed to the northeast toward some agricultural fields. I drove around thinking I'd catch up to them foraging in a stubble field, but never managed to find them again. It strikes me that if I'd arrived 20 minutes later I'd have had no clue that the birds were there.

Sandhill Cranes are sparse all over northern AZ, with only a handful of records from the Navajo Reservation. Of course, the area gets very little coverage and birds may go undetected. I do wonder if these birds think they might spend the winter at Many Farms. The lake has a decent amount of water, with extensive mudflats in its southeastern corner. For anyone interested in planning ahead, it looks to be set for epic shorebird conditions in the spring. The lake is the only major body of water in the Chinle Wash drainage, which is a major north-south corridor squeezed between Black Mesa to the west and Chuska Mountains/Defiance Plateau to the east.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ


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Date: 11/30/17 1:26 pm
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
Hi Andrew,

I have been researching this as well. I have been downloading bishop
records in the US since they are not shown on maps. Along with matching
best with northern red bishop pics in macaulay and that scan Rick Wright
put on fb, there are only three reports of southerns ever in the US and
none since something like 1997. I have been asking friends and will keep
working on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than this one
individual. How did you find it in the first place?



On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 14:21 Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:

> Today at Crossroads District Park in Marana I found a bishop - no, this is
> not about the new bishop being installed by the Tucson diocese, but
> something more exotic. This one was probably a female Northern Red Bishop,
> which is an African species of weaver.
>
> You can see pix of it here:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825324
>
> It is listed under "passerine sp." until I figure out what to do with it.
> I first saw it on Nov 15 but didn't get a good look at it; I refound it Nov
> 16 and got some pix then.
>
> The specific spot I've seen it is in the southern culvert (the one full of
> weeds) south of the ball fields. Best views have been from the west edge of
> the multi-use path along the river.
>
> It's hard to say where this bird came from; Keith Kamper told me he saw
> one near Ina Rd (a mile south) a few years back. I doubt there's a breeding
> colony along this stretch of the river, but it's something to be aware of.
> There was a colony in Phoenix that persisted for several years in the late
> 1990s, and the species is well established in Southern California.
>
> A few references (this species used to be called Orange Bishop):
> http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/web-content/wrendition/wren_111200.htm#art5
>
> https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V32/32(1)%20p0081-p0082.pdf
> http://www.azfo.org/gallery/Orange_Bishop_2007.html
> http://www.azfo.net/gallery/ORBI_GWR_2006.html
>
> AZFO seems to be down at the moment but will hopefully be up again soon.
>
> good birding-
> Andrew
> --
> Andrew Core
> Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/30/17 1:21 pm
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana bishop
Today at Crossroads District Park in Marana I found a bishop - no, this is
not about the new bishop being installed by the Tucson diocese, but
something more exotic. This one was probably a female Northern Red Bishop,
which is an African species of weaver.

You can see pix of it here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825324

It is listed under "passerine sp." until I figure out what to do with it. I
first saw it on Nov 15 but didn't get a good look at it; I refound it Nov
16 and got some pix then.

The specific spot I've seen it is in the southern culvert (the one full of
weeds) south of the ball fields. Best views have been from the west edge of
the multi-use path along the river.

It's hard to say where this bird came from; Keith Kamper told me he saw one
near Ina Rd (a mile south) a few years back. I doubt there's a breeding
colony along this stretch of the river, but it's something to be aware of.
There was a colony in Phoenix that persisted for several years in the late
1990s, and the species is well established in Southern California.

A few references (this species used to be called Orange Bishop):
http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/web-content/wrendition/wren_111200.htm#art5
https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V32/32(1)%20p0081-p0082.pdf
http://www.azfo.org/gallery/Orange_Bishop_2007.html
http://www.azfo.net/gallery/ORBI_GWR_2006.html

AZFO seems to be down at the moment but will hopefully be up again soon.

good birding-
Andrew
--
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Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/30/17 8:39 am
From: Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch still in Tempe
Yesterday 11/29/17 just after noon a Red-breasted Nuthatch fluttered around
our backyard birdbath so we got a really good look. We've been hearing them
often from a distance in our Daley Park neighborhood since around
mid-October but actually saw them only once before.





Jeanette Nickels

Tempe AZ

(Broadway east of College)


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Date: 11/29/17 8:26 pm
From: Jay Miller <arizonajay23...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove still, 11-29.
The Ruddy Ground-Dove here seems happy, day 8. I think it's a young male. It's very aggressive to Inca Doves, many attacks, I mean very silly and entertaining! Lots of photos including a few of it sizing-up an Inca Dove then jumping over a Mourning Dove to get to it.

I did see the/a adult Sharp-shinned Hawk fly from my backyard this afternoon. I saw an adult on two different days in the last month miss catching Inca Doves back to back, like within ten minutes of each. All four times the hawk was within inches, 100' or so after flushing them from bushes/small trees. I was sure each time it was going to succeed, I've seen this work. I'm thinking that perhaps it is the old one that I felt has returned a few Winters now and it just isn't as strong. I've seen a lot of kills and most kills I see the birds are so surprised there isn't much of a chase if at all. A lot of the time the bird doesn't even move hoping not to be seen and is caught right there. I have seen the Sharpie perched up very close and can't see anything wrong with "him".

Good Birding!!

Jay Miller
Mesa, Az
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Date: 11/29/17 8:04 pm
From: Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Parker Canyon Lake
A COMMON LOON was observed today at midday on the far side (west) of the
lake. It eventually worked its way a bit closer so I could get some
documentary photos. Also seen was an EASTERN PHOEBE on the northeast
side of the lake along the trail. It was flycatching and tail pumping
from a willow branch. Waterfowl were not abundant but there was a pretty
good variety especially on the western part of the lake near the dam
where I had walked.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40815427

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Date: 11/29/17 6:18 pm
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Bronzed Cowbirds at Reid Park
Pretty exciting and birdy evening at Reid Park tonight.  The winter species number continues to increase.  Besides all the regular goodies, like Western Bluebirds, Canvasback, and Redheads mentioned by previous observers, I once again saw the ZONE-TAILED HAWK above that kid's playground next to the baseball field.  It seems to like to perch around that area and then do rounds around the park before sunset.  Probably the most exciting addition to the observations were BRONZED COWBIRDS.  And not just one.  At around sunset, there is a huge murmuration of black birds in the parking lot near the swim center.  The cowbirds were on the telephone lines and huge euc in that parking lot.  They are not rare birds to our parks during the winter months but they can be very nomadic each year and show up in different places.  I think this was a first time species for my count at this hotspot.  Happy birding everyone!  
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Date: 11/29/17 6:15 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Three Quail Day
Hi birders: Made a trip to Buenos Aires NWR Refuge today. Was mainly looking for quail, and, somewhat surprisingly, found three species. On the Arivaca-Sasabee Rd, I flushed two groupings of Montezuma Quail, probably about half way between Arivaca and Rt. 286. Gambell's Quail were easy to see around the Visitor's Center; Cassin's Finch were in the nearby trees. Taking Pronghorn Drive in a clockwise fashion, and taking the second left, on the advice of one of the Wildlife employees, I stumbled across Scaled Quail down that road. Thinking it would be possible to take a picture, I tried to track them for a bit, and we all know how that turns out.

I am a birder first, and a bird photographer second, and I actually have great shots of Montezuma Quail from Texas, but have yet to be successful getting any kind of shot a Scaled Quail even though I have seen them many times. If anyone has any advice on perhaps a stakeable area to try to get that shot without, of course, harassing the bird, I would be happy to know about it. Have, within recent months tried Lake Cochise and the Willow Tank in Portal. Thanks. Good birding, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley.

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Date: 11/29/17 4:48 pm
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, L. Waterthrushes continue
Just like to say these walks are a great outing with fine birders in a very
precious birding area. I felt privileged to join them last Saturday even
w/o my nemesis GRKI and hope that all who take advantage of these free
offerings find and use the donation box to support the good work of this
group.

Mike Judd
Tucson

On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 4:28 PM, John Broz <johnbroz1944...> wrote:

> Louisiana Waterthrushes were seen near post #7 and on the North Side of
> the Highway Bridge during today's Every Winter Wednesday Bird Walk. Locals
> reported seeing widely separated birds yesterday as well. Other birds of
> interest were a Lazuli Bunting, also near #7, and a Swamp Sparrow at the
> north end of Kingfisher Pond. I am not aware of any sightings of the Green
> Kingfisher since last Thursday.
>
> The Bird Walk's starting time will shift to 9 with the Walk next
> Wednesday. Free.
>
> John Broz
> Sierra Vista
>
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Date: 11/29/17 3:36 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, L. Waterthrushes continue
Louisiana Waterthrushes were seen near post #7 and on the North Side of the Highway Bridge during today's Every Winter Wednesday Bird Walk. Locals reported seeing widely separated birds yesterday as well. Other birds of interest were a Lazuli Bunting, also near #7, and a Swamp Sparrow at the north end of Kingfisher Pond. I am not aware of any sightings of the Green Kingfisher since last Thursday.

The Bird Walk's starting time will shift to 9 with the Walk next Wednesday. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista

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Date: 11/29/17 1:13 pm
From: Susan Allerton <sallerton...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Varied Thrush on Fort Huachuca
November 29, 2017
I saw a Varied Thrush (an adult male) in Huachuca Canyon this morning at 10:45 AM. The bird was along the left side of the road about 100 meters past the 1.7 mile parking area. The beginning of the road has some water flowing down it. The Varied Thrush was by the final stretch of that wet section of road. Just beyond this spot, a fruiting madrone tree was attracting many thrushes (American Robins and Hermit Thrushes).

Susan

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Date: 11/29/17 11:10 am
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson
A productive Wednesday morning (NOV 29) walk around the wetlands. Of note 2 RED CROSSBILL at the NW corner (Roger Road) pines, a female BLACK-AND-WHITE-WARBLER and a male and female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER on the south boundary trailside cottonwoods west of Overlook Pond. In same area and at Knoll were groups of Dark-eyed Junco mixed with Chipping and Lark Sparrows. It was tough to get the juncos to subspecies with all the movement, but we had for sure two female SLATE-COLORED JUNCO and a male and female OREGON JUNCO.


Larry Norris
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 11/29/17 10:16 am
From: Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Montosa Canyon - Santa Cruz county
Early morning birding here and you had to work hard for your birds. Dipped on a couple of targets I was looking for. Did find CRISSAL THRASHER in the basin just a ways in on the Elephant Hill trail, which seems to be a reliable location for them. I also heard BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER a ways down the culvert trail, in a little south and then east as well as later closer to the paved crossing. Otherwise, just the usual suspects for this area.

I just wanted to call attention to one interesting bird. It appeared to be a RED-TAILED HAWK by almost every feature, location and habitat, appearance, voice, and plumage with red tail, dark brown hood about the head, patagial marks, etc. Except when it was sitting on the cliffs and staring down at you, it was very clean white below without a belly band (not too unusual), but its legs were densely feathered all the way down and with a distinct rufous cast, very much like a Ferruginous Hawk. Unfortunately I didn’t have my scope with me to study it a little more closely and get a photo, but I suspect this hawk is resident and will hang around if anyone else wants to get down there and take a look. Perhaps I’m making too much of this ventral appearance, after all there is extraordinary variation within this species, but at the same time there is precedent for a RtHa X FeHa hybrid? Not ready to call this one but its appearance is interesting, particularly after spending last week up in the Santa Cruz Flats and looking at a very large number of RtHa’s of many different plumages.

Tim Helentjaris
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/29/17 10:01 am
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Los Reales and Indian Agency Roads SNOW GEESE
Wednesday morning the two SNOW GEESE continued in the pond northeast of the intersection. These might be the same birds that were seen a few days ago at the nearby Renaissance Road pond.


John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/29/17 10:01 am
From: Jeffrey Coker <uwviper...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Couch's Kingbird
The Couch's Kingbird is currently being observed in the trees to the east of the entrance road to Fort Lowell Park. The entrance road comes north into the park from Glenn St and heads toward the pecan grove. The bird was first observed in the pecan grove before it flew to the trees along the entrance road and across from baseball diamondS.

Thank you to the group of women birders that got me on the bird!

Good birding,
Jeff Coker

Vail & Safford, AZ


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Date: 11/29/17 9:56 am
From: Jeffrey Coker <uwviper...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Couch's Kingbird
Forgot to put the time - 1030.

Jeff Coker

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Date: 11/29/17 9:52 am
From: Lainie Epstein <lainiee95us...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Benson WWTP Eurasian wigeon
Located on the north pond, NE section where there is some surface green
matter. There aren't as many wigeon to 'weed' through today and the morning
light was perfect, too far for photo though.

Lainie Epstein
Benson, AZ

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Date: 11/29/17 7:50 am
From: <Birdsounds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sandhill Crane, south end of Moyza Ranch Road, Amado-Arivaca, AZ
Today, at 0835, we spotted a single Sandhill Crane on our neighbor's cut,
grass field, foraging. The field is at the south end of Moyza Ranch Road,
on the west side, as one comes in from Arivaca Road. Moyza Ranch Road is
half way between Amado and Arivaca, Pima County, AZ.

I took photographs to document it, in case they are needed or wanted.

Kathy Groschupf

"TimBuckTwo", along Papalote Wash, Moyza Ranch Road, halfway between Amado
and Arivaca, Pima County, AZ.

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Date: 11/28/17 8:31 pm
From: Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Chiricahuas Clark's Nutcrackers
While birding was lackluster from Pinery Canyon to Barfoot Park, we hit
a mixed feeding flock on our way down from Barfoot Junction toward Onion
Saddle. A lot of activity, mostly in the Douglas Fir trees, including 4
CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS, 2 RED CROSSBILLS, 10 CASSIN'S FINCHES, RED-BREASTED
& PYGMY NUTHATCH, & BROWN CREEPER  among several more common species.
The appearance of a Sharp-shinned Hawk ended the show after about 20
minutes of watching.

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Date: 11/28/17 6:34 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Cassin's Finch - central NM plains (Willard)
My good friend in Willard, New Mexico, had a Cassin's finch stop by for a
drink today - a first in almost a dozen years there. Same place where we
saw a Mountain Chickadee in September.

Happy Birding!

Rosie Watts (Tucson)

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Date: 11/28/17 4:47 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Benson STP Eurasian Wigeon still there
The EURASIAN WIGEON drake was still at Benson STP at 3 pm. Thanks to Chris for the report. He is right about having to look carefully at all the wigeons with scope.


John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/28/17 4:42 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Reid Park
Tuesday morning fourteen people rambled around Reid Park as part of the Tucson Audubon field trip and saw over two dozen species of birds. Highlights were fairly good looks at Red-Breasted Nuthatches and Western Bluebirds. We were also treated to three kinds of Dark-Eyed Juncos and close-up comparison views of Redhead and Canvasback drakes, as wells three kinds of Dark-eye Juncos.


John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/28/17 2:55 pm
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Marana - El Rio Preserve
I went to the El Rio Preserve in the Continental Ranch part of Marana (NW
Tucson) this morning and found a Northern Parula and Black-and-white
Warbler within a minute of each other. They were in the southwest corner -
I was standing on the little peninsula with the very large rocks, and there
was a small flock of warblers combing through a willow tree standing in the
water a few yards west of the shoreline.

pix and list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40794044

I stayed on the west side as that is currently the only part with any
water; the east side got silted in during the last of the monsoon floods
and is now growing a stellar crop of tamarisk seedlings.

--
Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/28/17 1:18 pm
From: <Birdsounds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Moyza Ranch Road (between Arivaca and Amado, AZ) Pinyon Jay
On my property on Moyza Ranch Road, Amado/Arivaca, AZ, a Pinyon Jay called
as it flew past and above me, heading toward my pond. It landed in a far
away mesquite tree, where it continued to call, so I climbed the nearby
hill and viewed it with my binoculars, verifying the caller to be a Pinyon
Jay. Walking quickly back to my house to get my camera to record it, I saw
either the same one or another individual perched up in a hackberry tree.
The bird flew north as I approached, and of course, I didn't see it again
after I got my camera. I think this is unusual because the elevation here is
3500 feet. It must have been on its way to somewhere else.

Kathy Groschupf
"TimBuckTwo", along Papalote Wash, Moyza Ranch Road, halfway between Amado
and Arivaca, Pima County, AZ.
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Date: 11/28/17 11:27 am
From: Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Eurasian Wigeon Benson STP
Male continuing at the main pond. Saw him this morning, standing on N shore
and preening. He can be difficult to pick out in the 300+ wigeon, but has
been there last couple times I have taken time to carefully scope the
entire pond. Also, large flocks of sparrows (SASP, WCSP, LASP) in vicinity
of southern pond basin (now dry), and 9 Least Sandpipers on mudlfat at SE
pond basin. 50 species total, not bad for winter in Benson!

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Date: 11/28/17 9:47 am
From: David Stejskal <dstejskal...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park COUCH’s KINGBIRD continues
Hi birders,

After about an hour and a half of searching the ‘usual’ spots this morning at Fort Lowell Park, I finally found the COUCH’S KINGBIRD perched on telephone wires in the alley across Glenn St. from the s.e. entrance to the park a little after 0900. Also in this same area, I had at least 7 RED CROSSBILLS & heard an unseen BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, undoubtedly visiting someone’s feeder in the apartment complex just east of the park entrance on the north side of Glenn. There were a couple of BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS seen/heard here as well. Earlier in the morning, a PEREGRINE FALCON was perched on a telephone pole near the n.w. corner of the park. No sign of the Eastern Bluebirds for me today, however.

Good birding,

Dave Stejskal
Field Guides Inc.

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/28/17 5:04 am
From: Kathryn Lance <klance801...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Possible Black and White warbler at Tohono Chul Pak
Yesterday morning another docent and I saw a bird we believe is a Black and
White Warbler in the Sundial Plaza. I have never seen one before, but have
seen several Black-throated Grays. This bird did not have (or I didn't see)
the yellow spot by its eye, and seemed much less flittery than the
Black-throateds--it was crawling up and down branches. Unfortunately I was
so focused on looking for the yellow spot that I didn't observe other
specific details.

Kathryn Lance, Tohono Chul Docent

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Date: 11/27/17 7:40 pm
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rio Rico Golf Course (Santa Cruz County) Crested Caracara
Correction:  Rio Rico Golf Course is in Santa Cruz County
Maureen BlackfordSahuarita AZ
-------- Original message --------From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford...> Date: 11/27/17 4:26 PM (GMT-07:00) To: <aznmbirds...> Subject: SEAZ: Rio Rico Golf Course  (Pima County) Crested Caracara
At 8:20am this morning, 3 of us saw a single Crested Caracara at Rio Rico Golf Course in Pima County.   It was standing on the rim of the sand trap, just to the left of the pond by the club house.   It then moved west over the hill,  and we found it shortly afterwards, in a dead tree on the driving range, (in front of the nets).   (As we were leaving the grounds around 11:15, it was soaring high in the sky.)   There were 28 black vultures on the posts of the net and on the driving range.
I also heard and saw a flock of approximately 30 red crossbills flying over the pond near hole 15.   And,  near the pond, we saw a Cattle egret, green heron, belted kingfisher..all in trees in the West side of the pond.   
It was a birdy area; 44 species seen.   Rio Rico Golf Course is open to birders, requesting a $5 donation.  There's no golfers on Monday morning... And there's lots of area available to bird even when the front 9 is open to golfers.  
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Date: 11/27/17 7:38 pm
From: Luke Safford <saffordluke...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Valley Christmas Bird Count, Thursday Dec. 14
Hello fellow birders,

It's been announced in a few places already, but I wanted to get the word
out that the Tucson Valley CBC will be held on Thursday, December 14. I'm
fielding all requests for volunteers and will assign teams once I have Area
Leaders confirmed for each of the circle's 27 areas. All birders welcome.
Just send me an email, let me know your general birding experience,
abilities, weakness, and physical limitations, and I'll try to pair you
with the most appropriate team. Much of the circle is flat and paved, full
of parks and golf courses, but all areas could use as much walking as
possible, bicycling is ideal for vast areas of the circle, and some areas
require some serious hiking (12 miles round trip with the equivalent
elevational change as hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back
from the S Rim).

We're especially looking for more feeder watchers – people who live in the
circle and can report the numbers and species coming to their feeder during
the day of the count.

