AZNMBirds
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2/25/18 5:13 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
2/25/18 4:47 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Paton's Today
2/25/18 4:15 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--25 Feb 2018
2/25/18 1:59 pm Kurt Radamaker <kurtrad...> [AZNMbirds] Birding maps no sightings
2/25/18 11:05 am Diane Drobka <sunny1az...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birders needing an easy tick of the lovebird
2/25/18 10:06 am Carl Perretta <cjperretta...> [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birders needing an easy tick of the lovebird
2/25/18 8:46 am Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ how to access Longspurs (Elgin-Sonoita)?
2/25/18 3:26 am Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ how to access Longspurs (Elgin-Sonoita)?
2/24/18 8:55 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Mile-wide Road gulls, Avra Valley
2/24/18 6:47 pm Brendan Bixby Larsen <bblarsen...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Tumacacori de anza trail
2/24/18 5:13 am Diane Touret <dctouret...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Interesting Fox Sparrow at San Pedro House
2/23/18 9:43 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 23 February 2018
2/23/18 5:01 pm richard sharon <rls1661...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz flats
2/23/18 9:26 am Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Interesting Fox Sparrow at San Pedro House
2/23/18 8:22 am Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/23/18 8:20 am Matthew O'Brien <matthewobrien...> [AZNMbirds] Sounds like poison to me
2/23/18 7:46 am Malcolm Chesworth <malcolmsc...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Some unusual and distressing birding Red Rock/Santa Cruz Flats
2/23/18 7:15 am Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Some unusual and distressing birding Red Rock/Santa Cruz Flats
2/23/18 5:34 am David Griffin <birdingnm...> [AZNMbirds] RFI: Cactus Wrens and Lizards
2/22/18 7:23 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] addendum to Red Rock report
2/22/18 7:06 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Some unusual and distressing birding Red Rock/Santa Cruz Flats
2/22/18 6:05 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - TUMACACORI DE ANZA TRAIL
2/22/18 4:02 pm Roederer Scott <osprey...> [AZNMbirds] Ruddy Ground-Doves, Red Rock
2/22/18 3:00 pm Richard Castetter <rcastett...> [AZNMbirds] SC NM Continuing male Broad-billed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker
2/22/18 12:48 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Laughing Gull cont
2/22/18 12:00 pm MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Allen's Hummingbird
2/21/18 5:08 pm Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...> [AZNMbirds] phalarope - not today
2/21/18 1:57 pm Jennie Macfarland <jmacfarland...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Anyone going to Tonto NM soon? NO SIGHTINGS
2/21/18 1:51 pm Lori Conrad <lconrad6853...> [AZNMbirds] Palm Warbler
2/21/18 1:49 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ SWEETWATER NORTHERN PARULA
2/21/18 1:49 pm David Stejskal <dstejskal...> [AZNMbirds] CAZ: Gilbert Water Ranch & Saguaro L. this morning
2/21/18 10:24 am Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> [AZNMbirds] phalarope
2/21/18 8:40 am Susan Fishburn <fishbirdess...> [AZNMbirds] Allen’s Hummingbird at ASDM-YES
2/21/18 5:08 am Diane Touret <dctouret...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/20/18 10:26 pm Richard carlson <rccarl...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack swallows, NW Tucson
2/20/18 8:49 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Reid Park
2/20/18 8:04 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack swallows, NW Tucson
2/20/18 6:50 pm <pgoltz...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Allen’s Hummer, Rufous winged sparrow
2/20/18 5:33 pm Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Red-necked Phalarope Benson STP
2/20/18 4:45 pm richard sharon <rls1661...> [AZNMbirds] Allen’s Hummer, Rufous winged sparrow
2/20/18 4:31 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Tucson UA Feed Lot - possible E. Phoebe
2/20/18 12:04 pm Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...> [AZNMbirds] Bendire's Thrashers
2/20/18 11:45 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson: Sweetwater Wetlands closed on March 8, 2018
2/20/18 11:20 am Judy <jlsbirdlady...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/20/18 9:34 am Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/20/18 8:49 am Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/19/18 7:05 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 2/19/2018
2/19/18 4:24 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Locations with Native and Non-Native Mesquites needed - No SIghtings
2/19/18 1:22 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Eastern Phoebe at University Feed Lot
2/19/18 11:29 am John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
2/19/18 11:22 am JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/19/18 8:21 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/19/18 7:21 am Steve Valasek <botheringbirds...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Rough Legged Hawk in Buckeye
2/19/18 7:15 am Richard Webster <webster.re...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Green Kingfisher at Slaughter Ranch Sunday the 18th
2/19/18 6:34 am C kirscher <antclaudia2008...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Arlington/Palo Verde - SAS field trip 2/18/18
2/19/18 6:30 am Sean Fitzgerald <sfitzgerald86...> [AZNMbirds] Ceaz—Eurasian Wigeon—Arizona City, Pinal Co
2/18/18 9:17 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
2/18/18 8:52 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Gray Catbird continues
2/18/18 4:04 pm Luke Safford <saffordluke...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Santa Cruz Flats--Ruddy Ground Dove and more
2/18/18 3:42 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Paton's Today
2/18/18 3:34 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--18 Feb 2018
2/18/18 2:15 pm Kurt Radamaker <kurtrad...> [AZNMbirds] Lower Camp Creek. Continuing Louisianna WaterThrush an Pacific Wren
2/18/18 10:18 am Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> [AZNMbirds] Could this be a hybrid Red-Naped/Red-Breasted Sapsucker? (near Tucson Mountain Park)
2/17/18 6:33 pm <jmeredit...> [AZNMbirds] AZ Cochise county, Douglas Palm Warbler
2/17/18 6:08 pm Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...> [AZNMbirds] Rose-throated Becard-yes
2/17/18 5:51 pm Nancy Lange <grdnwmn...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Bald Eagle, eyc.
2/17/18 5:22 pm Robert A. Behrstock, Naturewide Images <rbehrstock...> [AZNMbirds] White-throated Sparrow, Montezuma Quail, Cassin's Finches, Hereford vicinity.
2/17/18 3:57 pm Pierre Deviche <Pierre.Deviche...> [AZNMbirds] 02/17: TWO Rufous-backed Robins at Gilbert Water Ranch
2/17/18 1:42 pm Jennie Macfarland <jmacfarland...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Locations with Native and Non-Native Mesquites needed - No SIghtings
2/16/18 10:56 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 16 February 2018
2/16/18 9:52 am C Wood <cwood022...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Calliope hummingbird
2/16/18 9:44 am Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...> [AZNMbirds] Rose-throated Becards (pair) in Tubac
2/16/18 8:22 am C.S. Wood <cwood022...> [AZNMbirds] Calliope hummingbird
2/16/18 5:48 am Bob Harden <flutterbybob...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Rufous-winged Sparrow
2/15/18 4:04 pm Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Rufous-winged Sparrow
2/15/18 1:09 pm David Sonneborn <davidsonne...> [AZNMbirds] Streak-backed Oriole
2/15/18 1:06 pm Donna J. Memon <donna...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Feb 9 urban Burrowing Owl - Tucson south side
2/15/18 12:47 pm Sarah Vetault <sarah...> [AZNMbirds] Feb 9 urban Burrowing Owl - Tucson south side
2/15/18 11:24 am <richditch...> <richditch...> [AZNMbirds] Tempe AZ - Lewis's Woodpecker
2/15/18 9:48 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] ADMIN: DO NOT POST DIRECTIONS TO OWL ROOSTS OR BIRD NESTS TO AZNMBIRDS
2/14/18 5:03 pm <jmeredit...> [AZNMbirds] No Gray Hawk found today around Rodeo
2/14/18 3:59 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Owls
2/14/18 2:19 pm Robert and Jack <rmwiersema...> [AZNMbirds] Great Horned Owl nesting
2/14/18 2:18 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - MARANA ORANGE GROVE PIT
2/14/18 2:06 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Fw: C AZ: Rufous-backed Robin at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
2/14/18 11:04 am Barbara Bickel <bickel2b...> [AZNMbirds] Streak-backed Oriole
2/14/18 6:51 am Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk
2/13/18 11:24 pm <pgoltz...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Streak-backed Oriole - Tucson
2/13/18 8:41 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Streak-backed Oriole - Tucson
2/13/18 6:26 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Evening Roosting at Arthur Pack Park
2/13/18 6:19 pm Clifford Cathers <cacathers...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:02/12/18:FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher - Tucson
2/13/18 11:20 am Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] R.F.I. Sandia Peak rosy finches
2/13/18 8:07 am Lamont <lamont...> [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
2/13/18 7:54 am Judy Sink <jlsbirdlady...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk
2/13/18 7:51 am Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk
2/12/18 7:30 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 2/12/2018
2/12/18 6:18 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park, 4 swallow species
2/12/18 5:50 pm Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Streak-backed Oriole
2/12/18 1:57 pm Lee Estis <bermuda1942...> [AZNMbirds] Cassin's finch.
2/12/18 1:40 pm Richard Carlson <rccarl...> Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
2/12/18 12:26 pm Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...> Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
2/12/18 10:43 am Richard Carlson <rccarl...> Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
2/12/18 10:40 am Bob Bowers <bobescribe...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Pinal County Willow Springs/Black Mountain Update
2/12/18 10:32 am Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...> [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
2/11/18 5:20 pm Catherine Davis <catherineann...> [AZNMbirds] Eurasian Collared-Dove
2/11/18 4:46 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Burrowing Owls- FOUR, Mountain Bluebirds
2/11/18 4:18 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Today at Paton's
2/11/18 3:49 pm Barry McKenzie <barrymckenzie...> [AZNMbirds] Eastern Phoebe -- NOT! (imm/fem Vermillion Fly)
2/11/18 2:59 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--11 Feb 2018
2/11/18 2:59 pm Barry McKenzie <barrymckenzie...> [AZNMbirds] Eastern Phoebe at Whitewater Draw
2/11/18 7:11 am Nancy Miller <nmiller...> [AZNMbirds] AZ Riggs and Price Rds - Bald Eagle, Hooded Merganser
2/10/18 9:34 pm Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Lakeside Park Tucson & a couple other observations- nothing rare
2/10/18 8:29 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park, NW Tucson 2/10
2/10/18 2:13 pm will russell <wcr100...> [AZNMbirds] Davis Pasture
2/9/18 11:50 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 9 February 2018
2/9/18 5:29 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Burrowing Owls, Ferruginous Hawk, Lark Buntings
2/9/18 5:01 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many new photos including Rose-throated Becard and Streak-backed Orioles, plus a cool looking Anna's Hummingbird!
2/9/18 3:27 pm Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)
2/9/18 3:17 pm <richditch...> <richditch...> [AZNMbirds] No sightings. Request - please include links when referring to material
2/9/18 3:12 pm Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)
2/9/18 3:03 pm Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)
2/9/18 12:42 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Ramsey Canyon - Varied Thrush
2/9/18 12:21 pm <pcollins...> <pcollins...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tubac Hawk Watch Season 6 March 1 through March 31
2/9/18 10:02 am KELAINE NICK <kelainenick...> [AZNMbirds] Green Kingfisher at San Pedro
2/9/18 5:58 am Tom Hildebrandt <thildebrandt...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: FOS Neighborhood Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2/8/18 2:09 pm Johnson Brian <spindlebrook...> [AZNMbirds] Gila County - Rufous-backed Robin
2/8/18 8:45 am David Sonneborn <davidsonne...> [AZNMbirds] Information
2/7/18 8:38 pm Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...> [AZNMbirds] White-headed Woodpecker at General Hitchcock Campground on Mt. Lemmon today
2/7/18 8:07 pm DianaBlue Herron <blueheron64...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Saguaro Lake Prairie Warbler
2/7/18 7:14 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Gilded Flickers Anyone?
2/7/18 6:19 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - SWEETWATER WETLANDS, TUCSON
2/7/18 4:38 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] El Rio open space, Coachline, Marana
2/7/18 3:20 pm Magill Weber <magill_weber...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Bald Eagle
2/7/18 3:15 pm Nancy Lange <grdnwmn...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Bald Eagle
2/7/18 1:00 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House
2/7/18 6:51 am Patrick Santinello <patrick...> [AZNMbirds] Cassin's Finches Catalina Foothills
2/7/18 5:02 am Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] "Arizona Birds": New article on Bald Eagles
2/6/18 7:52 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SAZ: Ajo EASTERN PHOEBE
2/6/18 4:15 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] SAZ: Ajo EASTERN PHOEBE
2/6/18 3:58 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Catalina Mts -- Lewis's Woodpecker
2/6/18 3:35 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] SAZ: Ajo SANDERLINGS, Organ Pipe, Kitt Peak
2/6/18 12:30 pm Lois Manowitz <loismanow...> [AZNMbirds] Rivoli's at my feeder--Catalina foothills
2/5/18 6:47 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 2/5/2018
2/5/18 3:01 pm Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [AZNMbirds] NM - RFI, Lesser Prairie-Chickens
2/5/18 12:39 pm Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Canyon B&B, Feb 5, 2018
2/5/18 12:34 pm Rob Modica <azlrover...> [AZNMbirds] Wood Ducks in Glenwood NM
2/5/18 10:06 am Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Catalina Mts -- Lewis's Woodpecker
2/4/18 5:13 pm Norman Woodley <normwoodley...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: White-throated Sparrow at Lake Patagonia
2/4/18 4:14 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Paton's and area today
2/4/18 3:08 pm tad lamb <tadlamb...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: General Hitchcock CG Lewis's Woodpecker, Juniper Titmouse
2/4/18 3:05 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Mountain Bluebirds, Burrowing Owls
2/4/18 12:59 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Fw: C AZ: Fox Sparrows at BTA; more from Troy Corman
2/4/18 10:48 am Richard Castetter <rcastett...> [AZNMbirds] SC NM: Continuing male Broad-billed Hummingbird
2/4/18 9:32 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Back Yard Morning, NW Tucson
2/3/18 5:39 pm Nick Beauregard <nickbeauregard...> [AZNMbirds] Varied Thrush in West Fork Oak Creek Canyon
2/3/18 2:35 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Laughing Gull continues
2/3/18 12:42 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Sweetwater, Two Bitterns
2/3/18 8:42 am Darrel Wilder <darrelrwilder...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ - South Chandler; Snow, Ross's, and Greater White-fronted Geese
2/2/18 10:00 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 2 February 2018
2/2/18 9:03 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] Stanfield not Sanfield Mt Plover site
2/2/18 8:57 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] Sanfield Mt Plover site
2/2/18 8:36 pm <jmeredit...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Mtn Plovers
2/2/18 8:31 pm John P Valentik <jpatvalentik...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Mtn Plovers
2/2/18 8:13 pm <jmeredit...> [AZNMbirds] Mtn Plovers
2/2/18 6:31 pm Katey Buster <kateynaturelady...> [AZNMbirds] Good looks at Elegant Trogon, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, and Crissal Thrasher today between Proctor and Whitehouse Picnic Area trails
2/2/18 5:12 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Coachline late day, Marana
2/2/18 4:25 pm Darrel Wilder <darrelrwilder...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ - Purple Finch, Pinal Mts.
2/2/18 2:52 pm MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Cassin's Finch
2/2/18 12:59 pm Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Cyn B&B Montezuma Quail
2/2/18 9:10 am JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Ponds HYBIRD WIGEON
2/2/18 8:17 am Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...> [AZNMbirds] Hermit Thrush still in Tempe
2/1/18 12:19 pm Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
2/1/18 10:05 am Mort Womack <mortwomack...> [AZNMbirds] Catalina Mts : Lewis's Woodpecker
2/1/18 9:22 am Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
2/1/18 9:11 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Havasu continuing RT Loon, Surf Scoters
2/1/18 8:59 am Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...> [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
1/31/18 8:42 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] CAZ: Hassayampa River Preserve DICKCISSEL (heard-only)
1/31/18 5:30 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Audubon Field Trip to Willcox Playa
1/31/18 4:52 pm Diane Drobka <sunny1az...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: SNOW GEESE at Graham County Regional Park
1/31/18 4:20 pm Richard Webster <webster.re...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Streak-backed Oriole continues at San Bernardino NWR
1/31/18 4:05 pm <mmelius...> [AZNMbirds] White-tailed Kite and other Las Cienegas area birds
1/31/18 3:51 pm Uwviper <uwviper...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: SNOW GEESE at Graham County Regional Park
1/31/18 3:41 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Green Kingfisher Continues
1/31/18 3:38 pm Michael Welch <mjwelch244...> [AZNMbirds] Williamson's Sapsucker in Patagonia
1/31/18 3:37 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> Re: [AZNMbirds] ADMIN: aznmbirds reminders
1/31/18 3:34 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] ADMIN: aznmbirds reminders
1/31/18 12:32 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson: Santa Cruz River warblers
1/31/18 8:52 am Outdoor <outdoor1...> [AZNMbirds] Quail creek park. 01/31/18
1/30/18 5:46 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson OSPREY on the eastside
1/30/18 2:02 pm Nicholas Pederson <ndpederson83...> [AZNMbirds] RFI: Accessing old listserv archives
1/30/18 1:27 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - ORANGE GROVE PIT and MARANA AG LANDS
1/30/18 12:37 pm Jonathan Lutz <jlutz...> [AZNMbirds] Rufous-backed Robin at Paton Center 1/29/18
1/30/18 11:20 am Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Canyon B&B, Jan 30, 2018
1/29/18 8:25 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Gray Catbird continues
1/29/18 7:15 pm Clifford Cathers <cacathers...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:01/28/18:Route 86 Sells to Quijotoa Arizona
1/29/18 6:30 pm Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- NO Sightings -- Alambre Tank Follow-up
1/29/18 6:15 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Catalina SP, 1/29 afternoon
1/29/18 5:47 pm Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...> [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 1/29/2018
1/29/18 3:50 pm Susan Stillwell <slknitnut1...> [AZNMbirds] Please help with ID
1/28/18 9:03 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Flats 1/28
1/28/18 5:30 pm Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Tucson -- Sweetwater Wetlands this morning
1/28/18 3:58 pm Darlene <dsmyth3...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Rio Rico Golf Club
1/28/18 2:52 pm Mark Krenitsky <mkrenitsky...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP - 28 January 2018
1/28/18 1:03 pm JOHN <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Avra Valley Milewide Recharge Pond SAGE THRASHER
1/28/18 12:45 pm Leo Miller <leo...> [AZNMbirds] Sinaloa Wren 1/28
1/28/18 12:02 pm John Broz <johnbroz1944...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Green Kingfisher Continues
1/28/18 11:08 am Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Lewis’s Woodpecker Woodland Rd east Tucson
1/28/18 11:06 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Havasu Laughing Gull now at Rotary Park
1/28/18 8:17 am Gordon Karre <karhop1...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Prairie Warbler, Saguaro Lake
1/27/18 7:11 pm <brendangalvin...> [AZNMbirds] Sinaloa Wren continues
1/27/18 6:43 pm Olga Harbour <oharbour...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Chiricahuas and Willcox
1/27/18 5:29 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Burrowing Owls, TV
1/27/18 5:25 pm Melody Kehl <outdoor1...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson Audubon Thrashers, 01/27/2018
1/27/18 2:16 pm Gordon Karre <karhop1...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Pinal County, Ruddy Ground-Doves
1/27/18 11:08 am Brett Wilmore <brettwilm...> [AZNMbirds] Continuing Tucson N Parula
1/27/18 10:22 am Magill Weber <magill_weber...> Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: GWR and ChandlerCackling Geese
1/27/18 10:19 am Magill Weber <magillweber...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: GWR and ChandlerCackling Geese
1/27/18 9:13 am James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...> [AZNMbirds] CE Maricopa Co. Saguaro Lake Prairie Warbled
1/26/18 10:20 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 26 January 2018
1/26/18 9:10 pm Larry <oldbirdbum...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson
1/26/18 8:13 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Almost No Sinaloa Wren
1/26/18 6:02 pm Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Indian Agency Rd hotspot again - Wow!
1/26/18 5:52 pm Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Almost No More Sinaloa
1/26/18 5:43 pm Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] AZ: Stanfield area
1/26/18 4:50 pm Kenneth Blankenship <kenhblankenship...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Almost No More Sinaloa
1/26/18 4:43 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] Marana Cara Caras
1/26/18 11:50 am Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Almost No More Sinaloa
1/26/18 8:02 am Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...> [AZNMbirds] Hermit Thrush in Tempe
1/26/18 3:52 am Diane Touret <dctouret...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Clark's Crossing (Carmen) - Winter Wren 1/24/18
 
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Date: 2/25/18 5:13 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
I saw the continuing female Green Kingfisher near the big debris pile 200 ft. south of the Bridge this afternoon at 1:20. It flew toward the Bridge after perching on the debris.

Highlights of the 4th Saturday Bird Walk were the Louisiana Waterthrush and a Cassin's Sparrow. The next Bird Walk is this coming Wednesday, February 28th, at 9.

Bird Walks in March will start at 8.

The San Pedro House, clad in a new roof, has reopened.

John Broz
Sierra Vista

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Date: 2/25/18 4:47 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Paton's Today
Hi Birders: A very nice diverse species mix of birds today at Paton's Hummingbird Center in Patagonia today.

Amongst the regulars:

1) Hummingbirds: Violet crowned, Anna's and Rufous, and possible Rivoli's based on guest's description.

2) Towhees: Green tailed, Spotted, Canyon, Abert's.

3) Sparrows: Fox, Song, Lincoln's, White crowned, Chipping.

4) Finches: House and Cassin's- at least two pair of the latter; Lesser Goldfinch and at least two American.

The Red breasted Sapsucker, ( Dagetti's ), was once again seen .2 miles downstream from Paton's along Pennsylvania Avenue.

5) A cooperative Northern Beardless Tyrannulet was observed in the back feeding area for at least a half hour.

Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley


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Date: 2/25/18 4:15 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--25 Feb 2018
Hi, birders,

A chilly start for the eight people who walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes
this morning, but bird activity increased as the sun warmed us all. A rush
of new activity when we were making up the list added four more in the last
few minutes, with the group tally standing at 62 species.

Highlights today: a) watching a Virginia Rail feeding along the edge of the
cattails; b) sorting through the 50+ glistening Tree Swallows for other
swallows; c) adding 5 Greater Yellowlegs to our shorebird count; and d)
enjoying the last minute appearance of Anna's Hummingbird, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Chipping Sparrow, all in the Arizona
Cypress windbreak.

As usual, there were lots of ducks, with a male Lesser Scaup a good find.
Several other Virginia Rails were calling, in addition to the bird we
watched feeding, as well as up to five Sora, although they remained hidden
today. The Greater Yellowlegs, first of the year here, were in the Moson
Road impoundments, along with the continuing Wilson's Snipe (8), Least
Sandpiper, and Killdeer.

EOP walks will shift to a 7 a.m. start time in March. So, next week, 04
March, mark your calendar for an earlier start.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 2/25/18 1:59 pm
From: Kurt Radamaker <kurtrad...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Birding maps no sightings

Browse maps of Arizona birds from the ebird api notable birds and hotspots, and birds from around the world.
http://birdingthecloud.com/Maps.aspx
Let me know what you think of the maps and if you find them useful.

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Date: 2/25/18 11:05 am
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birders needing an easy tick of the lovebird
I see them all the time at the historic Buckhorn Hot Baths in Mesa.

From: Carl Perretta <cjperretta...>
To: <aznmbirds...>
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:07 AM
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birders needing an easy tick of the lovebird

They’re back. As I reported last spring, the Rosy-faced Lovebirds are setting up house again in “pineapple” sections at the tops of the palms in the parking lot of the Shops at Gainey Village, at the intersection of Scottsdale Rd. and E Doubletree Ranch Rd. Drive around the lot, listen for the calls, and you should have no problem. Stop in at the Hash Kitchen for an excellent breakfast or lunch (I have no connection to the restaurant other than being a perennially satisfied customer).

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Wallingford, PA  USA
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Date: 2/25/18 10:06 am
From: Carl Perretta <cjperretta...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Phoenix area birders needing an easy tick of the lovebird
They’re back. As I reported last spring, the Rosy-faced Lovebirds are setting up house again in “pineapple” sections at the tops of the palms in the parking lot of the Shops at Gainey Village, at the intersection of Scottsdale Rd. and E Doubletree Ranch Rd. Drive around the lot, listen for the calls, and you should have no problem. Stop in at the Hash Kitchen for an excellent breakfast or lunch (I have no connection to the restaurant other than being a perennially satisfied customer).

==================
Carl Perretta
<cjperretta...>
Wallingford, PA USA


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Date: 2/25/18 8:46 am
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ how to access Longspurs (Elgin-Sonoita)?

Hello birders,
Thanks to everyone, who have given me ample directions and advice to look for these birds. I am pleased but not surprised that you Arizona birders are just as friendly and helpful as anywhere I've encountered.

I'm also glad to see that people there are conscientious, courteous birders. Almost everyone reminded me to keep the cattle gate closed, and I certainly will.

Cheers!!
-- Steve


On Feb 25, 2018, at 6:25 AM, Stephen Johnson wrote:

>
> Hello birders,
> I'm planning a visit to SE AZ soon, and looking at recent eBird reports of McCown's Longspur. The reports mention "Davis Pasture", and the hot spot on the map appears to be off the road a ways.
>
> It looks like it's N of Lower Elgin Road, and S of Arizona 82. Is this private land? Will I need to get permission from someone? And, which access is easier - from Arizona 82, or Lower Elgin Road?
>
> Thanks everyone, good birding --
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
>


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Date: 2/25/18 3:26 am
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ how to access Longspurs (Elgin-Sonoita)?

Hello birders,
I'm planning a visit to SE AZ soon, and looking at recent eBird reports of McCown's Longspur. The reports mention "Davis Pasture", and the hot spot on the map appears to be off the road a ways.

It looks like it's N of Lower Elgin Road, and S of Arizona 82. Is this private land? Will I need to get permission from someone? And, which access is easier - from Arizona 82, or Lower Elgin Road?

Thanks everyone, good birding --
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


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Date: 2/24/18 8:55 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Mile-wide Road gulls, Avra Valley
No luck finding Bendire’s Thrashers… or much of anything along Reservation Road and Mile-wide Road this afternoon.
The recently filled north side recharge basin had a pair of Redheads.
By the gate to the south basins, 10 Ring-billed Gulls soared on a thermal.

Four miles of driving and walking yielded about 25 birds total.

On Twin Peaks road on my way to Avra, a lone Turkey Vulture came within yards of crashing into me, passing on the ditch side barely 25 feet away.

50 plus swallows of three species continue over the 9th hole pond at Arthur Pack Park this afternoon.
The numbers of Violet Green I’ve been reporting keep pinging eBird’s "are you sure” ???

John R Williams
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Date: 2/24/18 6:47 pm
From: Brendan Bixby Larsen <bblarsen...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Tumacacori de anza trail
Hi Birders,

Not sure if this high of number had been reported at this site yet, but
today at 5pm there were a minimum of four and possibly five RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBINS all together near the broken cars. The SINALOA WREN was seen a
quarter of a mile downstream from there just off the trail.


Good birding,
-Brendan

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Date: 2/24/18 5:13 am
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Interesting Fox Sparrow at San Pedro House
I believe that there is an intergrade Fox Sparrow subspecies that is
found in interior southern British Columbia and southwestern Alberta.   
Diane Touret


On 2/23/2018 10:26 AM, Chris Chappell wrote:
> Saw a Fox Sparrow feeding under feeder SW of the 'house' with many
> other sparrows yesterday 830ish. It looked a lot like a Slate-colored
> but had some rusty-brown markings mixed with gray on the head and
> back, and the breast streaking was more reddish, less blackish than on
> a full-on Slate-colored. I wondered whether it might be a Red X
> Slate-colored intergrade as shown in Sibley (which it looked very much
> like). See ebird checklist and photo taken by Ron Getter here:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43111163
>
> Not sure how this relates to other Fox Sparrows seen in the SPH
> vicinity this winter. Perhaps others could chime in on that if you are
> so inclined.
>
> --
> Chris Chappell
> Take Flight Birding and Nature Adventures_
> _
> _az-birding.com/guides/chris-chappell
> <http://az-birding.com/guides/chris-chappell>_
> <chris.chappell4...> <mailto:<chris.chappell4...>
> (520) 265-2025
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Date: 2/23/18 9:43 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 23 February 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on February 23, 2018; the next update will be made on
March 2. 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
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Allen's Hummingbird
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
*SINALOA WREN
#Winter Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Palm Warbler
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#McCown's Longspur

Red-breasted Nuthatches 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/

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A *SINALOA WREN continued this week through 2/20 (m.ob.) along the De Anza
Trail south of Santa Gertrudis Lane. It has been seen in the vicinity of
the old cars about 1/4 miles south of the crossing. Multiple #RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBINS continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane on this week (m.ob.) across
from #12 and also along the river near the cars. A #GREEN KINGFISHER
continued this week between Tubac and Clark Crossing Rd (m.ob.). Remember
to park along the frontage road and walk in.
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD continued in multiple locations on 2/17 (m.ob.) –
south of Santa Gertrudis Lane, and along the De Anza Trail at Tubac, 0.3
miles north of the Tubac Bridge along the river. A #WINTER WREN continued
along the De Anza Trail on 2/21 (Bill Lisowsky).

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 near 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 this week (m.ob.).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
on 2/9 (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, #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued this week
(m.ob.), they've been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have also come from north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on near the
bridge (m.ob.).

WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf Course
in Willcox on 2/17 (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well.
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at the east end
along the Birding Trail.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Three or four #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on
Sasco Rd this week (m.ob.). They tend to hang out with the Inca Doves on
the northwest side.
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Green
Reservoir Rd and Curry Rd this week (m.ob.).

TUCSON area
An #ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed in the Labyrinth Garden at the
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on 2/18 (Cathy Sheeter) And continued on 2/23
(m.ob.).
A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported again on 2/21 (Greer Warren) in a neighborhood
in northeast Tucson near Grant & Wilmot. It is being seen occasionally just
north of the intersection of Sonoita Ave and Hampton Street; map:
https://goo.gl/zyXDg4
Sweetwater Wetlands will be closed on 8 March for the annual burn.

DOUGLAS area
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued at House Pond at Slaughter Ranch on 2/19
(Richard Webster).
A #PALM WARBLER was reported from Douglas Campus of Cochise College on 2/17
(Judy Meredith) at the north end of the soccer field and continued on 2/21
(Lori Conrad).

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Roper Lake SP on 2/23 (Jeff Coker).

NOGALES area
At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/zBbzl), a # LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH was reported again this week (m.ob.).

SONOITA
#MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS continued from the Davis Pasture section of Las
Cienegas NCA this week (m.ob.). Map (courtesy of Richard Fray):
https://goo.gl/Pj9itL



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/

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.

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.

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, CORONA DE TUCSON WRF, and 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: 2/23/18 5:01 pm
From: richard sharon <rls1661...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz flats
We went out and cruzed the flats today from about 10am-4pm
Highlights included:
3 crested cara cara
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Ferruginous Hawk
1 Great Horned Owl, who gave us a surprise great “in flight” view
6 Loggerhead Shrike
2 Harris Hawk
2 Am Kestrel
Surprise of the day, and the week, was a Mountain Bluebird on the edge of a fresh plowed field on Harmon Rd
He gave us great views with perfect light at close range. Unmistakable bird, very surprised to see him out there.
Also, unfortunately, a few dead yellow headed blackbirds. 100’s of live ones by the feed lots.
Richard Sharon



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Date: 2/23/18 9:26 am
From: Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Interesting Fox Sparrow at San Pedro House
Saw a Fox Sparrow feeding under feeder SW of the 'house' with many other
sparrows yesterday 830ish. It looked a lot like a Slate-colored but had
some rusty-brown markings mixed with gray on the head and back, and the
breast streaking was more reddish, less blackish than on a full-on
Slate-colored. I wondered whether it might be a Red X Slate-colored
intergrade as shown in Sibley (which it looked very much like). See ebird
checklist and photo taken by Ron Getter here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43111163

Not sure how this relates to other Fox Sparrows seen in the SPH vicinity
this winter. Perhaps others could chime in on that if you are so inclined.

--
Chris Chappell
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Date: 2/23/18 8:22 am
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
Unfortunately, I left that afternoon for a week in Ohio. I won't be able to check to see if the bird is still there until March 1.


As with the bird at the Desert Museum, it is possible that this is a green-backed rufous hummingbird. However, the only rufous coloring that I saw was the flashing lower face and neck (looked burnt orange). The breast was light. The back was green. I didn't see any rufous coloring on the sides. I didn't really see the tail at all.


________________________________
From: Judy <jlsbirdlady...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:20 PM
To: Nancy Obryan
Cc: Andrew Core; Laurens Halsey; Andrew Core; AZNM
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird

Please keep us updated on sightings of this bird. Definitely heading down your way but not until 03/02. May work this area into the itinerary if it sticks around. Thanks!
Judy Sink

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 20, 2018, at 10:34 AM, Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...><mailto:<nancy.obryan...>> wrote:


I just saw an Allen's hummingbird at the back of Tucson Estates golf course (outside of the fence), near where Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson Estates 2, and the golf course join. This is maybe 5 miles east of the desert museum.


From the Sarasota trailhead to Tucson Mountain Park, go west along the lowest trail. When you pass through the pedestrian gate, turn left until you reach the back of the golf course. I saw the bird near where you would have to turn right to keep going along the back of the golf course.


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From: <aznmbirds-request...><mailto:<aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...><mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>> on behalf of Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...><mailto:<desertharrier...>>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:48 AM
To: Andrew Core
Cc: Andrew Core; AZNM
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird

The male Allens Hummingbird continues Tuesday morning at same flower patch. Directions previously posted.

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Desert Harrier Guide Services
Laurens Halsey
Green Valley, AZ



On Feb 19, 2018, at 9:20 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...><mailto:<andrewcore...>> wrote:

The probable Allens Hummingbird continues this morning from 8:45-9:20 on the west side of the labyrinth garden. This is near the riparian corridor.



-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:16 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...><mailto:<tucsonrba...>> wrote:

Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:

Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some photography and found what I believe to be an adult male Allen's Hummingbird, which I see based on ebird is quite rare for the area. I am sure you will see the alert come through on ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to any AZ list serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them. There are photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with me) and a description of where I saw it within the museum grounds in the ebird report. As it kept returning to the same general area I think it may stick for a while.

Images and description at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381

Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are also moving through right now.

This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/
[https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/ruhu-rufous-back.jpg]<https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/>

Rufous vs. Allens | Life, Birds, and Everything<https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/>
fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com
One of the most commonly repeated myths about hummingbird identification is that an orange hummingbird with a green back is an Allens. I was told this ...


This part is important to note:
"... in both Rufous and Allens all females and juvenile males have green backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough green on their backs to be easily confused with Allens.
The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and Allens in any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail feathers."


thanks to Cathy for the timely report!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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tucsonaudubon.org
Southeast Arizona Rare Bird Alert . This update of Tucson Audubon Societys Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on February 9, 2018.


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Date: 2/23/18 8:20 am
From: Matthew O'Brien <matthewobrien...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sounds like poison to me
The recent posts of dying blackbirds in the Red Rock area do indeed
sound like they were poisoned.  The symptoms seem to match it, it was
apparently localized, and why else would there be corn scattered about?

I just reported this to the Arizona Game & Fish; they were very
interested and took a complete report.  They mentioned my report as the
second they've received in the last day.

Should anyone else observe this, it would be helpful to file a report
especially with details about the exact location.  Their number is (800)
352-0700.  They take the report in person and ask questions to help them
investigate.  They were very interested and helpful.  They said that the
case has been assigned to a field officer.

Matt O'Brien


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Date: 2/23/18 7:46 am
From: Malcolm Chesworth <malcolmsc...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Some unusual and distressing birding Red Rock/Santa Cruz Flats
We didn't touch the corn. Arizona Game and Fish department have been contacted by Tucson Audubon so let's hope they will get to the bottom of the problem.
Malcolm

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> On Feb 23, 2018, at 8:15 AM, Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> wrote:
>
> I seem to recall something similar happening out in this area a year or two ago. Does anyone else remember that or am I wrong? I recall that the suspicion at the time was that the birds were poisoned, whether intentionally or not. Did you collect any of the kernels of corn? The corn could be tested, but if you handled it, you shouldn't let it come in contact with your skin any more than you already have.
>
> I do know that there are farmers in the Marana area that do not like birds, and they're old school enough to likely have few qualms about poisoning them.
>
>
> For the birds!
>
> Brian Jones
> Tucson, AZ
> --------
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>
>> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 8:05 PM, Thor Manson <thormanson...> wrote:
>> Hi Birders: Malcolm Chesworth from Tubac, and I, had an unusual day of birding today. Heading first to the Red Rock feed lot, it didn't take us long to see at least two Ruddy Ground Doves amongst a small group of Eurasian Collared Doves, ( on the West side of the house, on the grass ). On the way in we noticed a Yellow headed Blackbird struggling on the pavement, and we thought, it was an unfortunate victim of impact with a vehicle. Then we started to notice more of them, apparently unharmed physiologically, but still acting very strangely, unable to fly properly, despite the " working parts " moving normally, and then dropping to the ground. Ultimately, we saw some dead ones on the ground as well as others that looked like they were not long for this world. We also saw the odd Red winged Blackbird that appeared to be in the same state of distress. Naturally, this motivated us to try to do something. We did run into a local rancher who had noticed the same erratic behavior. His thesis was that he noticed birds in distress around some kernels of corn on the ground, and was speculating the birds had perhaps ingested some toxin, or substance tolerated by other animals but not by them. Along those lines, the the only birds/animals that seemed to be in distress were blackbirds. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Yellow headed Blackbirds in this area, so, just from a layman's perspective I also wondered about a virus that was particular to this species or to blackbirds in general?
>> Malcolm, through other connections, was able to get a message to Arizona Fish and Game. So, just a heads up to any other birders heading out that way to watch for this unfortunate activity, and report where you can. Also, for anyone reading this, if there are other organizations we should be reporting this to, don't hesitate to let us know, and we will do our best.
>> Much less importantly, later on, we did get close looks at Mountain Plover along Pretzer Road at the turf farm between Tweedy and Curry.
>> We did swing by Red Rock again on the way home to check things out. By this time it was in the p.m., and birding activity in general had tapered off, and we didn't see much blackbird activity of any kind. Quite distressing. Thor
>>
>> Thor Manson
>> Green Valley.
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Date: 2/23/18 7:15 am
From: Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Some unusual and distressing birding Red Rock/Santa Cruz Flats
I seem to recall something similar happening out in this area a year or two
ago. Does anyone else remember that or am I wrong? I recall that the
suspicion at the time was that the birds were poisoned, whether
intentionally or not. Did you collect any of the kernels of corn? The corn
could be tested, but if you handled it, you shouldn't let it come in
contact with your skin any more than you already have.

I do know that there are farmers in the Marana area that do not like birds,
and they're old school enough to likely have few qualms about poisoning
them.


For the birds!

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Tucson, AZ
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On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 8:05 PM, Thor Manson <thormanson...> wrote:

> Hi Birders: Malcolm Chesworth from Tubac, and I, had an unusual day of
> birding today. Heading first to the Red Rock feed lot, it didn't take us
> long to see at least two Ruddy Ground Doves amongst a small group of
> Eurasian Collared Doves, ( on the West side of the house, on the grass ).
> On the way in we noticed a Yellow headed Blackbird struggling on the
> pavement, and we thought, it was an unfortunate victim of impact with a
> vehicle. Then we started to notice more of them, apparently unharmed
> physiologically, but still acting very strangely, unable to fly properly,
> despite the " working parts " moving normally, and then dropping to the
> ground. Ultimately, we saw some dead ones on the ground as well as
> others that looked like they were not long for this world. We also saw the
> odd Red winged Blackbird that appeared to be in the same state of
> distress. Naturally, this motivated us to try to do something. We did run
> into a local rancher who had noticed the same erratic behavior. His thesis
> was that he noticed birds in distress around some kernels of corn on the
> ground, and was speculating the birds had perhaps ingested some toxin, or
> substance tolerated by other animals but not by them. Along those lines,
> the the only birds/animals that seemed to be in distress were blackbirds.
> There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Yellow headed Blackbirds
> in this area, so, just from a layman's perspective I also wondered about a
> virus that was particular to this species or to blackbirds in general?
>
> Malcolm, through other connections, was able to get a message to Arizona
> Fish and Game. So, just a heads up to any other birders heading out that
> way to watch for this unfortunate activity, and report where you can.
> Also, for anyone reading this, if there are other organizations we should
> be reporting this to, don't hesitate to let us know, and we will do our
> best.
>
> Much less importantly, later on, we did get close looks at Mountain Plover
> along Pretzer Road at the turf farm between Tweedy and Curry.
>
> We did swing by Red Rock again on the way home to check things out. By
> this time it was in the p.m., and birding activity in general had tapered
> off, and we didn't see much blackbird activity of any kind. Quite
> distressing. Thor
>
>
> Thor Manson
>
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Date: 2/23/18 5:34 am
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RFI: Cactus Wrens and Lizards
Dear AZNM Birders



I am presently researching published records and other observations of
Cactus Wrens in the process of capturing/eating/masticating lizards or
other small vertebrates and I’m putting out a Request For Information for
observations with details (date, behavior, species of lizard/vertebrate,
whether you have photos/video, etc…) you may have had.



I recall that as recently as 2016(?) there was a thread about such a topic
here on the listserve, but I was unable to relocate those posts.



If you do have an observation to share, please respond off the listserve
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Date: 2/22/18 7:23 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] addendum to Red Rock report
Hi again birders: Didn't really want to mix up my messages on today's birding in the Red Rock feedlot area. In addition to the Ruddy Ground Doves, and the unfortunate distressed blackbirds, very close by, on the access road to the feedlot, we saw what appeared to be a leucistic Eurasian Collared Dove, and perhaps a leucistic Rock Dove. I am aware that the Rock Dove can have a color variation that is quite white, but this one looked different than that; ( to me anyway ). Have pictures of both. As I said previously, it was a very unusual birding day. Thor


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Date: 2/22/18 7:06 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Some unusual and distressing birding Red Rock/Santa Cruz Flats
Hi Birders: Malcolm Chesworth from Tubac, and I, had an unusual day of birding today. Heading first to the Red Rock feed lot, it didn't take us long to see at least two Ruddy Ground Doves amongst a small group of Eurasian Collared Doves, ( on the West side of the house, on the grass ). On the way in we noticed a Yellow headed Blackbird struggling on the pavement, and we thought, it was an unfortunate victim of impact with a vehicle. Then we started to notice more of them, apparently unharmed physiologically, but still acting very strangely, unable to fly properly, despite the " working parts " moving normally, and then dropping to the ground. Ultimately, we saw some dead ones on the ground as well as others that looked like they were not long for this world. We also saw the odd Red winged Blackbird that appeared to be in the same state of distress. Naturally, this motivated us to try to do something. We did run into a local rancher who had noticed the same erratic behavior. His thesis was that he noticed birds in distress around some kernels of corn on the ground, and was speculating the birds had perhaps ingested some toxin, or substance tolerated by other animals but not by them. Along those lines, the the only birds/animals that seemed to be in distress were blackbirds. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Yellow headed Blackbirds in this area, so, just from a layman's perspective I also wondered about a virus that was particular to this species or to blackbirds in general?

Malcolm, through other connections, was able to get a message to Arizona Fish and Game. So, just a heads up to any other birders heading out that way to watch for this unfortunate activity, and report where you can. Also, for anyone reading this, if there are other organizations we should be reporting this to, don't hesitate to let us know, and we will do our best.

Much less importantly, later on, we did get close looks at Mountain Plover along Pretzer Road at the turf farm between Tweedy and Curry.

We did swing by Red Rock again on the way home to check things out. By this time it was in the p.m., and birding activity in general had tapered off, and we didn't see much blackbird activity of any kind. Quite distressing. Thor


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Green Valley.


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Date: 2/22/18 6:05 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - TUMACACORI DE ANZA TRAIL
Birders:


At 1120 this morning two RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS were along the west side of the de Anza Trail south of Santa Gertrudis Lane where the willow trunk lies across the trail. In the same vicinity were a pair of HEPATIC TANAGER, a female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO.


Larry Norris, Tucson

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Date: 2/22/18 4:02 pm
From: Roederer Scott <osprey...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Ruddy Ground-Doves, Red Rock
We found two Ruddy Ground-Doves at the Red Rock feedlot at 3:30 this afternoon. They were in the cattle driveway just south of the ranch house lawn, near a group of a half-dozen Inca Doves.

We put the scope up to enjoy the Incas. Only then did we find that one of the lumps near them was not what is usually found on the ground at a feedlot. It was one of the Ground-Doves with its back to us and its head tucked in. Only when a blackbird approached did it rouse itself enough to be identified. Later a second one moved out of the shadow of the fence.

We watched them for 10 minutes or so until something spooked the group. The birds flew into the feedlot and disappeared.

The trip would have been worth it just for the thousands of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Most were packed together on the ground under the shelter roofs, filling the shaded areas entirely. A truly amazing sight.

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Date: 2/22/18 3:00 pm
From: Richard Castetter <rcastett...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SC NM Continuing male Broad-billed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker
The subject bird is still being seen on an irregular basis at my residence.  It often disappears for a day or two.  When it returns it somedays hangs around for a few days visiting the feeder frequently or it may visit the feeder one or two times before disappearing once again.  The bird has been seen at a residence 300 meters away on occasion but otherwise I am curious to know where he goes.  When he is at various places on my property his chattering gives him away so I am fairly certain that when he is missing he is off my property. 
I welcome private comments/opinions on the matter from those of you who have experience with this species. 
CASSIN'S FINCHES are still a common visitor.  WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are present every day.  A female DOWNY WOODPECKER has been seen twice over the last two weeks.
Rick Castetter
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Date: 2/22/18 12:48 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Laughing Gull cont
Made a brief visit to the beach at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City and had the continuing LAUGHING GULL in with the Ring-billed Gulls. Good birding.


David Vander Pluym
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 2/22/18 12:00 pm
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Allen's Hummingbird
Hello Birders,

The ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues this morning at the ASDM, making frequent visits to the flowers on the west side of the Labyrinth Garden.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 2/21/18 5:08 pm
From: Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] phalarope - not today
Thanks for looking Sandy. I checked mid afternoon as well and it was not
there at Benson STP.

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Date: 2/21/18 1:57 pm
From: Jennie Macfarland <jmacfarland...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Anyone going to Tonto NM soon? NO SIGHTINGS
Hello Birders,
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nestboxes a ride? They need to find their way up to Tonto NM to be
installed as part of our Lucy's Warbler nest box preference study. All
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Thank you!
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Date: 2/21/18 1:51 pm
From: Lori Conrad <lconrad6853...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Palm Warbler
Hi all. The Palm Warbler reported last week from Cochise College west of
Douglas is still there. We just saw it with a group of pipits. They were
all on a large patch of grass on the north side of the buildings near the
airplane hangars.

Lori and Mark Conrad
Portal, AZ

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Date: 2/21/18 1:49 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ SWEETWATER NORTHERN PARULA
Birders:


The male NORTHERN PARULA showed again in the leafing cottonwoods about mid-way along the north side trail this morning. He has been there for two weeks that I know of.


Larry L. Norris Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 2/21/18 1:49 pm
From: David Stejskal <dstejskal...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CAZ: Gilbert Water Ranch & Saguaro L. this morning
Hi birders,

A visit to Gilbert Water Ranch this morning was very productive, with highlights being the continuing NORTHERN PARULA at the far end of the path between Ponds 3 & 4, the continuing CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD along the same path feeding on flowering Lycium (wolfberry) - kindly pointed out to me by Pierre Deviche, the continuing female AMERICAN REDSTART at the entrance to the Water Sedge Edge Campsite, and a couple of WESTERN SANDPIPERS hiding among the numerous LEAST SANDPIPERS. No sign of the Rufous-backed Robins reported earlier.

After I finished up at Gilbert, I made the run up to Saguaro Lake & easily found the continuing male PRAIRIE WARBLER near boat ramp #2.

Good birding,

Dave Stejskal
Field Guides Inc.

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Date: 2/21/18 10:24 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] phalarope
We searched from 7:45 to 8:15 AM with no luck seeing a phalarope at Benson:
1-day wonder, I guess.
Sandy and Mark Turner

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Date: 2/21/18 8:40 am
From: Susan Fishburn <fishbirdess...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Allen’s Hummingbird at ASDM-YES
A number of birders/photographers have been viewing the Allen’s Hummingbird in the Labyrinth Garden at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson since 8:30 a.m. today, February 21.

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Date: 2/21/18 5:08 am
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
FYI. Although Allen'sand early migrant Rufous are on the move now (both
mostly in CA), if anyone just wants to see one not too far away in
southern CA, resident Allen's have been spreading south from the Los
Angeles area for many years now. They are definitely present year round
at San Elijo Lagoon in Del Marand possible elsewhere even further to the
south in San Diego County.

Diane Touret   (Tucson, AZ)


On 2/20/2018 12:20 PM, Judy wrote:
> Please keep us updated on sightings of this bird. Definitely heading
> down your way but not until 03/02. May work this area into the
> itinerary if it sticks around. Thanks!
> Judy Sink
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 20, 2018, at 10:34 AM, Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
> <mailto:<nancy.obryan...>> wrote:
>
>> I just saw an Allen's hummingbird at the back of Tucson Estates golf
>> course (outside of the fence), near where Tucson Mountain Park,
>> Tucson Estates 2, and the golf course join. This is maybe 5 miles
>> east of the desert museum.
>>
>>
>> From the Sarasota trailhead to Tucson Mountain Park, go west along
>> the lowest trail. When you pass through the pedestrian gate, turn
>> left until you reach the back of the golf course. I saw the bird near
>> where you would have to turn right to keep going along the back of
>> the golf course.
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> *From:* <aznmbirds-request...>
>> <mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>
>> <aznmbirds-request...>
>> <mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>> on behalf of Laurens
>> Halsey <desertharrier...> <mailto:<desertharrier...>>
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:48 AM
>> *To:* Andrew Core
>> *Cc:* Andrew Core; AZNM
>> *Subject:* Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum -
>> possible Allen's Hummingbird
>> The male Allens Hummingbird continues Tuesday morning at same flower
>> patch. Directions previously posted.
>>
>> Sent from the Desert Harrier iPhone
>> Desert Harrier Guide Services
>> Laurens Halsey
>> Green Valley, AZ
>>
>>
>>
>> On Feb 19, 2018, at 9:20 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
>> <mailto:<andrewcore...>> wrote:
>>
>>> The probable Allen’s Hummingbird continues this morning from
>>> 8:45-9:20 on the west side of the labyrinth garden. This is near the
>>> riparian corridor.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -Andrew Core
>>> Tucson, AZ
>>>
>>> On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:16 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
>>> <mailto:<tucsonrba...>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:
>>>>
>>>> Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some
>>>> photography and found what I believe to be an adult male
>>>> Allen's Hummingbird, which I see based on ebird is quite rare
>>>> for the area.  I am sure you will see the alert come through on
>>>> ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to any AZ list
>>>> serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them.  There are
>>>> photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with
>>>> me) and a description of where I saw it within the museum
>>>> grounds in the ebird report.  As it kept returning to the same
>>>> general area I think it may stick for a while.
>>>>
>>>> Images and description at:
>>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's
>>>> Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are
>>>> also moving through right now.
>>>>
>>>> This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
>>>> https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/
>>>>
>>>> This part is important to note:
>>>> "... in both Rufous and Allen’s all females and juvenile males have
>>>> green backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough
>>>> green on their backs to be easily confused with Allen’s.
>>>> The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and
>>>> Allen’s in any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail
>>>> feathers."
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> thanks to Cathy for the timely report!
>>>>
>>>> Andrew Core
>>>> SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
>>>> http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 2/20/18 10:26 pm
From: Richard carlson <rccarl...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack swallows, NW Tucson
That's the Cooper's mating display flight. It should fluff up the white tail feathers too.

Richard Carlson
Tucson & Lake Tahoe
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> On Feb 20, 2018, at 8:04 PM, Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> wrote:
>
> Two days in a row there have been swarms of swallows at the 9th and 7th hole ponds at the park.
> Today I counted over the 9th hole getting totals of 54, 57, 65. There were 10 more over the 7th and some over the scrub in between.
> Violet-green Swallows were dominant but I had double figures for Tree and N.Rough-winged Swallows as well.
> Two Hen Common Mergansers were on one of the floats on the 9th hole pond.
> A Wilson’s Snipe was around both days, once at each pond.
>
> Sparrows were difficult to find… migrating already? I have only found three in two days.
>
> I watched a Cooper’s Hawk doing some kind of weird flight. It did steep dives and rises often in a highly arched wing position tips up in a sharp V. It went through at least 4 cycles. It reminded me of the way nighthawks forage with abrupt changes in aspect.
>
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Date: 2/20/18 8:49 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Reid Park
Tuesday morning twenty-five birders on the Tucson Audubon field trip ignored the cold and "rambled "around Reid Park, seeing three dozen kinds of birds. Three species of swallows and eight kinds of wild ducks were there. "Pretty birds" included Western Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings and Oregon Juncos.


John Higgins, Tucson , AZ

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Date: 2/20/18 8:04 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack swallows, NW Tucson
Two days in a row there have been swarms of swallows at the 9th and 7th hole ponds at the park.
Today I counted over the 9th hole getting totals of 54, 57, 65. There were 10 more over the 7th and some over the scrub in between.
Violet-green Swallows were dominant but I had double figures for Tree and N.Rough-winged Swallows as well.
Two Hen Common Mergansers were on one of the floats on the 9th hole pond.
A Wilson’s Snipe was around both days, once at each pond.

Sparrows were difficult to find… migrating already? I have only found three in two days.

I watched a Cooper’s Hawk doing some kind of weird flight. It did steep dives and rises often in a highly arched wing position tips up in a sharp V. It went through at least 4 cycles. It reminded me of the way nighthawks forage with abrupt changes in aspect.

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Date: 2/20/18 6:50 pm
From: <pgoltz...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Allen’s Hummer, Rufous winged sparrow
The Allen's at the Desert Museum continued this afternoon, around 3 or
3:30, observed by 20 or so, so if you would like to see one, that would
be a good place to look. Also present were two Costa's and a Northern
Cardinal (in a slightly different location).

Good birding,
Pat Goltz

On 2018-02-20 17:45, richard sharon wrote:
> Went out for a try at the reported Allen’s hummingbird at the
> Sarasota trailhead area. Kindly homeowners (3 feeders in line back by
> the golf course corner) told us they’d seen it, and welcomed our
> peering into their yards. We did see several Anna’s, including a
> displaying male, but no Allen’s. On the up side, it was very birdy
> out there. We had one Rufous Winged sparrow, (very close with textbook
> markings) and a Costas hummingbird, as well as many quail and curve
> billed thrashers, along with typical desert locals.
> Richard Sharon & Kris Treat
> Visiting birders from CT
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Date: 2/20/18 5:33 pm
From: Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Red-necked Phalarope Benson STP
Surprised to see a winter plumage RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Benson Sewage
Ponds today, both in the morning and late afternoon. I know Red is much
more likely, but I could not turn it into one, even though that would have
been great for my AZ and county lists! Blown in with the storm, I presume,
perhaps from Gulf of California or further???. Will it be there tomorrow?
Be nice if someone with a good camera could get a pic tomorrow morning, if
its still there...

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Date: 2/20/18 4:45 pm
From: richard sharon <rls1661...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Allen’s Hummer, Rufous winged sparrow
Went out for a try at the reported Allen’s hummingbird at the Sarasota trailhead area. Kindly homeowners (3 feeders in line back by the golf course corner) told us they’d seen it, and welcomed our peering into their yards. We did see several Anna’s, including a displaying male, but no Allen’s. On the up side, it was very birdy out there. We had one Rufous Winged sparrow, (very close with textbook markings) and a Costas hummingbird, as well as many quail and curve billed thrashers, along with typical desert locals.
Richard Sharon & Kris Treat
Visiting birders from CT



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Date: 2/20/18 4:31 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Tucson UA Feed Lot - possible E. Phoebe
Birders:


I stopped by the UA feed lot for an hour this afternoon (230-330pm) with the light at my back, but no Eastern Phoebe. The only Tyrannid I could scare up was a male Vermilion Flycatcher. Lots of Icterids, pigeons and doves. A Red-tailed Hawk swooped down near me stealing away a Cooper's Hawk snack. It took the food away to its young.


Larry Norris Tucson

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Date: 2/20/18 12:04 pm
From: Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Bendire's Thrashers
This morning I did a little old style bird-watching, went looking for BENDIRE’S THRASHERS, just to observe their habits. Despite a few years of surveys for this species, it’s still the one I understand the least. Used to think that almost all of them only wintered near Tucson and bred further north but our surveys on the Tucson City properties in the Avra Valley last year seemed to confirm a larger number of them remaining than I thought. During the winter, they seem most reliably found in this part of the state in the Avra Valley, Santa Cruz Flats, and Sulphur Springs Valley. So, what is in common here? Well, they are all either old playa’s or shallow valleys without a strong drainage, which allows a lot of finer silt to wash down into their bottoms and collect there. Unfortunately, with the addition of water, this is also prime farmland for this state and there is very little undisturbed habitat in these kinds of areas, it’s all either farmed now or was in the past. In fact I wouldn’t even know what undisturbed habitat looks like in these areas, if anyone has a good idea of where to look, drop me a line. In any case, these birds are found in this habitat in the winter and it’s one of the most disturbed and unpromising I can imagine, what are these birds doing here? Usually over 50% bare dirt, some grassy patches, and a few scattered mesquites. Hard to imagine that there is enough insect life to support them during the winter let alone with a brood in the summer?

Started out this morning driving west on Mile Wide Road in the Avra Valley. Surprisingly did not find any BeTh’s along here? Turning north on Reservation Road, I got my first detection just past TIMPA, a singing male just to the east. He would sit up high on a mesquite, sing for several minutes, then drop low, and fly to another perch for another few minutes of singing. After a while I detected a second male, this time west of the road, and apparently counter-singing to the first bird, each one of them flying around to different high perches on their side of the road and singing at each other. Certainly seemed like territorial behavior? I wasn’t sure, but I also thought there was a third bird in this area also singing, each remaining perhaps 75-150m from each other.