Steve Bonta and I have taken on the role of co-compilers from Rich Hoyer
and we would appreciate your help to survey this extraordinary circle.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Luke Safford

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Date: 11/27/17 7:16 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 11/27/2017
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
November 27, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for November 27, 2017 sponsored by
the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for
private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch
country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a
checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty
species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the
NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more
complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at
http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New
Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at
http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is now on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All
individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This
includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially
new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of
conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or
out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy
Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred)
to <sunbittern...> Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes,
North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen
on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird
account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL
letters):
Surf Scoter (Cibola)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (Cibola)
BLACK SCOTER (Cibola)
LONG-TAILED DUCK (Colfax)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
RED-THROATED LOON (Colfax)
White-tailed Kite (Dona Ana)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Eddy)
Rough-legged Hawk (Socorro)
GREAT KISKADEE (Sierra)
PACIFIC WREN (Los Alamos)
Carolina Wren (Dona Ana, Socorro)
RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN (Hidalgo)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Eddy, Socorro)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero)

CIBOLA County:
--Rustay and Shoop reported four SURF and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at
Bluewater Lake November 19. Egelhoff and Hetrick found a BLACK SCOTER with
the other scoters later that day. All three species continued to November
26, up to seven Surfs, two White-winged, and one Black.

COLFAX County:
--Parmeter reported a LONG-TAILED DUCK at Maxwell NWR November 24. It was
seen on Lake 13.

--Parmeter reported a RED-THROATED LOON at Springer Lake November 24.

DONA ANA County:
--Chaon reported two WHITE-TAILED KITES at the NuttHatch Playa November 19.
One continued in the area to November 25 for Rustay and Drilling.

--Castetter has a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD visiting his Las Cruces yard on
a regular basis. Contact him for further information <rcastett...>

--Egelhoff reported a CAROLINA WREN at Leasburg Dam SP November 14.

EDDY County:
--Hines reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Rattlesnake Springs November
26.

--Nieman reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Washington Ranch November 5. It
was seen at adjacent Rattlesnake Springs November 19.

HIDALGO County:
--Rustay, Hertick, and Egalhoff reported a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN in the New
Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon October 21. It was found near the old
cistern and orchard.

--Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon
May 13. Up to seven were present in the canyon October 21 for Rustay,
Hetrick, and Egelhoff.

LOS ALAMOS County:
--a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons
in Los Alamos November 10. Two have been reported at Upper Water Canyon to
November 25.

OTERO County:
--Hawksworth reported a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in
Alamogordo November 9. It was seen at the northern end of the park near a
tan metal foot bridge.

SIERRA County:
--Oldenettel reported hearing the GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam Recreation
Area September 4. It heard south of the playground and continued to
November 13.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--NOTE: There is a $5 entrance fee to bird at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes.

SOCORRO County:
--an adult GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19.

--Retter and Gordon reported a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Bosque del Apache NWR
November 16. It has been reported at various areas around the refuge to
November 18.

--CAROLINA WRENS are currently at various locations at Bosque del Apache
NWR; recent reports have come from the Unit 17B Moist Soil Management area
and the Willow Deck.

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Date: 11/27/17 4:59 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack, LEAST GREBE - NO
It appears that the Least Grebe has moved on.
I Spent 20 minutes at the 7th hole pond with three others and it didn’t show.
Also spent some time scanning the other two ponds without finding it.
Did get on a Bobcat.
Not too much other to report.

John R Williams
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Date: 11/27/17 3:27 pm
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Rio Rico Golf Course (Pima County) Crested Caracara
At 8:20am this morning, 3 of us saw a single Crested Caracara at Rio Rico Golf Course in Pima County.   It was standing on the rim of the sand trap, just to the left of the pond by the club house.   It then moved west over the hill,  and we found it shortly afterwards, in a dead tree on the driving range, (in front of the nets).   (As we were leaving the grounds around 11:15, it was soaring high in the sky.)   There were 28 black vultures on the posts of the net and on the driving range.
I also heard and saw a flock of approximately 30 red crossbills flying over the pond near hole 15.   And,  near the pond, we saw a Cattle egret, green heron, belted kingfisher..all in trees in the West side of the pond.   
It was a birdy area; 44 species seen.   Rio Rico Golf Course is open to birders, requesting a $5 donation.  There's no golfers on Monday morning... And there's lots of area available to bird even when the front 9 is open to golfers.  
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Date: 11/27/17 2:04 pm
From: Steve Hosmer <sjhosmer...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NAZ: American Bittern at Sedona Wetlands Preserve
This morning my wife Joan and I went to the Sedona Wetlands Preserve (Yavapai
Co.) to look for the previously reported American Bittern. We saw it slowly
walking on rocks next to the edge of the water along the far shore of the main
pond, left of where the concrete meets the rocky shore. Seen via our scope
from the viewing platform that looks over the main pond. Although you could
see the bittern with binoculars, a scope provided much better views due to the
distance. A big thanks to Sam Hough for calling us over when he spotted it!
We first saw it at 9:07 AM and it was still there when we left at 11:00 AM.

Take care and good birding.

Steve Hosmer
Anthem, AZ

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Date: 11/27/17 12:47 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] FW: Boyce Thompson Arboretum bird walk 11/26/17




> From: Wolterbeek, Paul A -
> Date: Monday, November 27, 2017, 9:26 AM

> ____________________
>
> PRAIRIE FALCON, 3 WARBLER
> SPECIES AT THE ARBORETUM
>
> From: Cindy West & Cindy Marple
> Date: Nov. 26, Sunday
> Prairie
> Falcon was among our most notable Sunday morning sightings
> at Boyce Thompson Arboretum; three warbler species included
> Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray and
> "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped. We puzzled over one
> Western-type Flycatcher in the Picnic Area, most likely
> either a Dusky or a Hammond's -- but the cryptic
> bird's silence didn't help solve our mystery. Other
> birds today were Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird,
> Gila Woodpecker, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker,
> Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common
> Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren,
> Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed
> Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird,
> Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee,
> White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged
> Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.
>
>           >  Editor's Note:
> Lisa & Peggy return as Friday guides on Dec. 1; then
> Troy Corman & Cindy Marple team-up Dec. 2,
> Saturday.

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Date: 11/27/17 11:51 am
From: Christopher Vincent <cj...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ-3 miles east of Catalina ebird list- WOW Arizona
Hello,

Stationary Viewing - Lower Hummingbird Patio

This is the third year in a row that Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are still here at this late date (photo in e-bird report).

The remaining three hummingbird species (Anna’s, Costa’s, Broad-billed) are here in great numbers, more than noted. Costa’s and Anna’s have been involved in courtship and breeding displays, Anna’s for over a month and Costa’s for about the last two weeks.

The Harris’s Hawks are here everyday and seem to be showing a preference for the tree with the raven nest.

Inca Doves are here everyday, also. The number is greater than last year.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40758687

Christopher Vincent
<cj...>
520.907.8735
WOW Arizona - Web
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Date: 11/27/17 9:03 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Several new photos
Field Ornithologists,

Melanie Herring contributed photos of Brant, Eric Hough contributed
photos of McCown’s Longspur and Louisiana Waterthrush, and Walt
Anderson contributed additional photos of Least Grebe. Under Regional
Interest, Eric Hough also contributed photos of Eastern Bluebird from
Apache County. Thanks Melanie, Eric, and Walt!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos. It
makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more
quickly.

The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Photo Documentation"

The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Sounds Library"

Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo
contributions from all photographers throughout the state.

Use our online form to submit photos:

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html

AZFO also welcomes contributions to its Sounds Library of bird
vocalizations recorded in Arizona and nearby areas. See more
information here:

http://www.azfo.org/SoundLibrary/sounds_contribute.html

If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and
supporting our other activities. Details on the web site.

We strive for accuracy. Please email any corrections to postings to
the photo editors.

Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym

AZFO Photo Editors

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Date: 11/27/17 8:36 am
From: Steve Valasek <botheringbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [CEAZ] Gilbert Water Ranch - Ruddy Ground Dove YES
Had great looks neat the cottonwood with the 3 benches. Feeding with Inca
Doves on the cleared area. They are moving around frequently.

Steve Valasek
www.botheringbirds.com

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Date: 11/27/17 8:07 am
From: Janet Witzeman <jlwitzeman...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona
Dear Birders,

I forgot to say that the book will sell in bookstores and gift shops for $26.95. The cost of the book when purchased from the Maricopa Audubon Society will be $25.

Janet
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Date: 11/27/17 7:58 am
From: Janet Witzeman <jlwitzeman...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona
Dear Birders,

The long awaited third edition will be launched at the Maricopa Audubon meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., with a book signing by all four authors. The meeting place is at the Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren on the northwest corner of Oak and 64th St.: 2450 N. 64th Street. Oak is between Thomas and McDowell.

A copy of the out-of-print first edition will be on display. You will see from this slim volume how little we knew about Maricopa County’s birds when it was published in 1972, just before the explosion of birding and birders in the years that followed.

There will be extra copies of the second edition, free for those who do not have it. The second edition contains an interesting History section that is not found in the third edition. This section contains information on birds, birding, birders and habitat changes during the last half of the 20th Century, such as when the first Great-tailed Grackle was recorded in the county in 1953.

I hope to see you there.

Janet Witzeman
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Date: 11/26/17 5:30 pm
From: DeeDee DeLorenzo <deedeedelorenzo...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WEAZ surf scoters and red-necked grebe
Marge Penton and I headed to Davis Dam mid-afternoon today (11/26) to look
for the three surf scoters and red-necked grebe reported by Chris Mccreedy
yesterday. We stopped by the Davis Dam spillway area in Davis Camp, just in
case. We found a raft of 61 BUFFLEHEAD with one male HOODED MERGANSER
hanging out on the edge. There were also two SPOTTED SANDPIPER working the
rocks near the small fishing pier. We then drove up to the road that
crosses Davis Dam and eventually found the RED-NECKED GREBE plunging after
a large school of very small minnow-type fish that kept jumping up out of
the water. This became quite entertaining especially when 5 WESTERN GREBE
and 2 EARED GREBE joined the fray. After counting some of the more common
birds of the area, we tried scanning one more time for the scoters. As we
did, two jet-skiers came racing in creating figure eights around two
non-wake buoys near the area we had been watching the grebes. Darn! But,
then as luck would have it, there they were - 3 SURF SCOTERS. Believe it
or not, I think the 2 two jet skis had actually chased the scoters into
the bay. It's supposed to be quite windy here tomorrow, but if you get up
to Lake Mohave early in the day, you may be able to find the scoters and
grebe.

Good late fall birding,
DeeDee DeLorenzo
Bullhead City

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Date: 11/26/17 5:08 pm
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Sycamore Reservoir, Catalina Mountains today
I spent all morning hiking from the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area down
to Sycamore Reservoir and on down to upper Sabino Canyon today. There
weren't a large number of birds, but there was surprising variety.
Sycamore Creek was pretty much bone dry, but there was still flow over the
dam, and several pools of water above the dam. I staked one of these out
for about 30 minutes and was rewarded with a Slate-colored Fox Sparrow,
Black-chinned Sparrow, a very pale reddish Song Sparrow, at least 3 Hermit
Thrush, and 2 Spotted Towhees, among others. Also had 3 singleton
Woodhouse's Scrub Jays -- one just over the hill from the parking lot, one
at the Reservoir, and one just before the upper Sabino Canyon drainage.
Plus a Golden Eagle and some Montezuma Quail. 42 species total -- list is
on eBird.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/26/17 3:41 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Paton's and beyond
Today, Violet crowned Hummingbird was observed regularly at feeder Z at Paton's in Patagonia. A Cooper's Hawk snagged something from the front feeder area, and put on a discreet show behind some foliage " chowing down ".

At .2 mi past the cattle guard in front of Paton's heading towards the Nature Conservancy, the previously reported Red breasted Sapsucker put on a pretty good show working the tree on the left, ( south ) side of the road. There are often Red naped Sapsuckers, and the odd Gila's Woodpecker in the same tree. Cheers, Thor.


Thor Manson

Green Valley.

Tucson Audubon Volunteer.

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Date: 11/26/17 1:57 pm
From: Daniel Moore <dan...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Sahuarita merlin
We went back this morning and saw the adult and juvenile Lewis'
Woodpeckers north and east of the church. The merlin was there again as
well.

http://www.mineralarts.com/images/lewis_woodpecker_01.jpg
http://www.mineralarts.com/images/lewis_woodpecker_02.jpg
http://www.mineralarts.com/images/lewis_woodpecker_03.jpg

Dan Moore, Tucson


>My hubby and I were at the church around 9:30 this morning. We saw a
juvenile Lewis woodpecker on a power pole next to road and north of >the
church. It was working on the very top of the power pole. Eventually it
flew off to the west and was joined by another Lewis woodpecker. >They
both flew out of sight to the west of the church. No merlin or peregrine
falcon at that time.

>Lisa Swanstrom
>Green Valley, AZ

>> On Nov 24, 2017, at 3:07 PM, Daniel Moore wrote:
>
>> This morning, we went in search of the Lewis' Woodpecker that Larry
Schmahl reported yesterday on Santa Rita Road north of Sahuarita
>> Road in Sahuarita. We didn't spot the woodpecker but did spot a
merlin on a power pole in front of the San Martin de Porres Church and a
>>peregrine falcon in flight.
>>
>> http://www.mineralarts.com/ima...
<http://www.mineralarts.com/images/merlin_2017_11_24a.jpg>
>>
>> Dan Moore, Tucson

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Date: 11/26/17 12:19 pm
From: Steve Ganley <sganley...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birds
Birders



No luck on the Brant, missed it by 15 minutes. The Lewis's Woodpecker was
easy at Scottsdale Ranch and at the Gilbert Water Ranch both male and female
Norther Parula's, the Black-and-white Warbler and the Chestnut-sided Warbler
were all at the

Mason Bligh bench together, no luck on the Ruddy Ground-Dove but the Surf
Scoter was easy in pond 6.



Steve Ganley

Mesa, Arizona




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Date: 11/26/17 11:59 am
From: David Stejskal <dstejskal...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Glendale Recharge Basins BRANT - No
Hi birders,

I drove up from Tucson this morning to look for the previously reported BRANT at the Glendale Recharge Basins, but had no luck finding the bird in about 1.5 hrs of searching. Maybe it’s off feeding in a nearby ag field with a local flock of Canada Geese?

Please post if it’s re-found today or tomorrow!

Good birding,

Dave Stejskal
Field Guides Inc.

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Date: 11/26/17 10:50 am
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ft. Lowell Park - Eastern Bluebirds, COUCH'S - yes
Hello birders,

Mark Stevenson and I just saw a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at Ft. Lowell Park in Tucson. They were first perched just west of the artificial creek (in the eastern part of Park) and then flew to the southeast, where they perched in a pecan tree near the edge of the Park.

The COUCH'S KINGBIRD perched in the top of a tree near the palm trees, along the artificial creek. In the same tree, before the Couch's Kingbird arrived, a flock of 9 RED CROSSBILLS perched for a brief moment.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/26/17 8:15 am
From: Jim Ripley <jimripley.az...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Male Green Kingfisher SEAZ
We spent two Friday and Saturday watching the male Green Kingfisher on the house pond at the Slaughter Ranch house pond 14 miles east of Douglas, AZ. Unfortunately, he was watching us making it difficult to get close enough for a good photo. What a beautiful location and what a beautiful bird.

- Jim
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Date: 11/26/17 6:09 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-26-2017
Brant still present in pond #6

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix Az

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Date: 11/25/17 10:39 pm
From: Troy Corman <aplomado...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Pinal Co. Stanfield Sod Farm Area
Tom Lewis and I visited the sod farm area north of Stanfield this morning
(25 Nov.) before we continued south to visit with several of the rarities
in the Tucson area. Doug and Keith brought attention this area recently,
and never having been there before, it was great excuse to explore a
little. We found the best viewing was looking north from Barnes Road, west
of Russell Rd. Highlights in the area included 97 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS, a flock
of 210 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS which flew directly over us as they headed
south, and a WHITE-TAILED KITE hovering and harassing a NORTHERN HARRIER.

Hope to see you in the field...

Troy Corman
Phoenix, AZ

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Date: 11/25/17 7:37 pm
From: Jay Miller <arizonajay23...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove still, 11-25.
The Ruddy Ground-Dove persists still, day four. Hangs out in and under my Lemon tree and grazes out into the open early and by itself. Kind-of scary since that's prime for Accipitors.

Sharp-shinned are at an all time low here. Most I have seen in one day was two adults and the only juv. that I have seen so far this Fall. Many days where I missed them altogether, and most other days saw only one, and often that one is an adult that I feel has Wintered right here for six or seven years now. I've been studying birds here hard for the last ten years and watched Sharp-shinned Hawks go from pretty high numbers ( over twenty a day, nearly every day ) down to this seasons low. Still alot of Winter to go but things usually develop by now. This has quite an effect on the atmosphere of the backyard. The birds are skittish but not nearly as much as even last year. Birds like Rosy-faced Lovebirds, Gamble's Quail, and White-wing Doves are coming in regularly. Not in previous years! Only sporadically at best. Also have had Spotted Towhee and Song Sparrow for a long time now and that may be related to fewer Sharpies too.

Cooper's Hawks have increased as I predicted but not necessarily why I thought they would. When Eurasian Collared-Doves arrived and multiplied so quickly it really impressed me and I thought somebody is going to like this. Cooper's Hawks seemed like the natural beneficiary to me and Peregrines get their share. Seeing Cooper's about every other day, twice as much as last year.

Peregrines have always been common here. Probably average around 200 days a year, scarce in Spring and early Summer.

Red-tail Hawks have put in better than average numbers this Fall.

American Kestrels are rarely missed. More than one pair around and territories seem to change often in the off-season.

Had a Prairie Falcon a couple weeks ago come in with a freshly caught Mourning Dove. It saw me and flew to a distant tower where it ate it's catch. While watching it it began to cackle and puff-up. I got a series of photos of a Peregrine mocking an attack while Prairie held it's ground, wings outstretched, tail fanned, mouth open, screaming! I've seen this a few times before but this was close. Too bad it was a very overcast day so the lighting was terrible.

I'm fortunate to get a fair amount of Merlin in here too. Only one sighting last month and one this month, I think. Had one about ten days ago and got a nice shot of a dark, male "taiga" diving off the top of my Arizona Cypress.

Caught two Harris's Hawks at my water feature a while back. Nice surprise.

Only one sighting of a Northern Harrier from a week or so ago, distant. They are still getting here.

Almost forgot Turkey Vulture. Saw a Eurasian Collared-Dove cock it's head. About 500', heading towards Leisure World, late afternoon.

At 4:49 today, I saw the Ruddy Ground-Dove fly to my Grapefruit tree, banking left, then right, showing it's Rufous wings and short, square, black tail. Would have made for some nice photos but no way! It was way too fast. I was pretty sure I saw it fly there last night as well and believe it is probably roosting there.

Good Birding!!

Jay Miller
Mesa, Az
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Date: 11/25/17 6:30 pm
From: greentailedtowhee . <skua33...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] San Carlos Reservation (Permit required)
Hi folks,

I birded the Ash Flat Grassland along BI-8. I was able to get my permit at
the Circle K in Globe, AZ at 2 am (open all night)

The highlight was a Light Morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 4 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS
all in the same region of the grasslands two tenths of a mile before the
area closed for hunting. you can drive through the "closed area" just
don't stop. There were a bus-load of Horned Larks with CHESTNUT-COLLARED
LONGSPURS mixed in. They were going to a water tank just off the road.
This was in the "closed area" so I didn't stop, but would have liked to.

Off to San Carlos Lake. I crossed the dam and a bit down the road there is
a pull off overlooking the lake below where there is a 4 fingered spit of
land sticking out into the lake. Great for gulls. But just off the middle
finger was a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

Down the county-line road to the water's edge was the best Gull action I
had so far. RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, likely HERRING, 2 BONAPARTE'S GULL,
and one FRANKLIN'S GULL. Going back tomorrow to try to turn it into a
laughing.

And it is so quiet out there!
Janine McCabe

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Date: 11/25/17 5:07 pm
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Mohave/ Davis Dam birds
This morning there were three Surf Scoters at Davis Dam. There was a
Red-necked Grebe across the bay at Katherine’s Landing. Finally, there was
a Curve-billed Thrasher at fruiting palms in Davis Camp County
Park—exceptional for that location, though Jan Parrott also had one in the
park back in April.

McCreedy
Tucson

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Date: 11/25/17 4:59 pm
From: Anita Strawn de Ojeda <kettleheadhats...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Long-tailed duck in Holbrook

I went out to Holbrook’s Hidden Cove Park today to look for the previously reported long-tailed duck. No luck at the water-treatment ponds leading up to the golf course, but I decided to go back to the larger lake (contact me off-list for info in getting through the locked gate). The LONG-TAILED DUCK was present, along with a solitary SNOW GOOSE hanging out with 7 Canada geese (and the rest of the usual suspects).