Moving on, I picked up another singing male at the southwest corner with Manville Road. Turning west, then picked up another singing male just east of Trico Road. I also then saw a second bird, feeding on the ground below it, which I took for a female and this a bonded pair, so good evidence that these birds will probably stay here and breed. I had seen a couple of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES earlier in the morning and wondered how these birds would see each other, would the BeTh fear predation by the LoSh or ? This question got answered quickly with this pair of birds as I watched the singing male fly across the road to the north and aggressively displace a shrike perched on a low shrub. So while defending a territory at least, this thrasher responded aggressively to a possible threat/competitor.

Other birds I saw this morning were pretty much what you would expect for this habitat, lot of RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIER, PHAINOPEPLA, CACTUS WREN, etc. The one surprise was a group of CANVASBACKS on the northern most evaporation pond with a lot of water in it, but no other water birds.

Tim Helentjaris
Tucson, AZ

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Mother, should I run for President?
Mother, should I trust the government”
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Date: 2/20/18 11:45 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson: Sweetwater Wetlands closed on March 8, 2018
For the annual burning of the cattails.

This is "weather permitting". Strong winds could cancel it.

This morning the/an AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Keyhole Pond (the pond with the platform shaped like an
old-timely keyhole).

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 2/20/18 11:20 am
From: Judy <jlsbirdlady...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
Please keep us updated on sightings of this bird. Definitely heading down your way but not until 03/02. May work this area into the itinerary if it sticks around. Thanks!
Judy Sink

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 20, 2018, at 10:34 AM, Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> wrote:
>
> I just saw an Allen's hummingbird at the back of Tucson Estates golf course (outside of the fence), near where Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson Estates 2, and the golf course join. This is maybe 5 miles east of the desert museum.
>
> From the Sarasota trailhead to Tucson Mountain Park, go west along the lowest trail. When you pass through the pedestrian gate, turn left until you reach the back of the golf course. I saw the bird near where you would have to turn right to keep going along the back of the golf course.
>
>
> From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:48 AM
> To: Andrew Core
> Cc: Andrew Core; AZNM
> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
>
> The male Allens Hummingbird continues Tuesday morning at same flower patch. Directions previously posted.
>
> Sent from the Desert Harrier iPhone
> Desert Harrier Guide Services
> Laurens Halsey
> Green Valley, AZ
>
>
>
> On Feb 19, 2018, at 9:20 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>
>> The probable Allen’s Hummingbird continues this morning from 8:45-9:20 on the west side of the labyrinth garden. This is near the riparian corridor.
>>
>>
>>
>> -Andrew Core
>> Tucson, AZ
>>
>> On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:16 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:
>>
>>> Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:
>>>
>>> Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some photography and found what I believe to be an adult male Allen's Hummingbird, which I see based on ebird is quite rare for the area. I am sure you will see the alert come through on ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to any AZ list serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them. There are photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with me) and a description of where I saw it within the museum grounds in the ebird report. As it kept returning to the same general area I think it may stick for a while.
>>>
>>> Images and description at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381
>>>
>>> Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are also moving through right now.
>>>
>>> This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
>>> https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/
>>>
>>> This part is important to note:
>>> "... in both Rufous and Allen’s all females and juvenile males have green backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough green on their backs to be easily confused with Allen’s.
>>> The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and Allen’s in any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail feathers."
>>>
>>>
>>> thanks to Cathy for the timely report!
>>>
>>> Andrew Core
>>> SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
>>> http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 2/20/18 9:34 am
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
I just saw an Allen's hummingbird at the back of Tucson Estates golf course (outside of the fence), near where Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson Estates 2, and the golf course join. This is maybe 5 miles east of the desert museum.


From the Sarasota trailhead to Tucson Mountain Park, go west along the lowest trail. When you pass through the pedestrian gate, turn left until you reach the back of the golf course. I saw the bird near where you would have to turn right to keep going along the back of the golf course.


________________________________
From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:48 AM
To: Andrew Core
Cc: Andrew Core; AZNM
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird

The male Allens Hummingbird continues Tuesday morning at same flower patch. Directions previously posted.

Sent from the Desert Harrier iPhone
Desert Harrier Guide Services
Laurens Halsey
Green Valley, AZ



On Feb 19, 2018, at 9:20 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...><mailto:<andrewcore...>> wrote:

The probable Allens Hummingbird continues this morning from 8:45-9:20 on the west side of the labyrinth garden. This is near the riparian corridor.



-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:16 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...><mailto:<tucsonrba...>> wrote:

Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:

Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some photography and found what I believe to be an adult male Allen's Hummingbird, which I see based on ebird is quite rare for the area. I am sure you will see the alert come through on ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to any AZ list serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them. There are photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with me) and a description of where I saw it within the museum grounds in the ebird report. As it kept returning to the same general area I think it may stick for a while.

Images and description at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381

Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are also moving through right now.

This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/

This part is important to note:
"... in both Rufous and Allens all females and juvenile males have green backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough green on their backs to be easily confused with Allens.
The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and Allens in any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail feathers."


thanks to Cathy for the timely report!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 2/20/18 8:49 am
From: Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
The male Allens Hummingbird continues Tuesday morning at same flower patch. Directions previously posted.

Sent from the Desert Harrier iPhone
Desert Harrier Guide Services
Laurens Halsey
Green Valley, AZ



> On Feb 19, 2018, at 9:20 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>
> The probable Allen’s Hummingbird continues this morning from 8:45-9:20 on the west side of the labyrinth garden. This is near the riparian corridor.
>
>
>
> -Andrew Core
> Tucson, AZ
>
>> On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:16 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:
>>
>> Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:
>>
>> Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some photography and found what I believe to be an adult male Allen's Hummingbird, which I see based on ebird is quite rare for the area. I am sure you will see the alert come through on ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to any AZ list serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them. There are photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with me) and a description of where I saw it within the museum grounds in the ebird report. As it kept returning to the same general area I think it may stick for a while.
>>
>> Images and description at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381
>>
>> Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are also moving through right now.
>>
>> This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
>> https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/
>>
>> This part is important to note:
>> "... in both Rufous and Allen’s all females and juvenile males have green backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough green on their backs to be easily confused with Allen’s.
>> The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and Allen’s in any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail feathers."
>>
>>
>> thanks to Cathy for the timely report!
>>
>> Andrew Core
>> SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
>> http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 2/19/18 7:05 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 2/19/2018
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
February 19, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for February 19, 2018 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):
TRUMPETER SWAN (Colfax)
RED-NECKED GREBE (Sierra)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Quay)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (Grant)
PACIFIC WREN (Bernalillo, Los Alamos)
Carolina Wren (Eddy)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Socorro)
Harris’s Sparrow (Rio Arriba)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Otero)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero, San Juan)

BERNALILLO County:
--Maley reported an adult MEW GULL south of the Alameda Bridge in
Albuquerque January 12. It and an apparent second adult were present to
February 10.

--Score reported a PACIFIC WREN in the Sandia Mountains December 26. It was
seen in the willow thicket with water running near the Sulphur Canyon
Parking area. It continued to February 18.

COLFAX County:
--Egelhoff and Clark reported two TRUMPETER SWANS at Maxwell NWR January 7.
They were seen on Lake 12 and later moved to the pond directly east of Lake
12 to January 27.

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:
--Hines and Steve West reported a CAROLINA WREN at Washington Ranch
February 18. It was seen in the Black River drainage east of the ponds. It
continued later in the day.

GRANT County:
--Swackhamer and Dolton reported a PACIFIC WREN at Cherry Creek Campground
in the Pinos Altos February 4.

--Dayer reported a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the Gila Bird Area December
23. It was seen in the area where the Rufous-backed Robin was seen last
year near these coordinates 32.83593, -108.606023. There is a gate with a
rusted out sign in the area where the bird was seen. It continued to
February 18.

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
February 16.

QUAY County:
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a first cycle ICELAND (THAYER’S) GULL at
Ute Lake January 19. It was seen along the Ute Creek Arm at the Logan Park
boat launch. It continued in the area to February 11.

OTERO County:
--Madrid-Simonetti photographed a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Oliver Lee SP
December 22. It was seen along the creek sometimes a quarter mile up from
where the trail enters the riparian area. It continued to February 18.

--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 and adjacent school for the blind campus. It
continued to February 18.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--Foy reported a first winter HARRIS’S SPARROW at Fairview Pond in Espanola
February 10. This is the small pond beside the Rio Grande on Fairview Rd

SAN JUAN County:
--Alan Nelson has a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to feeders at his
Farmington home. Contact him before visiting <nelson2...>

SIERRA County:
--Pederson reported a RED-NECKED GREBE at Caballo Lake February 19. It was
seen near the buoy line at the base of the dam.

SOCORRO County:
--Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December
10. It has been seen at the visitors center feeders or in the Cactus Garden
to February 18.

--a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19. It continued in the area to February 10. Another
different individual was found on the South Loop at Bosque del Apache
January 21. It was seen near the entrance to the boardwalk January 28.

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Date: 2/19/18 4:24 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Locations with Native and Non-Native Mesquites needed - No SIghtings
Hey, Jennie,

We have several mesquites around the yard, as well as a few at the
neighbors. And we have Lucy's warblers, although we have yet to find a
nest (we did have a little family unit with just-fledged babies coming to
our birdbath last summer).

So, I looked at the guide, and I think at least our BIG tree is velvet
mesquite. We also have what I think is a honey mesquite in our alley.
But the remainder of the trees, I'm not sure if they're hybrid or what
their species is/are.

Would you be interested in stopping by some day and we could pick your
brain? And I'm willing to collect what "little" data we can when I'm home
and see them...

If that's too much hassle, no worries.

We live on Kelso, right across Craycroft from TMC.

Thanks, Rosie Watts (and Jim). ;-)

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 2:42 PM, Jennie Macfarland <
<jmacfarland...> wrote:

> Hello Birders of Arizona,
> Do you know of native and non-native mesquite tree locations?
> We need locations in Tucson or elsewhere in SE Arizona where native velvet
> mesquite trees are growing near non-native Chilean or Argentinian mesquite
> trees. The non-native mesquites are very popular in landscaping and are
> abundant in Tucson. Tucson Audubon wants to better understand how Lucy’s
> Warblers use mesquite trees and want to quantify foraging efforts by Lucy’s
> Warblers within native and non-native mesquite trees.
>
> If you know of a location where both native and non-native mesquites can
> be seen from one location that has public access (such as a sidewalk or
> parking lot) please fill out this short survey: https://goo.gl/forms/
> et4DNl320xNikbln1
>
> Don't know your mesquites? Tucson Audubon has posted a great guide from
> the University of Arizona here: https://tinyurl.com/mesquitesforLUWA
>
> Thanks so much,
> Jennie MacFarland
> Tucson Audubon Society
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Date: 2/19/18 1:22 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Eastern Phoebe at University Feed Lot
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

See below from Patrick Brown - thanks Patrick! Updates would be appreciated.

I've birded this area before and I think the best place to park is the
corner of Ft Lowell and La Cholla, near the trailer park, and walk south
along the river.

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


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Patrick Brown <phhbrown...>
Date: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Good afternoon,

I believe I may have seen an Eastern Phoebe at the University Feed Lot near
Miracle Mile and Interstate 10. Unfortunately I could not get a photo
before I lost the bird.

My eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42987629.

I was reluctant to post it as an Eastern Phoebe so I listed it as "phoebe
sp." I'm not sure if I should have just listed it as an Eastern.

From my checklist:

" About the size of a Black/Say's Phoebe, with a bold black and white
coloration like a Black rather than a Say's. This bird had a white chin and
white breast, unlike a Black Phoebe. White/light grey underneath, did not
notice any pink/peach coloration like a Say's. The bird was perched atop a
manure pile on the edge of a plowed field and was performing short
acrobatic flights, presumably catching flying insects. Eastern Phoebe??

The manure pile is on the western side of the facility, near a large
transmission tower just inside the fence. Not visible on Google Maps, but
roughly here: 32.259636, -111.008319. "


I'm a novice birder, and not exactly sure of the value of this sighting. I
certainly don't want to "cry wolf" as a new birder, but I would be excited
if the bird was spotted again and my ID was confirmed. I'll definitely go
back tomorrow morning.

Thanks for your time, I appreciate your feedback.

Patrick Brown

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Date: 2/19/18 11:29 am
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House, Green Kingfisher Continues
John Barthelme and I were dog walking on the north side of the Bridge this morning when we ran into Tim Rodenkirk near the metal river monitoring box. Tim had just seen the Kingfisher fly south. We then saw it well south of the Bridge at the River near post number 8, where John saw it with students from New Mexico, while Tim and I saw it across from Kingfisher Pond at the brush pile that extends across the River. Tim and I saw the Louisiana Waterthrush near post number 6.

There will be two bird walks this week, Wednesday and Saturday at 9. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista


Sent from my iPad

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Date: 2/19/18 11:22 am
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
Despite the strong winds, the bird was seen several times about 11 a.m. coming into the orange Mexican Firecracker honeysuckle plants .The plants are under a mesquite on the north end of the People and Pollinator exhibit and the south end of the Labyrinth Garden. The location east is across the path from the Cottonwood ice cream shop.


I will let the experts decide whether it is Allen's or green-backed Rufous Hummingbird. Pretty bird. There were also Verdins and male Costa's Hummingbirds feeding on the same flowers.


John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 2/19/18 8:21 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
The probable Allen’s Hummingbird continues this morning from 8:45-9:20 on the west side of the labyrinth garden. This is near the riparian corridor.



-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

> On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:16 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:
>
> Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:
>
> Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some photography and found what I believe to be an adult male Allen's Hummingbird, which I see based on ebird is quite rare for the area. I am sure you will see the alert come through on ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to any AZ list serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them. There are photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with me) and a description of where I saw it within the museum grounds in the ebird report. As it kept returning to the same general area I think it may stick for a while.
>
> Images and description at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381
>
> Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are also moving through right now.
>
> This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
> https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/
>
> This part is important to note:
> "... in both Rufous and Allen’s all females and juvenile males have green backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough green on their backs to be easily confused with Allen’s.
> The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and Allen’s in any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail feathers."
>
>
> thanks to Cathy for the timely report!
>
> Andrew Core
> SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
> http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 2/19/18 7:21 am
From: Steve Valasek <botheringbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Rough Legged Hawk in Buckeye
We spotted a very dark hawk along Baseline Road on our way to the Thrasher
spot. We pulled over and watched it fly from pole to pole and harass some
harriers and a PEFA. Very dark over all with dark leading edge of wings and
even barring of tail. I have photos and will post later. This was at
Baseline and Wilson road.

Steve Valasek
www.botheringbirds.com

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Date: 2/19/18 7:15 am
From: Richard Webster <webster.re...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Green Kingfisher at Slaughter Ranch Sunday the 18th
Hi Folks:

A male Green Kingfisher was at House Pond (the main pond) at Slaughter
Ranch east of Douglas, where one has been seen intermittently for many
months and spent most of one month earlier this winter. It has also been
seen periodically on San Bernardino NWR. I had not seen it my last couple
of visits anywhere.
I did not see the Streak-backed Oriole on SBNWR, although I did not make
special effort to find it.
Two very vocal, interacting N Beardless-Tyrannulets were in the the lower
part of Black Draw (the main N-S riparian drainage line at SBNWR) (not seen
at all earlier this winter).
Overall birding was rather slow (least birdy winter there in my
experience).

Slaughter Ranch is open Wed-Sun 10-3 (fee); see website.
San Bernardino NWR is open to walk-in visitors all daylight hours.
They are located 14 & 15 miles, respectively, east of Douglas on Geronimo
Trail = 15th Street.

Richard

Richard Webster
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Date: 2/19/18 6:34 am
From: C kirscher <antclaudia2008...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Arlington/Palo Verde - SAS field trip 2/18/18
An early morning start with cold temps kept us moving and it paid off.  On Baseline near Turner Road 150 Long-billed Curlews flew  into a recently mowed and flooded alfalfa field, 3 Northern Harriers kept flushing them.  Also in the same field, on the ground, berms, trees, and telephone poles were at least 15 Red-tailed Hawks (one rufous morph) and a light-phase Feruginous Hawk.  Must have been a lot of goodies out there after the cutting, many of the raptors were eating or mantling food. On to the thrasher site where we picked up 3 Bendire's (singing) and 1 Crissal Thrasher plus Sagebrush Sparrow, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and Cactus Wren.  The Arlington Valley area brought plenty of Black Vulture kettles and 11 Sandhill Cranes who moved around quite a bit during the morning.  The Arlington Wildlife Refuge and Gillespie Dan areas had nothing unusual. Midday at the Lower River Rd ponds was fairly quiet with a fisherman on the shoreline and children walking the perimeter.  A handful of American Widgeons, Ruddy Ducks, and a lone Green-winged Teal.  White-faced Ibis flew into a field beyond the ponds.  Horned Larks in the field north of the ponds. It appears to this observer that raptor numbers are dwindling with the warm weather.  We ended a pleasant morning with 58 species.
Many thanks to all the sharp-eyed participants. 
Trip Leaders: Claudia Kirscher & Barb MedingGlendale/Goodyear, Az
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Date: 2/19/18 6:30 am
From: Sean Fitzgerald <sfitzgerald86...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Ceaz—Eurasian Wigeon—Arizona City, Pinal Co
Yesterday evening I observed a male Eurasian Wigeon feeding along the
margin of a large American Wigeon flock by some golf course ponds in
Arizona City, Pinal Co. The bird was viewed from the side of S Brook
Hollow Rd. For further location info and a photo of the bird, see my ebird
checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42954056

Good birding!

Sean Fitzgerald
Gilbert, AZ

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Date: 2/18/18 9:17 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - possible Allen's Hummingbird
Cathy Sheeter sent this note today:

Today after my class I went into the Desert museum to do some photography
and found what I believe to be an adult male Allen's Hummingbird, which I
see based on ebird is quite rare for the area. I am sure you will see the
alert come through on ebird, but if you feel it is appropriate to post to
any AZ list serves please do so for me, as I am not any of them. There are
photos (back of camera cell pics as I don't have a laptop with me) and a
description of where I saw it within the museum grounds in the ebird
report. As it kept returning to the same general area I think it may stick
for a while.

Images and description at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42955381


Because of the inherent difficulty in identifying Rufous & Allen's
Hummingbirds, observers should be cautious; Rufous Hummingbirds are also
moving through right now.

This excellent article by Sheri Williamson is worth reading:
https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/rufous-vs-allens/

This part is important to note:
"... in both Rufous and Allen’s all females and juvenile males have green
backs... a small percentage of adult male Rufous have enough green on their
backs to be easily confused with Allen’s.
The only safe, accurate way to distinguish between Rufous and Allen’s in
any and every plumage is by the shapes of the tail feathers."


thanks to Cathy for the timely report!

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

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Date: 2/18/18 8:52 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Gray Catbird continues
Greer Warren reported today (2/18) that the Gray Catbird continues in the
same general area (see below).

thanks Greer!

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

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 9:25 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:

> A Gray Catbird is being reported in the vicinity of Grant and Wilmot in
> northeast Tucson.
>
> (You may recognize this as the Short-tailed Hawk neighborhood from a few
> years back)
>
> It is being seen occasionally just north of the intersection of Sonoita
> Ave and Hampton Street.
>
> There is an alley that runs between Sonoita Ave and Sahuara Ave, just
> north of Hampton Street and the location is at the east end of that alley.
> It has also been seen on the east side of Sonoita.
>
> Probably the easiest way to describe it is start at the intersection of
> Sonoita & Hampton, walk north and look on both sides of the street.
>
> map: https://goo.gl/zyXDg4
>
>

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Date: 2/18/18 4:04 pm
From: Luke Safford <saffordluke...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Santa Cruz Flats--Ruddy Ground Dove and more
Hey all,

Had some decent looks at the Ruddy Ground Dove at the Red Rock Feedlot this
morning around 8am. Like others have reported it was in the northwest
corner of the lot on the lawn underneath a black fence near the house. Then
it flew up into the Palo Verde near the Saguaro. Went back later to see if
we could get better looks but it wasn't around.

Good day for shorebirds. In an irrigated field near Baumgartner/Wheeler we
had 188 Killdeer, 46 Greater Yellowlegs, and Least Sandpiper, Long-billed
Dowitcher, and Wilson's Snipe along with some Cinnamon Teal and Mallards.
Also at the Caballero Dairy Pond we had Black-necked Stilts, more
yellowlegs and dowitchers, and Long-Billed Curlews.

87 Mountain Plovers near Tweedy/Pretzer.

Red-breasted Nuthatch was a good one at Baumgartner/Wheeler. Lewis's
Woodpecker continued south of Greene Reservoir on Picacho.

Awesome day on the flats with my son, Brock, and Denny Granstrand.

Luke Safford
Tucson

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Date: 2/18/18 3:42 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Paton's Today
Hi Birders: A pretty good day at Paton's today for diversity. This morning, especially, some interesting species were seen by many. Hummingbirds- Anna's, Violet crowned, and Broad billed; Lazuli Bunting, ( male ), American Goldfinch, Cassin's Finch, Green tailed Towhee, and Red naped Sapsucker amongst the regulars. Down Pennyslvania Avenue, .2 mile from Paton's the Red breasted Sapsucker, ( daggetti's- in my opinon ) continued to be seen. Early this afternoon, undoubtedly attracted by all the action at the feeders, both a Sharp shinned Hawk, and a Merlin decided to hang out, and that really curtailed activity. Overall activity, however, on the property is definitely ticking up. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley

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Date: 2/18/18 3:34 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--18 Feb 2018
Hi, birders,

A full house of 22 people walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning
(we had to turn people away, as the City limits the group to 20 people and
2 leaders). In addition to folks from all over AZ, we had visitors from MA,
MN, MT, and SD. With all those eyes, the group tally at morning's end was
62 species.

Highlights were:
a) the continued presence of a dark-plumaged immature Peregrine Falcon;
b) streaming flocks of male Yellow-headed Blackbirds heading into the
cattails, with a count of 2487, with at least 1000 birds in one colorful
flock;
c) three Blue-gray Gnatcatchers foraging actively in mesquites and shrubs,
all visible at the same time;
d) mixed flock of swallows, mostly shiny Tree Swallows, but also N.
Rough-winged and Violet-green among them.

Ducks numbers are declining, with the N. Pintail flock completely absent
today. However, we did pick out a lone male Lesser Scaup, a species that we
see less and less with changes in the impoundments. Both Horned Larks and
Am. Pipits were seen. No new shorebirds, but an increase in highly vocal
Killdeer, and steady numbers of Least Sandpiper and Wilson's Snipe.

Next week's walk (25 Feb 2018) will be the last winter walk starting a 8
a.m. In March walks begin at 7 a.m.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 2/18/18 2:15 pm
From: Kurt Radamaker <kurtrad...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Lower Camp Creek. Continuing Louisianna WaterThrush an Pacific Wren
The Louisiana Waterthrush and Pacific Wren continue at Lower Camp Creek today,
Photos here: http://birdingthecloud.com/ebirdApi/ebirdSelect.html

Kurt


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Date: 2/18/18 10:18 am
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Could this be a hybrid Red-Naped/Red-Breasted Sapsucker? (near Tucson Mountain Park)
I saw this woodpecker this morning near the south side of Tucson Mountain Park behind the Tucson Estates golf course. It had white-and-black markings on its face (see photos 93 and 95), but there seemed to be a lot of red on its face too. The back of its head was not red (photo 96), but its red "bib" extended well into its chest area (see photo 90) and was bordered by black.


I was able to get pretty close, so my cell phone images (posted on eBird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42934060) might help.

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Date: 2/17/18 6:33 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ Cochise county, Douglas Palm Warbler
Douglas area.

2 Turkey Vultures over town.

3 or 4 Tree Swallows back area of Cochise College.

Between soccer field and building
to NE we had birds in the road . Four were American Pipits
. Another bird
which Cindy spotted
first, had
a rufus cap, a line through the eye and greenish back. It soon flew but
landed nearby and I saw yellow underpart and tail wagging of Palm. We
are out of state birders and don't know whether it is rare there.

One Snow Goose flew off the pond with dark, Mexican Duck
Mallards.

Road to Slaughter Ranch too greasy for travel due to glorious rain
lately.

Good birding, Judy from Oregon,

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Date: 2/17/18 6:08 pm
From: Chris Rohrer <rohrerbot...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rose-throated Becard-yes
Greetings everyone, 
I was hoping for some early gull/tern action today at the local watering holes in Tucson or down by Amado. No luck but I did have my FOY TREE SWALLOWS.  Maybe tomorrow with another storm approaching?  I decided to head down to St. Gertrudis lane today to check for the big three.  There were plenty of out-of-state birders on the trails who all had nice views of the continuing male ROSE-THROATED BECARD and RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS.  This has been a very good winter for them.  Unfortunately, we were unable to relocate the Sinaloa Wren.  The morning started out foggy and then cleared and warmed up rather quickly.  The Becard was flying around the Cottonwoods in the broken car part general area but he hung out closer to the stream.  The Robins were also in the general area. I counted two but there were more.  I didn't spend too much time on them as I was trying to listen for the Wren.  Northern Cardinals and Bewick's Wrens were singing up a storm today.  
For our many visiting birders, welcome.  Good luck on your pursuits.  And to everyone else, enjoy the rest of your weekend. 
Chris Rohrer
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Date: 2/17/18 5:51 pm
From: Nancy Lange <grdnwmn...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Bald Eagle, eyc.
Greetings Birders,

Coming home from Casa Grande I thought I'd check for the Bald Eagle at the
Stanfield Sod Farm. Located him on a pole on Korsten Rd, then he flew south
to land on an irrigation pivot. Also saw 2 Caracaras in the fields.
Driving further west on Barnes, there was a field just east of Fuqua Rd
covered with ducks bedding down, maybe 2,000. Mostly mallards, but saw a
lot of Northern Pintails, and a couple geese. Have yet to upload photos to
take a closer look, will post if anything rare.

Happy birding to you,

Nancy Lange

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Date: 2/17/18 5:22 pm
From: Robert A. Behrstock, Naturewide Images <rbehrstock...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] White-throated Sparrow, Montezuma Quail, Cassin's Finches, Hereford vicinity.
Birdsters,

A White-throated Sparrow was present this morning below a feeder just outside Casa de San Pedro B&B in the Hereford/Palominas overlap zone just west of the San Pedro River.

Montezuma Quail were seen at close range at Ash Canyon B&B, Hereford. Additionally, eight Cassin's Finches were present, both coming in for seed and roosting in trees adjacent to the driveway.

Thanks Patrick, Karl, and Mary Jo.

Best,
Bob Behrstock

Bob Behrstock
Hereford, AZ
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Date: 2/17/18 3:57 pm
From: Pierre Deviche <Pierre.Deviche...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] 02/17: TWO Rufous-backed Robins at Gilbert Water Ranch
Birders:

This morning, while visiting the Gilbert Water Ranch, Rick Simpson, Kevin McGraw, and I observed TWO RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS (photos taken) at the SAME time and in the SAME mesquite tree along the 3/4 pond trail, where the previously reported CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD and BLACK-and-WHITE WARBLER also put up a nice show. Others saw (one of?) the NORTHERN PARULA(s) along the same trail. Two AMER. WHITE PELICANS were on Pond 7.


Pierre Deviche, Phoenix.

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Date: 2/17/18 1:42 pm
From: Jennie Macfarland <jmacfarland...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Locations with Native and Non-Native Mesquites needed - No SIghtings
Hello Birders of Arizona,
Do you know of native and non-native mesquite tree locations?
We need locations in Tucson or elsewhere in SE Arizona where native velvet
mesquite trees are growing near non-native Chilean or Argentinian mesquite
trees. The non-native mesquites are very popular in landscaping and are
abundant in Tucson. Tucson Audubon wants to better understand how Lucy’s
Warblers use mesquite trees and want to quantify foraging efforts by Lucy’s
Warblers within native and non-native mesquite trees.

If you know of a location where both native and non-native mesquites can be
seen from one location that has public access (such as a sidewalk or
parking lot) please fill out this short survey:
https://goo.gl/forms/et4DNl320xNikbln1

Don't know your mesquites? Tucson Audubon has posted a great guide from the
University of Arizona here: https://tinyurl.com/mesquitesforLUWA

Thanks so much,
Jennie MacFarland
Tucson Audubon Society
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Date: 2/16/18 10:56 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 16 February 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on February 16, 2018; the next update will be made on
February 23. 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
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
*SINALOA WREN
#Winter Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#"Red" Fox Sparrow
#McCown's Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
*STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE

Red-breasted Nuthatches 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/

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A *SINALOA WREN continued this week through 2/11 (m.ob.) along the De Anza
Trail south of Santa Gertrudis Lane. This week it has been seen in the
vicinity of the old cars about 1/4 miles south of the crossing. Multiple
#RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane on this week
(m.ob.) across from #12 and also along the river near the cars. A #GREEN
KINGFISHER was reported on 2/12 (Ken Blankenship). Remember to park along
the frontage road and walk in.
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD continued in the area; this week a pair was
photographed on 2/16 (Bill Lisowsky) along the De Anza Trail at Tubac, 0.3
miles north of the bridge along the river. A #WINTER WREN continued along
the De Anza Trail on 2/10 (Bill Lisowsky).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.