EARED GREBES
PIED-BILLED GREBES
RING-NECKED DUCKS
REDHEADS
AMERICAN COOTS
AMERICAN WIGEONS (including a storm wigeon)
BUFFLEHEADS
RUDDY DUCKS
MALLARDS
NORTHERN SHOVELERS

Anita Strawn de Ojeda
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Date: 11/25/17 4:54 pm
From: Clark, Daniel Glenn - (dgclark) <dgclark...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Eastern Bluebird
Glad you were able to get eyes on the Eastern Bluebird.

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From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2017 5:49:36 PM
To: <aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Eastern Bluebird

Around 5 PM an Eastern Bluebird was along the golf course near the 7th hole pond; The grebe was at home.
A second bluebird I thought was a female Mountain Bluebird, but it was chased by a Coopers Hawk and gone!!!
Four peole got IDs on the Bluebird

John R Williams
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Date: 11/25/17 4:49 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Eastern Bluebird
Around 5 PM an Eastern Bluebird was along the golf course near the 7th hole pond; The grebe was at home.
A second bluebird I thought was a female Mountain Bluebird, but it was chased by a Cooper’s Hawk and gone!!!
Four peole got ID’s on the Bluebird

John R Williams
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Date: 11/25/17 2:38 pm
From: Steve Valasek <botheringbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [CEAZ] Gilbert Water Ranch - Black and White Warbler
I was looking for the Ruddy Ground Dove when a mixed flock of Warblers
passed through the cottonwood near the 3 benches. One was a Black and White
Warbler and a Northern Parula, the rest were the usual suspects.

I couldn't ID a RGDO from the two dozen or so Incas on the ground. One did
have a shorter tail and I managed some photos, but it looked scaled to me.

Cheers


Steve Valasek
www.botheringbirds.com

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Date: 11/25/17 2:29 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Hassayampa WINTER WREN, etc.
Back on 11/23/17 Chrissy Kondrat-Smith and I thought we heard a WINTER WREN near the picnic area at Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg (Maricopa Co.), but it wasn’t until today (11/25/17) that it was confirmed and audio documentation was obtained by myself, Usha Tatini, Matteo Vaiente, Dana Epstein, and Chrissy Kondrat-Smith. The bird was in the same area, skulking in the dense brambles and wood piles at the back of the picnic area. While we were there, Chrissy spotted the RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN briefly flying off. Earlier in the day she reported having the RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, an apparent COMMON BLACK-HAWK, a flyover EVENING GROSBEAK, and flyover RED CROSSBILLS. The group of 13 people on my bird walk this morning had 1-2 SORAS calling from the marsh at Palm Lake, a HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER calling in the swampy area at the west end of the lake, and a couple of flyover AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES calling; a calling PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and two DUSKY/GRAY type FLYCATCHERS giving “whit” calls, two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, two BROWN CREEPERS, and a few flyover CEDAR WAXWINGS along River Ramble trail..

The Preserve is open on Wednesday-Sunday (closed Monday-Tuesday) from 8am-5pm. More information on the Preserve can be viewed on their Maricopa County Parks’ website at the following link:

https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/hassayampa-river-preserve/

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ

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Date: 11/25/17 1:56 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Note for eBirders
New posting on eBird home page especially applicable when using new distance tracker
in phone apps

How to report backtracking distance in eBird

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/


Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/25/17 1:46 pm
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-25-2017
The Brant that Melanie found today, is swimming in basin#5 right now.
There's also a California Gull, and the continuing Red-breasted Merganser.

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix Az

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Date: 11/25/17 1:46 pm
From: Melanie <mherring5...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: CEAZ: Glendale recharge ponds BRANDT

Having trouble with email...see below

Out and about on my mobile...
-------- Original message --------From: Melanie <mherring5...> Date: 11/25/17 12:09 PM (GMT-07:00) To: Birding <AZNMBirds...> Subject: CEAZ:  Glendale recharge ponds BRANDT


All,A Brandt is currently in basin 1 in the SW corner.  Photographed.  Current time 1142 amMelanie Herring Goodyear, AZ


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Date: 11/25/17 1:46 pm
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe and RBME-yes
With Gordon Karre and the fabulous Barb Meding this AM at Arthur Pack. Very birdy. Least Grebe in same spot BUT 3 Red-breasted Mergansers stopped by at the main larger pond. Still present. Happy birding everyone!

Chris Rohrer

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Date: 11/25/17 1:46 pm
From: DianaBlue Herron <blueheron64...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Scottsdale Ranch Woodpeckers
This morning Bill and I watched and photographed a Lewis's Woodpecker and 3
Acorn woodpeckers in Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale. All four of the
birds were also seen on the morning of Thursday November 23.

The Lewis's Woodpecker was very busy collecting acorns from oak trees and
then carrying them to palm trees by the volley ball courts for storage in
holes that it had made. The bird was also seen carrying acorns across Via
Linda to palm trees south of the road.

The three Acorn Woodpeckers were also busy collecting acorns, calling, and
moving about the various trees in the park.

On Nov 23 a Plumbeous Vireo was seen in pine trees near Ramada 10. It was
previously seen in the same area on October 15 and might be the same bird
that wintered in the park last year.

Good birding,
Diana Herron

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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
American Redstart still in NE section of Children's Memorial Park on
11/24. Seen with Cassin's Vireo around 10AM.

I want to thank Mark forfinding out the birding potential for this park!
I have lived in Tucson for 25 yearsin an apartment complex off River Rd
only 1.5 miles east of this park, yet I have never been there! I really
enjoyed walking around it and I think it might have real potential for
both spring and fall migartions.

Diane Touret (Tucson, AZ)


On 11/22/2017 11:19 AM, Mark Stevenson wrote:
> Thanks to Andrew for posting this.
>
> Map to park is at this link
> https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%B017'42.1%22N+110%C2%B059'05.8%22W/@32.2950368,-110.9849301,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d32.2950368!4d-110.9849301
>
> The bird was in the hackberry at the NE corner of the park. It's in "female" plumage with at least one black fleck on the chest.
>
> Good birding,
> Mark Stevenson
> Tucson, AZ
> --------------------------------------------
> On Wed, 11/22/17, Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>
> Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
> To: <AZNMBirds...>
> Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:14 AM
>
> Mark Stevenson called to report an American
> Redstart at Children’s Memorial Park (on River Rd west of
> Oracle Rd). It was in a netleaf hackberry behind a big blue
> sign.
>
> Thanks Mark!
>
> -Andrew Core
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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Hassayampa Rufous-backed Robin(s?)
Possibly a second RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was found at Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg (Maricopa County) yesterday (11/23/17) by Chrissy Kondrat-Smith and also observed and photographed by Anita Strawn de Ojeda and myself. We may have heard the original bird along the river where it has been seen for a couple of weeks now, if there are in fact two different birds. More waterfowl are roosting on Palm Lake in the evenings, as well, including a male HOODED MERGANSER I saw yesterday. One of the gray foxes has been regularly seen eating fallen palm fruit in the picnic area too. The Preserve is open Wednesday-Sunday (closed Monday-Tuesday) from 8am-5pm. More information on the Preserve can be found at this link:

https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/hassayampa-river-preserve/

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ

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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 24 November 2017
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 24, 2017; the next update will be made on
December 1. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including information
on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*)
preceding a species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details
are warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted
at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
*LEAST GREBE
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Green Kingfisher
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
#Winter Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Chestnut-sided Warbler
*PINE WARBLER
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#Baltimore Oriole

Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical
in separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/

TUCSON area
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD continued on 11/23 (m.ob.) at Fort Lowell Park. It
prefers the area around the pond early in the morning but then wanders to
the pecan grove to the east and across the wash later in the day before
returning to the pond in the late afternoon. There are two previously
accepted state records.
A *LEAST GREBE was photographed at Arthur Pack Park on 11/21 (John
Williams) and continued on 11/24 (m.ob.). It is being seen on the 7th hole
pond of the golf course. From the main road, take the dirt road to the
Maeveen Behan Trailhead next to the 9th hole pond. Park and walk southwest
through the desert (taking care to stay out of the way of golfers) to the
pond on the 7th hole.
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 11/23 (John Higgins). Several
Lesser Scaup are present as well.
A #GRAY CATBIRD continued in a neighborhood in northeast Tucson on 11/23
(Keith Kamper).
The #BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen this week at the north end of Columbus Park
on 11/19 (Molly Pollock, Mark Stevenson). It has occasionally been seen at
Sweetwater Wetlands as well.
Five Tundra Swans were photographed flying up the Tanque Verde Wash near
Wentworth Rd on 11/19 (Paul Suchanek).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 11/21 (Deanna Mac Phail) in the West Fork past the
dam. Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just
past the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but
most sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up
the rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The
oak grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork
can be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the
sign with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
62A.
A #GREATER SCAUP was photographed at the Green Valley WWTP on 11/19 (Ed
Dunn).
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd on 11/20 (Laurens Halsey).

BENSON area
A *PINE WARBLER and a #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN were photographed at the Holy
Trinity Monastery in St. David on 11/21 (Arlene Ripley). The robin
continued on 11/23 and the warbler on 11/22 (m.ob.).
A #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported again at the Benson STP on 11/20 (Chris
Chappell).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported near the intersection of Green
Reservoir Rd and Curry Rd on 11/22 (Tim Helentjaris).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the San Pedro
River north of the bridge on 11/24 (Joel DuBois) and a #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH near marker #4 south of the bridge on 11/22 (John Broz).
In Ramsey Canyon, a #WINTER WREN was reported about 70 yards above the
visitor's center on 11/20 (Richard Fray, Jennie MacFarland).

PATAGONIA
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd on 11/18 (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map:
http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week at the east end along the Birding Trail.

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on this
week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.

ARIVACA area
A #CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was reported from Arivaca Creek on Buenos Aires
NWR on 11/22 (Keith Kamper, Patty Tersey).

AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).


ANNOUNCEMENTS
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-
birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to
long-term construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching"
link on this page for important information regarding access:
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/

EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb

RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead.

BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. The Visitor
Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an
active military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on
Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone
while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements
(subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a background
check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle
at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as
well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved military escort;
contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's
Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html for details.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.

BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside).

GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.

ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Ft Lowell Couch's present, Arthur Pack Red-breasted Mergansers
The Couch’s Kingbird was well viewed sitting over the inlet of the artificial stream, between 11:40 and 12PM
At least one Cassin’s Kingbird was present as well.

An odd grackle in the pecans may have been a COMMON GRACKLE. I sent photos for confirmation.

Stopped at Arthur Pack Park at 12:30, scoping the 9th hole pond. 3 hen Red-breasted Mergansers were present on a glassy surface. Also saw the continuing hen Northern Pintail and a pair of Gadwall.

John R Williams
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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] test


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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Continuing TucsonLeast Grebe
I biked up to Arthur Pack Park and enjoyed good looks at the continuing Least Grebe on the smaller pond and the Red-breasted Mergansers on the bigger pond.

There were a lot of birds at Children's memorial park, including two Plumbeous Vireos and Several Orange-crowned Warblers. I did not relocate the American Redstart (Richard Fray and Jenny McFarland were there and still looking when I left)

Sharon Goldwasser

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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Melanie <mherring5...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Glendale recharge ponds BRANDT


All,A Brandt is currently in basin 1 in the SW corner.  Photographed.  Current time 1142 amMelanie Herring Goodyear, AZ


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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Melanie <mherring5...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds]
CEAZ: Glendale recharge ponds BRANDT
Hi All,A Brandt is currently in basin 1 in the SW corner.  Photographed.  Current time 1142 amMelanie Herring Goodyear, AZ
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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Johnson Brian <spindlebrook...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Least Grebe - YES
Continuing in same location as of 8:00 AM, 11/25/17.
Brian Johnson


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Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm
From: Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: San Carlos River below Talkalai Dam (24 Nov 2017)
Hi Everyone,

Today I continued exploring Gila County, and I decided to bird on the San
Carlos Reservation. A ten dollar permit is required to bird on this
reservation, and that permit can be purchased in nearby gas stations in
Globe. I birded at Talkalai Lake, San Carlos River south of Talkalai Lake,
and San Carlos Lake.

The noteworthy highlights for the day all came from birding the San Carlos
River just below Talkalai Lake Dam. The river has Gila County to the west
and Graham County to the east, fun for county birding. I stuck to the Gila
side, and birding this river is extremely challenging. It's hard to get
around anywhere without climbing over a log, going through tons of
branches, or taking an "easier" way out by walking through cold river
water. I don't know if I could call it fun. The surrounding habitat near
the river is a challenge to walk through too in order to get to the river.
Luckily, I had some highlights. The best was a skittish BROWN THRASHER
along the side of the river who gave me several looks after I initially
found it, enough to get diagnostic photos. I also had an out of season
NORTHERN BEARDLESS TYRANNULET calling from a dense mesquite bosque. Two
SWAMP SPARROWS and flyover RED CROSSBILLS were also of note.

Good Birding,

Tommy DeBardeleben (Glendale, Arizona)

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Date: 11/24/17 4:28 pm
From: Marcia Lincoln <boahiss...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats, Mountain Plovers
What time were you there, please?

Marcia (Tucson)

_____

From: <aznmbirds-request...>
[mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Doug Jenness
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 3:22 PM
To: AZNM listserv
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats, Mountain Plovers



11/24/17




This morning there were at least 23 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS at the Evergreen Turd
sod farm at the Santa Cruz Flats. Also present was a SNOW GOOSE. The plovers
were in the southeast quadrant bordered by Pretzer and Tweedy roads.




The "HARLANS" Red-tailed Hawk reported since 18 Nov at Curry and Greene
Reservoir roads continues. One was at the same location last winter 15
Dec-15 Mar.




I observed a total of 50 CRESTED CARACARAS in 3 locations: 35 at the sheep
farm southeast of Sunland Gin and Pearce roads; 14 in the
Baumgartner/Wheeler area; and one surprisingly at the West Coast Turf sod
farm adjacent to and immediately south of Evergreen Turf.




Doug Jenness

Tucson



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Date: 11/24/17 2:22 pm
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Santa Cruz Flats, Mountain Plovers
11/24/17


This morning there were at least 23 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS at the Evergreen Turd sod farm at the Santa Cruz Flats. Also present was a SNOW GOOSE. The plovers were in the southeast quadrant bordered by Pretzer and Tweedy roads.


The "HARLANS" Red-tailed Hawk reported since 18 Nov at Curry and Greene Reservoir roads continues. One was at the same location last winter 15 Dec-15 Mar.


I observed a total of 50 CRESTED CARACARAS in 3 locations: 35 at the sheep farm southeast of Sunland Gin and Pearce roads; 14 in the Baumgartner/Wheeler area; and one surprisingly at the West Coast Turf sod farm adjacent to and immediately south of Evergreen Turf.


Doug Jenness

Tucson

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Date: 11/24/17 2:18 pm
From: Lisa Swanstrom <labs823...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Sahuarita merlin
My hubby and I were at the church around 9:30 this morning. We saw a juvenile Lewis woodpecker on a power pole next to road and north of the church. It was working on the very top of the power pole. Eventually it flew off to the west and was joined by another Lewis woodpecker. They both flew out of sight to the west of the church. No merlin or peregrine falcon at that time.

Lisa Swanstrom
Green Valley, AZ

> On Nov 24, 2017, at 3:07 PM, Daniel Moore <dan...> wrote:
>
> This morning, we went in search of the Lewis' Woodpecker that Larry Schmahl reported yesterday on Santa Rita Road north of Sahuarita
> Road in Sahuarita. We didn't spot the woodpecker but did spot a merlin on a power pole in front of the San Martin de Porres Church and a peregrine falcon in flight.
>
> http://www.mineralarts.com/images/merlin_2017_11_24a.jpg
>
> Dan Moore, Tucson
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Date: 11/24/17 2:07 pm
From: Daniel Moore <dan...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sahuarita merlin
This morning, we went in search of the Lewis' Woodpecker that Larry
Schmahl reported yesterday on Santa Rita Road north of Sahuarita
Road in Sahuarita. We didn't spot the woodpecker but did spot a merlin
on a power pole in front of the San Martin de Porres Church and a
peregrine falcon in flight.

http://www.mineralarts.com/images/merlin_2017_11_24a.jpg

Dan Moore, Tucson

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Date: 11/24/17 1:58 pm
From: Sally Johnsen <empidonax...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Proctor Road etc
This morning Diane Rand and I birded the Proctor Road area in Madera
Canyon. It was very quiet but we did find a Crissal Thrasher and a
Lewis's Woodpecker at the waterfall. Afterwards we stopped by the pond
off the frontage road north of Calle Tres which is filled with ducks,
Canvasback, Ring-necked, A Wigeon, Redhead, N Shoveler, Bufflehead etc,
and one lone Snow Goose, also Sora and Virginia Rail.

Happy Birding,

Sally Johnsen

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Date: 11/24/17 12:57 pm
From: Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Huachuca Canyon
Went down this morning to follow up on Stuart Healy’s report of Sinaloa Wren here. Gonna fall in the category of negative results. Despite my best efforts, I was only able to tease out of the many brush piles along here, both BEWICK’S and HOUSE WRENS along with a number of RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS. I was unable to refind these birds and have heard from a couple of other folks of their failure as well. Given this bird’s stealthy nature and the season, not surprised but maybe someone can eventually relocate these birds, perhaps back at the lower picnic area? Otherwise mostly a lot of the expected winter residents and visitors. Did find a flock of ROBINS and I am proud to say, all native-born AMERICANS, not those border-hopping illegals from down south that seem to be all the rage this season. With them, there was also a small group of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and another group of CEDAR WAXWINGS.

Tim Helentjaris
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/24/17 10:28 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Least Grebe
Field Ornithologists,

John Williams and Andrew Core contributed photos of Least Grebe.
Thanks John and Andrew!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos. It
makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more
quickly.

The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Photo Documentation"

The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:

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click on "Sounds Library"

Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo
contributions from all photographers throughout the state.

Use our online form to submit photos:

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html

AZFO also welcomes contributions to its Sounds Library of bird
vocalizations recorded in Arizona and nearby areas. See more
information here:

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If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and
supporting our other activities. Details on the web site.

We strive for accuracy. Please email any corrections to postings to
the photo editors.

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Date: 11/24/17 9:42 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Arthur Pack Park Least Grebe, Friday, 11/24
The Least Grebe was present this morning between 9 and 9:25, actively feeding in the narrow end of the pond along with Pied-billed Grebes and Hooded Mergansers.

When I arrived at the park, there was a Prairie Falcon on one of the utility poles; I watched it finish off its breakfast.

John R Williams
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Date: 11/24/17 8:29 am
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Mohave/ American Redstart at Rotary, Surf Scoters off of Pittsburgh Point
The redstart was quite loud. A boat drawing an intertuber on a dawn tube
ride flushed the scoters into CA.

McCreedy
Tucson

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Date: 11/23/17 1:32 pm
From: Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sprague's Pipits in Big Chino Valley, Yavapai Co.
Two Sprague’s Pipits in Big Chino Valley this morning. Happy Thanksgiving
everyone!

For photos and video: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arizonabirding/

Felipe Guerrero

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Date: 11/23/17 1:07 pm
From: Richard Ditch <richditch...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Gilbert Water Ranch continuing Saw-whet, plus Surf Scoter
In addition to the Northern Saw-whet Owl reported Wednesday on the path between ponds 2 and 3 I found a Surf Scoter in Pond 6. The owl was on the pond 2 side of the path today.

The Water Ranch is located at the SE corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe in Gilbert, AZ by the library. All parking slots were taken this morning by the milling family groups taking a holiday stroll but they are less likely to be there later in the afternoon.

Rich Ditch
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Date: 11/23/17 12:56 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Sahuarita - Lewis's Woodpeckers
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Larry Schmahl reports:

There are now two Lewis's Woodpeckers on Santa Rita Road NORTH of Sahuarita
Road in Sahuarita. There is also a Peregrine Falcon on Sahuarita Rd on a
power pole in front of Crosspoint Lutheran Church about an 1/8th of a mile
East of Santa Rita Rd. It has been there since at least last Sunday.


thanks Larry!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/23/17 12:21 pm
From: James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Maricopa Co. American Redstart.
Hello Birders’

My bother-in-law photographed an apparent immature male American Redstart at the nature center at
Usery Regional Park this morning. The bird was around the water feature visible from the patio at the back
of the nature center. FYI, there is a $6 entry fee to access the park.

Photos of the bird have been posted to the Arizona and the Southwest Birding Facebook page.

Happy Birding - and happy Thanksgiving!

Jim Taylor
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Date: 11/23/17 9:02 am
From: <bncthay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson rarities 11/23
In addition to the continued Least Grebe at Arthur Pack Park (as reported by Jeremy Medina), the American Redstart is still present this morning at Children's Memorial Park

Happy Thanksgiving

Craig Thayer
Tucson AZ

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Date: 11/23/17 8:54 am
From: Jay Miller <arizonajay23...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: The Miller House of Mesa - Ruddy Ground-Dove, Lewis's Woodpecker, 11-23.
Had a Ruddy Ground-Dove on the back lawn yesterday afternoon, 11-22., first this year, forth in last ten years. Last Winter I had my forth Common Ground-Dove and it stayed all Winter. I think the longest I've had a Ruddy is five days. Lots of Inca Doves here.

A week or so ago, I had a distant Lewis's Woodpecker, a new yardbird for me. Hoping to get better photos but haven't seen it since.

Good Birding!!

Jay Miller
Mesa, Az
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Date: 11/23/17 8:14 am
From: <vernieaikins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Couch’s Kingbird - Ft. Lowell Park
Got the Couch’s Kingbird at the southeast entrance in the pecan tree next to
the entrance in front of the condos on Glenn.
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Date: 11/23/17 8:00 am
From: Jeremy Medina <jmedina1...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe at Arthur Pack Park present at 8:15 AM, 11/22 Tucson
The LEAST GREBE continues this morning, 11/23.

Jeremy Medina
Tucson

On Nov 22, 2017, at 10:52 AM, Jody Williams <fisherwoods...><mailto:<fisherwoods...>> wrote:

The confirmed Least Grebe was present this morning on the 7th hole pond at Arthur Pack Park
A scope works really well.

A Canada Goose was also present then left, flying off to the northwest toward Marana.
6 Hooded Mergansers
40+ Northern Shovelers
4 Pied-billed Grebes.
a few Ruddy Ducks
30 or so American Coots
3 Black-crowned Night-herons

9th hole pond had a pair of Bufflehead
2 hen teal
4 American Wigeon
Northern Shovelers
Ruddy Ducks
Am. Coots
3 Pied-billed Grebes
a Great Blue Heron
3 BC Night-herons
1 N Rough-winged Swallow

There were at least 4 Costa’s Hummingbirds at the Mason Center
Also saw 2 Black-throated Sparrows

Nice to meet Chris McCreedy

John R Williams

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Date: 11/23/17 6:59 am
From: Vic Lewis <azvegasvic...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Lewis’s Woodpecker
Lewis’s Woodpecker is at Scottsdale Ranch Park at 8:00 am!
By volleyball courts on a palm tree!

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Date: 11/22/17 6:40 pm
From: Keith Kamper <keithkamper...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Buenos Aires NWR- Arivaca Creek
November 22

Patty Tersey and I birded Arivaca Creek Trail this morning. Best bird was a
female Chestnut-sided Warbler shortly before reaching a longer stretch of
water. This is past a couple smaller pools, and about a mile from the
parking lot. While Arivaca Creek is mostly dry right now, bird activity,
particularly in the dense hackberry thickets, is quite high. We had a robin
disappear into one particularly dense thicket that was probably
Rufous-backed.

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Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/22/17 6:27 pm
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Sahuarita AZ (San Martin de Porres) Lewis's woodpecker
I found the Lewis's woodpecker today (Wednesday 11/22),  previously reported at San Martin de Posse Catholic Church, north of Sahuarita Rd on Santa Rita Rd in Sahuarita AZ.   It was on the telephone phone closest to the church parking lot (just south of the lot).  I saw it as 3:45pm...It remained there about 15 minutes, flew up like a flycatcher and back to the top of the pole...then flew off to the northeast, over the pecan field.  (Never seen this flycatcher type activity before.)The reported Merlin was also there after the woodpecker flew off, sitting a few poles east of the end pole.  It was chased off by ravens, ready to land on the poles with  rodent in claw.  But it flew south and landed on a pole, seen while exiting the church lot.  

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Date: 11/22/17 2:45 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Louisiana Waterthrush, Green Kingfisher
I and about half the people on Every Winter Wednesday Bird Walk saw both continuing birds today. The Waterthrush was at the River about 100 feet north of post #4. The Kingfisher was at the River about 150 yards north of the Bridge in the area where the path goes close to the River.

The 4th Saturday Bird Walk is next Saturday, November 25th at 8. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista

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Date: 11/22/17 2:18 pm
From: Scott Olmstead <sparverius81...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
The redstart continues at 3pm in exactly the same location described by Mark. Great find Mark and Molly!

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Tucson, Arizona

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Subject: se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
Date: Wed Nov 22 2017 13:40 pm
From: drbrdr AT att.net<http://att.net>


Thanks to Andrew for posting this.

Map to park is at this link
https://www.google.com/maps/pl...<https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%B017'42.1%22N+110%C2%B059'05.8%22W/@32.2950368,-110.9849301,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d32.2950368!4d-110.9849301>

The bird was in the hackberry at the NE corner of the park. It's in "female" plumage with at least one black fleck on the chest.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/22/17 12:55 pm
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe-yes
Still present at Arthur Pack Golf Course. Thanks John for the timely report! Chris Rohrer

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Date: 11/22/17 12:20 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ N Saw-whet Owl cont Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch
Northern Saw-whet Owl is currently (1:15p.m.) on Pond-3 tree on Trail 2-3
At Gilbert Water Ranch. From interior end of Trail, go past Pond-2 green
bench to next big opening for Pond-2 (not far, can see bench). Owl is in
low angled branch in big mesquite opposite opening.
Bicycle Bill took Marceline and I to the owl.
Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch is on S side of Guadalupe Rd and just E of
Greenfield.
Lindsay Story Mesa AZ

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Date: 11/22/17 12:10 pm
From: Jean Siesener <michbirdlady1...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Ramsey Canyon CBC on 12/17/17!
I am available and interested in being assigned an area Ken. I can do moderate hiking. I’d love to help in Ramsey or Ft Huachuca (former military).

Thank you,
Jean Siesener
231-233-3155
Michigan/Tucson

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> On Nov 22, 2017, at 9:22 AM, Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship...> wrote:
>
> Hello, everyone!
>
> Greetings from the new compiler of the Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count (AZRC)! The count will be held on Sunday, December 17. After a couple of “off years,” I don't intend for this circle to merely get back on track in 2017 -- it deserves much more than that. My goal is for this count to immediately take its rightful place among the most well-organized and well-covered in the state, with some of the greatest species diversity, and – critically – with some of the most highly-skilled Area Leaders and observers that can possibly be mustered! That's where you come in. This circle has amazing potential, with varied habitats ranging from the San Pedro River corridor, to the vast freshwater marshes of the EOP, to extensive mesquite grasslands, to pine-oak-sycamore canyons, all the way up to the montane conifer zones of the Huachuca Mountains. A few changes/improvements starting this year include: newly-designed Areas with clear borders; detailed maps; and a countdown dinner! Contact me if you are interested in participating this year, or if you have any questions!
>
> Ken Blankenship
>
> kenhblankenship "AT" comcast "dot" net (note the "h" between my first/last names)
>
> (770) 317-8486 – cell & only
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Date: 11/22/17 11:45 am
From: Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Flats
Was out this morning with Kim Matsushino from Tucson Audubon, doing a little early winter searching to see what was around. As expected, a lot of raptors and this is a high point, getting to look at a lot of different forms of RED-TAILED HAWKS, usually sitting on poles and cooperating. Biggest surprise of the day for me was the HARLAN’S dark form of RED-TAILED HAWK, presumably the same individual from last year, at exactly the same location, even tree, at the intersection of Curry and Greene Reservoir Roads. I am always impressed when some of these species return to out-of-the-way locations, year after year, see Baltimore Oriole in Sweetwater or the Yellow-throated Warbler in Patagonia, again this year. We did pretty well, in fact we had our fifth falcon species before 8:30 this morning, a MERLIN sitting out on a low berm in a field. Before then, we happened on a large flock of CRESTED CARACARA’S along Wheeler, saw some again on Pearce in the southeast quadrant of the Flats.

Struck out on some of the other expected winter species, but suspect many of them are still there, including Mountain Plovers and Sagebrush Sparrows in their usual haunts. But there were plenty of species to spare and not too hard to accumulate an interesting bird list for this area by driving about.

Tim Helentjaris
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/22/17 11:41 am
From: Lyndie Warner <lyndie...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Magpie Jay in Verrado?
Hi, David and Susan. This is the bird that I found here in Verrado last May. I live just off Main Street and he hung around for a few weeks and then disappeared. I contacted the Wildlife Zoo a few miles from here and discovered that they lost one over a year ago and we suspect it is the same one. He seems to be doing pretty good in his own! My husband saw him land in our little backyard on Monday and I’ve been searching for him ever since!

Lyndie Mason Warner

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On Nov 22, 2017, at 11:02 AM, David Fleischmann <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:

That is a White-throated Magpie Jay. Way out of it's range, which is Costa
Rica to Mexico. Beautiful bird. Is it someone's pet?

Awesome birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
M-410-598-9292
<david...><mailto:<david...>

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To: <aznmbirds...><mailto:<aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Magpie Jay in Verrado?

This morning, we saw this bird on the Davis building on the corner of
Verrado and Main in the Verrado Area of Buckeye. Is it a Magpie Jay?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/slknitnut/37696269805/in/dateposted-public/


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Date: 11/22/17 11:40 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
Thanks to Andrew for posting this.

Map to park is at this link
https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%B017'42.1%22N+110%C2%B059'05.8%22W/@32.2950368,-110.9849301,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d32.2950368!4d-110.9849301

The bird was in the hackberry at the NE corner of the park. It's in "female" plumage with at least one black fleck on the chest.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
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Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
To: <AZNMBirds...>
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:14 AM

Mark Stevenson called to report an American
Redstart at Children’s Memorial Park (on River Rd west of
Oracle Rd). It was in a netleaf hackberry behind a big blue
sign. 

Thanks Mark!

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Date: 11/22/17 10:03 am
From: David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] Magpie Jay in Verrado?
That is a White-throated Magpie Jay. Way out of it's range, which is Costa
Rica to Mexico. Beautiful bird. Is it someone's pet?

Awesome birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
M-410-598-9292
<david...>

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[mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Susan Lafo
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:35 PM
To: <aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Magpie Jay in Verrado?

This morning, we saw this bird on the Davis building on the corner of
Verrado and Main in the Verrado Area of Buckeye. Is it a Magpie Jay?

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Date: 11/22/17 9:52 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Least Grebe at Arthur Pack Park present at 8:15 AM, 11/22 Tucson
The confirmed Least Grebe was present this morning on the 7th hole pond at Arthur Pack Park
A scope works really well.

A Canada Goose was also present then left, flying off to the northwest toward Marana.
6 Hooded Mergansers
40+ Northern Shovelers
4 Pied-billed Grebes.
a few Ruddy Ducks
30 or so American Coots
3 Black-crowned Night-herons

9th hole pond had a pair of Bufflehead
2 hen teal
4 American Wigeon
Northern Shovelers
Ruddy Ducks
Am. Coots
3 Pied-billed Grebes
a Great Blue Heron
3 BC Night-herons
1 N Rough-winged Swallow

There were at least 4 Costa’s Hummingbirds at the Mason Center
Also saw 2 Black-throated Sparrows

Nice to meet Chris McCreedy

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Date: 11/22/17 9:27 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - American Redstart
Mark Stevenson called to report an American Redstart at Children’s Memorial Park (on River Rd west of Oracle Rd). It was in a netleaf hackberry behind a big blue sign.

Thanks Mark!

-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/22/17 8:23 am
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Ramsey Canyon CBC on 12/17/17!
Hello, everyone!
 


Greetings from the new compiler of the Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count (AZRC) ! The count will be held on Sunday, December 17 . After a couple of “off years,” I don't intend for this circle to merely get back on track in 2017 -- it deserves much more than that. My goal is for this count to immediately take its rightful place among the most well-organized and well-covered in the state, with some of the greatest species diversity, and – critically – with some of the most highly-skilled Area Leaders and observers that can possibly be mustered! That's where you come in. This circle has amazing potential, with varied habitats ranging from the San Pedro River corridor, to the vast freshwater marshes of the EOP, to extensive mesquite grasslands, to pine-oak-sycamore canyons, all the way up to the montane conifer zones of the Huachuca Mountains. A few changes/improvements starting this year include: newly-designed Areas with clear borders; detailed maps; and a countdown dinner! Contact me if you are interested in participating this year, or if you have any questions!

 

Ken Blankenship

 

kenhblankenship "AT" comcast "dot" net  (note the "h" between my first/last names)

 

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Date: 11/22/17 7:39 am
From: Barbara Buck <brbrbuck0...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Ft Lowell Park , Tucson
Couch's Kingbird showed nicely at top of mesquite near pool above the wash at 8:20 am.
Babs buck

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Date: 11/22/17 6:29 am
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park... possible LEAST GREBE
John Williams’ Least Grebe continues. This pond is the far SW pond on the
course, via the nature trails on the outside of the golf course.

McCreedy
Tucson

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 18:02 Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> wrote:

> About 5 PM at the 7th hole pond on the Crooked Tree Golf Course, I found a
> LEAST GREBE with 3 Pied-bills.
> I put down “possible" because I was the only only one around; tried to
> flag down a greenskeeper to get a second set of eyes on it, but he kept to
> his business.
>
> At first glance, I thought that an Eared Grebe had returned after none for
> a couple weeks. Then it swam next to the Pied-bills and was dwarfed. The
> head was almost all dark except for white under the chin ending at the turn
> of the throat. The crown was charcoal gray, and was distinctly rounded. The
> sun was against me as I photographed it, but a couple are decent. I was
> straining with 8.5X. Kept looking for yellow eyes but only caught a
> glimpse. When I tried to get a better angle, it swam away.
>
> The 7th hole pond can be easily viewed with a scope without crossing the
> cart path edging the course. Trails in the park come very close to it.
>
> 4 Hooded Mergansers included a male.
> A Great Egret was at the west edge.
> The 9th hole pond continues to have a variety.
> The past two days have had
> 1 hen Pintail
> 1 Male Bufflehead
> 4 Ring-necked Ducks
> 4 Am. Wigeon
> 7 Black-crowned Night-herons
> 2 Green-winged Teal
> 60+ Northern Shovelers
> 30 Ruddy Ducks
>
> Noted two Gilded Flickers yesterday.
> Watched a Curved-bill Thrasher eating barrel cactus fruit.
>
> John R Williams
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Date: 11/22/17 6:26 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park Grebe directions
The Least Grebe was seen on the 7th hole pond at 5 PM on Tuesday the 21st. It was at the middle and east end near the tall stand of reeds.

The Arthur Pack park website includes a trail map which shows the approach to the 7th hole tee area, where viewing the pond is pretty easy. The pond is the south west most , or around 7 on a clock face.

Do not walk on the golf course during active hours.

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Date: 11/21/17 8:40 pm
From: Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Holy Trinity Monastery, St. David: Rufous-backed Robin, Pine Warbler
This morning I went back to the Holy Trinity Monastery to try and
photograph the EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and CEDAR WAXWINGS I saw yesterday (as
I had stupidly forgotten to put my camera in the car!). I was very glad
I returned as there were several surprises waiting for me in the same
spot. Not only were the Eastern Bluebirds present, there was also a
small flock of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and a flock of about 10 waxwings. The
trees were hopping with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS,
several RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO. There was a lot of
activity in the hackberry tree including a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN. Below,
near the small stream a bright yellow warbler popped up and I quickly
snapped a few photos before it and the robin disappeared. It turned out
to be a male PINE WARBLER! All this activity took place along the line
of trees to the east of St. Isadore pond, between the trailer park and
the pond where a small vegetation-choked stream runs below the trees. It
was, by far, the birdiest place in the whole area. The birds seem to fly
between the pond and the line of trees. Today I didn't walk down to the
river as I did yesterday. There is no water there so few birds along the
trails. I returned to the spot after checking the other ponds and could
not relocate the robin or the warbler.

Photos of the robin and warbler are in my eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S40654625

Arlene Ripley

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Date: 11/21/17 8:09 pm
From: Alexander Hamilton <ispidina.picta...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] {AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird continues Tuesday late afternoon 11/21/2017
Well, on the plus side it was a pleasant afternoon, but the Couch's
took a bit of work (3-1/2 hours of crisscrossing the park). I was
finally able to re-locate the bird just outside the far SE corner of
the park along the N side of E Glenn Street at 4:30 PM.

I had heard the Couch's was seen along the east side of the park along
an entrance road that leads into the park and a housing development of
sorts to the east. A Cassin's Kingbird was the only promising sign,
but was ultimately a bust.

Long story short, I have no idea where the bird was hiding, but I
don't feel like it was in the park. Kingbirds typically aren't
skulkers... and there were several of us looking... but, for what it's
worth, I think (today at least) that the bird was hanging about in the
neighborhood(s) to the east, or at least the extreme eastern edge of
the park. So... if I were looking, I'd start at the far SE corner of
Fort Lowell Park... and then I'd probably walk the Pet Cemetery of
Tucson entrance road directly across the street to the south. There
are some newer homes on the east side of that road with some
ornamental trees with red berries (sorry, I don't know my trees). I'm
sure I heard a Cassin's in one of them which caused me to walk across
the street. However, the trees are really thick so I really couldn't
see into them. But I did see the Cassin's fly out and land along the
utility line running parallel to the Pet Cemetery road, and as I was
walking back to the road a second kingbird landed on the same line.
Of course, once I got back to the road there was only the Cassin's.
But it was only about a minute later when I saw the Couch's perched
back across Glenn (north side) next to the park.

Neat bird. I watched it from about 4:30-4:45 (based on photo time
stamps) before I had to head south.

Ron Batie
Rio Rico, AZ

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Date: 11/21/17 8:00 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: McCOWN'S LONGSPURS (Navajo Co.), EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (Apache Co.)
*Note: this is on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and tribal outdoor recreation permits are required. You can purchase them at the convenience store or the outdoor shop at Hon-dah just east of Pinetop. The permit prices have changed to a per person fee of $9 per day for the general outdoor recreation permit. The former online permit purchasing system is currently unavailable.

> On Nov 21, 2017, at 8:51 PM, Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> wrote:
>
> This afternoon (11/21/17) while showing my dad around Bonito Prairie (Navajo/Apache Counties) south of Whiteriver, I found a handful of McCOWN'S LONGSPURS around East Bonito Prairie Tank on the Navajo Co. portion, apparently a first county record. Just to the east on the Apache Co. part of Bonito Prairie along Indian Rt. 71 we found two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS that kept flushing along the fence line, apparently only a 2nd county record and probably the first photo documentation. Flocks of CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS were visiting East Bonito Prairie Tank and the nearby area, we flushed singles of AMERICAN PIPIT, VESPER SPARROW, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK along the roads, and we saw a couple of FERRUGINOUS HAWKS and a few PHAINOPEPLAS (the latter visiting mistletoe in oaks) at the north end of the prairie, along with ~26 pronghorns on the grasslands. We also saw MEXICAN JAYS at the north end of the prairie and heard one above the rim of Big Bonito Creek at Rt. 71. Earlier in the morning we had six BRIDLED TITMICE and 30+ CASSIN'S FINCHES at the Rt. 55 bridge (East Fork Rd.) over the North Fork of the White River in the town of Whiteriver. In the mid-afternoon while driving back through Whiteriver I spotted a MERLIN and a MEXICAN JAY flying over. West of Show Low in the community of Linden (Navajo Co.) a FERRUGINOUS HAWK was sitting in a fallow field, a location I have seen the species a few previous winters. The region was smoky and hazy from prescribed burns, but it was a pleasantly warm late fall day checking out a scenic, extremely under-birded area of Arizona! Here's the link to my East Bonito Prairie Tank list if you want to see the mapped location:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40645973 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40645973>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Eric Hough
> Wickenburg, AZ


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Date: 11/21/17 7:51 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: McCOWN'S LONGSPURS (Navajo Co.), EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (Apache Co.)
This afternoon (11/21/17) while showing my dad around Bonito Prairie (Navajo/Apache Counties) south of Whiteriver, I found a handful of McCOWN'S LONGSPURS around East Bonito Prairie Tank on the Navajo Co. portion, apparently a first county record. Just to the east on the Apache Co. part of Bonito Prairie along Indian Rt. 71 we found two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS that kept flushing along the fence line, apparently only a 2nd county record and probably the first photo documentation. Flocks of CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS were visiting East Bonito Prairie Tank and the nearby area, we flushed singles of AMERICAN PIPIT, VESPER SPARROW, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK along the roads, and we saw a couple of FERRUGINOUS HAWKS and a few PHAINOPEPLAS (the latter visiting mistletoe in oaks) at the north end of the prairie, along with ~26 pronghorns on the grasslands. We also saw MEXICAN JAYS at the north end of the prairie and heard one above the rim of Big Bonito Creek at Rt. 71. Earlier in the morning we had six BRIDLED TITMICE and 30+ CASSIN'S FINCHES at the Rt. 55 bridge (East Fork Rd.) over the North Fork of the White River in the town of Whiteriver. In the mid-afternoon while driving back through Whiteriver I spotted a MERLIN and a MEXICAN JAY flying over. West of Show Low in the community of Linden (Navajo Co.) a FERRUGINOUS HAWK was sitting in a fallow field, a location I have seen the species a few previous winters. The region was smoky and hazy from prescribed burns, but it was a pleasantly warm late fall day checking out a scenic, extremely under-birded area of Arizona! Here's the link to my East Bonito Prairie Tank list if you want to see the mapped location:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40645973

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ
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Date: 11/21/17 5:40 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Cassin's Kingbird Fort Lowell Park
Just as an aside, we haven't seen Cassin's in about a week, but this
evening on a stroll to the park, we spotted a kingbird on the wire on the
access road to the Pet Cemetery. Closer looks showed it was a Cassin's
Kingbird - and a little later, it sat in the top of a ?walnut or pecan? at
the SE corner of the entrance to the park, and then gave its typical
call. So at least one is still around to mix it up. Although there was no
confusion when you got a good look - both coloration and the bill size were
OBVIOUSLY different from Couch's. ;-)

Rosie Watts
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 11/21/17 5:02 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park... possible LEAST GREBE
About 5 PM at the 7th hole pond on the Crooked Tree Golf Course, I found a LEAST GREBE with 3 Pied-bills.
I put down “possible" because I was the only only one around; tried to flag down a greenskeeper to get a second set of eyes on it, but he kept to his business.