TUCSON area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued in a Tucson yard this week (m.ob.). It
has been seen for a few minutes most days, but where it spends the rest of
its time is unclear. The yard is on the southeast corner of E 2nd St. and N
Anderson Blvd. (near Speedway & Country Club); standing on the west side of
Anderson Blvd gives the best chance to see the bird come in without
disturbing it. The feeder is in the orange tree on the side of the house.

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 near 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 this week (m.ob.).

WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf Course
in Willcox this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well.
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at the east end
along the Birding Trail.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Three or four #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on
Sasco Rd this week (m.ob.). They tend to hang out with the Inca Doves on
the northwest side.

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued this week
(m.ob.), they've been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have also come from north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on near the
bridge (m.ob.). A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported on 2/12 (Dawn
Zappone).
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported along the San Pedro north of the
Hereford Bridge on 2/9 (James Flett). A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported on 2/13
(Delia Guzman). A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was reported at the feeding station
behind the office on 2/14 (Paul Johnson).

SONOITA
A #LAPLAND LONGSPUR and #MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS continued from the Davis
Pasture section of Las Cienegas NCA this week (m.ob.). Map (courtesy of
Richard Fray): https://goo.gl/Pj9itL



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/

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.

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.

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside). Due to ongoing construction, birders are
advised to call ahead at 520-577-7341 to check on access.

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, CORONA DE TUCSON WRF, and 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: 2/16/18 9:52 am
From: C Wood <cwood022...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Calliope hummingbird
Sorry, reported on the fly. Calliope was at Gilbert Water Ranch same location originally reported by Ryan O. along 3/4 trail on north side just past the tree arch.

Chris Wood
Woodbury, Connecticut
(currently Scottsdale AZ)
203 558-0654

> On Feb 16, 2018, at 10:11 AM, Charlie Trapani <charliednb...> wrote:
>
> Hello Chris ,
> Is this the Gilbert water ranch ? Is the calliope adult male ?
> Where did you see the Barrow’s goldeneye?
> Thank you
> Charlie
>
> On Feb 16, 2018, at 11:22 AM, C.S. Wood <cwood022...> <mailto:<cwood022...>> wrote:
>
>> Continues at Water ranch
>>
>> Chris Wood
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Date: 2/16/18 9:44 am
From: Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rose-throated Becards (pair) in Tubac
Inspired by the trip report from Keith Kamper a few days ago, Mike Bearce
and I took advantage of the break in the very welcome rains to go north
along the Santa Cruz River from Bridge Road here in Tubac, mainly on the
east side of the river. We were paralleling the de Anza Trail the whole
time.
The first bird we saw and then heard was the Bullock's Oriole. A short time
later we saw a female RTBecard high in the canopy of some newly-leafed
Cottonwoods along with a rather large group of kinglets, warblers and
vireos. Most of the warblers were Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped, of
course, but we did briefly find the previously reported Black and White
Warbler, a couple of Black-throated Grays and a pair of Hepatic Tanagers
among the group.
By then the Becard had disappeared, as they do, so we continued north, and
about 0.3 of a mile from the bridge we refound the female, this time in the
company of a pink-throated male. We took some pictures and then left the
pair at this spot, feeding actively, calling occasionally, right along the
river. The easiest way to get to this spot might be to follow the trail
about 0.3 miles, and then head east to the river, which is much higher
given the recent rains.
We continued on a bit farther and with some effort we were able to re-find
the young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Keith had reported, way up in the
canopy, poking around on branches with new leaves. We never saw it on the
main trunk of the trees.

Full list and photos will be posted in Ebird later today.

Good birding,

Bill Lisowsky
Tubac

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Date: 2/16/18 8:22 am
From: C.S. Wood <cwood022...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Calliope hummingbird
Continues at Water ranch

Chris Wood
Woodbury, CT
Currently Scottsdale AZ
203 558-0654

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Date: 2/16/18 5:48 am
From: Bob Harden <flutterbybob...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Rufous-winged Sparrow
I came to your house in August of 2015. As I first walked in I
photographed a Rufous Winged Sparrow on the wall in front of the house.


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On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I had a Rufous-winged Sparrow here at the house this afternoon. I have
> been seeing (presumable) this same individual here at the Foothills Road
> feeders in Portal since mid-February 2014. Thus this marks 4 years since
> the bird first appeared here. I have been seeing the sparrow consistently
> (i.e., often daily or every week or so) over the years not only near the
> house but also in the public feeder area. As far as I know, this is the
> only Rufous-winged Sparrow in the Portal area.
>
> Bob
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Date: 2/15/18 4:04 pm
From: Bob Rodrigues <brod410...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Rufous-winged Sparrow
Hi folks,
I had a Rufous-winged Sparrow here at the house this afternoon. I have
been seeing (presumable) this same individual here at the Foothills Road
feeders in Portal since mid-February 2014. Thus this marks 4 years since
the bird first appeared here. I have been seeing the sparrow consistently
(i.e., often daily or every week or so) over the years not only near the
house but also in the public feeder area. As far as I know, this is the
only Rufous-winged Sparrow in the Portal area.

Bob

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Date: 2/15/18 1:09 pm
From: David Sonneborn <davidsonne...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Streak-backed Oriole

Just present. 2nd and Anderson. Flew east and I walked down the alley and had it again a few houses down
D Sonneborn
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Date: 2/15/18 1:06 pm
From: Donna J. Memon <donna...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Feb 9 urban Burrowing Owl - Tucson south side
If this is the same area I'm thinking of, there have been owls there
for a few years, and they are successful breeders. Last year, I
photographed 5 owlets.


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>Last week (February 9) I was surprised by a burrowing owl that was
>hunting in a narrow landscaped area in the vicinity of Ajo/I-19.
>Surprised because it was a small area and the adjacent traffic was
>intense. Spotted the owl about 40 minutes after sunset and watched
>it for about 20 minutes. Haven't seen it since but it's worth
>keeping an eye out if you are in the area.
>
>Sorry about the late post.
>
>Sarah Vetault
>Tucson, AZ
>
>
>
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Date: 2/15/18 12:47 pm
From: Sarah Vetault <sarah...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Feb 9 urban Burrowing Owl - Tucson south side
Last week (February 9) I was surprised by a burrowing owl that was
hunting in a narrow landscaped area in the vicinity of Ajo/I-19.
Surprised because it was a small area and the adjacent traffic was
intense. Spotted the owl about 40 minutes after sunset and watched it
for about 20 minutes. Haven't seen it since but it's worth keeping an
eye out if you are in the area.

Sorry about the late post.

Sarah Vetault
Tucson, AZ



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Date: 2/15/18 11:24 am
From: <richditch...> <richditch...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tempe AZ - Lewis's Woodpecker

Seen at 11:00 am today 2/15/18 in palm trees on Elliot Road just east of I-10. Look for a Popeye’s and a McDonalds on the south side of Elliott, and across the street at a Starbucks and Circle K. This is just past the traffic light for South Autoplex Loop and just before the light for South Priest Drive.

The woodpecker was first seen in a palm near Popeyes before flying across Elliot to the Starbucks, then returning to the palms by the McDonalds. I looked again around 11:45 but did not see it. I will try to look again later today.

Rich Ditch
Phoenix, AZ
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Date: 2/15/18 9:48 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] ADMIN: DO NOT POST DIRECTIONS TO OWL ROOSTS OR BIRD NESTS TO AZNMBIRDS

On 31 January I made an ADMIN post to the listserv (link below). It was timely but not entirely effective.
If you have not read it yet, read it now, start to finish. Thanks.

https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds/2018-01/msg00272.html


Mark Stevenson
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Tucson, AZ

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Date: 2/14/18 5:03 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] No Gray Hawk found today around Rodeo
Re:

Gray
Hawk reported yesterday east of Hwy 80 near Rodeo, Cochise county.

Friend Cindy and I spent 5 hours or so searching nearby places. We had
permission from a congenial rancher to prowl around his land. We tried
back roads around Rodero, Willow Tank, a route to Animas etc.
Found harriers
including males, several Am Kestrels
and Red-tails etc.
Good
thing to occupy us on a drizzly day.

Judy Meredith
of Oregon, presently in Portal.


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Date: 2/14/18 3:59 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Owls
I wrote with a gentleman about the location of the Burrowing Owls I saw near the water treatment plant in north Marana. He said that he didn’t see them there, but did locate four others around the area roads. Today I found two at the Tucson lot in light rain, and one on N. Kirby Hughs road about 1/2 mile from the I-10 frontage road. This one was right next to the roadside irrigation ditch.

At the junction of Kirby Hughs and Wentz roads there was a pasture full of doves and blackbirds. Found three White-winged Doves in with around 40 Eu.Colored Doves and 200 Mourning Doves; a couple on the EUCO’s were the very pale Ringed Turtle Dove type. There were 300-400 or more Brewer’s Blackbirds with a few Red-winged Blackbirds.
A mile north on N. Luckett was a flock of close to 400 Red-winged Blackbirds.

Unsuccessfully looked for the Mountain Bluebirds.

John R Williams


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Date: 2/14/18 2:19 pm
From: Robert and Jack <rmwiersema...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Great Horned Owl nesting
There is a nesting Great Horned Owl above the outside cafeteria dining area at
Higley High School in Gilbert, AZ. Seen on 2/14/18. Location just North of
the Gilbert Performing Arts Center with Google Maps link:

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.2930437,-111.7018368,266m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

You'll probably need to check in with the administration to go inside the gate
but it is possible to see it with binoculars outside the gate area.

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Date: 2/14/18 2:18 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - MARANA ORANGE GROVE PIT
Winter numbers are holding for Yellow-headed Blackbirds roosting in the Orange Grove Pit. I estimated 17,600 individuals for the morning lift-off which took place in three distinct waves between 0700 and 0712.


Later in the morning I saw two Mexican Duck in the Overlook Pond at Sweetwater Wetlands. The birding was slow enough that I started to study the Mallards and surprise. I wonder how long I have been overlooking this taxon at the wetlands.


Larry Norris, Tucson

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Date: 2/14/18 2:06 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fw: C AZ: Rufous-backed Robin at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Message forwarded on behalf of Carl Tomoff:

--- On Tue, 2/13/18, Carl Tomoff <
> Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:37 PM
>
>

> on 13 Feb I saw an exquisite Rufous-backed Robin near the
> entrance to the Demo Garden at Boyce Thompson
> Arboretum.  It was on the ground
> with Green-tailed and Abert’s Towhees and White-crowned
> Sparrows.  Then it flew south
> across the trail into a conspicuous thicket spangled with
> red berries were 2 Hermit Thrushes and 1 Northern
> Mockingbird were present.
>

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Date: 2/14/18 11:04 am
From: Barbara Bickel <bickel2b...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Streak-backed Oriole
5 of us just saw the Streak-backed Oriole in the mesquite tree on Anderson.

Barbara Bickel

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Date: 2/14/18 6:51 am
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk
I saw a gray hawk about 1.5 miles north of Sweetwater Wetlands (Tucson) on January 8 this year. Two other people saw it near the same location about 6 days later.


________________________________
From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Judy Sink <jlsbirdlady...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:54 AM
To: Bob Rodrigues
Cc: AZ/NM Listserv
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk

I believe I saw one last Thursday in the vicinity of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Unfortunately I did not have my binoculars with me, so could not say 100% it was, but it certainly was a respectable candidate for a Gray Hawk!!
Judy Sink

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:51 AM, Bob Rodrigues <brod410...><mailto:<brod410...>> wrote:
Hi folks,
John S. Wright, a birder from North Carolina who is visiting in the Portal/Rodeo area, reported seeing a Gray Hawk south of Rodeo, NM. The observation site is located between Rodeo and State Line Road on the east side of Hwy. 80. This seemed like a somewhat unusual sighting and John asked me to post it for him. All for now.
Bob

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Date: 2/13/18 11:24 pm
From: <pgoltz...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Streak-backed Oriole - Tucson
Birdfolks,

I was with the two ladies when the bird was observed, and got photos.
Their recollections completely agree with mine. In at least one photo,
the streaked upper back is visible. If it hadn't been for them, I never
would have seen it.

Good birding,
Pat Goltz
SEAZ

On 2018-02-13 21:41, Andrew Core wrote:
> From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 [2] or
> rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org [3]):
>
> Deb Paulson and Jocelyn Baker report from 2/13:
>
>> We visited the house at 2nd and Anderson to look for the
>> Streak-backed Oriole twice today and saw it in the afternoon at
>> around 3 pm. In the morning, work was being done around the house
>> and we saw nothing in the 45 minutes we were in the neighborhood.
>> The oriole came to the feeder within 10 min. of our arrival in the
>> afternoon. It left and came back in a few minutes, but flew away
>> immediately, as a Coopers Hawk landed in the same orange tree. The
>> Cooper's Hawk sat on the bird bath and was still there when we left
>> 10-15 min. after it arrived.
>
> eBird hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6764620
>
> thanks Deb & Jocelyn!
>
> Andrew Core

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Date: 2/13/18 8:41 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Streak-backed Oriole - Tucson
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Deb Paulson and Jocelyn Baker report from 2/13:

We visited the house at 2nd and Anderson to look for the Streak-backed
Oriole twice today and saw it in the afternoon at around 3 pm. In the
morning, work was being done around the house and we saw nothing in the 45
minutes we were in the neighborhood.
The oriole came to the feeder within 10 min. of our arrival in the
afternoon. It left and came back in a few minutes, but flew away
immediately, as a Coopers Hawk landed in the same orange tree. The
Cooper's Hawk sat on the bird bath and was still there when we left 10-15
min. after it arrived.

eBird hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6764620

thanks Deb & Jocelyn!

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

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Andrew Core wrote:

> The oriole appeared this morning at 10:52am for about 5 seconds - it
> perched on the telephone wire across the road, then flew toward the house
> and disappeared.
>
> About 20 minutes later it was spotted in the mesquite tree on the side of
> the house, where it stayed for about 20-30 minutes. However, it was
> impossible to see the whole bird at once, and eventually it moved and
> couldn't be seen - even though it was probably still in the tree.
>
> I heard that around 12:10p it finally came into the orange feeder and then
> posed in the sun in the top of the mesquite for a minute or two.
>
> The west side of Anderson Blvd is a convenient place to stand and scan,
> and yet far enough from the tree and feeder not to flush the birds. Lots of
> curious and friendly neighbors, too.
>
>
> -Andrew Core
> Tucson, AZ
>
> On Jan 22, 2018, at 7:06 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:
>
> Linda Merrick photographed a Streak-backed Oriole in Tucson this morning
> (9 or 10 am on 1/22). She lives near Speedway & Country Club on the
> southeast corner of E 2nd St. and N Anderson Blvd. She says it's been
> coming to an orange tree on the west side of the house. The tree can be
> viewed from the street - if you're tall enough, the feeder can be as well.
>
> Chances are it's a wintering bird. Linda first saw it about a week ago,
> but as yet a reliable pattern has not been established. The bird probably
> ranges over the whole neighborhood.
>
> Thanks to Linda for getting photos and posting them, and being willing to
> have others come look for it! As it is in town, be on your good behavior
> (as I know you will be) and be friendly with the neighbors, who will
> probably wonder why you're there.
>
> eBird stakeout spot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6764620
>
> Updates appreciated!
>
>

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Date: 2/13/18 6:26 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Evening Roosting at Arthur Pack Park
Watched the evening Great-tailed Grackles going to roost starting about 5:40. As I arrived there were some congregating on the utility pole cross arms, and with them were 11 Bronzed Cowbirds, 8 of which were females.
Swallows continued over the pond but I could only find Tree and Rough-winged in the mix.

John R Williams


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Date: 2/13/18 6:19 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <cacathers...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:02/12/18:FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher - Tucson
On Monday, in the desert adjacent to my parking spot at work near Tucson
International Airport, a rather insolent ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER really let
me have it vocally for disturbing it's peace.

I suppose this could have locally over-wintered (using the term "winter"
quite loosely) but for me this was a First of Season (FOS).

Clifford A. Cathers
Vail, AZ
<AZCliffy...>

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Date: 2/13/18 11:20 am
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] R.F.I. Sandia Peak rosy finches
Hi New Mexican Birders: I have a birding friend coming down from British Columbia the second week of March to visit in Green Valley. While here, he would like to take a run over to Sandia Peak to see the rosy finches. I have a question on that possibility. I had another friend who went up Sandia Peak in November, and he said the store/cafe was closed, but that someone was still putting out seed. Does anyone have any updates on that situation, as I am assuming having seed out greatly increases the chances of seeing all 3 species. Replying off line is obviously fine. Thanks, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley, Arizona

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Date: 2/13/18 8:07 am
From: Lamont <lamont...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
As an out-of-state birder who has been coming to SE AZ more than 10 years, I
can not stress too much how valuable the Tucson Audubon Society book,
“Finding birds in Southeast Arizona” is. There will be maps, landmarks and
nuances described that are real time-savers.
See their website and I have no financial interest.

Lamont Brown
Denton, Texas

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Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:25:08 -0800
From: Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March

Thanks, All! I really appreciate the quick responses - looks like we’ll be
visiting SE AZ last week of March :).

On to the next RFI, then!

We’ll, of course, start studying eBird records, Audubon Society check-lists,
etc, but nothing is as good as local advice.

I have so far received recommendations for the following


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Date: 2/13/18 7:54 am
From: Judy Sink <jlsbirdlady...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk
I believe I saw one last Thursday in the vicinity of the Arizona Sonora
Desert Museum. Unfortunately I did not have my binoculars with me, so
could not say 100% it was, but it certainly was a respectable candidate for
a Gray Hawk!!
Judy Sink

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:51 AM, Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> John S. Wright, a birder from North Carolina who is visiting in the
> Portal/Rodeo area, reported seeing a Gray Hawk south of Rodeo, NM. The
> observation site is located between Rodeo and State Line Road on the east
> side of Hwy. 80. This seemed like a somewhat unusual sighting and John
> asked me to post it for him. All for now.
> Bob
>
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Date: 2/13/18 7:51 am
From: Bob Rodrigues <brod410...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Gray Hawk
Hi folks,
John S. Wright, a birder from North Carolina who is visiting in the
Portal/Rodeo area, reported seeing a Gray Hawk south of Rodeo, NM. The
observation site is located between Rodeo and State Line Road on the east
side of Hwy. 80. This seemed like a somewhat unusual sighting and John
asked me to post it for him. All for now.
Bob

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Date: 2/12/18 7:30 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 2/12/2018
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
February 12, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for February 12, 2018 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):
TRUMPETER SWAN (Colfax)
Horned Grebe (Bernalillo)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo, Sierra)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Quay)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (Grant)
PACIFIC WREN (Bernalillo, Los Alamos)
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER (Hidalgo)
COMMON REDPOLL (Union)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Socorro)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Harris’s Sparrow (Rio Arriba)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Bernalillo, Dona Ana)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Otero)
PINE WARBLER (Union)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero, San Juan)

BERNALILLO County:
--Flemming reported a HORNED GREBE at the Tingley Beach Bosque Ponds
February 11. It continued later that same day.

--Joseph reported a RUSTY BLACKBIRD along the clear ditch near the Alameda
Bridge January 27. It was seen near mile post 9.5.

--Maley reported an adult MEW GULL south of the Alameda Bridge in
Albuquerque January 12. It and an apparent second adult were present to
February 10.

--A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW has been seen coming to residential feeders near
the Embudito Trailhead to January 29.

--Score reported a PACIFIC WREN in the Sandia Mountains December 26. It was
seen in the willow thicket with water running near the Sulphur Canyon
Parking area. It continued to January 24.

COLFAX County:
--Egelhoff and Clark reported two TRUMPETER SWANS at Maxwell NWR January 7.
They were seen on Lake 12 and later moved to the pond directly east of Lake
12 to January 27.

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

--Mendoza photographed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Leasburg Dam SP November 26.
Two have continued below the dam at this location to January 21.

GRANT County:
--Swackhamer and Dolton reported a PACIFIC WREN at Cherry Creek Campground
in the Pinos Altos February 4.

--Dayer reported a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the Gila Bird Area December
23. It was seen in the area where the Rufous-backed Robin was seen last
year near these coordinates 32.83593, -108.606023. There is a gate with a
rusted out sign in the area where the bird was seen. It continued to
February 11.

HIDALGO County:
--Baumann, Pederson, and Batkin reported a BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER in
Guadalupe Canyon December 30. It was seen in between the first and second
stream crossing after entering New Mexico. They also reported five
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS at the upper end of the canyon the same day.

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
February 10.

QUAY County:
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a first cycle ICELAND (THAYER’S) GULL at
Ute Lake January 19. It was seen along the Ute Creek Arm at the Logan Park
boat launch. It continued in the area to February 11.

OTERO County:
--Madrid-Simonetti photographed a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Oliver Lee SP
December 22. It was seen along the creek sometimes a quarter mile up from
where the trail enters the riparian area. It continued to February 12.

--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 and adjacent school for the blind campus. It
continued to February 4.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--Foy reported a first winter HARRIS’S SPARROW at Fairview Pond in Espanola
February 10. This is the small pond beside the Rio Grande on Fairview Rd

SAN JUAN County:
--Alan Nelson has a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to feeders at his
Farmington home. Contact him before visiting <nelson2...>

SIERRA County:
--Zimmer reported an adult MEW GULL on the tires at Rock Canyon Marina,
Elephant Butte Lake SP, January 6.

SOCORRO County:
--Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December
10. It has been seen at the visitors center feeders or in the Cactus Garden
to February 8.

--a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19. It continued in the area to February 10. Another
different individual was found on the South Loop at Bosque del Apache
January 21. It was seen near the entrance to the boardwalk January 28.

UNION County:
--Baumann and Pederson photographed a COMMON REDPOLL at the Clayton
Cemetery January 19. It was seen in the southeast corner of the cemetery
with a large group of American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. They were
feeding on elm buds and crossing the street to a small seep with water. It
continued to the following day. While looking for the redpoll Parmeter and
Kraynik found a first winter female PINE WARBLER at the cemetery.

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Date: 2/12/18 6:18 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park, 4 swallow species
Maybe it was the wind…. saw my first of the year Cliff Swallow over one of the ponds at the golf course. Started at the Maveen Behan parking by the service area. there were only 4-5 Northern Rough-wing Swallows then.
Walked the perimeter of the course until all players were off and the flags taken in, then briefly viewed the 13th hole pond where the Cliff Swallow was.
Today there were only half the number of Bufflehead as on Saturday.
Two Black Phoebes were the first I’ve seen on the year.

Ebird list is attached

Arthur Pack Regional Park, Pima, Arizona, US
Feb 12, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: All three ponds
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Cinnamon Teal 2 7th hole pond
Northern Shoveler 300
Mallard 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Ring-necked Duck 18 all on 9th hole pond
Bufflehead 18 all on 13th hole pond
Ruddy Duck 40
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Sora 1 9th hole pond
American Coot 110
Killdeer 13
Least Sandpiper 19 5 on the 7th, 14 on the 13th hole pond
Mourning Dove 8
Gila Woodpecker 3
Northern/Gilded Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 2
Say's Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 7
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 20 5 on the 13th, 15 on the 9th
Tree Swallow 5 2 on 13th, 3 on 9th
Violet-green Swallow 4 all on 9th
Cliff Swallow 1 adult plumage bird, buffy rump patch and orange face, shallow fork to tail observed for 2 minutes 13th hole pond
Verdin 2
Marsh Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 18
Phainopepla 3
Black-throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 40
Abert's Towhee 8
Great-tailed Grackle 100

John R Williams


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Date: 2/12/18 5:50 pm
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Streak-backed Oriole
Field Ornithologists,



Jeremy Medina contributed photos of Streak-backed Oriole. Thanks Jeremy!



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makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more
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Date: 2/12/18 1:57 pm
From: Lee Estis <bermuda1942...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Cassin's finch.
Good rainy day.A very large group Cassin's finch are feeding in my yard right now,At least 50 +,bring on the rain!!! Lee Estis,Payson, Az.

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Date: 2/12/18 1:40 pm
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
Santa Gertrudis lane for Becard and Sinaloa wren, Davis Pasture for Longspurs, Santa Cruz flats for Mountain Plover and Ferruginous Hawks.

Richard Carlson
Full time birder, part time economist
Tucson & Lake Tahoe
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> On Feb 12, 2018, at 1:25 PM, Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...> wrote:
>
> Thanks, All! I really appreciate the quick responses - looks like we’ll be visiting SE AZ last week of March :).
>
> On to the next RFI, then!
>
> We’ll, of course, start studying eBird records, Audubon Society check-lists, etc, but nothing is as good as local advice.
>
> I have so far received recommendations for the following areas:
>
> Madera Canyon
> Florida Canyon
> Sierra Vista area (Miller, Ramsey, Carr Canyons)
> Huachuca Canyon (with some time planned in to get a "base-pass ID”)
> Grasslands/Riparian area near San Pedro House
>
> Are there other spots that we should plan on visiting during our planned stay (we’ll have eight full days of birding from Sun Mar 25 - Sun Apr 1).
>
> Thanks for the useful replies and good birding,
>
> Nagi & Taghrid.
>
>> On Feb 12, 2018, 10:31 AM -0800, Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>, wrote:
>> Hi All -
>>
>> I’m a new subscriber to the AZ/NM Birds mailing list. My wife and I live in Oregon, and we’re considering a visit to SE AZ in the last week of March (my wife is a HS teacher, and that is her spring break, so not much flexibility in terms of timing).
>>
>> How good/bad a time would that be for birding the SE AZ area?
>>
>> Thanks, and good birding to all.
>>
>> PS: apologies if this reaches anyone twice - due some errors in initial posting, I'm resending.
>>
>>
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Date: 2/12/18 12:26 pm
From: Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
Thanks, All! I really appreciate the quick responses - looks like we’ll be visiting SE AZ last week of March :).

On to the next RFI, then!

We’ll, of course, start studying eBird records, Audubon Society check-lists, etc, but nothing is as good as local advice.

I have so far received recommendations for the following areas:

Madera Canyon
Florida Canyon
Sierra Vista area (Miller, Ramsey, Carr Canyons)
Huachuca Canyon (with some time planned in to get a "base-pass ID”)
Grasslands/Riparian area near San Pedro House

Are there other spots that we should plan on visiting during our planned stay (we’ll have eight full days of birding from Sun Mar 25 - Sun Apr 1).

Thanks for the useful replies and good birding,

Nagi & Taghrid.

On Feb 12, 2018, 10:31 AM -0800, Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>, wrote:
> Hi All -
>
> I’m a new subscriber to the AZ/NM Birds mailing list. My wife and I live in Oregon, and we’re considering a visit to SE AZ in the last week of March (my wife is a HS teacher, and that is her spring break, so not much flexibility in terms of timing).
>
> How good/bad a time would that be for birding the SE AZ area?
>
> Thanks, and good birding to all.
>
> PS: apologies if this reaches anyone twice - due some errors in initial posting, I'm resending.
>
>

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Date: 2/12/18 10:43 am
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
Late March is pretty good. Most winter birds are still here and many migrants have arrived. You'll miss maybe a dozen late migrants. Migration is early and already underway.

Richard Carlson
Full time birder, part time economist
Tucson & Lake Tahoe
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> On Feb 12, 2018, at 11:31 AM, Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...> wrote:
>
> Hi All -
>
> I’m a new subscriber to the AZ/NM Birds mailing list. My wife and I live in Oregon, and we’re considering a visit to SE AZ in the last week of March (my wife is a HS teacher, and that is her spring break, so not much flexibility in terms of timing).
>
> How good/bad a time would that be for birding the SE AZ area?
>
> Thanks, and good birding to all.
>
> PS: apologies if this reaches anyone twice - due some errors in initial posting, I'm resending.
>
>
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Date: 2/12/18 10:40 am
From: Bob Bowers <bobescribe...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Pinal County Willow Springs/Black Mountain Update
Note that the eBird hotspot, Black Mountain, along Willow Springs Road in
Pinal County is off-limits from Willow Springs Road, the only practical
access point. An Arizona Game and Fish officer stopped us at the entry
point Saturday, and denied us access even though we were there to conduct a
quarterly Willow Springs area Tucson Bird Count, which we have been doing
for years at the request of Arizona Game and Fish. The access road is on
private property, and even though it leads only to a gate into Arizona
State Trust Lands (and the Black Mountain transmission tower), the owner of
the land between Willow Springs Road and the gate has posted both sides of
WSR, starting at about mile 14 going north, and has requested Game and Fish
officers to cite all trespassers.

Bob and Prudy Bowers
SaddleBrooke, AZ

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Date: 2/12/18 10:32 am
From: Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RFI - SE AZ birds in late March
Hi All -

I’m a new subscriber to the AZ/NM Birds mailing list. My wife and I live in Oregon, and we’re considering a visit to SE AZ in the last week of March (my wife is a HS teacher, and that is her spring break, so not much flexibility in terms of timing).

How good/bad a time would that be for birding the SE AZ area?

Thanks, and good birding to all.

PS: apologies if this reaches anyone twice - due some errors in initial posting, I'm resending.



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Date: 2/11/18 5:20 pm
From: Catherine Davis <catherineann...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Eurasian Collared-Dove
I live in Albuquerque city -yesterday I saw a pair of probable Eurasian Collared-Doves -both very pale and one nearly white -definite black neck bands. Tale feathers were very light and made me question whether they might be African Collared (aka Ringed-Turtle). By the time I got my camera they flew together -showing very light tails. Haven't returned today -just be on the lookout Albuquerque.
Catherine Davis

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Date: 2/11/18 4:46 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Burrowing Owls- FOUR, Mountain Bluebirds
Wandered in and out along the road to the Marana Water Treatment Plant. Found the first two Burrowing Owls where I noted in previous posts. The second pair were farther west on the lot. Markers for the second pair are: From the gate at the start of the lot, there are periodic large pipes anchoring the fence row. go to the 5th one from the ones at the gate, it has a patch of turquoise paint at its base. Look to the righthand radio tower for alignment. These two were 70-80 yards out, slightly to the right of the line to the tower.
Sparrows: White-crowned, Vesper, Lark, Savannah… no Lark Buntings today.

At the corner of North Luckett and West Hardin Roads (Sign missing) there are a pair of Pecan Trees. There were at least 9 female Mountain Bluebirds roosting at 5 PM along with close to 100 Mourning Doves.

John R Williams
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Date: 2/11/18 4:18 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Today at Paton's
Hi Birders: Another pretty good day at Paton's. A few Violet crowned Hummingbirds were around, showing well. The previously reported bird with the deformed beak was seen, but is obviously still able to feed, as it has been reported for about a month. At least two Black chinned Hummingbirds were seen at various feeders, as well as the usual Anna's.

The Cassin's Finches were coming in regularly to the seed feeders in the front of the property.

Another volunteer headed over to Mendoza Lane in town and found the pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers; ( write if you need directions ). A Red naped Sapsucker was seen on Paton's property, and the continuing Red breasted/hybrid Sapsucker was reported at its usual spot, .2 mile West down Pennnsylvania Avenue from Paton's.

Didn't see the previously reported American Goldfinch, but it, too, could have been there. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley Arizona

Tucson Audubon Volunteer.

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Date: 2/11/18 3:49 pm
From: Barry McKenzie <barrymckenzie...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Eastern Phoebe -- NOT! (imm/fem Vermillion Fly)
Many thanks to those who corrected this Oregonian’s mis-identification on the imm/fem Vermillion Flycatcher I posted earlier today as an E Phoebe.
Great birding here in SE AZ! Gotta love it.

Barry McKenzie
Eugene, OR (in SE AZ for a few months)
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Date: 2/11/18 2:59 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--11 Feb 2018
Hi, birders,

An enthusiastic group of 14 walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning,
including visitors from Ontario and Minnesota. The group tally was 53
species at the end of the walk.

Best birds were two Hooded Mergansers in basic/winter plumage in a large
mixed duck flock at the Moson Road impoundments. There are only a few
records of this species for the the EOP.

Other birds of interest were a) two Tree Swallows; b) two Wilson's Snipe at
the main impoundments and six Wilson's Snipe at the Moson Road
impoundments; c) one Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in scrubby vegetation; and d)
close views of Horned Larks on the embankment among the stones.

In addition to the expected Am. Kestrels in the area, we had a "Prairie"
Merlin perch briefly and then fly over several times, as well as an
actively hunting immature Peregrine Falcon in a very dark plumage. The
ratio of Vesper to Savannah Sparrows has done a complete turn about in the
past fortnight. Last month there were abundant Savannahs and few Vespers.
Today it was abundant Vespers everywhere, with only a handful of Savannahs.

To end the morning, we had a female Anna's Hummingbird hawking for insects
from the Arizona Cypress shelter belt.

Cheers, Erika Wilson


--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 2/11/18 2:59 pm
From: Barry McKenzie <barrymckenzie...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Eastern Phoebe at Whitewater Draw
Birded Whitewater Draw north of Bisbee this beautiful morning.
An Eastern Phoebe was hawking insects within the first 50 yards past the entrance, just after turning right onto the first dike to the north.

Photos posted to my photo-sharing website: https://barrymckenzie.smugmug.com/ABA-Birds/Eastern-Phoebe/

Photos also posted with ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42685924

Barry McKenzie
Eugene, OR (in SE AZ for a few months)
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Date: 2/11/18 7:11 am
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ Riggs and Price Rds - Bald Eagle, Hooded Merganser
Riggs and Price Road ponds south Chandler Area

Yesterday late afternoon there was a Bald Eagle and a male Hooded Merganser. Eagle sat on several poles and briefly on edge of rectangular pool north of park - at water level so out of sight. Hooded merganser was in south pond tucked into the pond edge. Photos will be loaded into the eBird checklist.
Nancy Miller
Tempe AZ winter

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Date: 2/10/18 9:34 pm
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Lakeside Park Tucson & a couple other observations- nothing rare
I got out late today, and it was breezy by the time I got to Lakeside Park. I didn’t spend a huge amount of time there, but the immature Snow Goose is still there, lots of American Wigeon, Mallards, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 1 Neotropic Cormorant. I biked down to Valencia and back on the Pantano / Harrison Greenway.

One Tree Swallow flew north along the Pantano while I was on my way back. Otherwise, there was nothing notable.

Some observations that may not be of interest to anyone but me:
I ride this path almost daily, my commute route to work, and have noticed significantly fewer sparrows this winter than last. Last winter I regularly observed 4-6 species along the path between Golf Links and Harrison, and between Irvington and Valencia, but this year it is challenging to find one or two most days, (with the caveat that I mainly have time to look and and listen while riding, and just stop and spot-check a few areas, usually on the way home and currently it’s still pretty dark in the mornings).

Reflecting back to the discussions of Gilded Flicker a few weeks ago, I noted one about 1/4 mile north of Valencia this week, along one of the smaller washes that join up to form Atterbury Wash further north, near Lincoln Park. Since I think of the flickers in association with areas with a lot of saguaros, I just thought it was odd since is the only spot along the path where I’ve ever seen a Gilded Flicker (maybe 5 times over the last year or so). There are no saguaros in the vicinityl, although there are scattered saguaros that start about a mile north of Valencia.

Sharon Goldwasser
Tucson
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Date: 2/10/18 8:29 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arthur Pack Park, NW Tucson 2/10
The sunset was beautiful at the park at 6:15.
Before that:
36 Bufflehead is the most I’ve ever seen here. All were in the 13th hole pond. 13 Least Sandpipers were there also. Also saw 10 Neotropic Cormorants at the 9th hole pond. Northern Shoveler numbers are now up around 350, American Coots are around 100. 3 Cinnamon Teal were at the 7th hole pond. Land birds were few.

John R Williams
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Date: 2/10/18 2:13 pm
From: will russell <wcr100...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Davis Pasture
I drove this morning to the ‘longspur’ spot in Davis Pasture, arriving about 7:40 am. I parked near the top of a small hill on the southeast side about 150 feet away from the small keyhole shaped pond. With the sun at my back and my vehicle as a windbreak, I sat for about two hours with my telescope watching the ebb and flow of creatures coming in to drink.

Most notable was the extraordinary number of Savannah Sparrows. At one point, in a fast scan of the entire pond edge, I counted 138 Savannahs drinking simultaneously. Ten minuted later there were just under 100. Unless there was a group of several hundred Savannahs with unquenchable thirsts, and given that each bird appeared to spend less (and often a lot less) than two minutes at the waters edge, I must have seen thousands. Scanning the grasslands, sparrows could be seen approaching the water from near and far. They would stop a few hundred feet short of the lake and slowly work their way down to the water. The numbers were greater before 9 am but when I left there were still 15-20 Savannahs at the water’s edge. This tank must be one of the few sources of water in thousands (or even I suppose tens of thousands ) of acres.

The dynamic action and vocals were provided by Chestnut-collared Longspurs, arriving every few minutes in fast moving flocks that swirled around the lake a few time before settling. They’re masters of the quick sip for the flocks were often gone before I could train my scope.

I was surprised by how many Eastern Meadowlarks came to drink - assuming little or no overlap, several hundred - but it’s been so dry that birds that normally generate (most of) their necessary water metabolically are probably drawn to water holes.

I spent most of my time focused on one corner of the pond and other bird species that came to this limited bit of the water’s edge included Horned Lark (50), Baird’s (8), Grasshopper (6), and Vesper (5) Sparrows, and five or six Mourning Doves. With all the small birds I was surprised to see no raptors but much of my time was spent peering through a telescope and I’m sure I missed things. Still when there was an audible mass departure of drinking birds, I looked around. There were many more Horned Larks flying about and in the surrounding bare ground and one or two McCown’s Longspurs were detected by call but were never seen.

One coyote and seven ‘cows’ were the only noticed mammals, humans included, and rounded out the water’s edge list.

Will Russell
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Date: 2/9/18 11:50 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 9 February 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on February 9, 2018; the next update will be made on
February 16. 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
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
*WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER (reported)
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
*SINALOA WREN
#Winter Wren
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Varied Thrush
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#McCown's Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
*STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE

Red-breasted Nuthatches 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/

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A *SINALOA WREN continued this week (m.ob.) along the De Anza Trail south
of Santa Gertrudis Lane. This week it has been seen in the vicinity of the
old cars about 1/4 miles south of the crossing. Multiple #RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBINS continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane on this week (m.ob.) across
from #12 and also along the river near the cars. Remember to park along the
frontage road and walk in.
A *ROSE-THROATED BECARD continued in the area on 2/4 (David Vleck). Instead
of south of Santa Gertrudis Lane, however, this one was along the De Anza
Trail at Tumacacori; from the trailhead just north of the mission, head
east to the kiosk. There is a short spur to the river just east of here.
This is where a pair was seen last summer (occasionally high in the
cottonwoods) and just to the north.
A #WINTER WREN continued near along the De Anza Trail in at Clark Crossing
Rd on 2/6 (Leo Miller).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.

TUCSON area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued in a Tucson yard on 2/9 (Linda Merrick).
It has been seen for a few minutes most days, but where it spends the rest
of its time is unclear. The yard is on the southeast corner of E 2nd St.
and N Anderson Blvd. (near Speedway & Country Club); standing on the west
side of Anderson Blvd gives the best chance to see the bird come in without
disturbing it. The feeder is in the orange tree on the side of the house.
A *WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported in Bear Canyon on Mt. Lemmon at the
General Hitchcock Campground on 2/7 (Denny Grandstand). There are currently
no accepted state records of this species. Subsequent searches have not
been fruitful but updates would be appreciated!
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at one of the tanks near mile 7 along
Redington Pass Rd on 2/7 (Paul Suchanek).

DOUGLAS area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued at San Bernardino NWR this week (m.ob.).
It was first seen where the main refuge entrance road crosses Black Draw,
the main N-S drainage line. Later it was at Minckley Ponds about 250 yards
north. San Bernardino NWR annotated map: https://goo.gl/uX96Pw

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 near 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.
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed in a Green Valley yard on 2/5 (Dick
Bierman).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
on 2/9 (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, #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued this week
(m.ob.), they've been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have also come from north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on south of the
bridge (m.ob.).
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported along the San Pedro north of the
Hereford Bridge on 2/9 (James Flett).
In Ramsey Canyon a #VARIED THRUSH was photographed at the first bridge
along the Bledsoe Loop Trail on 2/8 (Leon Clay). A #PACIFIC WREN continued
in the upper canyon on 2/4 (Chris Chappell) at the first stream crossing
after the overlook.

WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf Course
in Willcox this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well.
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at the east end
along the Birding Trail.
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was photographed along Blue Haven Rd this week (Donald
Sutherland) between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia-
Sonoita Creek Preserve. An interesting sapsucker –thought to be a hybrid
Red-naped Sapsucker x Red-breasted Sapsucker because of an asymmetrical
head pattern – continued in this area (m.ob.).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Three or four #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on
Sasco Rd this week (m.ob.). They tend to hang out with the Inca Doves on
the northwest side.

NOGALES area
At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/zBbzl), a # LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH was reported again this week (m.ob.).

SONOITA
A #LAPLAND LONGSPUR and #MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS continued from the Davis
Pasture section of Las Cienegas NCA this week (m.ob.). Map (courtesy of
Richard Fray): https://goo.gl/Pj9itL



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/

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.

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.

AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside). Due to ongoing construction, birders are
advised to call ahead at 520-577-7341 to check on access.

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, CORONA DE TUCSON WRF, and NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
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Date: 2/9/18 5:29 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Burrowing Owls, Ferruginous Hawk, Lark Buntings
Walked the water plant Access road in North Marana this afternoon. Once again spotted Burrowing Owls on the Tucson property, this time split apart by about 1/4 mile. Also found two Lark Buntings in the sparrow areas, and as I drove out, Larry Norris’s Ferruginous Hawk was pole sitting on Luckett Road.
Encountered three flocks of Yellow-headed Blackbirds which I estimated at 15,000 total. 31 Western Meadowlarks at the beginning of the road pinged eBird with, "unusually high numbers for place and time”as did the hawk and the large flock.

The Cemex pit ponds had the usual ducks… nothing special.

John R Williams


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Date: 2/9/18 5:01 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many new photos including Rose-throated Becard and Streak-backed Orioles, plus a cool looking Anna's Hummingbird!

Field Ornithologists,

Bradley Hacker contributed photos of a Streak-backed Oriole, Brian Ison contributed photos of a Brown Thrasher, BB Oros contributed photos of Cackling Geese, Barry McKenzie contributed photos of Rose-throated Becard, Linda Merrick contributed photos of a different Streak-backed Oriole, Sean Fitzgerald contributed photos of Greater Scaup, Kyle Waites contributed photos of a Trumpeter Swan and BB Oros contributed additional photos of previously posted Greater Scaup and Louisiana Waterthrush. In the hybrids/other section Dara Vazquez contributed photos of a Gadwall x Mallard and Lee Navarro contributed photos of a pigment deficient Anna’s Hummingbird. Thanks Brian, BB, Barry, Linda, Sean, Kyle, Dara and Lee!

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: 2/9/18 3:27 pm
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)
I got this message from someone who has banded many doves:


This is a Mourning Dove that is replacing the two longest central retrices (tail feathers). It appears to be an adult male. I have captured and banded over over 10,000 of this species in Arizona and another 30,000 in Colorado. I have also banded Inca Doves, and 2,000+ White-winged Doves.


It really is not scaled but shows a pattern of new and older feathers as it is completing its' annual molt. Thus, the 'scaled' appearance.





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From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 6:11 PM
To: <aznmbirds...>; Nancy Obryan
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)


A link to my eBird post with the photos follows:


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616727


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From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 6:03 PM
To: <aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)


This morning I saw a dove with a scaled back, a squarer end to its tail (with two short projections at the end and white feathers at the side of the tail). The head and wings were not scaled. It did not have white edges to its wings or a black band at the back of its neck.


I have posted photos on ebird. They were taken with a normal camera, but they enlarge pretty well if you save them to your computer.


Could this be a hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove?


Nancy O'Bryan

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Date: 2/9/18 3:17 pm
From: <richditch...> <richditch...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] No sightings. Request - please include links when referring to material
There has been a growing number of posts to this list that make references to “more details” or photos in ebird reports.

Please take that small extra step to include a valid url to the cited information with your post in the future so that people on the list and follow up. It is a lot easier for the original poster to do this than for each and every reader who wants to see the information to figure out exactly where that material resides.

Richard Ditch
Phoenix, AZ



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Date: 2/9/18 3:12 pm
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)
A link to my eBird post with the photos follows:


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616727


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From: <aznmbirds-request...> <aznmbirds-request...> on behalf of Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 6:03 PM
To: <aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)


This morning I saw a dove with a scaled back, a squarer end to its tail (with two short projections at the end and white feathers at the side of the tail). The head and wings were not scaled. It did not have white edges to its wings or a black band at the back of its neck.


I have posted photos on ebird. They were taken with a normal camera, but they enlarge pretty well if you save them to your computer.


Could this be a hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove?


Nancy O'Bryan

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Date: 2/9/18 3:03 pm
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove? (Tucson Estates near Tucson Mountain Park)
This morning I saw a dove with a scaled back, a squarer end to its tail (with two short projections at the end and white feathers at the side of the tail). The head and wings were not scaled. It did not have white edges to its wings or a black band at the back of its neck.


I have posted photos on ebird. They were taken with a normal camera, but they enlarge pretty well if you save them to your computer.


Could this be a hybrid Inca/Mourning Dove?


Nancy O'Bryan

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Date: 2/9/18 12:42 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Ramsey Canyon - Varied Thrush
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Leon Clay sent a photo of a Varied Thrush and said, "I was able to
photograph a Varied Thrush in Ramsey Canyon, yesterday 2-8-18 At 10 am from
the first bridge on the Bledsoe loop trail."

thanks Leon!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Date: 2/9/18 12:21 pm
From: <pcollins...> <pcollins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tubac Hawk Watch Season 6 March 1 through March 31
Time to start cleaning those folding chairs and big camera lenses. The Sixth Annual Tubac Hawk Watch will be held again this
year at Ron Morriss County Park in Tubac every day in March.

For those who haven’t been, my usual recommendation is to get to Tubac by 8:15, pick up coffee at the deli and head down to
Ron Morriss by 8:30 to park and setup your chairs. Once the migration is well underway, usually by about the 10th of March, the bulk of the hawks
fly by between 9:00 and noon. Of course the raptors frequently ignore my recommendations so anytime can yield a Black Hawk. On good flight
days mid to late afternoon can offer a Black Hawk or two soaring up and down the river looking for a Cottonwood to spend the night in.

Gray Hawks usually show up mid month. Zone-tailed Hawks pickup in the second half of March. Swainson’s Hawks just get started by the
end of March.


( For those who have emailed me from hotmail, aol and some other email addresses this past year, seems my replies go into a black hole, so try again and I’ll use another email system to try to get through to you. )


See you at the Watch,
Peter Collins
Vail, AZ

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Date: 2/9/18 10:02 am
From: KELAINE NICK <kelainenick...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Green Kingfisher at San Pedro
Bird was just seen on the river by the south end of the pond.

Kelaine

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Date: 2/9/18 5:58 am
From: Tom Hildebrandt <thildebrandt...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: FOS Neighborhood Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Meant to post this immediately, but on Wednesday (2/7) I had my first NRWS
of the season in my neighborhood in Tempe. Obviously there have been some
around in preferred habitats all winter, but you may recall my post of last
season regarding what I find a perplexing pattern of these swallows
appearing in my neighborhood as daily regulars each year around this time
and then disappearing about mid-June. (it's hard to pin down a
disappearance date) I'm still curious if anyone has any insight into this.

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Date: 2/8/18 2:09 pm
From: Johnson Brian <spindlebrook...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Gila County - Rufous-backed Robin
This afternoon I found a Rufous-backed Robin at Green Valley Park in Payson.  It was in a small oak/juniper grove in the NW section of the park at around 2:45 PM.  Photos and eBird report to follow.
Brian Johnson

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Date: 2/8/18 8:45 am
From: David Sonneborn <davidsonne...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Information
I'm going to be visiting the Tuscon area (from Anchorage) next week. Is it fairly straight forward to figure out where to park on Santa Gertrudis Lane and where the Anza Trail South is?
Please respond to my e mail.
David Sonneborn

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Date: 2/7/18 8:38 pm
From: Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] White-headed Woodpecker at General Hitchcock Campground on Mt. Lemmon today
I know this report is going to be met with massive skepticism.

This afternoon at about 3:45 p.m., I saw a White-headed Woodpecker in the
General Hitchcock Campground on Mt. Lemmon. It was perched high in a large
pine tree, fully visible on a limb in good light.

Here is my description on my eBird report:

"Black woodpecker with white head except for nape. Small red patch between
white on head and black on nape. Small white patch on primaries when
perched was the only color on body and wings. When it flew a small white
wing patch was visible. The wing patch was smaller than that of an Acorn
Woodpecker."

I viewed the woodpecker for about 10 seconds before it flew off to the NNE
toward the hill on the north side of the campground, before I could get a
photo of it. I did not see it again.

I live in Yakima, WA. In Yakima County, where there are large stands of
ponderosa pine forests with a fairly good population of White-headed
Woodpeckers. I have seen many White-headed Woodpeckers over my years of
birding and have photographed many of them. I am quite experienced with
this species. I am very confident that I did see a White-headed Woodpecker
today.

It appears from the official Arizona State bird list that a White-headed
Woodpecker has never been seen in Arizona. Mt. Lemmon seems to be a very
unlikely place for one to show up. I hope that someone stumbles upon this
incredible bird and gets photos of it.

Denny Granstrand

* * * * * * * * * * * *
Denny Granstrand
Yakima, WA
dgranstrand AT gmail.com
Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at:

www.granstrand.net/gallery/

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Date: 2/7/18 8:07 pm
From: DianaBlue Herron <blueheron64...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ Saguaro Lake Prairie Warbler
The Prairie Warbler continues at Saguaro Lake. I saw and heard it today at
about 11:30 am and again at about 4:30 pm. It was seen in the Desert
Ironwood trees just east of the trailhead for the Saguaro Lake Vista Trail,
near boat launch ramp 2.

Diana Herron

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Date: 2/7/18 7:14 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Gilded Flickers Anyone?
Hi Birders: Perhaps of greater interest to visiting birders, especially those in search of Gilded Flickers, the Ironwood Picnic Area off South Kinney Rd in Tucson Mtn. Park seemed to be a good place for this species today. I found a nesting pair very close to the first ramada as you drive down the access road. Also in this Saguaro habitat were the to be expected Phainopepla, Curve billed Thrasher, and Black throated Sparrow, as well as a Greater Roadrunner. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley

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Date: 2/7/18 6:19 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - SWEETWATER WETLANDS, TUCSON
Birders:


A male NORTHERN PARULA was seen on the north trail about midway along the pond complex on the morning TAS Bird Walk. It was with a WILSON'S WARBLER, Black-throated Gray, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warbler. The catkins on the cottonwood tress are opening. Lots of bird action in store.


Also, both AMERICAN BITTERN were seen at the Gazebo Pond. The dawn Blackbird lift-off from Sweetwater was an estimated 860 birds going out in groups of 10s and 20s. It lasted about 10 minutes in all. Mostly Great-tailed Grackles, but plenty of Red-winged and a few Yellow-headed blackbirds. The lift-off is best viewed from the west gate off the bike trail.


Larry Norris Tucson

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Date: 2/7/18 4:38 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] El Rio open space, Coachline, Marana
This morning I walked around the whole pit area on the recently dozed trail.

Three Black Vultures cruised over on morning thermals.
Interesting observation:
10 Neotropic Cormorants were fishing in the now shallow water. 4 Great Egrets appeared to be “Herding” them. I twice saw egrets steal fish from the cormorants. Everybody likes an easy meal!

John R Williams
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Date: 2/7/18 3:20 pm
From: Magill Weber <magill_weber...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Bald Eagle
Hi Nancy,
Did it free itself from the leg entanglement?
Magill

On Feb 7, 2018, at 4:14 PM, Nancy Lange <grdnwmn...><mailto:<grdnwmn...>> wrote:

My apologies for a late post!

The Bald Eagle was still at the Stanfield sod farm yesterday morning, and could be seen from Barnes. He was perched on an irrigation system on the east side of the farm. Other goodies include a 'Prairie' Merlin, Prairie and Peregrine Falcons, several Ferruginous Hawks and of course, lots of Red-tailed Hawks. Will get a complete list to ebird later tonight.

Happy birding,

Nancy Lange
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Date: 2/7/18 3:15 pm
From: Nancy Lange <grdnwmn...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Bald Eagle
My apologies for a late post!

The Bald Eagle was still at the Stanfield sod farm yesterday morning, and
could be seen from Barnes. He was perched on an irrigation system on the
east side of the farm. Other goodies include a 'Prairie' Merlin, Prairie
and Peregrine Falcons, several Ferruginous Hawks and of course, lots of
Red-tailed Hawks. Will get a complete list to ebird later tonight.

Happy birding,

Nancy Lange

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Date: 2/7/18 1:00 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, Sierra Vista, San Pedro House
The Wednesday Bird Walk had the Fox Sparrow at #11
and a total of 4 Louisiana Waterthrushes. The Green Kingfisher did not appear.

The next Bird Walk is next Wednesday at 9.

John Broz
Sierra Vista.


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Date: 2/7/18 6:51 am
From: Patrick Santinello <patrick...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Cassin's Finches Catalina Foothills
At least 5 Cassin’s Finches mixed in with the finches in my yard this morning. Still picking through but, have seen a mix of males and females at my feeders. This is the first I have seen them all winter.



Thanks,

Patrick Santinello

Tucson, AZ


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Date: 2/7/18 5:02 am
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] "Arizona Birds": New article on Bald Eagles
2/7/18


An excellent article describing the history of the effort to protect and extend the nesting Bald Eagle population in Arizona and the current status of Bald Eagles in the state has now been posted on the Arizona Birds <http://www.arizonabirds.org/journal/2018> website. The article is by Kyle McCarty from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Arizona Birds is the online journal of Arizona Field Ornithologists. While you are at the journal site, you may want to check out others articles on other Arizona species such as Black Vulture, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Neotropic Cormorant, Tropical Kingbird, Botteri's Sparrow, and Crested Caracara.


Doug Jenness

Tucson, AZ

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Date: 2/6/18 7:52 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SAZ: Ajo EASTERN PHOEBE
Doing a quick check of eBird, the Eastern Phoebe has been present at the Ajo Golf Course since this past November (2017) with several others seeing it before me.

At one time I thought this was a hotspot in eBird, but now it’s not. Not sure why since it’s a publicly- accessible, community golf course.

Good birding,

Eric Hough

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> On Feb 6, 2018, at 5:15 PM, Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> wrote:
>
> Feb. 6, 2018
> I should’ve waited to finish birding before I did a summary post (see other one about the Sanderlings in Ajo). Doing what I planned as a brief check of the Ajo Community Golf Course on the outskirts of town, I just spotted an EASTERN PHOEBE in the trees around the small pond/fountain. This was a long-awaited state nemesis bird for me, whoo hoo! Also present are a couple of female Dark-eyed Juncos of either the ‘Cassiar’ (cismontanus) or ‘Slate-colored’ variety, along with ‘Oregon’ and ‘Gray-headed’; I’ll post photos to my eBird lists and the AZ Birding Facebook page later.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Eric Hough
> Wickenburg, AZ
>
> Sent from my iPhone


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Date: 2/6/18 4:15 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SAZ: Ajo EASTERN PHOEBE
Feb. 6, 2018
I should’ve waited to finish birding before I did a summary post (see other one about the Sanderlings in Ajo). Doing what I planned as a brief check of the Ajo Community Golf Course on the outskirts of town, I just spotted an EASTERN PHOEBE in the trees around the small pond/fountain. This was a long-awaited state nemesis bird for me, whoo hoo! Also present are a couple of female Dark-eyed Juncos of either the ‘Cassiar’ (cismontanus) or ‘Slate-colored’ variety, along with ‘Oregon’ and ‘Gray-headed’; I’ll post photos to my eBird lists and the AZ Birding Facebook page later.

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ

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Date: 2/6/18 3:58 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Catalina Mts -- Lewis's Woodpecker
Hi Birders,

The Lewis's continued this AM, spotted by Larry Norris.

At Rose Canyon CG, there was a female Williamson's Sapsucker.

In the 50s in Summerhaven in February and just about no snow around.


Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
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On Mon, 2/5/18, Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> wrote:

Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Catalina Mts -- Lewis's Woodpecker
To: "AZNMBirds" <AZNMBirds...>
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018, 11:05 AM

I'm looking at the
Lewis's Woodpecker from the entrance to the Gen
Hitchcock Campground.  It's in the dead pine tree spike
above and closest to the highway.  Couldn't find it on
the Green Spring Mt Trail following Mort Womack's
excellent directions, but I walked down through the
campground and spotted it.  It's been motionless on
this tree for more than 5 minutes -- great views.
Betsy
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Date: 2/6/18 3:35 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SAZ: Ajo SANDERLINGS, Organ Pipe, Kitt Peak
Feb. 6, 2018
I just finished scoping the Ajo sewage ponds (Pima County) where I found two SANDERLINGS in the first pond. There were also about a dozen Least and a few Spotted Sandpipers that the Sanderlings kept bullying and chasing away. Half a dozen ducks also. See eBird for complete list.

The past couple of days (Feb. 4-6) I spent camping and hiking at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Pima Co.). Overall the desert is very dry and quiet, although the Costa’s Hummingbirds, Cactus Wrens, and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers seemed to be setting up territories and attracting mates. Highlights included a HUTTON’S VIREO, a BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW, a ‘SLATE-COLORED’ FOX SPARROW, and a SPOTTED TOWHEE in upper Arch Canyon, a SAGE THRASHER at Quitobaquito Spring and two more along the border fence east of there. Three VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS were flying low among the saguaros and xeroriparian desert-scrub along Aguajita Wash just northeast of Quitobaquito Spring, which could be notable if they are arriving breeding residents rather than migrants (during the Breeding Bird Atlas, the brachyptera subspecies of VGSW was found breeding at Organ Pipe). I camped one night each at Alamo Canyon and the main campground near the visitor center, and the only night birds heard were Great Horned and Western Screech-Owls.

On Feb. 4 I made my first ever visit to Kitt Peak in the late morning/early afternoon. At the upstream side of the drainage just past mile marker 6 on the road up Kitt Peak, I had a MONTEZUMA QUAIL (heard only), two ARIZONA WOODPECKERS, a DUSKY FLYCATCHER, and a male TOWNSEND’S WARBLER among other expected species. At the observatory grounds there were two ARIZONA WOODPECKERS, a Red-naped Sapsucker, a few ‘Gray-headed’ and one ‘Pink-sided’ Dark-eyed Juncos. Lots of Mexican Jays were around the picnic tables. The lower slopes were dry and mostly quiet.