At first glance, I thought that an Eared Grebe had returned after none for a couple weeks. Then it swam next to the Pied-bills and was dwarfed. The head was almost all dark except for white under the chin ending at the turn of the throat. The crown was charcoal gray, and was distinctly rounded. The sun was against me as I photographed it, but a couple are decent. I was straining with 8.5X. Kept looking for yellow eyes but only caught a glimpse. When I tried to get a better angle, it swam away.

The 7th hole pond can be easily viewed with a scope without crossing the cart path edging the course. Trails in the park come very close to it.

4 Hooded Mergansers included a male.
A Great Egret was at the west edge.
The 9th hole pond continues to have a variety.
The past two days have had
1 hen Pintail
1 Male Bufflehead
4 Ring-necked Ducks
4 Am. Wigeon
7 Black-crowned Night-herons
2 Green-winged Teal
60+ Northern Shovelers
30 Ruddy Ducks

Noted two Gilded Flickers yesterday.
Watched a Curved-bill Thrasher eating barrel cactus fruit.

John R Williams


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Date: 11/21/17 4:52 pm
From: Brian walsh <mrbrianwalsh2...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park Tucson
Hello

I did not see the Crossbills or the Williamsons Sapsucker.

Did see a Sage Thrasher on the grass in the NW corner.

Brian Walsh
Tucson

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Date: 11/21/17 4:01 pm
From: Gary Rosenberg <ghrosenberg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird continues
Hi All,

Deb Finch and I (and about 6 other birders) saw the Couch’s Kingbird today between 10:00 and 11:00 am. It was moving around quite a bit, but was watched for about 20 minutes along the south entrance road south of the tennis courts. I have posted a short video on the Arizona Birding Facebook Page - which has the bird giving a diagnostic vocalization - not that there was any doubt!

Gary

Gary H. Rosenberg
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 11/21/17 1:19 pm
From: Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Sprague's Pipits, and more on Ash Flat, Graham Co.
Highlights from the last couple of days on Ash Flat in Graham County.
Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl, four Sprague's Pipits, flocks of
Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspurs (probably a Lapland in there
somewhere), a few Grasshopper Sparrows, one tantalizing and very difficult
to get looks at Ammodramus (Baird's candidate), and good records for
Burrowing Owl and Clark's Nutcracker. Incredible habitat and great birds!

photos and more here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arizonabirding/

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Date: 11/21/17 6:16 am
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Correction: Stanfield sod farm
11/21/17

In my post last night I mistakenly stated that Keith K, and I had seen a Semipalmated Sandpiper at the sod farm at Russell Rd./Barnes Rd. It was a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, which is accidental for southeastern AZ in November. Photos will appear on eBird soon. Nearby, at dairy farm sludge ponds, we observed 2 SNOW GEESE.

Doug Jenness


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Date: 11/20/17 9:59 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Canyon Creek (Navajo Co.)
Today (11/20/17) I found a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH just downstream from the crossing of Canyon Creek at Forest Rd. 358 northeast of Young in southwestern Navajo County, apparently a first county record. This is on the White Mountain Apache Tribe lands (permits required). My dad and I also watched an adult GOLDEN EAGLE preening in a snag and then soaring around, plus several CASSIN'S FINCHES. The road is rocky and rough in places, so high clearance and AWD or 4WD is needed. This is accessed off of the Young Rd. on Forest Rd. 358, which presumably becomes a differently numbered Indian Route, but we did not see a route sign at the USFS-WMAT boundary. This is an area that has probably never been birded and these tribal lands were not surveyed during the Breeding Bird Atlas surveys in the 1990s. Also of interest were some Chihuahuan pines scattered throughout, which have a disjunct, scattered population along the Mogollon Rim and southwest flank of the White Mountains. Here is the link to my eBird list if you want to see the mapped location: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40628311 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40628311>

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ
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Date: 11/20/17 8:53 pm
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Stanfield area sod farms
11/20/17


Last Monday, I reported seeing 5 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS at a branch of Evergreen Turf sod farm in the Stanfield area in Pinal Co. Today, Keith Kamper and I saw 44 Mountain Plovers, a very late SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and many American Pipits, Horned Larks, and Killdeer at this location. The sod farm is located along Barnes Rd. east of Russell Rd. As far as I know this is a new location for Mountain Plovers.


Doug Jenness

Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/20/17 6:15 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 11/20/2017
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
November 20, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for November 20, 2017 sponsored by
the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for
private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch
country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a
checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty
species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the
NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more
complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at
http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New
Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at
http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All
individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This
includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially
new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of
conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or
out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy
Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred)
to <sunbittern...> Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes,
North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen
on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird
account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL
letters):
Surf Scoter (Cibola)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (Cibola)
BLACK SCOTER (Cibola)
Anna’s Hummingbird (Bernalillo, Grant)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
Iceland Gull (Colfax)
Pacific Loon (Colfax)
White-tailed Kite (Dona Ana)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Eddy)
Rough-legged Hawk (Socorro)
GREAT KISKADEE (Sierra)
Northern Shrike (Socorro)
PACIFIC WREN (Los Alamos)
Carolina Wren (Dona Ana, Socorro)
RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN (Hidalgo)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Socorro)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Sandoval)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero)

BERNALILLO County:
--Witt photographed an ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD in his Albuquerque yard November
19. Contact him for more information <cwitt...>

CIBOLA County:
--Rustay and Shoop reported four SURF and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at
Bluewater Lake November 19. Egelhoff and Hetrick found a BLACK SCOTER with
the other scoters later that day.

COLFAX County:
--Baumann and Pederson reported a PACIFIC LOON and an ICELAND GULL at
Stubblefield Lake November 10.

DONA ANA County:
--Chaon reported two WHITE-TAILED KITES at the NuttHatch Playa November 19.

--Castetter has a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD visiting his Las Cruces yard on
a regular basis. Contact him for further information <rcastett...>

--Egelhoff reported a CAROLINA WREN at Leasburg Dam SP November 14.

EDDY County:
--Nieman reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Washington Ranch November 5. It
was seen at adjacent Rattlesnake Springs November 19.

GRANT County:
--Dolton reported an ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD at his Silver City home October 18.
It continued to November 12. Contact him for more information
<tchernabyelo...>

HIDALGO County:
--Rustay, Hertick, and Egalhoff reported a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN in the New
Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon October 21. It was found near the old
cistern and orchard.

--Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon
May 13. Up to seven were present in the canyon October 21 for Rustay,
Hetrick, and Egelhoff.

LOS ALAMOS County:
--a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons
in Los Alamos November 10. Two have been reported at Upper Water Canyon to
November 20.

OTERO County:
--Hawksworth reported a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in
Alamogordo November 9. It was seen at the northern end of the park near a
tan metal foot bridge.

SANDOVAL County:
--Lerwill photographed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in a flooded field in Corrales
near Corrales Rd and W Alary Ln November 4.

SIERRA County:
--Oldenettel reported hearing the GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam Recreation
Area September 4. It heard south of the playground and continued to
November 13.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--NOTE: There is a $5 entrance fee to bird at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes.

SOCORRO County:
--an adult GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19.

--Retter and Gordon reported a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Bosque del Apache NWR
November 16. It has been reported at various areas around the refuge to
November 18.

--Andersen and company photographed a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Bernardo WMA
November 12.

--CAROLINA WRENS are currently at various locations at Bosque del Apache
NWR; recent reports have come from the Unit 17B Moist Soil Management area
and the Willow Deck.

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Date: 11/20/17 6:04 pm
From: Merlin <merlin32757...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Nov 18, 2017
Hi All

This is a report for the Tucson Audubon Society field trip to the Arivaca
Cienega. Highlights were the very cooperative Merlin and Green Tailed
Towhee.Six people made the walk around the Cienega in very nice weather. We
had a total of 33 species but the Towhees very the show birds for the day.
The Green tailed perched up for us and gave us all good looks for a couple
of minutes. Even a spotted towhee showed up out of the tangle of sunflowers
for a good look, maybe on his way to higher territory. The Merlin (my
personal totem bird) perched and allowed us a nice scope view.

So come and join us every Saturday at 8 am until the end of April for the
Walks.

Thanks
Rob Rutledge (Merlin)
Green Valley, AZ


Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Pima, Arizona, US
Nov 18, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Mourning Dove 30
Gila Woodpecker 6
Red-naped Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 6
American Kestrel 2
Merlin 1
Gray Flycatcher 3
Cassin's Kingbird 2
Loggerhead Shrike 3
Common Raven 6
Verdin 1
Bushtit 1
Bewick's Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Rufous-winged Sparrow 6
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 30
Vesper Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Canyon Towhee 20
Abert's Towhee 2
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Pyrrhuloxia 2
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 8
Red-winged Blackbird 2
House Finch 35
Lesser Goldfinch 42

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S40573532

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



--
Thanks
Rob Rutledge
Green Valley, AZ

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Date: 11/20/17 3:21 pm
From: Richard Castetter <rcastett...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SC NM Continuing Broad-billed Hummingbird in Las Cruces
The subject bird continues to come to a residential feeder in the North Valley region.  It comes in for a brief visit every one or two hours.  The last two nights have been freezes with icicles at the water drip so I am glad to see him today.  Interested parties can contact me privately.
More PINE SISKINS than I ever had before.  One female RED CROSSBILL visited the water drip briefly last week.
Rick Castetter
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Date: 11/20/17 2:14 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
This morning Judy Visty and I saw the continuing Fox Sparrow near post 11. Along with other locals, we saw the continuing Green Kingfisher female along the River about 200 yards north of the Bridge. The Kingfisher sighting was around 10 and we saw the Fox Sparrow around 11.

John Broz
Sierra Vista


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Date: 11/20/17 12:13 pm
From: Merlin <merlin32757...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird
We refound the Couch's Kingbird just east of the Tennis courts in the first
row of Walnut trees at 1pm

Rob Rutledge
Green Valley

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Date: 11/20/17 11:17 am
From: James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Maricopa Co. continuing warblers at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
N. Parula and Chestnut-sided seen in cottonwood above the three benches along the 1/7 trail.

Happy birding!
Jim Taylor

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Date: 11/20/17 10:53 am
From: Carl Englander <carl...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson - Couch's Kingbird continues at Fort Lowell Park
I saw the bright yellow Couch's Kingbird this morning at about 10:45 am at
Fort Lowell Park in Tucson (located near Craycroft and Fort Lowell Road)
after numerous birders told me they had not yet seen it. I initially
spotted it at the top of a huge Eucalyptus tree southwest of the pool (not
pond). It then flew and fed from atop trees at the western edge of the main
parking lot. When I left at about 11 am, there were many birders watching
it.

I did not see any other Kingbirds while I was there, but did see American
Kestral, Red-tailed Hawk, Say's Phoebe, Black Phoebe, American Wigeon,
White-crowned Sparrow, and many other usual suspects.

I initially checked around the pond and in the Park's east side trees but
was unsuccessful. Further walking put me on the bird in the location
described above.

Good birding.

Carl Englander
Tucson, AZ



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Date: 11/20/17 10:32 am
From: David Pearson <dpearson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ, Maricopa Co., Mesa Lewis Woodpecker
At 11 am today (20 Nov.) an adult LEWIS WOODPECKER flew across the street and landed high on a telephone pole on the west side of S. Roosevelt south of W. Broadway (just south of the post office on the s.w. corner of Broadway and Roosevelt in western Mesa).


David L Pearson
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ 85287-4501


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Date: 11/20/17 10:06 am
From: <josmithgv...> <josmithgv...> <josmithgv...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sahuarita Lewis's Woodpecker--YES
First of all, there was an error in the previous post. The location is NORTH of Sahuarita Rd. Just east of the pecan plant, turn North on Santa Rita Rd and go about one mile and you will see the church on the left. At 9:45 am (11/20), I saw the Lewis's Woodpecker on top of a power pole on the NE corner of the field. I watched the bird quietly pecking away on top of the pole for several minutes when it flew SW and landed in a tree by the church. I was unable to relocate the bird after that. I also saw a Merlin on a power line in the area.


Good birding,

Robert Smith

Green Valley

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Date: 11/19/17 9:26 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Sahuarita - Lewis's Woodpecker + more
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Adding to what is shaping up to be a good year for Lewis's Woodpeckers,
Larry Schmahl sent a photo of one along with this description:

On Sunday afternoon, 19 November 2017, there was a Lewis's Woodpecker along
Santa Rita Rd south of Sahuarita Rd in Sahuarita. The area is a large field
surrounded by Pecan groves. Within the field is St. Martin de Porres
Catholic Church. The bird spent most of the time on power poles at the SE
corner of the field. This area is also a night roost for over 100
White-winged Doves


I also got a report of a Painted Bunting in Tucson (Grant & Columbus area)
but have not been able to reach the observer for details and to see if
visitors are ok (Brian - if you read this, email me)

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 11/19/17 8:23 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Couch's Kingbird continues - Midtown Tucson
We went to Fort Lowell Park this afternoon to get out and enjoy more of
the lovely day. On the east access road into the park, we saw the Couch's
Kingbird sitting in the top of the tall mesquites (on the right side of the
road, adjacent to the townhouses). It was stunningly yellow in the late
afternoon sun. I believe Molly Pollock reported it in those mesquites
earlier last week.

Also on our way into the park, I saw a 'suspect' falcon fly overhead,
roughly after some mourning doves; it just didn't look right for a kestrel,
but birding from a bicycle does have certain disadvantages... Later, I
spotted and photographed a Merlin sitting in the tall eucalyptus on the
southwest side of the north baseball field. First one we've seen in the
park this season.

Happy birding!

Rosie and Jim Watts
Tucson

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Date: 11/19/17 5:53 pm
From: Mark Krenitsky <mkrenitsky...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP - 19 November 2017
A dozen birders came out for the Sierra Vista EOP walk despite the chilly
morning temperatures...the birds warmed up with the birders as the day went
along!

Our final species total was 53 species, with 9 species of ducks.

The most productive part of the trip was the Moson Rd. walk...only one pond
had water, and that's where we found the bulk of the day's waterfowl. There
were 15 Pintails, 50 American Wigeon, and about 20 Gadwall...we got a good
look at them before they were flushed by a Red-tailed Hawk.

This led to the highlight of the trip - a Peregrine Falcon attempted to
take a duck, and then circled and attacked the Red-tailed Hawk! The
Peregrine continuously dove and harassed the Red-tail, driving it off for a
good two minutes. The Red-tail finally fled the scene, and order was
restored.


Other highlights included:

The continuing Great Egret was a nice find.

Some of the group got to see a Virginia Rail along the dike edge, but it
fled into the rushes before we could all get a look.

2 Least Sandpipers were still present. They and a lone Killdeer were the
only shorebirds.

Harriers were numerous...we saw at least 5 different individuals.

We heard a number of Marsh Wrens, and at least two were seen by some of the
group.

We found two separate flocks of American Pipits, and got good looks at
both.

And last, but certainly not least, approximately 250 Yellow-headed
Blackbirds.


Mark Krenitsky
Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 11/19/17 4:53 pm
From: Ralph Poulsen <ktm690dog...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Ft Lowell Park Kingbirds Couch's, Cassin's & Tropical??
At 4:00 today I had 3 different Kingbirds in the Mesquite trees by the
small cement pond. The Cassin's and Tropical? were in the same tree at the
same time. I could really see the difference and thought it might be the
Couch's. They flew off then the Couch's flew into the same tree. The
Couch's was noticably brighter and had a larger bill than either the
Cassin's and Tropical? . Can anyone confirm seeing a Tropical in the past
few days in this area.

Also saw a single Dark Eyed Junco in the same area.

Ralph Poulsen, Vail, AZ

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Date: 11/19/17 2:20 pm
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Greater Scaup continues at Kennedy Park, Tucson
Hi Birders,

The female-plumaged Greater Scaup was seen this morning with a Lesser Scaup
at Kennedy Park, 19Nov2017.

Dave Beaudette
Tucson

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Date: 11/19/17 11:50 am
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Midtown Tucson - Red Crossbills near Fort Lowell Park
While sitting outside for some tea, we had (2 male and 1 female) Red
Crossbills land in our tall old mesquite. They sat and moved around for
about 5 minutes. They disappeared shortly after, but oddly, didn't move
over to our large old Aleppo pine, which has a decent cone crop.

I got one decent photo of the male and female together; and a couple photos
of the female from underneath (pretty much straight overhead). If anyone
would like them for any "study" purpose, please contact me off-list and
I'll be happy to share them.

I heard one tiny little "call-ish" that first alerted me to look up. One
syllable, and although we've been listening to their calls and songs, I
couldn't in any way categorize the note as anything identifiable (other
than it sounded "different" than our regular customers). ;-) Sorry no ID
help there.

Hopefully, they'll return to check out the cones sometime in the future.

Happy Birding!

Jim and Rosie Watts
Tucson

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Date: 11/19/17 11:24 am
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson continuing Baltimore Oriole
Hello birders,

This morning at Christopher Columbus Park, Mark spotted the male BALTIMORE ORIOLE feeding in a willow tree, at the northeast edge of the lake. This park is northwest across the Santa Cruz River from Sweetwater Wetlands, where this bird has been spotted most this year.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ


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Date: 11/19/17 11:21 am
From: Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Birding - White-throated Sparrow, RB Robin and Northern Parula
Mike Bearce and I checked out a couple of spots along the Santa Cruz River
this morning. Continuing a recent pattern, we went long stretches with no
birds seen, and when we did find some, they tended to be in large groups.

At Guy Tobin Trailhead in Rio Rico, a White-throated Sparrow popped up
among a group of White-crowned, Lincoln, and Song Sparrows about 0.3 mile
south along the trail.

The Rufous-backed Robins continue across from #12 Santa Gertrudis Lane,
joined today by an American Robin and two Northern Mockingbirds. South
along the deAnza Trail, where the trail gets close to the river, we found a
nice mixed flock that included the continuing Northern Parula and a second
warbler that we unable to see well enough to identify, however what we did
see was consistent with a Tennessee Warbler.

Photos and complete lists to be added to Ebird later today.

Bill Lisowsky
Tubac, AZ

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Date: 11/19/17 11:18 am
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
I saw her this morning back on the south side of the bridge at 10:15. She was about 75 yards from the bridge where the main path goes right by the River.. A Louisiana Waterthrush sighting was reported to me on the southside as well.

The Every Winter Wednesday Bird Walk will be this coming Wednesday, November 22nd, at 8. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista



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Date: 11/19/17 10:20 am
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WNM: Scoters Bluewater Lake
Christopher Rustay reports two White-winged and three Surf Scoters at Bluewater Lake this morning 11/19.

Good Birding,
Matt Baumann
Albuquerque, NM

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Date: 11/19/17 9:32 am
From: tad lamb <tadlamb...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Couch's Kingbird continues
Hello all,


After about two hours running laps through Ft. Lowell Park I finally found the Couch's l Kingbird next to the pond at @ 9:30. No one had reported seeing it before then. It then flew over by the hospital until it was disturbed by a female American Kestrel and then flew back towards the pond. It vocalized three times. A number of birders continued to chase it.


Also of note, A Lewis's Woodpecker flew through and landed high in the dead branches one of the eucalyptus trees near the southern entrance to the park. It then flew south.


Bird well,


Tad

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Date: 11/19/17 8:51 am
From: Johnson Brian <spindlebrook...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Couch’s Kingbird - YES, 11/19/17
Seen at 9:30 at hospital ruins.  Thanks to Ryan O’ Donnell for the heads up!
Brian Johnson


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Date: 11/19/17 6:49 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: SEAZ: Tucson - Tundra Swans


-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul Suchanek <suchanek_paul...>
> Date: November 19, 2017 at 7:27:17 AM MST
> To: "<rarebirdalert...>"
> Subject: SEAZ: Tucson - Tundra Swans
>
> I just had 5 Tundra Swans fly by heading east up Tanque Verde Wash as I was standing in Monument Wash (east of Wentworth Rd). Probably not chasable but just a heads up - they were fairly low and heading into the wind.
> Paul Suchanek
> Tucson
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/18/17 6:38 pm
From: Darlene <dsmyth3...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Patagonia
Nigel Crook and I birded a few areas in Patagonia today. The Paton Center for Hummingbirds was busy with the expected birds. Nigel spotted the continuing Red-breasted Sapsucker in its seemingly favorite ash trees after sorting through many Red-naped Sapsuckers. At the Patagonia-Sonoita Nature Conservancy, Nigel identified a Swainson’s Thrush along the Creek Trail. The 20 plus Western Bluebirds close to the entrance patio were a treat as was the flock of Cedar Waxwings in the town’s center park.

Happy Birding,
Darlene
<dsmyth3...>




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Date: 11/18/17 6:23 pm
From: trose <trose...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Tucson More Red Crossbills South Lawn Cemetery
November 18, 2017
Tucson - South Lawn Cemetery (Park Ave. S of Irvington Rd.)
RED CROSSBILLS, RED-BREASTED NUTCHATCH

[side note to begin with - darnit, I forgot to keep the info about the
person that wanted Red Crossbill recordings - I have a camera movie
clip, not the greatest, but it shows two male birds in a vocal face-off
that ended in a tussle. Not sure how useful it would be for
identification since the vocalizations are not flight calls per se, with
the aggressor(?) calling a clear kyerp-kyerp-kyerp and the
subordinate(?) a constant answering barrage of squeaky twit-twit-twit
notes, but I'd like to get the movie to the person anyway. If someone
could please forward me the contact info, I would be grateful.]

Anyway, this morning I decided to try one of John Higgin's haunts and
headed to the South Lawn Cemetery in south Tucson, specifically to see
if I could find any RED CROSSBILLS, since the location has lots of *big*
pine trees, and it just seemed like a great place to check.

Yep! Found some! Wasn't having much luck (although plenty of other birds
to see) until 10:30am when a small flock arrived from the north, from
outside the cemetery, briefly calling "kip kip kip" as they flew, which
clued me in. Small flock, at least eight (might have been nine or ten -
they came in behind me at first, so I only got a brief look at them in
flight initially, before they entered a tree).

Spent a fun time watching these guys work several big trees while I was
there. Other than two very brief sets of flight calls as they switched
trees, and a few very quiet contact twitters and kips, they were pretty
darned silent, with only the teeny tiny crackling sounds of pine seeds
shucking to give them away. As others have mentioned, these guys are
surprisingly hard to spot up in the trees, even when you know they're
there! Got some reasonably good photos anyway (which I will include in
an eBird list tomorrow).

Also garnered a nice "field clue" to help locate birds - whenever they
were high in a tree, even when I couldn't spot any, a steady little
"rain" of papery tan pine seed husks would waft down on the light
breeze, like tiny golden moths fluttering in the sunlight. At one point,
while watching something else, I accidentally ended up directly under a
tree with the Crossbills in it, which resulted in a fair bit of debris
(seed husks and pine needles) falling through the sunroof of my car. Ergh.

Also seen and heard: a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (got one poor photo).
Scanned through scads of House Finches and White-crowned Sparrows to see
if there was anything else hanging around with them. Only thing I got
was a PINE SISKIN calling (certain), which I hoped to get a photo of,
but no luck on actually seeing it well - only got one brief look of its
silhouette as it finally flew away, calling. Also, unseen, either a
Plumbeous or Cassin's Vireo calling for a half a minute. Couldn't
relocate it after that to peg it down.

Tonya Holland
Three Points AZ

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Date: 11/18/17 5:30 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park, NW Tucson, Hooded Mergansers, Neotropic Cormorants, etc
Viewed two of three waterholes and found:
2 Neotropic Cormorants
3 Hooded Mergansers in the 7th hole pond
4 American Wigeon
around 70-80 Northern Shovelers
30 Ruddy Ducks
4 Mallards
1 hen Northern Pintail
around 60 American Coots which is four to six times fewer than past years.
4 Pied-billed Grebes
10 Black-crowned Night-herons is a high for the fall, all at the 9th hole pond. The water level has dropped about a foot recently. Perhaps the reduced wet area of the reed beds moved them into the open.

One of the cormorants circled overhead presenting its underside to the low sun, which appeared golden.
Land bird diversity is not very high in the late afternoon, but 3 Gila Woodpeckers on the same utility pole was interesting to me.

John R Williams


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Date: 11/18/17 1:16 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] A Little Florida Canyon Birding
Hi Birders: Made a quick jaunt up to Florida Canyon this morning. I walked a short distance past the metal gate on the trail, and from the parking lot back down the road to the concrete stream crossing.

Highlights were a Black capped Gnatcatcher near that concrete slab that crosses the stream, and in an adjacent tree was a foraging Black- throated Gray Warbler. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley.

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Date: 11/18/17 12:25 pm
From: Alan Schmierer <aaschmierer...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Patagonia Lake: ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, AZ WOODPECKER, BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER.
Immature male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK along creek about 100+ yards up-creek from lake. It had a few rose spots scattered on breast. Two BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were about 100 past stairs at noon-ish. AZ WOODPECKER was out of habitat in the willows along the dry lake cove about opposite "third wash" (100 feet into the first meadow area along the trail. Apparently it was seen yesterday a bit more east where the lake shore curves north. Alan Schmierer
PO Box 626
Patagonia, AZ  85624
805-801-3701 (cell)
PHOTOS AT:
 www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan

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Date: 11/18/17 8:58 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Iceland Gull
Field Ornithologists,

David Vander Pluym contributed photos of Iceland Gull. Thanks David!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos. It
makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more
quickly.

The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Photo Documentation"

The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Sounds Library"

Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo
contributions from all photographers throughout the state.

Use our online form to submit photos:

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html

AZFO also welcomes contributions to its Sounds Library of bird
vocalizations recorded in Arizona and nearby areas. See more
information here:

http://www.azfo.org/SoundLibrary/sounds_contribute.html

If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and
supporting our other activities. Details on the web site.

We strive for accuracy. Please email any corrections to postings to
the photo editors.

Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym

AZFO Photo Editors

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Date: 11/17/17 9:09 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 17 November 2017
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 17, 2017; the next update will be made on
November 24. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including information
on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*)
preceding a species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details
are warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted
at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
#White-winged Scoter
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
*SINALOA WREN
#Winter Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Tennessee Warbler
*YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
#Palm Warbler
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Golden-crowned Sparrow
#Orchard Oriole
#Baltimore Oriole

Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical
in separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/

TUCSON area
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD was photographed on 11/11 (Melissa Williams) at Fort
Lowell Park and continued through 11/17 (m.ob.). It prefers the area around
the pond early in the morning but then wanders to the pecan grove to the
east and across the wash later in the day before returning to the pond in
the late afternoon. There are two previously accepted state records.
A #WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed at Kennedy Lake on 11/11 (Janine
McCabe) A #GREATER SCAUP continued on 11/12 (Ed Dunn); two were reported on
11/15 (Laurens Halsey) and continued through 11/16 (John Higgins).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed in a yard in north Tucson on 11/11
(Michael Rossetti).
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN and a #GRAY CATBIRD were reported from a
neighborhood in northeast Tucson on 11/17 (Keith Kamper).
At Sweetwater Wetlands, the #BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued on 11/15 (Stephen
Krohn).
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Jesse Owens Park southeast of
Broadway and Pantano (map: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L639986). A
Williamson's Sapsucker and crossbills were present as well.
An #ORCHARD ORIOLE was photographed in the Tanque Verde Wash at Wentworth
Rd. on 11/14 (Paul Suchanek).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, two *SINALOA WRENS were reported about 1.5 miles up the
canyon on 11/10 (Stuart Healy). The wrens were in one the brush piles on
the east side of the canyon; a road comes in from the west side of the
canyon here. This is about 0.2 mile short of the campground; approximate
map: https://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=6675
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
this week (m.ob.) in the upper canyon about 0.7 miles up the trail from the
end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the trail enters the grove of trees.
At the San Pedro House, a #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the San Pedro
River north of the bridge on 11/17 (John Broz). Two #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSHES were reported on 11/15 (John Broz) – one was about 200 yards
south of the bridge between posts #7 and #8 and one was an equal distance
north of the bridge. The one south of the bridge was photographed on 11/17
(Peggy Rudman).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 11/17 (Richard Fray) in the West Fork past the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
62A.
A #GREATER SCAUP was photographed at the Green Valley WWTP on 11/12 and
11/16 (Ed Dunn).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 11/2 (Laurens Halsey) near the culvert,
upstream of the concrete stream crossing.

PATAGONIA
A *YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was photographed in Patagonia Town Park on 11/15
(Guy David); one has wintered in town the last two years.
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #WINTER WREN and
a #TENNESSEE WARBLER were reported on 11/14 (Caleb Strand, Dara Vazquez) at
the east end along the Birding Trail. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued
this week.
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd on 11/15 (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. A pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was photographed along Blue
Haven Rd at Temporal Gulch on 11/11 (Alan Schmierer) and two pairs were
reported 0.5 miles past the Patons' on 11/17 (Alan Schmierer).
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
A #PALM WARBLER was reported on Harshaw Creek Rd a short distance from town
on 11/11 (Brian Wulker).

BENSON area
A #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at the Benson STP on 11/16 (Morton Massey).

DOUGLAS area
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 11/15 (Richard Webster) at North Pond
on San Bernardino NWR; #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was along Black Draw and a
#WINTER WREN was at Mesquite Pond. Another male #GREEN KINGFISHER was seen
later at House Pond at Slaughter Ranch, where it was joined by a continuing
#EASTERN PHOEBE.

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported from the De Anza Trail at Clark Crossing
Rd on 11/9 (Ron Batie) and photographed on 11/11 (Dick Bierman).
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on
11/17 (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported again on 11/12 (Bob & Bettina
Arrigoni); one was along the Vista Point trail in Portal on 11/6 (Lori
Conrad).
A #GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was photographed near the Pinery Canyon
Campground on 11/13 (Brian Wulker).

LAS CIENEGAS NCA
A #TENNESSEE WARBLER was photographed in Empire Gulch on 11/11 (Brian
Nicholas, Paul Suchanek).

AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).


ANNOUNCEMENTS
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-
birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to
long-term construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching"
link on this page for important information regarding access:
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/

EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb

RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead.

BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. The Visitor
Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an
active military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on
Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone
while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements
(subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a background
check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle
at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as
well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved military escort;
contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's
Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html for details.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.

BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside).

GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.

ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 11/17/17 8:19 pm
From: Tommy DeBardeleben <debardelebentommy...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Gila County-Gisela area (17 November 2017)
Hi Everyone,

Gila County birding continues to be fun for me this year. Today on
November 17th, I ventured to the town of Gisela, which has a very
under-birded surrounding area. The main draw of Gisela is a stretch of
Tonto Creek the runs north to south and parallels the east side of town.

Gisela is reached off of Highway 87, not far north of Highway 87's junction
with Highway 188. I take Gisela road for about 4 miles to Tonto Creek
Drive, and then Tonto Creek Drive (north part of this road is labeled Tonto
Creek Shores on Google Maps) south until the road continues south and gets
rough south of the Gisela neighborhoods. At this point, I walk south and
then east to access the riparian habitat at Tonto Creek. The creek is deep
in sections and I had to walk through water several times to get where I
wanted to go. Habitat in the area is impressive, with stands of
cottonwoods and willows lining the creek, mesquite and desert scrub
habitat, dense thickets of hackberry, tall reeds along the creek in places,
and juniper covered hillsides. A variety of birds can be found. The
neighborhoods of Gisela also have impressive habitat throughout, and a
community who has been friendly to me during my visits so far and welcoming
of my birding.

The day started off on the fun side. After getting out of my truck, I
walked a short distance north of the area I access the creek, and was in
the neighborhood. I heard an interesting Phoebe call note, and it turned
out to be an EASTERN PHOEBE. It was being chased by a Black Phoebe.
Throughout the day I saw this Eastern Phoebe a few times, and it was
adjacent to Buckboard Trail on both sides of Tonto Creek Drive. Minutes
after I first saw the Eastern Phoebe, I walked shortly north where I heard
an interesting warbler call up in a tall cottonwood north of Buckboard and
on the east side of Tonto Creek Drive. It turned out to be a first winter
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. The cottonwood was behind and just south of a
house that sells eggs. After the good start, I wondered what else was in
Gisela, and I really took my time birding.

Working my route along the creek and it's adjacent habitats along the
hillsides and banks, I had a a variety of other birds that included BALD
EAGLE, 3 COMMON GALLINULE, BELTED KINGFISHER, a possible late Broad-tailed
Hummingbird, 7 RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, abundant NORTHERN FLICKER, a three
PHOEBE day, WOODHOUSE'S SCRUB-JAY, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, BRIDLED and JUNIPER
TITMOUSE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, abundant WESTERN BLUEBIRD, 3 TOWNSEND'S
SOLITAIRE, 4 CRISSAL THRASHER, 3 EVENING GROSBEAK, CASSIN'S FINCH, PINE
SISKIN, and plenty more. Full eBird list at link here, with rarity
pictures:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40563626


After the exploration Tonto Creek, I walked through the neighborhoods and
community of Gisela. People are friendly here, and one man really welcomed
me and encouraged me to bird. There are many different plantings in the
yards here, as well plenty of native habitats. It's pretty easy to bird
here without giving impressions of peering into yards. The only downfall
are the many barking dogs present. Several roads in town easily take one
east to Tonto Creek further north of where I spent the majority of my time
birding.

Finally, when I first got to Gisela, I made a quick stop at a farm field by
taking Gisela Road all the way north. At this point, the road enters
private land and is adjacent to private property, including the field. The
field can be looked at or scoped out from the road, and it was cool to see
a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD.

This place is one that is epic, trust me. A must visit. It's also one of
the best places I've seen for Dragonflies and Damselflies in season, too!

Good Birding,

Tommy DeBardeleben (Glendale, Arizona)

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Date: 11/17/17 8:04 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Midtown Tucson - Cassin's finches, meadowlarks
Hi Birders,

We've been watching for possible crossbills at our house (since
they've been seen at Fort Lowell Park). NO LUCK with those, but, this
morning around 10:30, Jim had a brief visit from one male and two female
Cassin's Finches at our pond. First for us in 4 years at this location.

Later Jim checked the East Lawn Palms Cemetery to look around for
crossbills in the many pines there. Again no luck, but he did spot 6
Meadowlarks in the northeast section of the cemetery.

Keeping our eyes peeled!

Rosie and Jim Watts
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 11/17/17 4:48 pm
From: Christopher Vincent <cj...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ/3 miles east of Catalina
I have been doing a stationary bird count, “Hour @ The Bird Shower”. Today’s highlights were Inca Doves and a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, twenty-seven species in total, photos embedded in ebird report. A Cooper’s Hawk arrived at 9:01 AM and pretty much ended the party.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40553364

Christopher Vincent
<cj...>
520.907.8735
WOW Arizona - Web
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Date: 11/17/17 4:00 pm
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Havasu Iceland Gull, Purple Finch
This afternoon 17 Nov 2017, David Vander Pluym and I had a juvenile ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City. It was mostly on and around the spit below the lighthouse at the southern end of the park eating a dead fish, but also joined the Ring-billed Gulls at the chum line for bread.

Also at the park was a PURPLE FINCH, possibly continuing. It was feeding on lantana buds in the pollinator garden near the main entrance.

Good birding,
Lauren Harter
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 11/17/17 3:10 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Course Today
Hi birders: This morning John Hirth and I ventured down to the Rio Rico Golf Course for a look around. First time there for both of us, and we were impressed by the birds present, and the birding possibilities. Thanks to the owners for making this site available to us. My understanding is that on Monday mornings the whole course is open to birders, and, for now, at least, while they are refurbishing the back 9, that section of the course is always open to birders. As many know, the owners have created a birding path that allows you to see out onto the course without tromping on newly seeded greens, etc.

From talking to a couple of birders on the way out, we realized that we didn't see everything that is being reported, but the birds we did see were fun.

As far as the frequently reported Red Crossbills are concerned, we found a number of them in a pine by the 15th tee area, which, in turn, is pretty close to the pond by the clubhouse. Interestingly we didn't see them along the 17th fairway pines, which is where they are often reported; but then birds have wings, don't they?

Red shafted Flickers seemed to be everywhere. Didn't spend a lot of time looking through the ducks in the ponds, but they seemed to be mostly American Wigeons, Gadwalls, and Coots.

By the pond near the 17th fairway there was a juvenile Black crowned Night Heron sitting in a tree. Vermillion Flycatchers, Say's Phoebe and an Eastern Phoebe were " hawking " nearby. Other birds noted included, amongst others, Great Blue Heron, Ruby crowned Kinglet, Black throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, House Finch, Bewick's Wren, Gila Woodpecker, American Kestrel and 4 or 5 Curve billed Thrashers nabbing grasshoppers in the parking lot. A number of Black Vultures were perched at the top of a high dividing fence waiting for the thermals to kick in. Looking forward to more birding opportunities there. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley.

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Date: 11/17/17 2:31 pm
From: Alan Schmierer <aaschmierer...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Three pairs of Black-capped Gnatcatchers along Blue Haven Rd, Patagonia?
This morning I clearly heard 2 BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS along Blue Haven Road exactly 0.5 miles past Paton's driveway. A few days ago I saw and photographed a pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER 2.0 miles past paton's, where the rock on the right (north) side comes down to the road. In addition I have heard of a third-hand report from a reliable source that there have been a pair farther down the road near Salero Road.
Amazing how the numbers have mushroomed over the past few decades. Most that I am aware of are in similar habitat: brushy/mesquite slopes as they transition to flat land near water. Alan Schmierer
PO Box 626
Patagonia, AZ  85624
805-801-3701 (cell)
PHOTOS AT:
 www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan

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Date: 11/17/17 1:55 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Green Kingfisher Continues
I saw the continuing female Green Kingfisher at about 11 this morning about 150 yards north of the highway bridge.

John Broz
Sierra Vista


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Date: 11/17/17 11:26 am
From: greentailedtowhee . <skua33...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Se az: Tucson kennedy park lake gull
The gull was still there at noon today.

Thanks John!

Janine

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:56 AM, JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> wrote:

> Bonaparte gull at Kennedy park lake at 8:45 am Friday. John Higgins,
> Tucson
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Date: 11/17/17 9:23 am
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson SAT 11/18 - Bike Race Traffic Advisory
Hello Birders,
The 106 mile Tour de Tucson bike race runs Saturday, 11/18 in Tucson.  Maps and race-times can be found on-line.
Of note - the 54 mile version of the race starts at 10 am, from Camp Lowell and Swan, which is 1 mile west of Ft. Lowell Park where the Couch's Kingbird is being seen.  
Since this race encircles all of Tucson, you might want to check out a map before heading out to bird in Tucson on this Saturday.
Good birding,

Molly PollockTucson, AZ
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Date: 11/17/17 7:56 am
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Se az: Tucson kennedy park lake gull
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Date: 11/17/17 6:47 am
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Scottsdale, AZ Lovebirds This Morning
The flock of Rosy-faced Lovebirds at Westworld of Scottsdale is up to about
30. They hang out on the light towers around the horse show facility.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson. AZ

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Date: 11/16/17 11:47 am
From: Felipe Guerrero <fillieg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO Expedition to Piute Canyon, Navajo Co. 9-10 Dec '17
If you haven't already please consider joining us for our long-awaited
return-expedition to Piute Canyon this 9-10 December. Last year's
expedition was full of memorable moments in beautiful, remote country, with
good company, great birders, and a lot of birds! And we have a feeling this
year is going to be especially memorable! For more info check out:

http://www.azfo.org/events/custom/PiuteCanyon_Page2017.html

See you there!