On the way to Kitt Peak on Feb. 4 I spotted a flyover CRESTED CARACARA on I-10 southeast of Picacho just before mile marker 214.

See eBird for complete lists.

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Wickenburg, AZ

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Date: 2/6/18 12:30 pm
From: Lois Manowitz <loismanow...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rivoli's at my feeder--Catalina foothills
This morning at 10:15, a male Rivoli's Hummingbird visited my hummingbird
feeder. ID was unmistakable--large, violet crown, blue-green throat, black
belly. He took some sips and was off. I live in the foothills, north of
Sunrise Drive, off of Craycroft Road. It was a real surprise!

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Date: 2/5/18 6:47 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 2/5/2018
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
February 5, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for February 5, 2018 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):
TRUMPETER SWAN (Colfax)
LONG-TAILED DUCK (San Miguel)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo, Sierra)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Quay)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (Grant)
PACIFIC WREN (Bernalillo, Los Alamos)
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER (Hidalgo)
COMMON REDPOLL (Union)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Socorro)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Bernalillo, Dona Ana)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Otero)
PINE WARBLER (Union)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero, San Juan)

BERNALILLO County:
--Joseph reported a RUSTY BLACKBIRD along the clear ditch near the Alameda
Bridge January 27. It was seen near mile post 9.5.

--Maley reported an adult MEW GULL south of the Alameda Bridge in
Albuquerque January 12. It and an apparent second adult were present to
February 2.

--A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW has been seen coming to residential feeders near
the Embudito Trailhead to January 29.

--Score reported a PACIFIC WREN in the Sandia Mountains December 26. It was
seen in the willow thicket with water running near the Sulphur Canyon
Parking area. It continued to January 24.

COLFAX County:
--Egelhoff and Clark reported two TRUMPETER SWANS at Maxwell NWR January 7.
They were seen on Lake 12 and later moved to the pond directly east of Lake
12 to January 27.

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

--Mendoza photographed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Leasburg Dam SP November 26.
Two have continued below the dam at this location to January 21.

EDDY County:
--Nieman reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Washington Ranch November 5. It
was seen at adjacent Rattlesnake Springs to December 30.

GRANT County:
--Swackhamer and Dolton reported a PACIFIC WREN at Cherry Creek Campground
in the Pinos Altos February 4.

--Dayer reported a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the Gila Bird Area December
23. It was seen in the area where the Rufous-backed Robin was seen last
year near these coordinates 32.83593, -108.606023. There is a gate with a
rusted out sign in the area where the bird was seen. It continued to
February 4.

HIDALGO County:
--Baumann, Pederson, and Batkin reported a BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER in
Guadalupe Canyon December 30. It was seen in between the first and second
stream crossing after entering New Mexico. They also reported five
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS at the upper end of the canyon the same day.

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
February 5.

QUAY County:
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a first cycle ICELAND (THAYER’S) GULL at
Ute Lake January 19. It was seen along the Ute Creek Arm at the Logan Park
boat launch. It continued in the area to January 29.

OTERO County:
--Madrid-Simonetti photographed a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Oliver Lee SP
December 22. It was seen along the creek sometimes a quarter mile up from
where the trail enters the riparian area. It continued to February 4.

--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 and adjacent school for the blind campus. It
continued to February 4.

SAN JUAN County:
--Alan Nelson has a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to feeders at his
Farmington home. Contact him before visiting <nelson2...>

SAN MIGUEL County:
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a male LONG-TAILED DUCK at Conchas Lake
January 19. It was seen towards the middle of the lake closer to the dam.

SIERRA County:
--Zimmer reported an adult MEW GULL on the tires at Rock Canyon Marina,
Elephant Butte Lake SP, January 6.

SOCORRO County:
--Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December
10. It has been seen at the visitors center feeders or in the Cactus Garden
to February 5.

--a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19. It continued in the area to January 20. Another
different individual was found on the South Loop at Bosque del Apache
January 21. It was seen near the entrance to the boardwalk January 28.

UNION County:
--Baumann and Pederson photographed a COMMON REDPOLL at the Clayton
Cemetery January 19. It was seen in the southeast corner of the cemetery
with a large group of American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. They were
feeding on elm buds and crossing the street to a small seep with water. It
continued to the following day. While looking for the redpoll Parmeter and
Kraynik found a first winter female PINE WARBLER at the cemetery.

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Date: 2/5/18 3:01 pm
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM - RFI, Lesser Prairie-Chickens
Hello all!

I’m going to be in NM in late March this year, and I was wondering if there’s anyone I could contact to organize safely seeing Lesser Prairie-Chickens? I’d imagine they’re reliable on lek but that these are tightly protected, for good reason. If there aren’t any leks safely accessible through any person or organization, is there a spot or area that people prefer for finding free-roaming prairie-chickens away from the lek? Any info would be greatly appreciated. If anyone would like to reply off-list, my email is griffingrichards AT yahoo DOT com.

Thanks for any help!
Griffin
Somerville, MA
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Date: 2/5/18 12:39 pm
From: Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Canyon B&B, Feb 5, 2018
A pair of Montezuma Quail fed in the brush pile today from 11:00 a.m. to 11:22.
FOS male Broad-billed Hummingbird seen. A male Arizona Woodpecker seen regularly for the last 2-3 weeks persists; he seems comfortable in the yard and not intimidated (as before) by Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, so I’m hopeful he will find a mate soon and set up housekeeping. Arizona Woodpeckers were always here before the fire of June 2011, but until now, they have not been continuously seen. I’m delighted.

Mary Jo

Mary Jo Ballator
Ash Canyon B&B
5255 E. Spring Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
<mjballator...>
520-378-0773

Hours: Dawn to dusk daily except Wednesday noon to dusk

> Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, Cochise, Arizona, US
> Feb 5, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:22 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 3 species
>
> Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) 2
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) 1
> Arizona Woodpecker (Picoides arizonae) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42520294

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Date: 2/5/18 12:34 pm
From: Rob Modica <azlrover...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Wood Ducks in Glenwood NM
The continuing Wood Ducks ( male and a female) were seen again yesterday in the ponds near the Glenwood Fish Hatchery among with 35 Ring-necked Ducks in the Hatchery’s pond.

Rob Modica
Jennie Conway
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Date: 2/5/18 10:06 am
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Catalina Mts -- Lewis's Woodpecker
I'm looking at the Lewis's Woodpecker from the entrance to the Gen
Hitchcock Campground. It's in the dead pine tree spike above and closest
to the highway. Couldn't find it on the Green Spring Mt Trail following
Mort Womack's excellent directions, but I walked down through the
campground and spotted it. It's been motionless on this tree for more than
5 minutes -- great views.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson

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Date: 2/4/18 5:13 pm
From: Norman Woodley <normwoodley...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: White-throated Sparrow at Lake Patagonia
Today while birding the "birding trail" at Patagonia Lake SP we saw a very
nice adult White-throated Sparrow. It was a "white-striped morph" with
bright white and black crown and brilliant yellow lore spot. A short walk
from the parking lot on the trail there is a feeding station on the lake
side and the bird was there along with numerous White-crowned Sparrows. So
if you're going to look for the other birds reported you might want to
check out the feeders for awhile.

Norm Woodley
Hereford, AZ

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Date: 2/4/18 4:14 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Paton's and area today
Hi Birders: A pretty good day at Paton's Hummingbird Centre in Patagonia today. Broad billed Hummingbirds have re-joined the Anna's and Violet crowned today. All were viewable with a little patience.

Lazuli's Bunting, and Cassin's Finch were seen in the front area. Rufous winged Sparrow was seen in the garden, and Spotted Towhee was in the brush piles looking back towards the residence. Nearby on Montosa Lane a continuing pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers were seen in a backyard ( write if you need directions ). Didn't have a chance to check on the Red breasted Sapsucker .2 of mile further west on Pennsylvania Avenue, but suspect it is still around. Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley.

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Date: 2/4/18 3:08 pm
From: tad lamb <tadlamb...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: General Hitchcock CG Lewis's Woodpecker, Juniper Titmouse
Hello birders,


I followed Matt Womack instructions from Feb 1 to locate the Lewis's Woodpecker today at General Hitchcock CG on Mt. Lemmon. His directions are excellent, so I won't repeat them. Another nice surprise was a lone Juniper Titmouse in the oaks as the trail comes to the canyon bottom just above the campground. Full report on eBird eventually.


Happy birding,


Tad

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Date: 2/4/18 3:05 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Mountain Bluebirds, Burrowing Owls
After walking the back side of the old Marana Pecan Grove, I found three female gray phase Mountain Bluebirds at the corner of West Hardin and North Luckett roads.

Also re-found the Burrowing Owls on the access road to the Marana Water treatment plant. They had moved to a different hole about 25-30 feet from the one I first found.
They have to coexist with a pair of Northern Harriers and a Merlin. The sparrow-finch flocks along the seedy area by the road has at least 150 birds.

The pecan grove had Gila, Ladderback, Northern Flicker and Red-naped Sapsuckers.

John R Williams


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Date: 2/4/18 12:59 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fw: C AZ: Fox Sparrows at BTA; more from Troy Corman
forwarded by Mark Stevenson who did not observe any of the birds.

--- On Sun, 2/4/18, Wolterbeek, Paul A -
>
>
>
>
>
>
> BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM
> FOX SPARROWS, COATIMUNDI &
>  FLYCATCHERS

> From: Troy Corman , with Mark Ochs
>
> Date: February 3, Saturday
>
> An adult Coatimundi climbing in and foraging on the fruiting
> palm tree above the east side of Ayer Lake was a surprise
> and a thrill today!

2 SLATE-COLORED FOX SPARROWS were easily
> seen right at the start of our walk, at left as you walk
> into the north entrance
> to the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. They were scuffing the
> leaf litter for fallen fruit, beneath thick trees and full
> shade. These are probably the same two birds seen and
> photographed almost daily for the past couple weeks in this
> same spot - so its worth
> a look if you visit the Arboretum soon. 1 DUSKY FLYCATCHER
> was near the Demonstration Garden's "woodland
> stream" cul-de-sac, before moving into the picnic area.
> Another place to visit: cross the white bridge over Silver
> King Wash into the Eucalyptus grove,
> it was there we found 1 HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, 1
> PLUMBEOUS VIREO, 2 BRIDLED TITMICE and many of the 12
> RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS that we saw today, along with COOPERS
> HAWK. Also on our list today: 8 Ring-necked Ducks, 2
> American Coot, 2 Gambel's Quail, 1 Costa's
> Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 8 Gila Woodpecker,
> 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Ladder-backed
> Woodpecker, 1 Say's Phoebe, 4 Hutton's Vireo
> (singles scattered throughout), 2 Common Raven, 2
> Violet-green Swallow, 17 Verdin, 14 Rock Wren,2
> Bewick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Black-tailed
> Gnatcatcher,7 Hermit Thrush, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 6
> Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned
> Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warble (MYRTLE, rather than
> Audubon's); 5 Abert's Towhee, 8 Spotted Towhee,
> 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 8 White-crowned Sparrow, 12
> Northern Cardinal, 3 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 House Finch, 12
> Lesser Goldfinch.
>
>    >  Editor's Note: weekend 8:30 bird walks
> continue February 11 with Anne Leight & Cindy Marple
> guiding the walk, then February 16 (Friday) with Marceline
> VandeWater.
>
>
>
>
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Date: 2/4/18 10:48 am
From: Richard Castetter <rcastett...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SC NM: Continuing male Broad-billed Hummingbird
Subject bird continues to show up at my residence although it had been missing for the last 10 days.  It has been visiting very regularly since November 4.
CASSIN'S FINCHES continue to show up daily.   I am still getting RED CROSSBILL every few weeks.
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH is unusually common this season.  I have only a few previous yard sightings in 20 years.  
PINE SISKINS are more abundant than any time or anywhere I have been, more than three dozen at times.

Rick Castetter
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Date: 2/4/18 9:32 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Back Yard Morning, NW Tucson
Two nice yard birds this morning, about 20 minutes apart.
Black-throated Gray Warbler working through a desert willow, then a Plumbeous Vireo in the same tree then into a mesquite where it sat for me.

Earlier a Red-tailed Hawk withstood a 30 plus minute scolding from a Cooper’s Hawk in a eucalyptus next door.
Watched two Lesser Goldfinches land on the side of a wall… and walk on it. Never before seen that behavior on concrete blocks.

John R Williams



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Date: 2/3/18 5:39 pm
From: Nick Beauregard <nickbeauregard...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Varied Thrush in West Fork Oak Creek Canyon
Went for a hike in West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon today and found a Varied
Thrush about 2.5 miles into the canyon from the trail head, in a mixed
conifer forest with gambel oak. Got a few good looks at it before the
crowds of hikers scared it off. Not much else for interesting birds, but
the scenery was pretty great too!

Nick Beauregard
Flagstaff, AZ

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Date: 2/3/18 2:35 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Laughing Gull continues
The LAUGHING GULL continued today 3 Feb 2018 on the beach at Rotary Park, Lake Havasu City.


David Vander Pluym
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 2/3/18 12:42 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Sweetwater, Two Bitterns

There were two American Bitterns well viewed late morning in the kiosk pool. They were about 40 feet apart; one in the open, one in the reeds but active enough to see.
The stream was dry, the first pond nearly so. Water level is down 2+feet.
The second recharge basin was flooded so there were about 800 ducks, mostly American Wigeon, 40-50 Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked, Gadwall, Ruddy.
Found a hen Blue-winged Teal with a hen Cinnamon for a nice comparison.

John R Williams
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Date: 2/3/18 8:42 am
From: Darrel Wilder <darrelrwilder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ - South Chandler; Snow, Ross's, and Greater White-fronted Geese
Just after eight o'clock this morning I found a Ross's Goose, a Greater
White-fronted Goose, and three Snow geese among about three hundred Canada
geese in a field north of East Riggs Rd. between S.Cooper Rd. and Emmett
Dr. The geese where spread out in the sizable field and a scope is
necessary for adequate viewing. There were some smaller Canada Goose types
among the flock but none that I would I.D. as Cackling rather than Lesser
Canada.


*Darrel Wilder*

*Sun Lakes, AZ*

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Date: 2/2/18 10:00 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 2 February 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on February 2, 2018; the next update will be made on
February 9. 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:
#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
*SINALOA WREN
#Winter Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#"Red" Fox Sparrow
#McCown's Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
*STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE
#Baltimore Oriole

Red-breasted Nuthatches 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/

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A *SINALOA WREN continued this week (m.ob.) along the De Anza Trail south
of Santa Gertrudis Lane. This week it has been seen in the vicinity of the
old cars about 1/4 miles south of the crossing. A male *ROSE-THROATED
BECARD was seen again on 1/30 and 2/2 (m.ob). Multiple #RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBINS continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane on this week (m.ob.) across
from #12 and also along the river near the cars. Remember to park along the
frontage road and walk in.
A #WINTER WREN was photographed and recorded again near the benches along
the De Anza Trail in Tubac on 1/31 (Bill Lisowsky). A #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH was photographed on 1/27 (Bill Lisowsky).

TUCSON area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued in a Tucson yard on 2/2 (m.ob.). It has
been seen for a few minutes most days, but where it spends the rest of its
time is unclear. The yard is on the southeast corner of E 2nd St. and N
Anderson Blvd. (near Speedway & Country Club); standing on the west side of
Anderson Blvd gives the best chance to see the bird come in without
disturbing it. The feeder is in the orange tree on the side of the house.
A likely Eurasian x American Wigeon hybrid continued at the Avra Valley
WWTP on 2/2 (John Higgins); last report of the #EURASIAN WIGEON was on 1/16
(Nate Gowan); however, so caution is warranted. The hybrid bird has paler
cheeks and a bit of black at the base of the bill. If the gate is locked,
try the call box; gate is locked for the day at 2pm.
A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported in a neighborhood in northeast Tucson near
Grant & Wilmot on 1/25 (Greer Warren). It is being seen occasionally just
north of the intersection of Sonoita Ave and Hampton Street; map:
https://goo.gl/zyXDg4
At Sweetwater Wetlands, a #BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported again on 1/28
(Betsy Checchia); one has wintered here the last two years but ranges
widely.
A Northern Waterthrush (very rare in winter) continued at Sam Lena
Park/KERP this week (m.ob.). One was present here last winter.

DOUGLAS area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued at San Bernardino NWR on 1/31 (Richard
Webster). It was first seen where the main refuge entrance road crosses
Black Draw, the main N-S drainage line. Later it was at Minckley Ponds
about 250 yards north. A male #GREEN KINGFISHER has been in the area,
including at Slaughter Ranch (fide Richard Webster). San Bernardino NWR
annotated map: https://goo.gl/uX96Pw

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 near 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 this week (m.ob.).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week
(m.ob.), one had been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have been of the one north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on just north of
the bridge (m.ob.). A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported on 1/27
(Chris Rohrer). A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was reported near marker #11 on 1/27
(Homer Hansen).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued along the San Pedro north of the Hereford
Bridge this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well. A #GREEN
KINGFISHER and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at
the east end along the Birding Trail.
An interesting sapsucker – either a #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER or a hybrid
Red-naped Sapsucker x 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 #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was photographed at the Paton Center on 1/29 (Shelli
Spencer).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Three or four #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on
Sasco Rd this week (m.ob.). They tend to hang out with the Inca Doves on
the northwest side.

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Roper Lake SP on 1/30 (m.ob.).

SONOITA
A #LAPLAND LONGSPUR and #MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS continued from the Davis
Pasture section of Las Cienegas NCA this week (m.ob.). Map (courtesy of
Richard Fray): https://goo.gl/Pj9itL



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/

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.

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.

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, CORONA DE TUCSON WRF, and 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: 2/2/18 9:03 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Stanfield not Sanfield Mt Plover site
Stanfield is the correct spelling. Apparently, I shouldn't try watching TV
and typing at the same time.
Lindsay Story

On Feb 2, 2018 9:57 PM, "Lindsay Story" <lsbirder...> wrote:

I meant to do the following as a reply all but think it went out as a solo
reply. -Lindsay Story, Mesa AZ

The site is indeed N of AZ84, but it is west of Casa Grande. On the map,
the sod farm is a few miles NE of Sanfield AZ. On eBird, the official
hotspot for this Evergreen Turf is "Sanfield Sod Farm (Barnes & Russell
Rds)". This is in Pinal Co, AZ.

On a side note, North Branch Ponds are close too. From Russell & Barnes,
go about 1 mile N on Russell to Russell & Miller. The 2 ponds are
perpendicular to one another and are just NE of the jct. With a scope you
can check both ponds from the SW corner of the basins, without entering
private land.

Lindsay Story. - Mesa AZ
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Date: 2/2/18 8:57 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sanfield Mt Plover site
I meant to do the following as a reply all but think it went out as a solo
reply. -Lindsay Story, Mesa AZ

The site is indeed N of AZ84, but it is west of Casa Grande. On the map,
the sod farm is a few miles NE of Sanfield AZ. On eBird, the official
hotspot for this Evergreen Turf is "Sanfield Sod Farm (Barnes & Russell
Rds)". This is in Pinal Co, AZ.

On a side note, North Branch Ponds are close too. From Russell & Barnes,
go about 1 mile N on Russell to Russell & Miller. The 2 ponds are
perpendicular to one another and are just NE of the jct. With a scope you
can check both ponds from the SW corner of the basins, without entering
private land.

Lindsay Story. - Mesa AZ
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Date: 2/2/18 8:36 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Mtn Plovers


East of Casa Grande, map says Stanfield. North of I-8 and north of hwy
84 east of Casa Grande.

Judy

On 02-02-2018 20:30, John P Valentik wrote:

> What city/town?
>
> On 10:09PM, Fri, Feb 2, 2018 <jmeredit...> wrote:
>
>> At Stanfield sod farm, along Barnes, east of Russell, we had over 50 Mtn
>> Plovers this a.m.
>> Nothing unusual among the many Horned !arks and American Pipits. Thanks
>> to the list for recent posts.
>>
>> Judy Meredith and Cindy Zalunardo.
>>
>> Jmere dit@bend net.com [1]
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Date: 2/2/18 8:31 pm
From: John P Valentik <jpatvalentik...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Mtn Plovers
What city/town?

On 10:09PM, Fri, Feb 2, 2018 <jmeredit...> wrote:

> At Stanfield sod farm, along Barnes, east of Russell, we had over 50 Mtn
> Plovers this a.m.
> Nothing unusual among the many Horned !arks and American Pipits. Thanks
> to the list for recent posts.
>
> Judy Meredith and Cindy Zalunardo.
>
> Jmere dit@bend net.com
> Home Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Huntsville, AR
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Date: 2/2/18 8:13 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Mtn Plovers
At Stanfield sod farm, along Barnes, east of Russell, we had over 50 Mtn
Plovers this a.m.
Nothing unusual among the many Horned !arks and American Pipits. Thanks
to the list for recent posts.

Judy Meredith and Cindy Zalunardo.

Jmere dit@bend net.com

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Date: 2/2/18 6:31 pm
From: Katey Buster <kateynaturelady...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Good looks at Elegant Trogon, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, and Crissal Thrasher today between Proctor and Whitehouse Picnic Area trails
Finally I had good looks at all these three species in one day ....all in less than one mile from each other.   CRISSAL THRASHERS  are doing their mating calls and you can hear them often from Proctor parking lot and the BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS  are right up the trail, and they too are usually heard before seen....hopefully they will nest again in the area.     The adult male ELEGANT TROGON was very visible for about 15 minutes flitting from tree to tree,  near the spot where some very naughty vandals spray painted graffiti in huge letters on a boulder in the creekbed....in hot pink!   (SO SAD!)   ( My ebird report has photos of these three birds.) 
Katey BusterGrand Junction, CO 
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Date: 2/2/18 5:12 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Coachline late day, Marana
Walked the bike path and the new “road” behind the NW end.
Highlights were 5 Great Egrets, 2 Snowy Egrets, 10 Neotropic Cormorants, 13 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Tree Swallow, a Spotted Sandpiper and the usual ducks.


John R Williams
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Date: 2/2/18 4:25 pm
From: Darrel Wilder <darrelrwilder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ - Purple Finch, Pinal Mts.
I found a Purple Finch today at the Sulfide del Rey Campground site in the
Pinal Mts. It was along the road about a mile down from the campground.
Other montane birds like Mountain Chickadee, Yellow-eyed Junco, Steller's
Jay, and Olive Warbler were also seen. My full checklist can be found on
eBird under the Pinal Mt.-Sulfide del Rey Campground hotspot.

*Darrel Wilder*

*Sun Lakes, AZ*

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Date: 2/2/18 2:52 pm
From: MOLLY POLLOCK <mollymp...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tucson Cassin's Finch
Hello Birders,

This morning Mike Holaday eBirded a CASSIN'S FINCH from Tucson's Ft. Lowell Park. With his directions, Mark and I refound the female-plumaged bird this afternoon in the very SE part of Ft. Lowell Park. It was hanging out with House Finches and White-crowned Sparrows, along the fence that runs between the pecan grove and the condo development. This is east of the tennis courts and east of the most eastern parking lot.

Perhaps this is the same bird that visited Jim and Rosie Watt's feeder late last year. They live in the neighborhood.

Good birding,

Molly Pollock

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Date: 2/2/18 12:59 pm
From: Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Cyn B&B Montezuma Quail
Four quail (three males, one female) fed in the brush pile today from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Mary Jo

Mary Jo Ballator
Ash Canyon B&B
5255 E. Spring Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
<mjballator...>
520-378-0773

Hours: Dawn to dusk daily except Wednesday noon to dusk


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Date: 2/2/18 9:10 am
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Ponds HYBIRD WIGEON
Thanks to the AVWTF staff, the short "birders' gate" west of the parking lot was open. The farthest northwest pond was shallow but covered in water. Among the American Wigeons there was a red-headed wigeon.


I came home and reviewed the photos taken the last two months of the Eurasian Wigeon and the Eurasian-American hybrid seen there Based on that and what I saw this morning, my guess is that this the hybrid. The lower cheek looked lighter colored. I'd love to be proven wrong!


There are two other ponds that have shallow puddles with also have birds in them. The gates are open 7am to 2pm.

Call ahead to 577-7341 to see if birders can go in. There has been some recent construction closures.


John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 2/2/18 8:17 am
From: Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hermit Thrush still in Tempe
Our winter-resident Hermit Thrush showed up again this morning 2/2/18 at our
backyard bird bath (Broadway east of College). And was not scared off by
multiple Inca Doves. Also heard a flock (~50) of Canada Geese fly overhead.



Jeanette Nickels

Tempe AZ


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Date: 2/1/18 12:19 pm
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
It has come to my attention that many expert birders in southern California
(in the range of ssp. daggetti) are uncomfortable calling the Patagonia
bird a pure Red-breasted and also lean towards either a hybrid or a
backcross, so Denny may well be right about this individual (though I think
the original remarks were oversimplified and overlooked the intraspecific
variation seen in red-breasted). Sapsuckers identification is a pain,
given the presence of multiple hybrid zones, introgression, and nearly
continuous plumage variation. Even Yellow-bellied may come into contact
with Red-breasted in northern British Columbia. When I moved to Nevada, I
was very reluctant to label anything remotely ambiguous as a pure
red-breasted, but other birders convinced me I was being overly-cautions,
and perhaps I've swung too far in the other direction. This is always a
good reference to review and review again......:
http://www.paradisebirding.com/Paradise%20Birding%20PDFs/steve%20shunk%20publications/Shunk%202005%20Sapsucker%20Hybrids.pdf
.

Good Birding,

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 9:21 AM, Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...>
wrote:

> Hi Denny,
>
> There is a long history of hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped Sapsuckers
> occurring in southeastern Arizona, and hybrids should always be considered
> when encountering red-breasted like sapsuckers outside of their breeding
> range. Most (or all) of the previous Red-breasted Sapsuckers from Arizona
> have been of the southern race, daggetti, which has a more intermediate
> face pattern than your northern/ssp. ruber birds in central Washington.
> The more-intermediate face pattern of daggetti indeed makes them tricky to
> separate from hybrids, but presumptive hybrids usually show some traces of
> a red-naped's black shield/throat frame on the upper breast. Looking at
> the various photos of the Patagonia individual that are in eBird, I don't
> see any of the black on the upper breast, and the face pattern looks pretty
> typical of a daggetti red-breasted. The black and white patterning on the
> face in your photo looks a bit more extreme than in many of the other
> photos, but I would probably attribute that to some combination of the
> weird angle, weird lighting, and or maybe greater feather-wear compared to
> earlier in the season. To me, this looks like a very good candidate for a
> pure southern/daggetti Red-breasted, and Arizona has a very skilled team of
> eBird reviewers who I'm sure have already carefully considered this
> question. Other opinions welcome, however. It's not a trivial
> identification challenge.
>
> Respectfully,
>
> Carl Lundblad
> Moscow, ID
>
>
>
> On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:58 AM, Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...>
> wrote:
>
>> I was in Patagonia yesterday and was given directions to the location of
>> the Red-breasted Sapsucker. I found it quickly and got some photos. It
>> appears to me that it is a hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped Sapsucker. The
>> red on the head is broken up by the face pattern of a RNSA showing through.
>> A pure RBSA should be a nearly complete red head or with only touches of
>> black or white around the eye.
>>
>> Here is the link to my eBird report from yesterday:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42390666
>>
>> I live in Yakima, WA. In the forests in Yakima County we frequently see
>> mixed pairs of RNSA and RBSA. We also see the hybrid offspring regularly. I
>> have photos of hybrids in the Sapsucker folder on my website:
>>
>> http://www.granstrand.net/gallery/album62
>>
>> Some of the hybrid sapsuckers in my photos look just like the one in
>> Patagonia.
>>
>> If you do an eBird search for Red-breasted Sapsucker photos, you will
>> find quite a few that look like the one in Patagonia. You will notice,
>> though, most of those photos were taken during the winter. Those birds
>> undoubtedly were migrants from the sapsucker hybridization zone in the
>> Pacific Northwest.
>>
>> Denny Granstrand
>>
>> * * * * * * * * * * * *
>> Denny Granstrand
>> Yakima, WA
>> dgranstrand AT gmail.com
>> Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at:
>>
>> www.granstrand.net/gallery/
>>
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Date: 2/1/18 10:05 am
From: Mort Womack <mortwomack...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Catalina Mts : Lewis's Woodpecker
About 2 weeks ago a Lewis's Woodpecker was reported by Richard Carlson on the cliff area near the turnoff to General Hitchcock campground. My wife, Linda, and I were hiking in the area a day or two later and saw the woodpecker very close to the hiking trail that goes from Bear Picnic complex up to and beyond General Hitchcock which is currently closed for camping. Yesterday we saw it again on very same section of trail. There are probably easier places to see it, but this one seems fairly reliable. There is a 5 or 6 car parking space for trail access at the north end of the Bear Picnic complex actually opposite the Chiricahua Picnic area. Take the hiking trail North towards General Hitchcock. The trail is fairly steep -- you reach one rise and then go down and climb again. Just before you come close to the top of the second rise you will go up 5 or 6 steeps made from large timbers. In that area the woodpecker is going between 3 or 4 tall dead tree spikes, fir or pine with no side branches. Occasionally he chases off Acorn woodpeckers which are numerous there. Two weeks ago we saw crossbills, white breasted & pigmy nuthatches, Arizona woodpecker, and flickers in the same stretch of trail, but not yesterday--just towhees, jays and white breasted nuthatches. Mort Womack



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Date: 2/1/18 9:22 am
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
Hi Denny,

There is a long history of hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped Sapsuckers
occurring in southeastern Arizona, and hybrids should always be considered
when encountering red-breasted like sapsuckers outside of their breeding
range. Most (or all) of the previous Red-breasted Sapsuckers from Arizona
have been of the southern race, daggetti, which has a more intermediate
face pattern than your northern/ssp. ruber birds in central Washington.
The more-intermediate face pattern of daggetti indeed makes them tricky to
separate from hybrids, but presumptive hybrids usually show some traces of
a red-naped's black shield/throat frame on the upper breast. Looking at
the various photos of the Patagonia individual that are in eBird, I don't
see any of the black on the upper breast, and the face pattern looks pretty
typical of a daggetti red-breasted. The black and white patterning on the
face in your photo looks a bit more extreme than in many of the other
photos, but I would probably attribute that to some combination of the
weird angle, weird lighting, and or maybe greater feather-wear compared to
earlier in the season. To me, this looks like a very good candidate for a
pure southern/daggetti Red-breasted, and Arizona has a very skilled team of
eBird reviewers who I'm sure have already carefully considered this
question. Other opinions welcome, however. It's not a trivial
identification challenge.