Felipe Guerrero
AZFO Field Expeditions Chair

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Date: 11/16/17 10:32 am
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New Photos Iceland (Thayer's) Gull

Field Ornithologists,

Keith Kamper contributed photos of Iceland (Thayer's) Gull. Thanks Keith!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos. It makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more quickly.

The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:

http://www.azfo.org
click on "Photo Documentation"

The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:

http://www.azfo.org
click on "Sounds Library"

Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo contributions from all photographers throughout the state.

Use our online form to submit photos:

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html

AZFO also welcomes contributions to its Sounds Library of bird vocalizations recorded in Arizona and nearby areas. See more information here:

http://www.azfo.org/SoundLibrary/sounds_contribute.html

If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and supporting our other activities. Details on the web site.

We strive for accuracy. Please email any corrections to postings to the photo editors.

Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym
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Date: 11/16/17 7:52 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: SEAZ: NE Tucson-N. Parula


-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul Suchanek <suchanek_paul...>
> Date: November 16, 2017 at 8:14:06 AM MST
> To: "<rarebirdalert...>" <rarebirdalert...>
> Subject: SEAZ: NE Tucson-N. Parula
>
> About 8:00 this morning, bird in cottonwoods on north side of Tanque Verde Wash about 50 yards west of Tanque Verde Loop Road.
>
> Paul Suchanek
> Tucson
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/15/17 6:24 pm
From: DianaBlue Herron <blueheron64...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Acorn Woodpeckers at Scottsdale Ranch Park
This afternoon I spent about an hour in Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale
trying out a new camera and looking for the Red-breasted Sapsucker that
spent the last two winters there. No luck on the sapsucker, but I did find
two Acorn Woodpeckers, a first for that location. There are many live oak
trees in the park, so maybe the woodpeckers will stay there awhile.

Good birding,
Diana Herron

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Date: 11/15/17 5:37 pm
From: Richard Webster <webster.re...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: San Bernardino NWR & Slaughter Ranch: Green Kingfisher(s), Rufous-backed Robin, Winter Wren
Hi Folks:

Wednesday, 15 November, there was a male Green Kingfisher at the outflow
from North Pond on SBNWR and, 80 minutes later, a male at House Pond on
Slaughter Ranch, where several visitors have reported it to the managers,
Vickie & Fred, recently; kingfishers fly faster than I travel, but recent
circumstances suggest two. On SBNWR there was a Rufous-backed Robin in
Black Draw (the main N-S riparian drainage line) about 200m above the main
road crossing of it; it was near a fruiting hackberry. A Winter Wren was
heard and seen at Mesquite Pond, one of the NE ponds, but seemed
unsettled. The Eastern Phoebe continues at House Pond on Slaughter Ranch.
Other birds rarer locally were a White-tailed Kite hovering over Sonora, a
Golden-crowned Kinglet at Robertson Cienega (large pond along the border
west of Black Draw), and a flock of Eastern Bluebirds that departed from a
hackberry in Black Draw. Apart from many more unusual birds than normal,
it was really slow birding in terms of numbers and variety.

San Bernardino NWR (daylight hours all days, walk-in) and Slaughter Ranch
(Wed-Sun 10-3, fee) are 14-15 miles E of Douglas on Geronimo Trail (15th
Street).

Richard

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Date: 11/15/17 3:58 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, 2nd Louisiana Waterthrush
There has been local speculation that there might be two Louisiana Waterthrushes because there recently have been sighting near the highway bridge, which is about a half mile away from post number 8, where sightings also continued. While dog walking this afternoon, I spotted a Louisiana Waterthrush 200 yards south of the bridge, where sightings have previously been made. Ten minutes later when I spotted a Louisiana Waterthrush 200 yards north of the bridge, I tested the speculation by immediately heading back to the first location. It took me less than five minutes to get there and find the first Waterthrush right where I left it.

John Broz
Sierra Vista

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Date: 11/15/17 3:34 pm
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many new photos!
Field Ornithologists,

Janine McCabe contributed photos of White-winged Scoter; Brendon Grice
contributed photos of American Golden-Plover; David Vander Pluym
contributed photos of Red Phalarope, Purple Finch, and McCown’s
Longspur; Melissa Williams, Scott Olmstead, and Chris Rohrer
contributed photos of Couch’s Kingbird; Jason Wilder contributed
photos of American Tree Sparrow; Christopher J. Vincent contributed
photos of Red Fox Sparrow; Thomas Hedwall contributed photos of Rusty
Blackbird; and Roy Morris contributed photos of Bay-breasted Warbler.
Under Regional Rarities, David Vander Pluym also contributed photos of
Sprague’s Pipit from Coconino County. Thanks Janine, Brendon, David,
Melissa, Scott, Chris, Jason, Christopher, Thomas, and Roy!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos. It
makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more
quickly.

The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Photo Documentation"

The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:

http://www.azfo.org

click on "Sounds Library"

Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo
contributions from all photographers throughout the state.

Use our online form to submit photos:

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html

AZFO also welcomes contributions to its Sounds Library of bird
vocalizations recorded in Arizona and nearby areas. See more
information here:

http://www.azfo.org/SoundLibrary/sounds_contribute.html

If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and
supporting our other activities. Details on the web site.

We strive for accuracy. Please email any corrections to postings to
the photo editors.

Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym

AZFO Photo Editors

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Date: 11/15/17 1:53 pm
From: cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Mt.Ord
I birded Mt Ord this morning. Of interest were 7-10 Lewis’s Woodpeckers (adults and immatures) near the top. Also large numbers of Steller’s Jays. I estimated around 20 to 30 individuals. Lots of woodpeckers. I had at least 35 (plus) Acorn Woodpeckers, (5) Red-naped Sapsuckers, (1) Hairy Woodpecker and (5) Northern Flickers. I also had Mountain Chickadees (2 different locations) and Olive Warblers (2 different locations). Lots of Western Bluebirds , no finches.

I was at the intersection of FR1688 at 7 a.m. and it was a remarkable 57 degrees.

Complete list to follow in ebird

Charles Babbitt

Phoenix
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Date: 11/15/17 1:23 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House
The Every Winter Wednesday Bird Walk had 53 species this morning but the rarities eluded us. Best bird was a Lazuli Bunting on the north side of the highway bridge while we were looking for the Green Kingfisher.

Next bird walk is next Wednesday, November 22 at 8. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista

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Date: 11/15/17 1:21 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Bill Will Surf Scoters
Today 15 Nov I checked Parker Dam and the Bill Williams Arm of Lake Havasu. Below Parker Dam was a female/immature SURF SCOTER.


Scanning from the Bill Williams River NWR HQ I had another 3 SURF SCOTERS (2 female/immature and an immature male) in the CAP inlet. I also had 34 American Avocets. Greater Scaup numbers are starting to increase and I had 272, Barrow's Goldeneye's are back and I had 13 (mostly males), 7 Red-breasted Mergansers were around as well. Good birding.


David Vander Pluym
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 11/15/17 1:21 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
Hi Birders,

Molly Pollock and I went to look for the unusual species this AM.

Shortly after exiting the vehicle we heard the first of two Red-breasted Nuthatches.
We twice encountered a small roaming flock of Red Crossbills.

Some other birders got us on the Williamson's Sapsucker in a pine in the SE corner of the park
(not the actual corner, rather 100 feet or so N of it). It was very quiet and non-prominent.

We saw about 7 Chipping Sparrows but no Clay-colored. The sparrows moved all around.

Intriguing was another sapsucker that had more red on it than a Red-naped would. Extra red
on the head and extra red down the breast. But it appeared that black extended below the red
on the breast patch, placing it toward but short of the the red-breasted end of the spectrum between
the two.

Molly saw a Belted Kingfisher fly by the dry park, but I missed it.

At Lakeside Park, the immature Snow Goose continues and male Bufflehead was present.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ


--------------------------------------------
On Tue, 11/14/17, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
To: "AZNM" <AZNMbirds...>
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 2:22 PM

Paul Suchanek
sends an update from Jesse Owens Park:
Brian Nicholas came by and we were able
to relocate the Clay-colored Sparrow.  It was feeding in
the same area on the west side of the park inside of the
loop road, although now it was feeding in an open grassy
area with a flock of Chipping Sparrows.  It has a small
feather sticking up from its back which can be a nice flag
to locate the bird in the sparrow flock.  We didn't try
for the sapsucker but did run into a small flock of Red
Crossbills.   (While waiting for Brian, I also found there
were 2 RB Nuthatches instead of 1).
Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler
- Tucson, AZhttp://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/



On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at
11:30 AM, Andrew Core wrote:
From
the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org):







Paul Suchanek reports a Williamson's
Sapsucker and Clay-colored Sparrow from Jesse Owens Park -
southeast of Broadway and Pantano: http://ebird.org/
ebird/hotspot/L639986



---------- Forwarded message
----------
From: Paul Suchanek
<suchanek_paul...>
Date: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Subject: SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in
Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored
Sparrow

I stopped into the
park to see if any crossbills had moved in but found none. 
There was, however, a female WISA in the SE corner of park
in pines next to the fence by the covered play shelter on
the school grounds (also a RNSA here).  The CCSP was on the
west side of the park just inside the loop road.  It was
feeding near Lark Sparrows out in the open in the grass
(hiding in plain sight).  There also was a RB Nuthatch in
the park.



Paul Suchanek

Tucson
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Date: 11/15/17 10:52 am
From: Lori <lconrad6853...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Late Rufous Hummingbird
Hi all,



Just had an adult male Rufous Humingbird at our feeders! A bit late, right?



Lori & Mark Conrad

Portal, AZ


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Date: 11/15/17 9:09 am
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Couch's Kingbird continues at Fort Lowell Park
Hi Birders,

The Couch's Kingbird seen again today starting at 0700 at the pond then
flew to trees along the east entrance road where it appeared to be eating
berries.Two Cassin's Kingbirds were also seen and a single calling Red
Crossbill over the pecan grove.
15Nov2017

Dave Beaudette
Tucson

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Date: 11/15/17 8:27 am
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Rufous-backed Robin at Butcher Jones
Where water, sand, and bluff meet (i.e.SW corner of beach).
Lindsay Story

On Nov 15, 2017 9:20 AM, "Lindsay Story" <lsbirder...> wrote:

> Just (9:12a.m.) had a Rufous-backed Robin at Butcher Jones Rec Area. It
> is right in the beach corner that meets the bluff. In with assortment of
> Gilas, Cardinals, Black-throated Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch etc. Haven't
> begun cove but can see Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaups,
> Redheads, and 2 Bald Eagles.
> Butcher Jones is on Saguaro Lake NE of Mesa AZ. It is between Bush Hwy
> m.p. 33-34, and is about a mile past the lake/marina entry when driving
> toward the Beeline. You need a Tonto Pass. Buy in Mesa at most gas
> stations, Basha's, CVS etc. A National Park or Senior Pass will work too.
> Lindsay Story -Mesa AZ
>

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Date: 11/15/17 8:21 am
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Rufous-backed Robin at Butcher Jones
Just (9:12a.m.) had a Rufous-backed Robin at Butcher Jones Rec Area. It is
right in the beach corner that meets the bluff. In with assortment of
Gilas, Cardinals, Black-throated Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch etc. Haven't
begun cove but can see Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaups,
Redheads, and 2 Bald Eagles.
Butcher Jones is on Saguaro Lake NE of Mesa AZ. It is between Bush Hwy
m.p. 33-34, and is about a mile past the lake/marina entry when driving
toward the Beeline. You need a Tonto Pass. Buy in Mesa at most gas
stations, Basha's, CVS etc. A National Park or Senior Pass will work too.
Lindsay Story -Mesa AZ

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Date: 11/14/17 1:52 pm
From: Troy Corman <aplomado...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ CBC Season Planning and Free AZFO Workshop
>
> Dear AZ Christmas Bird Count Participants,
>
> As many know, it is time again to begin planning for the upcoming
> Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). The first counts are scheduled for 14 Dec., so
> only a month away. If needed, the dates and compiler contacts for the 36
> counts across the state can be found at http://www.azfo.org/CBC/2017_
> 2018.html
>
> In preparation for the CBC season, AZFO has scheduled a free, pre-CBC
> workshops on Saturday morning, *9 December* in Phoenix. The workshop is
> for new, as well as seasoned CBC participants and area leaders. It will
> provide tips and techniques for making your annual CBC experience even
> better. Some topics will include how to find more birds within your
> assigned areas, the importance of scouting, coordinating teams, and how to
> better estimate the number of birds in large flocks. Many of these tips can
> also be used to enhance your general birding skills and make outings more
> enjoyable. For more details please visit
> http://www.azfo.org/events/custom/CBC_workshop.html
>
This workshop is 3-4 hours long, which includes an hour classroom
> presentation and a nearby hike into the field. For workshop location and to
> register, please contact me at <aplomado...> To assist in keeping the
> field part of the workshop from becoming too overwhelming for the leader,
> there is a 25 participant limit.
>
Thank you and I hope to see many of you on a CBC and at the workshop!
>
> Troy Corman
>
> Phoenix, AZ
>

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Date: 11/14/17 1:23 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
Paul Suchanek sends an update from Jesse Owens Park:

Brian Nicholas came by and we were able to relocate the Clay-colored
Sparrow. It was feeding in the same area on the west side of the park
inside of the loop road, although now it was feeding in an open grassy area
with a flock of Chipping Sparrows. It has a small feather sticking up from
its back which can be a nice flag to locate the bird in the sparrow flock.
We didn't try for the sapsucker but did run into a small flock of Red
Crossbills. (While waiting for Brian, I also found there were 2 RB
Nuthatches instead of 1).

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/


On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM, Andrew Core wrote:

> From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert
> AT tucsonaudubon.org):
>
> Paul Suchanek reports a Williamson's Sapsucker and Clay-colored Sparrow
> from Jesse Owens Park - southeast of Broadway and Pantano:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L639986
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Paul Suchanek <suchanek_paul...>
> Date: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:21 AM
> Subject: SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker &
> Clay-colored Sparrow
>
> I stopped into the park to see if any crossbills had moved in but found
> none. There was, however, a female WISA in the SE corner of park in pines
> next to the fence by the covered play shelter on the school grounds (also a
> RNSA here). The CCSP was on the west side of the park just inside the loop
> road. It was feeding near Lark Sparrows out in the open in the grass
> (hiding in plain sight). There also was a RB Nuthatch in the park.
>
> Paul Suchanek
> Tucson
>

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Date: 11/14/17 11:00 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - probable Orchard Oriole on Wentworth
Just an update - I heard from a few folks that photos look good for a
juvenile male Orchard Oriole.

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:31 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:

> Paul Suchanek sent photos (not included here) of a probable Orchard Oriole
> - see below. I’m just looking at them on my phone, hence the “probable”.
>
> -Andrew Core
> Tucson, AZ
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From:* Paul Suchanek <suchanek_paul...>
> *Date:* November 14, 2017 at 9:21:51 AM MST
> *To:* "<rarebirdalert...>"
> *Subject:* *Probable Orchard Oriole on Wentworth*
>
> This morning, I photographed this oriole in Tanque Verde Wash near
> Wentworth Road. My first impression was small oriole, yellow underparts,
> short tail thus immature male Orchard Oriole although I don't think I've
> seen one with this much black in the face. You can look at photos and
> decide but I don't think it's a Scott's.
>
>
> The bird was seen on the south channel of Tanque Verde wash just before a
> large patch of arundo cane just before the large cottonwoods start along
> the middle of the wash. It flew down to the north channel from the top of
> a small willow and I never saw it again although I looked around for a
> while.
>
>
> Paul Suchanek
>
>
>
> <orch_oriole_03_11142017.jpg>
>
> <orch_oriole_04_11142017.jpg>
>
>
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Date: 11/14/17 10:31 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker & Clay-colored Sparrow
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Paul Suchanek reports a Williamson's Sapsucker and Clay-colored Sparrow
from Jesse Owens Park - southeast of Broadway and Pantano:
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L639986

thanks Paul!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Suchanek <suchanek_paul...>
Date: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Subject: SEAZ: Jesse Owens Park in Tucson-Williamson's Sapsucker &
Clay-colored Sparrow


I stopped into the park to see if any crossbills had moved in but found
none. There was, however, a female WISA in the SE corner of park in pines
next to the fence by the covered play shelter on the school grounds (also a
RNSA here). The CCSP was on the west side of the park just inside the loop
road. It was feeding near Lark Sparrows out in the open in the grass
(hiding in plain sight). There also was a RB Nuthatch in the park.

Paul Suchanek
Tucson

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/14/17 9:30 am
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: continuing Couch's Kingbird at Fort Lowell Park
Hi Birders,

The Couch's Kingbird was on trees near the pond at 0715. It then flew to a
tree along the east entrance road to the Park. 14Nov2017

Good birding,
Dave Beaudette
Tucson

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Date: 11/14/17 9:05 am
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Chestnut-sided Warbler cont Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch
Bird is working between the 2 large cottonwoods opposite entry to Owl
Clover Tr (9:48a.m.). Mainly it is in the larger cottonwood. These trees
are on the S side of Pond-7, towards the E end of Trail 5-7..
Lindsay Story -Mesa AZ

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Date: 11/14/17 8:32 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - probable Orchard Oriole on Wentworth
Paul Suchanek sent photos (not included here) of a probable Orchard Oriole - see below. I’m just looking at them on my phone, hence the “probable”.

-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul Suchanek <suchanek_paul...>
> Date: November 14, 2017 at 9:21:51 AM MST
> To: "<rarebirdalert...>"
> Subject: Probable Orchard Oriole on Wentworth
>
> This morning, I photographed this oriole in Tanque Verde Wash near Wentworth Road. My first impression was small oriole, yellow underparts, short tail thus immature male Orchard Oriole although I don't think I've seen one with this much black in the face. You can look at photos and decide but I don't think it's a Scott's.
>
>
> The bird was seen on the south channel of Tanque Verde wash just before a large patch of arundo cane just before the large cottonwoods start along the middle of the wash. It flew down to the north channel from the top of a small willow and I never saw it again although I looked around for a while.
>
>
> Paul Suchanek
>
>
> <orch_oriole_03_11142017.jpg>
> <orch_oriole_04_11142017.jpg>

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Date: 11/14/17 7:52 am
From: Janice Castro <janice41...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] American golden plover in Gilbert
The last eBird report that I saw for the American golden plover at the Gilbert water ranch was on the 12th.
Has anyone seen it there today?
Janice Castro

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Date: 11/14/17 6:53 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Couch’s Kingbird continues
Larry Norris called at 7:50am to say that the Couch’s Kingbird was seen around the pond at Ft Lowell Park in Tucson this morning before flying over to the pecan trees to the east.

Thanks Larry!

-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/13/17 6:54 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 11/13/2017
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
November 13, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for November 13, 2017 sponsored by
the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for
private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch
country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a
checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty
species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the
NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more
complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at
http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New
Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at
http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is now on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All
individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This
includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially
new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of
conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or
out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy
Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred)
to <sunbittern...> Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes,
North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen
on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird
account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL
letters):
Surf Scoter (Colfax, Santa Fe)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (Chaves)
Anna’s Hummingbird (Grant)
Iceland Gull (Colfax)
Pacific Loon (Colfax, Eddy)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Eddy)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Bernalillo)
GREAT KISKADEE (Sierra)
Northern Shrike (Socorro)
PACIFIC WREN (Los Alamos)
Carolina Wren (Socorro)
RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN (Hidalgo)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Sandoval)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Colfax)

BERNALILLO County:
--Ritz reported a VERMILION FLYCATCHER at Valle de Oro NWR October 29. It
was located at the nw portion of the refuge and continued in the area to
November 11.

CHAVES County:
--Collins reported a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Bitter Lake NWR November 11. It
was seen in the Hunter’s Oxbow and continued later that same day for
others.

COLFAX County:
--Rustay and Hetrick reported a late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK along Ponil
Creek where hwy 64 crosses it near Cimarron November 12.

--Baumann and Pederson reported a PACIFIC LOON and an ICELAND GULL at
Stubblefield Lake November 10.

--Baumann and Pederson reported a SURF SCOTER at Monte Verde Lake in Angel
Fire November 10.

EDDY County:
--Bunn reported a PACIFIC LOON at Brantley Lake November 7.

--Nieman reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Washington Ranch November 5.

GRANT County:
--Dolton reported an ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD at his Silver City home October 18.
It continued to November 12. Contact him for more information
<tchernabyelo...>

HIDALGO County:
--Rustay, Hertick, and Egalhoff reported a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN in the New
Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon October 21. It was found near the old
cistern and orchard.

--Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon
May 13. Up to seven were present in the canyon October 21 for Rustay,
Hetrick, and Egelhoff.

LOS ALAMOS County:
--a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons
in Los Alamos November 10.

OTERO County:
--Hawksworth reported a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in
Alamogordo November 9. It was seen at the northern end of the park near a
tan metal foot bridge.

SANDOVAL County:
--Lerwill photographed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in a flooded field in Corrales
near Corrales Rd and W Alary Ln November 4.

SANTA FE County:
--Luetzelschwab photographed a SURF SCOTER at the Santa Fe Community Ponds
November 12. It was not present the following day.

SIERRA County:
--Oldenettel reported hearing the GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam Recreation
Area September 4. It heard south of the playground and continued to October
28 for many.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--NOTE: There is a $5 entrance fee to bird at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes.

SOCORRO County:
--Andersen and company photographed a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Bernardo WMA
November 12.

--CAROLINA WRENS are currently at various locations at Bosque del Apache
NWR; recent reports have come from the Unit 17B Moist Soil Management area
and the Willow Deck.

VALENCIA County:
--Hawksworth reported a singing CAROLINA WREN at the NMSU-NRCS Agricultural
Center November 6.

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Date: 11/13/17 5:16 pm
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ft. Lowel Park Couch's Kingbird
Hello Birders,

At 4:06 pm today, the COUCH'S KINGBIRD perched in a mistletoe laden mesquite tree along the east entrance road to the Park. A Cassin's Kingbird perched nearby on another mesquite.

No sign of the Violet-crowned Hummingbird which we spent most of our time trying to locate. Positive reports of the hummingbird would be welcome.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ


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Date: 11/13/17 3:57 pm
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Mountain Plovers in Stanfield area
11/13/17


Today, I found 5 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS in a sod farm northeast of Stanfield in western Pinal Co. As far as I know this is a new location for this plover. They were with over a dozen KILLDEER, some WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, and many AMERICAN PIPITS and HORNED LARKS. The sod farm owned by Evergreen Turf, which also has a farm at the Santa Cruz Flats known for its Mountain Plovers, is located east of Russell Rd. along the north side of Barnes Rd. The farm, which stretches for about a mile, is best viewed from Barnes Rd. In the same general vicinity, there are a lot of alfalfa fields with large irrigators. I observed 31 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 18 on one irrigator, and 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS and 1 PRAIRIE FALCON.


Doug Jenness

Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/13/17 1:29 pm
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
Couch's Kingbird now in tall Eucalyptus between the pond and pecan grove at 2:30 pm

Richard Carlson
Tucson & Lake Tahoe
Sent from my iPhone


> On Nov 12, 2017, at 2:30 PM, Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...> wrote:
>
> Continuing at 230, around pecans. There is drama with a Cassin’s providing fun comparisons and repeated following of the wrong bird.
>
> McCreedy
> Tucson
>
>> On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 12:17 MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> wrote:
>> Hello birders,
>>
>> The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird that Melissa photographed at Ft. Lowell Park on Saturday made a brief appearance (along with a Cassin's Kingbird) between 7 and 7:30 am in the Mulberry tree just east of the northern baseball field and then perching in the tall Eucalyptus north east of the baseball field..
>>
>> In went undetected until just after 10:30 am, when the COUCH's/TROPICAL KINGBIRD was spotted atop a pecan tree, at the southern edge of the most eastern parking lot, by the artificial creek. It then spent enough time feeding in the pecan grove heading west going from perch to perch, so that all birders present could arrive and obtain excellent views. It posed for many photos and was recorded when it called a few times. I imagine eBird checklists and facebook will have documentation on this bird. The call was consistent with Couch's Kingbird.
>>
>> Then it headed west, perching first in the Eucalyptus tree just south of the northern most baseball field, then continuing to the trees just west of the covered adobe (just north of Cottonwood Lane) and before the ramada. It was still in that area feeding when Mark and I left the park at 11:45 am.
>>
>> Other interesting sightings by a group of 8 or so birders: flyover Lewis's Woodpecker and Red-breasted Merganser, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Inca Dove, Hutton's, Plumbeous, and Bell's Vireos.
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Molly Pollock
>> Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/13/17 12:22 pm
From: Sally Johnsen <empidonax...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] another new yard bird!
I just happened to be looking out in my patio in time to see a flock of
about 12 Red Crossbills coming into my waterfall to drink, another new
yard bird for me. I live in Green Valley North of La Canada/Continental,
there are several large pine trees in the area filled with pine cones.

Happy birding,

Sally Johnsen

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Date: 11/13/17 8:55 am
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Slate-Colored Fox Sparrow
I saw this individual near post #11 this morning. It appeared to be the same one that has spent time there in previous winters. It has a slate colored head and red stripes on the breast.

John Broz
Sierra Vista

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Date: 11/13/17 6:43 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-13-2017
Only one Red-breasted Merganser this morning, but there's also a female
Common Goldeneye in #6.

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix AZ

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Date: 11/13/17 6:29 am
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
Putting on a show this morning at the wigeon pond.

McCreedy
Tucson

On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 12:17 MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird that Melissa photographed at Ft. Lowell Park
> on Saturday made a brief appearance (along with a Cassin's Kingbird)
> between 7 and 7:30 am in the Mulberry tree just east of the northern
> baseball field and then perching in the tall Eucalyptus north east of the
> baseball field.
>
> In went undetected until just after 10:30 am, when the COUCH's/TROPICAL
> KINGBIRD was spotted atop a pecan tree, at the southern edge of the most
> eastern parking lot, by the artificial creek. It then spent enough time
> feeding in the pecan grove heading west going from perch to perch, so that
> all birders present could arrive and obtain excellent views. It posed for
> many photos and was recorded when it called a few times. I imagine eBird
> checklists and facebook will have documentation on this bird. The call was
> consistent with Couch's Kingbird.
>
> Then it headed west, perching first in the Eucalyptus tree just south of
> the northern most baseball field, then continuing to the trees just west of
> the covered adobe (just north of Cottonwood Lane) and before the ramada.
> It was still in that area feeding when Mark and I left the park at 11:45 am.
>
> Other interesting sightings by a group of 8 or so birders: flyover
> Lewis's Woodpecker and Red-breasted Merganser, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Inca
> Dove, Hutton's, Plumbeous, and Bell's Vireos.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Molly Pollock
> Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/13/17 6:17 am
From: David Chapman <chpmndavid...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Mt Lemmon Nutcrackers
Did you say Nutscratcher?

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Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Mt Lemmon Nutcrackers

Hi Birders,

yesterday, 11/11/2017 Bill Scott and I saw four Clark's Nutcrachers out west on the Meadow Trail
where the there is a totally burned stand of trees. The birds appeared to be passing thru; although
they paused, they didn't seem to forage.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/12/17 10:18 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NAZ: Coconino Red Phalarope, longspurs, 1st county record of Sprague's Pipit++

All,
This weekend Lauren Harter, Felipe Guerrero, Mara Trushell and I birded around a small fraction of the Coconino Plateau. Our plan for the weekend was very different but Felipe had a hunch we should bird this area this weekend and we were glad we made the change in plans!


Saturday 11 Nov we started at Valle by birding the Grand Canyon Inn courtyard which though we did not have anything amazing, looks like a fantastic vagrant trap and should be birded more often. We had large numbers of birds including good numbers of bluebirds. Of interest was a small flock of Gambel's Quail, 9 Ring-billed Gulls flying over, slightly out of habitat were 30 Pinyon Jays, 2 Sage Thrashers, "Myrtle" Warbler, a pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds, and perhaps most curious was 3 American Goldfinches investigating and adding/moving material from a nest. Checking it today 12 Nov was a lot slower with overcast and slightly windy conditions versus the sun of the day before.


We next checked a few tanks without much luck before hitting the 3 Little Rodgers Tanks (35.6811131,-112.481484) in with the large numbers of Horned Larks coming in to the tank we had 1 LAPLAND (which we only had in flight), 24 CHESTNUT-COLLARED, and a McCOWN's LONGSPUR, plus a female Ring-necked Duck and 2 Prairie Falcons and a Sharp-shinned Hawk making life difficult for the larks, longspurs, and us. Of interest the majority of the longspurs we saw were adults. We had more CHESTNUT-COLLARED and 1 McCOWN's LONGSPURS at this tank (35.669953, -112.566206).


In the evening scanning the valley from roughly here (35.691672, -112.495618) we had our second Ferruginous Hawk of the day and Felipe had a likely Short-eared Owl in the dimming light.


Today 12 Nov after slow birding we hit "Farm Dam" Tank (35.7178447,-112.6108962) where the highlight was a tame RED PHALAROPE, also present were 5 Ruddy Ducks, a Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Ring-billed Gulls and a Northern Harrier that caught a lark mid-air!


We decided to walk the grasslands near Little Rodgers Tanks in the hopes of flushing a Short-eared Owl and perhaps finding Sprague's Pipits as the habitat looked great for the species. We were successful on both counts! We started roughly here 35.7178447,-112.6108962 and walked south and east headed toward Little Rodgers Tanks, covering +3km in one direction. Near the start of our walk in a denser patch of Apache Plume, we flushed a SHORT-EARED OWL. In a shallow draw that had dried herbs (some sort of Asteraceae) rather than grass and mixed with bare ground, we flushed a flock of 17 McCOWN's LONGSPURS was flushed. In the taller grass that dominated the area, we flushed a minimum of 37 CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS, which were a mix of singles/2-3 and small groups up to 15 birds. We also flushed 3-4 SPRAGUE's PIPITS a 1st county record! One we possible flushed twice, once on the way out and then again on the way back. Only 1 bird gave decent looks.


Couple notes on finding birds, understanding habitat/behavior of these species is very helpful and knowing the calls is necessary as good views even at tanks are rare. Checking at tanks birds are rather skittish as raptors prey upon them regularly, we saw both Northern Harrier and a Prairie Falcon capture Horned Larks, while we a Merlin, Prairie Falcon, and Sharp-shinned Hawk making passes at the Horned Larks. Though most of the tanks we checked had Horned Larks coming into them, only those tanks near the best grassland areas produced longspurs. Sprague's Pipits do not come into tanks, so you need to walk to find them. In walking grasslands, Short-eared Owls roost in areas of denser vegetation within grasslands. Chestnut-collared Longspurs and Sprague's Pipits prefer areas of moderate grass height, lacking a lot of shrubs, while McCown's Longspurs prefer areas of higher bare ground and less grass. In waking a grassland more people are better, a single individual trying to cover all that ground is unlikely to produce that much.


In closing the main roads while dirt is passable by a passenger car, wanting to explore further or off the main roads will require moderate to higher clearance vehicle. We also covered very little of the tanks and potential habitat out there so exploring will likely produce something of interest. Good birding.


David Vander Pluym
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 11/12/17 8:44 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tubac - Rufous-backed Robin continues
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Mark Frankel reports the continuing Rufous-Backed Robin this morning
(8:15am on 11/12) along Santa Gertrudis Lane in the pyracanthas across from
#12. Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in if you go.

thanks Mark!

Andrew Core
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Date: 11/12/17 5:05 pm
From: Matt Griffiths <matt...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Ft Lowell Park Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Hi birders,
While enjoying great looks at the Couch's/Tropical and Cassin's Kingbirds
almost on the same branch, I found a Violet-crowned Hummingbird in the same
tree (about 4:30). This would be the most NE cottonwood of the pond. It was
being chased around by 2 Anna's and a male Broad-billed Hummingbird who were
flycatching above the trees. It was going between this tree and the mesquites
just west of there along the pond. Photos in eBird soon.

Good birding!
-Matt Griffiths
TUCSON

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Date: 11/12/17 3:14 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] continuing Kingbird Fort Lowell Park
Just returned from Fort Lowell, the "Couch's Kingbird" remains in the
park. Seen from 315 til 4 pm in the tall cottonwoods on the northeast side
of the pond. Again a Cassin's for contrast in the same tree - mostly up in
the snags.

Will Russell, Kendall Kroesen, Luke Safford and others also watching the
bird. We didn't hear any vocalizations while watching it.

Interestingly. this apparent same bird appeared in our yard (two blocks
directly south of the park) yesterday early afternoon. Jim spotted it fly
on to the overhead wires, and I grabbed my camera and got two "okay" photos
of it before it flew off. Thanks to Mark Stevenson for ID assistance with
the photos.

Happy Birding!

Rosie and Jim Watts, Tucson

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Date: 11/12/17 2:50 pm
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson >Christopher Columbus Park, Sweetwater Wetlands, 12 November 2017
Hi Birders,

Christopher Columbus Park
Red Crossbill - at least 12 in the pines south of the dog park.
Snow Goose - the continuing dark morph bird and a recently-arrived
hatch-year white morph bird on Silverbell Lake.
Peregrine Falcon - 1 around the lake
Ring-billed Gull - 1 over the lake

Sweetwater Wetlands
Northern Cardinal - a male in the brush along the stream behind the
restrooms.
Northern Pintail -two males seen from the Gazebo.

Good birding,
Dave Beaudette
Tucson

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Date: 11/12/17 2:47 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--12 Nov 2017
Hi, birders,

Pleasant weather for the nine of us who walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes
this morning. Rather quiet, except for multiple sightings of three
different Peregrine Falcons, at one point all three in view at once. There
were also multiple Am. Kestrels and one Merlin about, which may account for
the paucity of small birds out in the open. Our group tally was 64 species
at morning's end.

About half the group had the good luck to see a Sora briefly as it ran
along a dike; otherwise the vocal Virginia Rail and Soras were deep in the
cattails. Duck numbers and variety were limited, with only one large mixed
flock at Moson Road, with most of them Am. Wigeon. Spice at this
impoundment was added by a Wilson's Snipe that flew, landed, flew and
circled, landed again, etc.

​A single Loggerhead Shrike, several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a small
flock of Am. Pipits were among the land bird highlights. ​As usual,
Yellow-headed Blackbirds were the most common blackbird species.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 11/12/17 2:28 pm
From: Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rio Rico Golf Club - 11/12/17 - Red Crossbills continue
Our group of six from Tubac walked the birding trail and then did the
excellent brunch at RRGC this morning. 42 species in a bit over an hour.
Highlights included 4+ Red Crossbills, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Sora, and
a nice assortment of ducks. Complete list entered in Ebird.

The owners have asked that birders please sign in using the guest book on
the patio before heading out on the trail. There is no fee for birding
(unless you opt for a golf cart) but there is a donation box at the sign-in
area, and all contributions are greatly appreciated and help maintain the
wonderful variety of habitats.

After a couple of weeks of exclusive use by birders, the golf course is
reopening the front nine at noon tomorrow so please be respectful of
golfers and avoid that part of the course when you visit. For those
interested, the restaurant is greatly expanding its hours to serve
breakfast and lunch from 730am to 3pm, Sun through Fri.

Good birding,

Bill Lisowsky
Tubac, AZ

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Date: 11/12/17 2:01 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Mt Lemmon Nutcrackers
Hi Birders,

yesterday, 11/11/2017 Bill Scott and I saw four Clark's Nutcrachers out west on the Meadow Trail
where the there is a totally burned stand of trees. The birds appeared to be passing thru; although
they paused, they didn't seem to forage.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/12/17 1:30 pm
From: Chris Mccreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
Continuing at 230, around pecans. There is drama with a Cassin’s providing
fun comparisons and repeated following of the wrong bird.

McCreedy
Tucson

On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 12:17 MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird that Melissa photographed at Ft. Lowell Park
> on Saturday made a brief appearance (along with a Cassin's Kingbird)
> between 7 and 7:30 am in the Mulberry tree just east of the northern
> baseball field and then perching in the tall Eucalyptus north east of the
> baseball field.
>
> In went undetected until just after 10:30 am, when the COUCH's/TROPICAL
> KINGBIRD was spotted atop a pecan tree, at the southern edge of the most
> eastern parking lot, by the artificial creek. It then spent enough time
> feeding in the pecan grove heading west going from perch to perch, so that
> all birders present could arrive and obtain excellent views. It posed for
> many photos and was recorded when it called a few times. I imagine eBird
> checklists and facebook will have documentation on this bird. The call was
> consistent with Couch's Kingbird.
>
> Then it headed west, perching first in the Eucalyptus tree just south of
> the northern most baseball field, then continuing to the trees just west of
> the covered adobe (just north of Cottonwood Lane) and before the ramada.
> It was still in that area feeding when Mark and I left the park at 11:45 am.
>
> Other interesting sightings by a group of 8 or so birders: flyover
> Lewis's Woodpecker and Red-breasted Merganser, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Inca
> Dove, Hutton's, Plumbeous, and Bell's Vireos.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Molly Pollock
> Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/12/17 12:48 pm
From: Chauncey Wood <chaunceywood...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] White-tailed Kite
While visiting me in the Mayo Hospital Sarah saw White-tailed Kite pass in
front of the building.

Chauncey & Sarah Wood

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Date: 11/12/17 12:26 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Wickenburg: RED CROSSBILLS
Nov. 12, 2017
This morning Chrissy Kondrat-Smith and I birded some parks and other spots around Wickenburg in northwest Maricopa County, finding RED CROSSBILLS at several locations. It sounded like possibly two different call types; we got recordings, so will try to see which crossbill types (cryptic species types) are involved. Most were visiting the exotic pines around businesses and yards (Aleppo pines, I think). Here are the Red Crossbill counts by location:
—Coffinger Park: 13
—Boetto Park: 5
—Wickenburg Community Hospital (pines around parking lot of Pharmacy building): 12
—South end of S. Tegner St. near the elementary school: 3 flyovers

We also had RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at a couple of locations: four at Boetto Park and at least eight in the pines at the pharmacy building at Wickenburg Community Hospital. At the latter location we heard one INCA DOVE briefly calling.

Along the corrals and farm fields at Simpson Ranch at the south end of S. Tegner St. (southeast of downtown) we spotted two female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS.

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ

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Date: 11/12/17 11:27 am
From: TRACY McCarthey <tmccarthey...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Thrasher Spot and Lower River Road Ponds
Late post, but I made a trip out to the Buckeye area yesterday morning. At the Baseline Road/Salome Hwy Thrasher spot, I was unable to locate any BELLS SPARROWS. All the sage sparrows I was able to get a good look at were SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS. I did get good looks at a few LECONTES THRASHERS, as well as a BENDIRES THRASHER, and heard a CRISSAL THRASHER.

On the way back, I stopped by the Lower River Road Ponds. The highlights were almost 50 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, almost the same number of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS with only a couple of NEOTROPICAL CORMORANTS mixed in, and two WOOD DUCKS.

Good birding!

Tracy McCarthey
Phoenix, AZ



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Date: 11/12/17 11:17 am
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Ft. Lowell Park possible Couch's Kingbird
Hello birders,

The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird that Melissa photographed at Ft. Lowell Park on Saturday made a brief appearance (along with a Cassin's Kingbird) between 7 and 7:30 am in the Mulberry tree just east of the northern baseball field and then perching in the tall Eucalyptus north east of the baseball field.

In went undetected until just after 10:30 am, when the COUCH's/TROPICAL KINGBIRD was spotted atop a pecan tree, at the southern edge of the most eastern parking lot, by the artificial creek. It then spent enough time feeding in the pecan grove heading west going from perch to perch, so that all birders present could arrive and obtain excellent views. It posed for many photos and was recorded when it called a few times. I imagine eBird checklists and facebook will have documentation on this bird. The call was consistent with Couch's Kingbird.

Then it headed west, perching first in the Eucalyptus tree just south of the northern most baseball field, then continuing to the trees just west of the covered adobe (just north of Cottonwood Lane) and before the ramada. It was still in that area feeding when Mark and I left the park at 11:45 am.

Other interesting sightings by a group of 8 or so birders: flyover Lewis's Woodpecker and Red-breasted Merganser, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Inca Dove, Hutton's, Plumbeous, and Bell's Vireos.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/12/17 10:08 am
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Kingbird mystery
At Ft.Lowell Park, the Tucson crew is recording a possible Couch’s Kingbird. Chris

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Date: 11/12/17 6:39 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Glendale Recharge Ponds 21-12-2017
Steve Hosmer and I are looking at 10 Red-breasted Merganser this morning, 9
in basin #2 and one in #5

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix, AZ

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Date: 11/12/17 5:24 am
From: C kirscher <antclaudia2008...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Sandhill Cranes - Arlington area 11/11/17
19 Sandhill Cranes foraging in an uncut alfalfa field along Desert Rose Rd just west of Arlington School Road.
Claudia KirscherGlendale, Az
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