Respectfully,

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID



On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:58 AM, Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...>
wrote:

> I was in Patagonia yesterday and was given directions to the location of
> the Red-breasted Sapsucker. I found it quickly and got some photos. It
> appears to me that it is a hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped Sapsucker. The
> red on the head is broken up by the face pattern of a RNSA showing through.
> A pure RBSA should be a nearly complete red head or with only touches of
> black or white around the eye.
>
> Here is the link to my eBird report from yesterday:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42390666
>
> I live in Yakima, WA. In the forests in Yakima County we frequently see
> mixed pairs of RNSA and RBSA. We also see the hybrid offspring regularly. I
> have photos of hybrids in the Sapsucker folder on my website:
>
> http://www.granstrand.net/gallery/album62
>
> Some of the hybrid sapsuckers in my photos look just like the one in
> Patagonia.
>
> If you do an eBird search for Red-breasted Sapsucker photos, you will find
> quite a few that look like the one in Patagonia. You will notice, though,
> most of those photos were taken during the winter. Those birds undoubtedly
> were migrants from the sapsucker hybridization zone in the Pacific
> Northwest.
>
> Denny Granstrand
>
> * * * * * * * * * * * *
> Denny Granstrand
> Yakima, WA
> dgranstrand AT gmail.com
> Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at:
>
> www.granstrand.net/gallery/
>
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Date: 2/1/18 9:11 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Havasu continuing RT Loon, Surf Scoters
This morning 1 Feb 2018, David Vander Pluym and I scanned Lake Havasu from
the red and white lighthouse on Pittsburgh Point. Highlights included the
continuing RED-THROATED LOON (distant in the middle of the lake to the
north) and four continuing SURF SCOTERS (still with the Lesser Scaup flock
in the cove northeast of the lighthouse).

Good birding,
Lauren Harter
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 2/1/18 8:59 am
From: Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
I was in Patagonia yesterday and was given directions to the location of
the Red-breasted Sapsucker. I found it quickly and got some photos. It
appears to me that it is a hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped Sapsucker. The
red on the head is broken up by the face pattern of a RNSA showing through.
A pure RBSA should be a nearly complete red head or with only touches of
black or white around the eye.

Here is the link to my eBird report from yesterday:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42390666

I live in Yakima, WA. In the forests in Yakima County we frequently see
mixed pairs of RNSA and RBSA. We also see the hybrid offspring regularly. I
have photos of hybrids in the Sapsucker folder on my website:

http://www.granstrand.net/gallery/album62

Some of the hybrid sapsuckers in my photos look just like the one in
Patagonia.

If you do an eBird search for Red-breasted Sapsucker photos, you will find
quite a few that look like the one in Patagonia. You will notice, though,
most of those photos were taken during the winter. Those birds undoubtedly
were migrants from the sapsucker hybridization zone in the Pacific
Northwest.

Denny Granstrand

* * * * * * * * * * * *
Denny Granstrand
Yakima, WA
dgranstrand AT gmail.com
Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at:

www.granstrand.net/gallery/

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Date: 1/31/18 8:42 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CAZ: Hassayampa River Preserve DICKCISSEL (heard-only)
This evening (1/31/18) while closing up after work at Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg (Maricopa County), I'm confident I heard a DICKCISSEL call twice around the front garden near dusk. It called from the same area as where a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows flew in to roost nearest the metal agave structure. It was the loud, buzzy/electric, low-pitched "zeet" flight call. I was unable to get any recordings of it. I'll try again tomorrow morning to see if it's still present. Earlier today one of the RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS was flying around calling, a HUTTON'S VIREO was near the stairs going down to the river, and at least one BROWN CREEPER was near the River Ramble/Lion's Trail split. Last week a few RED CROSSBILLS were heard flying over calling. Amazingly, some of the willows are already putting out leaves and catkins with how warm it has been! The Preserve is open Wednesday-Sunday from 8am-5pm, trails close at 4:30pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). 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: 1/31/18 5:30 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Audubon Field Trip to Willcox Playa
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Date: 1/31/18 4:52 pm
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: SNOW GEESE at Graham County Regional Park
Added my photos to our checklist:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42398130


From: Uwviper <uwviper...>
To: <aznmbirds...>
Cc: <sunny1az...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:51 PM
Subject: SEAZ: SNOW GEESE at Graham County Regional Park

Birders,
After a morning up at Marijilda Creek (Frye Fire did a fair amount of damage to the riparian habitat) and the lower reaches of Mount Graham and Swift Trail, Diane Drobka and I stopped at Graham County Regional Park to check the ponds in the northeast corner of the park.  At the southern pond we discovered two SNOW GEESE.  One was an adult lesser and the other was what we believe to be an immature greater.  The later had a much more pronounced elongated head than the adult lesser.  Pictures will be posted to eBird later.  There was also a female Hooded Merganser in the northern pond.
Good birding!Jeff Coker
Safford and Vail, AZ


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Date: 1/31/18 4:20 pm
From: Richard Webster <webster.re...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Streak-backed Oriole continues at San Bernardino NWR
Hi Folks:

Today the 31st I saw the Streak-backed Oriole again at San Bernardino NWR.
It was essentially where I first saw it two weeks ago, in the crown of a
cottonwood in Black Draw about 30 m upstream (north) of where the main
east-west road in the refuge crosses Black Draw. It was again silent.

Andrew Core's helpful map, as taken from his Tucson RBA, is

San Bernardino NWR annotated map: https://goo.gl/uX96Pw

And the red line on the map is that east-west road that crosses Black Draw
(labeled on the map); the bluish stickpin correctly shows Minckley Ponds,
where I also saw the oriole two weeks ago. So the oriole does appear to be
sticking around to some degree.

I did not happen to see Green Kingfisher today, but was told by the
Slaughter Ranch managers (Vickie & Fred) that it had been seen at Slaughter
Ranch recently.

SBNWR is located 15 miles east of Douglas on Geronimo Trail (15th Street in
Douglas). The refuge is open all daylight hours to walk-in visitors; it is
a 30-45 minute walk to the oriole's area. Slaughter Ranch (see their
website) is, I think, Wed-Sun, 10-3 (fee).

Richard

Richard Webster
webster.re
AT
gmail.com

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Date: 1/31/18 4:05 pm
From: <mmelius...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] White-tailed Kite and other Las Cienegas area birds
This morning I found a White-tailed Kite along the Greaterville Road (Rte.
62), two miles west of Hwy. 83. It was on forest service land, in savannah
habitat north of the road. I was hiking along Trail 4072 when it flew overhead
around 10:15 am then landed nearly half a mile west. So I had great views of
the underside, fair views of the back. I went to my vehicle and drove towards
it but could not re-locate it despite searching for an hour.

Farther west along Rte. 62, at the Arizona Trail trailhead, I heard a Western
Screech Owl call during the lunar eclipse this morning.

In Las Cienegas NCA, at the Empire Ranch HQ around noon I found the bosque to
be quite birdy. Highlights include Cassin's Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Brown
Creeper, and Gray Flycatcher. In about 15 minutes of stationary birding in
the bosque I found 19 species.

Michael Melius
Hermosa, SD
(Sahuarita thru Feb.)

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Date: 1/31/18 3:51 pm
From: Uwviper <uwviper...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: SNOW GEESE at Graham County Regional Park
Birders,


After a morning up at Marijilda Creek (Frye Fire did a fair amount of damage to the riparian habitat) and the lower reaches of Mount Graham and Swift Trail, Diane Drobka and I stopped at Graham County Regional Park to check the ponds in the northeast corner of the park. At the southern pond we discovered two SNOW GEESE. One was an adult lesser and the other was what we believe to be an immature greater. The later had a much more pronounced elongated head than the adult lesser. Pictures will be posted to eBird later. There was also a female Hooded Merganser in the northern pond.


Good birding!
Jeff Coker


Safford and Vail, AZ

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Date: 1/31/18 3:41 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Green Kingfisher Continues
We saw the Green Kingfisher today on the Wednesday Bird walk at about 10:30 on the north side of the Bridge. It was about 100 about yards north of the beige metal river monitoring box. We saw Louisiana Waterthrushes on both sides of the Bridge and the continuing Fox Sparrow near post #11.

The next Bird Walk is at 9 next Wednesday, February 7th. BLM plans to start re roofing the Bookstore soon but this should not interfere with the walk.

John Broz
Sierra Vista


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Date: 1/31/18 3:38 pm
From: Michael Welch <mjwelch244...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Williamson's Sapsucker in Patagonia
Our Sun City Oro Valley bird club was in the Patagonia area today. A nice
couple stopped to tell us about a Williamson's Sapsucker nearby. We were
able to find the bird. Here are the directions: From highway 82, turn on
4th St toward Paton's. Take the first right onto Mendoza, which is
basically a narrow, paved Alley. About halfway to 3rd St, there is a yard
with a dark blue Toyota pickup with white wheel covers. The Sapsucker was
in the trees on the 4th St side of the property. It is a narrow road and
people use this, so please do not block the road. There is room to pull
over.

We also found the Red-breasted Sapsucker in the usual spot and completed
the western Sapsucker trio with two Red-naped at Paton's. The
Patagonia-Sonoita Sanctuary was very birdy, with both Eastern and Western
Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, tons of sparrows and lots more.

Michael Welch
Oro Valley

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Date: 1/31/18 3:37 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] ADMIN: aznmbirds reminders
another reminder

The all too fallible software doesn't send every post to everyone.
There are a few people whose posts never come to my email in box.
If you want a better chance of seeing all posts, look at the mirror sites
at aba.org and sialia.com


http://digest.sialia.com/

http://birding.aba.org/maillist/az

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

--------------------------------------------
On Wed, 1/31/18, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> wrote:

Subject: ADMIN: aznmbirds reminders
To: <aznmbirds...>
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 2:17 PM

Hi Birders,

Here are some reminders about using
this listserv

The subject of this listserv is wild
birds and birding in AZ and NM.

There are many other topics in the
world to discuss, but this is not the place to discuss
them.

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More specifically:

DON'T SEND PHOTOS OR OTHER ATTACHMENTS
IN POSTS.
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When the listserver software works
correctly, it rejects posts with attachment. When it
doesn't
work correctly, they get sent out and
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DON'T POST DIRECTIONS TO BIRDS' NESTS

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OWLS.

Don't post off topic material without
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When in doubt, ask first.

Since this listserv includes two
states, it's helpful when subject lines start with location
information
such as AZ, NM, SE AZ, C AZ, N AZ or
similar.

Post unto others as you would have
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Etc.

Good birding,

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Date: 1/31/18 3:34 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] ADMIN: aznmbirds reminders
Hi Birders,

Here are some reminders about using this listserv

The subject of this listserv is wild birds and birding in AZ and NM.

There are many other topics in the world to discuss, but this is not the place to discuss them.

To post: send an email to aznmbirds AT list.arizona.edu

To unsubscribe:
Go to the home page and click "unsubscribe"

To subscribe:
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More specifically:

DON'T SEND PHOTOS OR OTHER ATTACHMENTS IN POSTS.
There is and will remain insufficient memory in the archives to accommodate attachments.
When the listserver software works correctly, it rejects posts with attachment. When it doesn't
work correctly, they get sent out and you could fill up the archive and cause problems.

DON'T POST DIRECTIONS TO BIRDS' NESTS

DON'T POST DIRECTIONS TO ROOSTING OWLS.

Don't post off topic material without clearing it with a listserv administration (like me) first.
When in doubt, ask first.

Since this listserv includes two states, it's helpful when subject lines start with location information
such as AZ, NM, SE AZ, C AZ, N AZ or similar.

Post unto others as you would have others post unto you.


Etc.

Good birding,

Mark Stevenson
aznmbirds
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Date: 1/31/18 12:32 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson: Santa Cruz River warblers
Hi Birders,

This morning Molly Pollock and I drove past Sweetwater Wetlands to the end of Sweetwater Drive, walked the paved path out to "The Loop" paved path and headed north on it. (This first part is in an eBird checklist mapped at Roger Road WRF). We proceeded farther north along the path to where
the outfall from the wastewater treatment plant brings life to the Santa Cruz River stream bed. We walked north about 0.7 miles from there. (eBird checklist entered in personal location named "Santa Cruz R--Roger Road outflow".

Highlights included a NORTHERN PARULA first seen about 0.4 mile N of the outflow. It flew from the thin riparian corridor over toward the new wastewter plant. When we returned along the path, it (or another) was present about 50 yards N of the outflow.

About 70 yards N of the outflow we heard then saw a YELLOW WARBLER. Farther north were two Black-throated Gray Warblers. Molly heard and saw a
WILSON'S WARBLER near the two tent homeless camp.

I wouldn't be surprised if there were more surprises to be found in this area. Many of the deciduous trees still have plenty of leaves.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ


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Date: 1/31/18 8:52 am
From: Outdoor <outdoor1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Quail creek park. 01/31/18
Mountain bluebirds Ingrid field west of the dog park.

Melody's Birding
(So Many Birds, So Little Time)
Melodysbirding.com

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Date: 1/30/18 5:46 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson OSPREY on the eastside
Tuesday I was surprised at 3 p.m. to see an OSPREY perched on a high power tower above the busy traffic at Kolb and Stella. I guess that this is the same bird recently reported at Lakeside Park and at Stella and Pantano.

John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/30/18 2:02 pm
From: Nicholas Pederson <ndpederson83...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RFI: Accessing old listserv archives
Hi all,

This may have been addressed in the past, but does anyone know if the old
birdwg05 archives are available?

Thanks,

Nick Pederson
Albuquerque, NM

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Date: 1/30/18 1:27 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - ORANGE GROVE PIT and MARANA AG LANDS
Birders:

Today I tried a different take on the morning lift-off and positioned myself on Tiffany Loop just south of Twin Peaks Road and opposite the Erie Gravel Pit. This viewpoint is unobstructed to the south and more than a mile north of the Orange Grove Pit. I thought it might be about where the murmuration patterns really get moving, and I was right. The flocks are formed up and fly right over the Erie Pit at a low enough elevation to hear the birds passing. Seven murmurations in all between 0710 and 0720. An estimated 28,700 birds in only 10 minutes. The largest murmuration was overhead at 0715 and comprised an estimated 12,000 birds and maybe a half mile long.


After that I drove fast northwest on I-10. I could see the last large flock settling down in the ag lands near the county line. I drove on to Red Rocks Feedlot and during 35 minutes of circling that scenic wonder I came up with only 1 female Ruddy Ground Dove in the 100 or so MODOs. Later, back in the Marana ag lands near Luckett and Marana roads, I saw a FERRUGINOUS HAWK being harassed by a Common Raven after the hawk had swooped down on (or by) the raven. The hawk really did not mind the raven protest and perched nearby, probably to go back for the prey item.


Larry Norris - Tucson

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Date: 1/30/18 12:37 pm
From: Jonathan Lutz <jlutz...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Rufous-backed Robin at Paton Center 1/29/18
Good afternoon, fellow birders.

A Rufous-backed Robin was photographed and reported at the Paton Center on
Monday, January 29. The bird was photographed in the mesquite tree that
grows directly behind the main house. To my knowledge, the bird has not
been seen yet today.

Cassin's Finches are continuing in the front yard. Look for these birds to
be mingling with House Finches at feeders offering mixed seed and black oil
sunflower seeds. They've also been visiting the low, shallow watering
stations.

Two Violet-crowned Hummingbirds (along with a Broad-billed and multiple
Anna's) were observed this morning. Both birds appear to be a in good
health. A Violet-crowned with a damaged bill and appearing in poor
condition was observed and photographed over the weekend. We'll continue to
watch for this bird.

If you live in the area and are interested in volunteering at the Paton
Center for Hummingbirds, we have volunteer positions available. Docents are
needed to fill volunteer shifts on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and
Saturday afternoons. A typical docent shift lasts 4-6 hours and begins with
cleaning and filling seed, suet, and nectar feeders. The remainder of the
day is spent interacting with visiting birders from around the US and the
world. We also have volunteer work days that involve the eradication of
invasive Johnson Grass in a concentrated riparian zone along Sonoita Creek.
This multi-year project is intended to benefit species like the Western
Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Gray Hawk. Interested parties should email
Tucson Audubon Volunteer Coordinator, Luke Safford, to enroll in the
volunteer program. Thereafter, we'll schedule an orientation day at the
Paton Center.

For inquiries and questions, please feel free to email me: Jonathan Lutz,
Paton Center Director, via <jlutz...>

The Paton Center is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Please observe the
site rules posted at the information kiosk, which include keeping dogs on
leashes at all times and no flash photography allowed. Follow the Paton
Center online for regular updates:

http://www.facebook.com/patonhummingbirds
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/paton

Best regards,
Jonathan

Jonathan E. Lutz
Paton Center Director
Tucson Audubon Society
(520) 415-6447
tucsonaudubon.org

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Date: 1/30/18 11:20 am
From: Mary Jo Ballator <mjballator...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Ash Canyon B&B, Jan 30, 2018
Montezuma Quail pair fed in the brush pile from 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. today (Tuesday, January 30)

Mary Jo

Mary Jo Ballator
Ash Canyon B&B
5255 E. Spring Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
<mjballator...>
520-378-0773

Hours: Dawn to dusk daily except Wednesday noon to dusk

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, Jan 30, 2018
> Date: 30 January 2018 at 12:17:44 PM GMT-7
> To: <mjballator...>
>
> Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, Cochise, Arizona, US
> Jan 30, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 24 species (+3 other taxa)
>
> Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) 2 Fed at brushpile from 10:45 to 11:00 a.m.
> Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 12
> White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 2
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 6
> Rivoli's Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) 1
> Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
> Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) 1
> American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
> Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi) 9
> Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
> Bridled Titmouse (Baeolophus wollweberi) 1
> Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) 3
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 12
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 5
> Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]) 2
> Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (Junco hyemalis mearnsi) 4
> Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (Junco hyemalis caniceps) 3
> White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 15
> Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 2
> Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) 2
> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 1
> Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 10
> House Finch (Common) (Haemorhous mexicanus [mexicanus Group]) 12
> Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) 4
> Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 35
> Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 18
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42369416


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Date: 1/29/18 8:25 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - Gray Catbird continues
A Gray Catbird is being reported in the vicinity of Grant and Wilmot in
northeast Tucson.

(You may recognize this as the Short-tailed Hawk neighborhood from a few
years back)

It is being seen occasionally just north of the intersection of Sonoita Ave
and Hampton Street.

There is an alley that runs between Sonoita Ave and Sahuara Ave, just north
of Hampton Street and the location is at the east end of that alley. It has
also been seen on the east side of Sonoita.

Probably the easiest way to describe it is start at the intersection of
Sonoita & Hampton, walk north and look on both sides of the street.

map: https://goo.gl/zyXDg4

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

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Date: 1/29/18 7:15 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <cacathers...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:01/28/18:Route 86 Sells to Quijotoa Arizona
Sunday, on a trip from Tucson to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and
back, I saw 8 CRESTED CARACARAs in scattered locations perched and flying
and a single PEREGRINE FALCON pole top (along with the more abundant
RED-TAILED HAWKs, AMERICAN KESTRELs and COOPER'S HAWKS of course).

There was nothing of note at the monument. I can't ever recall it looking
more stark, brown and dusty because of the continuing dry weather and
extended drought.

Clifford A. Cathers
Vail, AZ

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Date: 1/29/18 6:30 pm
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- NO Sightings -- Alambre Tank Follow-up
I had a follow-up phone call from a law enforcement officer with the USFS
this morning, reference the complaint I made after my observation of two
shooters at Alambre Tank off Redington Road in the Coronado National
Forest. The officer said they had found the two people involved and had
questioned them about their activities on Jan 14. They admitted to
trashing the area, camping too near a water source, and having an
unattended campfire. The officer said they were "dealt with accordingly"
and thanked me for reporting the incident.

The lesson I take from this is, if you see something, say something. Be
prepared to back up your complaint with photos as I did. You can contact
the USFS or NPS on their websites. I'm impressed that they ran with it and
completed their investigation so quickly.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/29/18 6:15 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Catalina SP, 1/29 afternoon
Walked the bird loop with the poodles (Always a challenge) but saw a few good birds. The highlight was spotting a Cooper’s Hawk sitting on a Greater Roadrunner about 35 feet off the trail in the mesquite grove. It had frozen upon seeing me and the dogs so I don’t know what drew my attention other than “Something that didn’t seem normal.” I have a good eye for pattern breaking. In any case, it held still for some okay photos, moving little. It finally hauled its prize away after a couple minutes and two more people joining me on the trail.
On leaving I encountered 4 Western Bluebirds by the entry building.

John R Williams


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Date: 1/29/18 5:47 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 1/29/2018
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
January 29, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for January 29, 2018 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):
TRUMPETER SWAN (Colfax)
LONG-TAILED DUCK (San Miguel)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Bernalillo)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo, Sierra)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Quay)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (Grant)
PACIFIC WREN (Bernalillo, Los Alamos)
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER (Hidalgo)
COMMON REDPOLL (Union)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Socorro)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Bernalillo, Dona Ana)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Otero)
PINE WARBLER (Union)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero, San Juan)

BERNALILLO County:
--Joseph reported a RUSTY BLACKBIRD along the clear ditch near the Alameda
Bridge January 27. It was seen near mile post 9.5.

--Owings reported an AMERICAN WOODCOCK near the Alameda Bridge January 24.
It was seen on the west side of the clear ditch near the trees just south
of Alameda Blvd.

--Maley reported an adult MEW GULL south of the Alameda Bridge in
Albuquerque January 12. It continued to January 27.

--A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW has been seen coming to residential feeders near
the Embudito Trailhead to January 29.

--Score reported a PACIFIC WREN in the Sandia Mountains December 26. It was
seen in the willow thicket with water running near the Sulphur Canyon
Parking area. It continued to January 24.

COLFAX County:
--Egelhoff and Clark reported two TRUMPETER SWANS at Maxwell NWR January 7.
They were seen on Lake 12 and later moved to the pond directly east of Lake
12 to January 27.

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

--Mendoza photographed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Leasburg Dam SP November 26.
Two have continued below the dam at this location to January 21.

EDDY County:
--Nieman reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Washington Ranch November 5. It
was seen at adjacent Rattlesnake Springs to December 30.

GRANT County:
--Dayer reported a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the Gila Bird Area December
23. It was seen in the area where the Rufous-backed Robin was seen last
year near these coordinates 32.83593, -108.606023. There is a gate with a
rusted out sign in the area where the bird was seen. It continued to
January 23.

HIDALGO County:
--Baumann, Pederson, and Batkin reported a BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER in
Guadalupe Canyon December 30. It was seen in between the first and second
stream crossing after entering New Mexico. They also reported five
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS at the upper end of the canyon the same day.

LOS ALAMOS County:
--a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons
in Los Alamos November 10. Three have been reported at Upper Water Canyon
to January 28.

QUAY County:
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a first cycle ICELAND (THAYER’S) GULL at
Ute Lake January 19. It was seen along the Ute Creek Arm at the Logan Park
boat launch. It continued in the area to January 29.

OTERO County:
--Madrid-Simonetti photographed a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Oliver Lee SP
December 22. It was seen along the creek sometimes a quarter mile up from
where the trail enters the riparian area. It continued to January 13.

--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 and adjacent school for the blind campus. It
continued to January 5.

RIO ARRIBA County:
--NOTE: Ohkay Owingeh Lakes are closed until mid-February.

SAN JUAN County:
--Alan Nelson has a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to feeders at his
Farmington home. Contact him before visiting <nelson2...>

SAN MIGUEL County:
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a male LONG-TAILED DUCK at Conchas Lake
January 19. It was seen towards the middle of the lake closer to the dam.

SIERRA County:
--Zimmer reported an adult MEW GULL on the tires at Rock Canyon Marina,
Elephant Butte Lake SP, January 6.

SOCORRO County:
--Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December
10. It has been seen at the visitors center feeders or in the Cactus Garden
to January 29.

--a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19. It continued in the area to January 20. Another
different individual was found on the South Loop at Bosque del Apache
January 21. It was seen near the entrance to the boardwalk January 28.

UNION County:
--Baumann and Pederson photographed a COMMON REDPOLL at the Clayton
Cemetery January 19. It was seen in the southeast corner of the cemetery
with a large group of American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. They were
feeding on elm buds and crossing the street to a small seep with water. It
continued to the following day. While looking for the redpoll Parmeter and
Kraynik found a first winter female PINE WARBLER at the cemetery.

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Date: 1/29/18 3:50 pm
From: Susan Stillwell <slknitnut1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Please help with ID
As a newbie Arizonan, I'm still not familiar with some of the birds and juvenile birds. Will someone please help me id this bird I saw by the Surprise Community Center pond. The beak reminds me of the Icteridae family.
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Date: 1/28/18 9:03 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz Flats 1/28
Spent a couple hours out on the flats this afternoon. Started at the sod farm walking much of the east side, then went as far as the middle road along Pretzer before finally spotting a few Mountain Plovers on the west side areas. There was a sprinkling of American Pipits throughout the area with well over 70, and a hand full of Horned Larks. The water “Pond” had 14 Green-winged Teal and a Ring-necked Duck. Cruised down to Green Reservoir Rd, picking up a Merlin and a Roadrunner as I headed to Picacho Hwy. Walked along the roadside pecans for a quarter mile before finding the adult plumage Lewis’s Woodpecker about 200 yards south of where Green Reservoir turns east.
Made it to Red Rock feed lot where the 5PM sun was attractive to a row of 5 Inca and 2 Ruddy Ground Doves on the fence next to the house. Another dove with that group baffled me and it just wouldn’t show me anything to judge it on, facing away and ruffed… I’m leaning to another Ruddy, but can’t be sure.
They were in the opposite corner from the water tank, in the NW area of the feed lot property.

John R Williams
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Date: 1/28/18 5:30 pm
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Tucson -- Sweetwater Wetlands this morning
A really great morning of birding at Sweetwater today, with 57 species
total observed. The best among them were an American Bittern near the
gazebo; the elusive Baltimore Oriole (finally!); 10 duck species (but not
the Canvasback reported earlier); a Wilson's Warbler; and 2 Blue-grey
Gnatcatchers. Also one Greater Roadrunner sauntering down Sweetwater Drive
toward the Interstate, rattling all the way. Complete list is on eBird. I
managed to finish up before the wind kicked up, thank goodness.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/28/18 3:58 pm
From: Darlene <dsmyth3...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Rio Rico Golf Club
Bob and Mary Kay Fanning and I birded this wonderful location this morning. The birding trail is wide, very easy to walk on, and now has an extension that was just finished on Friday, Jan. 26. The extension goes into a mesquite grove lush with native brush and great bird habitat. This is an extremely pleasant place to bird (and there are restrooms at the club house and in one area along the trail). View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42321766 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42321766> The birding here will be exciting at all seasons. We enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch after birding in their clubhouse. Owners, staff, and volunteers who have spent many hours making this birding trail are delightfully friendly people.
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Date: 1/28/18 2:52 pm
From: Mark Krenitsky <mkrenitsky...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP - 28 January 2018
Fourteen hardy birdwatchers from three states(AK, AZ, MN) attended the
Sierra Vista EOP walk Sunday morning. We started with temperatures near
freezing and finished with them in the mid-sixties with beautiful skies.

Our final species total was 56 species, with 9 species of ducks and 8
species of sparrows!

Probably the best bird of the day was the first-of-the-year(for me, at
least) Tree Swallow.

However, the highlight of the trip for me was an excellent view of a
prairie-race Merlin eating what we decided was a House Finch.

Other highlights included:

A stunning male Bufflehead in direct sunlight.

Three Soras vocalizing at the same time(thanks, Stuart!)

A Peregrine Falcon that flew over our heads as it attacked a duck.

An excellent scope view of a Lark Sparrow near the picnic tables on Moson
Rd.

And a large mixed flock of Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds.

Mark Krenitsky
Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 1/28/18 1:03 pm
From: JOHN <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Avra Valley Milewide Recharge Pond SAGE THRASHER

Sunday morning Sage Thrasher was feeding along side of road by the pond, which is dry.
John Higgins, Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/28/18 12:45 pm
From: Leo Miller <leo...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sinaloa Wren 1/28
Seen today at 10:40am at the same location where it was reported by Brendan
and Paul Galvin yesterday (31.5569,-111.0470). This spot is 0.5mi south of the
gate to the DeAnza trail off Santa Gertrudis Lane. It was in the dense brush
just east of the "center trail" that runs between and parallels the River and
the DeAnza Trail. As Brendan pointed out, this bird is very skulky. It was
foraging with 2 Abert's Towhees. It often foraged beneath the leaf cover,
completely hidden, but would stick its head up once in a while. Eventually, it
came out in plain view and one could see its white supercilium, streaked cheek
and barred undertail coverts. After I found the bird I called Joy and Jon
Duerr. When they arrived I hadn't seen the bird for about 10min but Joy
located it a short distance to the south and many folks were able to see it.

eBird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42314048

Leo Miller
Riverside, IL
Wintering in Green Valley

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Date: 1/28/18 12:02 pm
From: John Broz <johnbroz1944...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Green Kingfisher Continues
John Barthelme and I saw the continuing female Green Kingfisher this morning about 10. Her usual location is north of the metal box on the north side side of the Bridge. Today she was at the River just north of the mouth of Garden Wash more than 1/2 mile south of the Bridge. We also saw 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes close together near post # 7.

Audrey Eskue reports that yesterday's Bird Walk had the continuing Fox Sparrow near post # 11. Locals also reported a Grasshopper and a Cassin's Sparrow yesterday near the aforementioned metal box.

The next Bird Walk is next Wednesday, January 31, at 9. Free.

John Broz
Sierra Vista


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Date: 1/28/18 11:08 am
From: Sharon Goldwater <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Lewis’s Woodpecker Woodland Rd east Tucson
In spite of the breezy conditions it was burst along Woodland Road. I had a Lewis’s Woodpecker about halfway down the road, in a pecan orchard west of the sign that says Pecan Farm

Sharon Goldwasser
Tucson

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Date: 1/28/18 11:06 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Havasu Laughing Gull now at Rotary Park
This morning, 28 January 2018, I stopped by Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City
and was surprised to see the continuing LAUGHING GULL on the beach with the
Ring-billed Gull flock. This is a more accessible location than the state
park where it was previously hanging out, so hopefully will stick around
this area.

Good birding,
Lauren Harter
Lake Havasu City

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Date: 1/28/18 8:17 am
From: Gordon Karre <karhop1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Prairie Warbler, Saguaro Lake
The Prairie Warbler continues at Saguaro Lake this morning with Chris and Micheal Rohrer

Happy birding to all.

Gordon Karre
Mesa, AZ

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Date: 1/27/18 7:11 pm
From: <brendangalvin...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sinaloa Wren continues

We were able to relocate the wren today (1/27/18) at around 1015 south of
previous records in dense brush along the river edge (31.5569,-111.0470) the
bird was extremely skulky and stayed within the dense brush as we viewed it
off and on for about twenty minutes, unfortunately it then went missing just
as a number of birders were arriving to see it. We then relocated it again
even further south (31.5566, -111.0468) at 1215 this time it was down on the
river bank itself and in leaf litter on the opposite bank, this time it was
much easier to view and was out in plain sight for about twenty minutes before
we left. The bird would infrequently give off its distinct call, similar to a
distant machine gun.

We also had four robins on the way out at 31.5593, -111.0469 that were very
easy to see, flying right over the trail and getting water in the creek.

Here is our Ebird checklist with all the photos and other species:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42293736

Brendan Galvin
Irvine, CA
1/27/18

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Date: 1/27/18 6:43 pm
From: Olga Harbour <oharbour...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Chiricahuas and Willcox
Hello Birders,

This morning Bob and I decided to have lunch in Portal, so we headed to
Pinery Canyon Road, over the top, and on down the other side. Highlights
of our time in the mountains were HAIRY WOODPECKER along the lower
portion of Pinery Canyon Road and MEXICAN CHICKADEE mixed in with a
flock of PYGMY NUTHATCH near Barfoot Junction.  About midway between
Onion Saddle and Barfoot Junction, two CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS flew over as
we were heading downhill.

At Bob Rodrigues's we were treated to three species of towhee:
GREEN-TAILED, SPOTTED, and CANYON, along with NORTHERN CARDINAL and
PYRRHULOXIA.  BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS were abundant at the various feeders.

On the way back to Tucson we took a quick drive around Lake Cochise.  At
the golf course pond we were delighted to see a BADGER making its way
across the parking area.  The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue at
Lake Cochise.  I'm pretty sure we also spotted several SNOW GEESE
hunkered down in the tall grass at the NW corner of the lake.

There are a few icy patches along the road over the mountain, mostly in
the shade spots.  We took it easy going through there and experienced no
problems.

Good birding!

Olga Harbour
Tucson, AZ


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Date: 1/27/18 5:29 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Burrowing Owls, TV
Went back to the water plant in north Marana to scope some of the sparrows… they are not very cooperative… but maybe it was because of the two Northern Harriers, the Merlin, and two American Kestrels coursing the area. Anyway, noticed two rounded bumps sticking up so put the scope on then and quickly saw four eyes looking back… around 180-200 yards from the road.

Walked the dogs along the road and spotted a Turkey Vulture to the south over the Santa Cruz River corridor by Marana Road.
In the area were blackbird flocks; today only around 3,000-4,000 total, and about 50-50% Red-winged and Yellow Headed. There were a few dozen Brewer’s mixed in at one point. The plowed field didn’t have any Crested Cara Caras today, but a couple immature plumage Red-tailed Hawks and 36 Common Ravens were gleaning the field.
Sparrows:
Mostly Savannah and White-crowned. Did find two Lincoln’s and a Vespers as well as 50-60 House Finches. The area contained at least 100 sparrows.
The sparrows are using an area owned by Tucson, south of the road and west of the plowed field.
The fence line around the area is posted, so all birding is from the road.
Owl viewpoint:
From the corner of the Tucson lot, go to the white standing pipe with the “Gas line” warning, north side of the road. On the fence near opposite, south side of the road, are a pair of warning signs. From the left hand sign, look at the three radio towers to the far south. To the right of the center tower is a utility pole. The owls were in line with that pole, near a couple weedy clusters, again, 180-200 yards. Weak view with binoculars, good view with a scope.

Harrowing has started on the north side in sorghum stubble so gleaners may return in numbers while that is occurring. The Water Plant road is off N. Luckett Road, off of Marana Rd near the Santa Cruz River bridge.

John R Williams
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Date: 1/27/18 5:25 pm
From: Melody Kehl <outdoor1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson Audubon Thrashers, 01/27/2018
What a wonderful day with delightful people. Despite spending most of the
morning with no thrashers, at 11:00 am, Larry Heinz discovered three
LeConte's cavorting in the bushes just in sight of the cars. We did manage
a couple Sage Thrashers, but no Bendire's. One Curve-billed kept us on our
toes with little color and no spots. . . heart beat moment thinking it was
a LeConte's. Bell's and Sagebrush Sparrows gave us multiple opportunity
for prolonged viewing.

In Santa Cruz Flats, we found the Mountain Plovers along Pretzer just west
of Tweedy. I quite counting at one hundred. However, we only found 3
Ruddy Ground Doves at the Red Rock Feedlot. Many, many Yellow-headed
Blackbirds was a wonderful treat.
Melodys Birding
melodysbirding.com
So Many Birds, So Little Time

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Date: 1/27/18 2:16 pm
From: Gordon Karre <karhop1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Pinal County, Ruddy Ground-Doves
This morning, Josh Wallesadt, Rick Wallestad, and I, stopped at the Red Rock Feedlot in Pinal County to look for the RUDDY GROUND-DOVES. Guess we got more than we bargained for as we found 5 of them near the northwest corner of the feedlot on the west and a bit south of the farmhouse. We were able to get photos of 4 of them in the same frame and we found the 5th one a bit further back perched on one of the wood fence railings. A bit surprised at the number but it was quite enjoyable.

Further into the Santa Cruz Flats area, we tallied 10 CRESTED CARACARA about a mile north and a mile west from the intersection of Baumgartner and Wheeler. Did not spend a lot of time at Pretzer and Tweedy, but did manage to count 6 MOUNTAIN PLOVER.

And enjoyable morning for all.

Gordon Karre
Mesa, AZ

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Date: 1/27/18 11:08 am
From: Brett Wilmore <brettwilm...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Continuing Tucson N Parula
Northern Parula continued at 11 am behind the Hardesty Bldg in Tucson today. Also seen, 8 Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush.
Brett Wilmore

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Date: 1/27/18 10:22 am
From: Magill Weber <magill_weber...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: GWR and ChandlerCackling Geese
Sorry, wrong pond. I meant Chandler Heights and Gilbert Rds.

On J27, 2018, at 11:19 AM, Magill Weber <magillweber...><mailto:<magillweber...>> wrote:

The Gilbert Water Ranch smattering of Eastern warblers continues this morning 1/27 including two NORTHERN PARULAS, and AMERICAN REDSTART.
At Chandler Heights and Ocotillo pond, I had at least a large flock of Canada Geese, with two CACKLING GEESE, along with one mystery hybrid/backcross goose. About 25% smaller than he Canadas, with a very Barnacle Goose looking head. Otherwise appeared Canada-like overall. Maybe someone with a good lens can get some definitive photos. Chandler Heights also has some American White Pelicans, as did GWR. The cormorant colony that existed here in previous years appears to have been mostly eradicated.
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Date: 1/27/18 10:19 am
From: Magill Weber <magillweber...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: GWR and ChandlerCackling Geese
The Gilbert Water Ranch smattering of Eastern warblers continues this morning 1/27 including two NORTHERN PARULAS, and AMERICAN REDSTART.
At Chandler Heights and Ocotillo pond, I had at least a large flock of Canada Geese, with two CACKLING GEESE, along with one mystery hybrid/backcross goose. About 25% smaller than he Canadas, with a very Barnacle Goose looking head. Otherwise appeared Canada-like overall. Maybe someone with a good lens can get some definitive photos. Chandler Heights also has some American White Pelicans, as did GWR. The cormorant colony that existed here in previous years appears to have been mostly eradicated.
Magill Weber, Phoenix
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Date: 1/27/18 9:13 am
From: James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CE Maricopa Co. Saguaro Lake Prairie Warbled
Birders,
The prairie warbler was very vocal as it foraged in ironwood and palo verde along both sides of the Saguaro Vista trailhead near ramp two.
Happy birding!
Jim

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Date: 1/26/18 10:20 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 26 January 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 26, 2018; the next update will be made on
February 2. 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
#Heermann's Gull
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
*SINALOA WREN
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Brown Thrasher
#Palm Warbler
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#McCown's Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
*STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE
*PURPLE FINCH

Red-breasted Nuthatches 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/

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A *SINALOA WREN continued this week (m.ob.) along the De Anza Trail south
of Santa Gertrudis Lane. This week it has been seen in the vicinity of the
old cars about 1/4 miles south of the crossing. A male *ROSE-THROATED
BECARD was photographed on 1/20 (m.ob). Multiple #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS
continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane on this week (m.ob.) across from #12
and also along the river near the cars. A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported on
on 1/25 and 1/26 (m.ob.). Remember to park along the frontage road and walk
in.
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Rock Corral Canyon on 1/22 (Andy
Stepniewski) west of Santa Gertrudis Lane. A high clearance, four-wheel
drive vehicle is recommended; the birds have been between the corral and
the unofficial campground.
A #WINTER WREN was photographed and recorded near the benches along the De
Anza Trail in Tubac on 1/22 (Bill Lisowsky).
A #WINTER WREN was reported from the De Anza Trail at Clark Crossing Rd on
1/24 (Diane Touret).

TUCSON area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE was photographed in a Tucson yard on 1/22 (Linda
Merrick). It was seen again briefly on 1/23 and 1/25 (m.ob.). It seems to
visit once or twice a day, which means it spends most of its time elsewhere
in the neighborhood – precisely where is unknown as yet. The yard is on the
southeast corner of E 2nd St. and N Anderson Blvd. (near Speedway & Country
Club); standing on the west side of Anderson Blvd gives the best chance to
see the bird come in without disturbing it. The feeder is in the orange
tree on the side of the house.
A *PURPLE FINCH was reported in Bear Canyon on Mt. Lemmon on 1/25 (Paul
Suchanek).
A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported in a neighborhood in northeast Tucson near
Grant & Wilmot on 1/25 (Greer Warren).
A #BROWN THRASHER continued on 1/26 (Joe Aliperti) from private property
along Sabino Creek just outside the Sabino Canyon park boundary.
An American Dipper (rare in SE AZ) was photographed in the west fork of
Sabino Creek near Hutch's Pool on 1/23 (Paul Suchanek); subsequent searches
on 1/24 and 1/25 were unsuccessful (m.ob.).
A Northern Waterthrush (very rare in winter) continued at Sam Lena
Park/KERP this week (m.ob.). One was present here last winter.

DOUGLAS area
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE was reported from San Bernardino NWR on 1/18
(Richard Webster). It was first seen where the main refuge entrance road
crosses Black Draw, the main N-S drainage line. Later it was at Minckley
Ponds about 250 yards north, where a male #GREEN KINGFISHER was as well.
San Bernardino NWR annotated map: https://goo.gl/uX96Pw

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 near 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 this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 1/7 (Katey Buster) near the culvert,
upstream of the concrete stream crossing.
A #PALM WARBLER continued at Quail Creek Veterans Municipal Park on 1/26
(m.ob.). One wintered here last year.

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
on 1/22 (Bob & Bettina Arrigoni) 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 #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week
(m.ob.), one had been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have been of the one north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on just north of
the bridge (m.ob.).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued along the San Pedro north of the Hereford
Bridge this week (m.ob.).
A Buff-breasted Flycatcher (no winter records in AZ) was photographed in
Miller Canyon on 1/21 (Barry McKenzie).

WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf Course
in Willcox this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well. A #GREEN
KINGFISHER and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) 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. However, a hybrid Red-naped Sapsucker x Red-breasted Sapsucker
has also been seen within a half-mile so caution is warranted. A #GREEN
KINGFISHER was reported at the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on 1/21
(Diane Allison); 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 this week (m.ob.).
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported on Phillips east of Sunshine on
1/21 (Claudia Kirscher).
A #HEERMANN'S GULL was reported at the Caballero Dairy on Harmon and Curry
Rd. on 1/20 (Larry Norris). Management has asked that birders please view
these ponds from the main roads (i.e., Curry) only.
Two or three #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on Sasco
Rd this week (m.ob.).

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Roper Lake SP on 1/26 (Jeff Coker).

SONOITA
A #LAPLAND LONGSPUR and #MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS continued from the Davis
Pasture section of Las Cienegas NCA this week (m.ob.). Map (courtesy of
Richard Fray): https://goo.gl/Pj9itL

AMADO
The Brown Pelican at the Amado STP was last reported on 1/21 (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/

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.

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.

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, CORONA DE TUCSON WRF, and 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: 1/26/18 9:10 pm
From: Larry <oldbirdbum...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ - Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson
Recharge Basins 7 & 8 have lots of water in them. At 130-200pm today, from the bike trail, I estimated about 800-900 ducks. Nine species in all: Gadwall, American Wigeon (well over 600), Mallard, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck and one lone male Canvasback.


Larry Norris - Tucson

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Date: 1/26/18 8:13 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Almost No Sinaloa Wren
Hi again birders: Ken Blankenship and I have been corresponding about my sighting of a Loggerhead Shrike/Sinaloa Wren encounter this morning. What I didn't realize initially is that he posted his first e-mail to me on the listserve as well, which, of course, is perfectly fine. Since he asked me a few questions about this sighting in this e-mail, it is probably appropriate that I reply here as well.

I acknowledge everything Ken said about the shrike, but, to be honest, at the time, I didn't think the situation, other than actually witnessing the event, was all that unusual. As Ken says, and as I am sure everyone who has walked this trail has noticed, there is a large " agricultural field " in close proximity to the Santa Cruz in this area. What I neglected to tell Ken in my e-mail was that there was considerable small bird activity in the leaf litter that included the wren. Initially I had trouble picking out the wren as one second I would be looking at the wren, and then, with a little shuffle, the next second I was looking at a Song Sparrow. I remember commenting to a fellow birder that there was a lot of movement in that understory. To me, it would not be inconceivable that a shrike sitting on the fence line in fairly close proximity to this activity would notice the movements, and come in to investigate. Of course I am just speculating.

After the wren temporarily disappeared behind a log, it seemed that the other few birders in the area were satisfied with their look and moved on. I, on the other hand, was trying for a photo, so I tried to stealthily move around to the other side of the log which was adjacent to the previously described brush pile. I did pick up the wren again, and it was at this point that the shrike moved in for a try at the wren. There is no doubt, ( in my mind anyway ), that this was a shrike. I have noticed Northern Mockingbird in this same area, but this was not a mockingbird. Although I was interested in photographing the wren, my first objective always is to get an i.d. on the bird(s), and then take the photo second. As this action occurred very quickly I lost my chance for a photo, although I did get some pics later on of the wren in the location further down the trail. To the best of my knowledge, no one else witnessed the interaction between the shrike and the wren.

So, ultimately, as in all of these single observer situations, without photos, the observation, and the resulting report is what it is. I doubt very much I will ever see that kind of action between those two species again. And as I said before the really good news is that the wren lived to see another day.


Thor Manson

Green Valley, Arizona


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Date: 1/26/18 6:02 pm
From: Chris Chappell <chris.chappell4...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Indian Agency Rd hotspot again - Wow!
Walked a loop around the pond and out to the river and back. Saw/heard
total of 56 species in 2 hours!

Highlights included:
SNOW GOOSE
CRESTED CARACARA (possibly up to 5)
COMMON GALLINULE (possibly 2)
3 swallow species including 1 BARN SWALLOW
male BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BURROWING OWL a bit E of pond just N of canal

Worth a visit now for both numbers and diversity of birds

checklist here
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42262880


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Date: 1/26/18 5:52 pm
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Almost No More Sinaloa
Hi Ken and Thor,
Shrikes will go into adjacent wooded areas occasionally in search of food or water. The first time I had seen this was while covering Queen Creek upstream of Boyce Thompson Arboretum during the Superior CBC years ago when we saw one visiting the creek for either a drink or a bath. I’ve seen it a number of times since then in AZ and in the Midwest too. Birds are opportunistic, so if a shrike is hanging along the edge of riparian woodland and sees/hears something tasty like a Sinaloa Wren, there’s no reason for it to not go after it. ;)

Good birding,

Eric Hough

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2018, at 5:49 PM, Kenneth Blankenship <kenhblankenship...> wrote:
>
> Hi, Thor!
>
> Forgive my asking, but just how well did you (and others) see the shrike? I was there between 9:30am-1:30pm or so, and someone told me about a shrike going after the wren in the dense cover along the river, as you describe. My instinctive response was like "Wow! Really?! A shrike in here? In a dense riparian corridor??" But he was insistent, and I shrugged it off as being a bird that maybe goes in there to hunt sometimes but is only present because of the nearby open ag fields, pastures, etc. I mean, even still... if that were the case, it *still* would surprise me because that's just not how they hunt, it's not their habitat, it's not their behavior. Anyhow, after some time a Northern Mockingbird that was loosely associating with the flock of Rufous-backed Robins came flying into the brush across the river from behind us. The birder who passed along the shrike story exclaimed, "There's the shrike now! You see?" So it got me scratching my head about the whole thing. Any more details to share, or pics of the shrike??
>
> Thanks!
> Ken Blankenship
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 26, 2018, at 12:50 PM, Thor Manson <thormanson...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi birders: This morning, before 9:00 a.m. the Sinaloa Wren was seen around the junked cars on De Anza Trail south of the gate and maybe .4 of a mile. I got there just after nine, by which time the bird had vacated the immediate area. I spent some time looking through the leaf litter from the trail East towards the river, but no luck. Shortly thereafter a " compassionate " fellow birder who had seen the bird earlier came back to tell me it had been relocated north of where the tree root crosses the trail heading back towards the gate. Indeed the Sinaloa was there doing its usual thing there; foraging under the leaves on the East side of the trail. The few birders there at the time got brief looks at the bird. I followed it with my bins after it crossed a log, and it was foraging near a debris pile when a Loggerhead Shrike flew in after it. In a split second I saw both birds dive into the brush pile. The shrike emerged shortly thereafter, and flew across the river, seemingly without the wren. I waited for the wren to emerge, but I never did see it. Some other birders arrived and we started to search south along the trail South where Song Sparrows, a House Wren and a Bewick's Wren could be seen foraging around the path. Shortly thereafter, another birder spotted the Sinaloa. It went under a log near the trail, and, when it emerged on the other side it gave full, sun on, picture quality looks for at least a minute as it sat up on a low stump/branch. Then it flew across the river. This site was only about 10-15 yards north of where the tree root crosses the trail.
>> A pair of Rufous backed Robins were also in that area.
>> A second hand report indicated that the Rose throated Becard had been seen earlier in Cottonwoods down Santa Gertrudis Lane towards the river. Quite a nice menagerie of birds for such a small geographical area.
>> So for all those birders who have still not seen the Sinaloa Wren, or have, but wanted better looks, photos, or whatever, you can be grateful for its agility, and awareness, as it was very, very, close to being a " shrike sandwich "! Cheers, Thor
>>
>> Thor Manson
>> Green Valley
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Date: 1/26/18 5:43 pm
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ: Stanfield area
1/26/18


Today, I spent some time in the agricultural area northwest of the town of Stanfield in Pinal Co.

Highpoints were 22 MOUNTAIN PLOVER at the Evergreen Turf sod farm along Barnes Rd.; a "HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK at the same location; an adult BALD EAGLE at Anderson and Kortsen roads; and an AMERICAN AVOCET with other shorebirds at the North Branch ponds.


Doug Jenness,

Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/26/18 4:50 pm
From: Kenneth Blankenship <kenhblankenship...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Almost No More Sinaloa
Hi, Thor!

Forgive my asking, but just how well did you (and others) see the shrike? I was there between 9:30am-1:30pm or so, and someone told me about a shrike going after the wren in the dense cover along the river, as you describe. My instinctive response was like "Wow! Really?! A shrike in here? In a dense riparian corridor??" But he was insistent, and I shrugged it off as being a bird that maybe goes in there to hunt sometimes but is only present because of the nearby open ag fields, pastures, etc. I mean, even still... if that were the case, it *still* would surprise me because that's just not how they hunt, it's not their habitat, it's not their behavior. Anyhow, after some time a Northern Mockingbird that was loosely associating with the flock of Rufous-backed Robins came flying into the brush across the river from behind us. The birder who passed along the shrike story exclaimed, "There's the shrike now! You see?" So it got me scratching my head about the whole thing. Any more details to share, or pics of the shrike??

Thanks!
Ken Blankenship

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2018, at 12:50 PM, Thor Manson <thormanson...> wrote:
>
> Hi birders: This morning, before 9:00 a.m. the Sinaloa Wren was seen around the junked cars on De Anza Trail south of the gate and maybe .4 of a mile. I got there just after nine, by which time the bird had vacated the immediate area. I spent some time looking through the leaf litter from the trail East towards the river, but no luck. Shortly thereafter a " compassionate " fellow birder who had seen the bird earlier came back to tell me it had been relocated north of where the tree root crosses the trail heading back towards the gate. Indeed the Sinaloa was there doing its usual thing there; foraging under the leaves on the East side of the trail. The few birders there at the time got brief looks at the bird. I followed it with my bins after it crossed a log, and it was foraging near a debris pile when a Loggerhead Shrike flew in after it. In a split second I saw both birds dive into the brush pile. The shrike emerged shortly thereafter, and flew across the river, seemingly without the wren. I waited for the wren to emerge, but I never did see it. Some other birders arrived and we started to search south along the trail South where Song Sparrows, a House Wren and a Bewick's Wren could be seen foraging around the path. Shortly thereafter, another birder spotted the Sinaloa. It went under a log near the trail, and, when it emerged on the other side it gave full, sun on, picture quality looks for at least a minute as it sat up on a low stump/branch. Then it flew across the river. This site was only about 10-15 yards north of where the tree root crosses the trail.
> A pair of Rufous backed Robins were also in that area.
> A second hand report indicated that the Rose throated Becard had been seen earlier in Cottonwoods down Santa Gertrudis Lane towards the river. Quite a nice menagerie of birds for such a small geographical area.
> So for all those birders who have still not seen the Sinaloa Wren, or have, but wanted better looks, photos, or whatever, you can be grateful for its agility, and awareness, as it was very, very, close to being a " shrike sandwich "! Cheers, Thor
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> Thor Manson
> Green Valley
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Date: 1/26/18 4:43 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Marana Cara Caras
This afternoon at Water Treatment Rd in Marana, ( off N. Luckett) There was a field being harrowed which attracted a crowd:
Easily 2,000 Red-winged Blackbirds, 10,000 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, 17 Common Ravens, 6 Red-tailed Hawks and 2 Crested Cara Caras. In adjacent fallow areas: 30 Western Meadowlarks, 2 Northern Harriers, a Prairie Falcon flyover, 3 American Kestrels, a Merlin, 80-100 Mourning Doves, 1 Vesper Sparrow, 30 White-crowned Sparrows, 15 Savannah Sparrows, about 60-70 other LBJ Sparrows and 30 House Finches.
The Cara Caras took off which briefly caused a murmuration of the blackbirds. Quite a show!
John R Williams
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Date: 1/26/18 11:50 am
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Almost No More Sinaloa
Hi birders: This morning, before 9:00 a.m. the Sinaloa Wren was seen around the junked cars on De Anza Trail south of the gate and maybe .4 of a mile. I got there just after nine, by which time the bird had vacated the immediate area. I spent some time looking through the leaf litter from the trail East towards the river, but no luck. Shortly thereafter a " compassionate " fellow birder who had seen the bird earlier came back to tell me it had been relocated north of where the tree root crosses the trail heading back towards the gate. Indeed the Sinaloa was there doing its usual thing there; foraging under the leaves on the East side of the trail. The few birders there at the time got brief looks at the bird. I followed it with my bins after it crossed a log, and it was foraging near a debris pile when a Loggerhead Shrike flew in after it. In a split second I saw both birds dive into the brush pile. The shrike emerged shortly thereafter, and flew across the river, seemingly without the wren. I waited for the wren to emerge, but I never did see it. Some other birders arrived and we started to search south along the trail South where Song Sparrows, a House Wren and a Bewick's Wren could be seen foraging around the path. Shortly thereafter, another birder spotted the Sinaloa. It went under a log near the trail, and, when it emerged on the other side it gave full, sun on, picture quality looks for at least a minute as it sat up on a low stump/branch. Then it flew across the river. This site was only about 10-15 yards north of where the tree root crosses the trail.

A pair of Rufous backed Robins were also in that area.

A second hand report indicated that the Rose throated Becard had been seen earlier in Cottonwoods down Santa Gertrudis Lane towards the river. Quite a nice menagerie of birds for such a small geographical area.

So for all those birders who have still not seen the Sinaloa Wren, or have, but wanted better looks, photos, or whatever, you can be grateful for its agility, and awareness, as it was very, very, close to being a " shrike sandwich "! Cheers, Thor


Thor Manson

Green Valley

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Date: 1/26/18 8:02 am
From: Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hermit Thrush in Tempe
Late yesterday afternoon 1/25/18 the Hermit Thrush was again at our backyard
bird bath, in the shade (Broadway east of College). I've also been seeing a
"mystery bird" that most closely resembles a Magnolia Warbler, with patches
of yellow on throat & belly & 2 white wing bars, dark eye & bill. Is that a
possibility?



Jeanette Nickels

Tempe AZ


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Date: 1/26/18 3:52 am
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Clark's Crossing (Carmen) - Winter Wren 1/24/18
Yesterday I had excellent close views of a WINTER WREN at Clark's
Crossing Rd in Carmen. The wren was working in the stream-side litter
and foraging along the water's edge around 9:20AMand it was very vocal.
I clearly saw the spotted wings and noticed that the reddish tail
contrasted with the back color.

Later I tried for the Sinaloa Wren at nearby Santa Gertrudis Lane but
missed it by about an hour. I was hoping to see both a northern visiting
wren and a southern visiting wren within a couple of miles of each other
- but it wasn't to be! Did see a Rufous-backed Robin out in the open and
watched 6 Western Bluebirds bath in the stream. I also heard that a
Green Kingfisher had been seen, but that it eventually flew downriver.
The elusive Fox Sparrow that has been reported a few times in the Santa
Gertrudis Lane area was also apparently seen very briefly.

The old Anza Trail down the east side of the western branch of the Santa
Cruz River at Clark's Crossing was full of sparrows of several
varieties, although there were surprisingly no White-Crowns! I was
hoping for something rare but had to settle for the usual riparian
wintering and resident sparrows - Chipping, Song, Lincoln's, and
Rufous-winged(also Green-tailed and Abert's Towhees).

Diane Touret  (Tucson,AZ)


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