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1/18/21 10:19 pm Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ - Greater White Fronted Geese continue in St. David + Whitewater Draw Pipit
1/18/21 4:52 pm Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]NW Tucson, Arthur Pack Regional Park, 1/18
1/18/21 12:36 pm Henry Detwiler <henrydetwiler...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SWAZ: Gila Bend to Yuma, Crested Caracara
1/18/21 7:44 am Doug Jenness <dougjenness...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Santa Cruz Flats Raptor Count Results
1/17/21 3:41 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Re: CEAZ Red-breasted Merganser in Arrowhead Lakes area (Glendale)
1/17/21 10:12 am Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]CEAZ Red-breasted Merganser in Arrowhead Lakes area (Glendale)
1/16/21 9:24 am jghiggins <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SE AZ: Tucson Los Reales and Indian Agency hot spot (no sighting)
1/16/21 8:40 am Thomas Gaskill <gaskillthomas...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ce az phoenix rio salado gray hawk
1/16/21 2:28 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 15 January 2021
1/15/21 7:10 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]San Pedro House Birding
1/15/21 1:09 pm Darlene Smyth <dsmyth3...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ:Tucson, Sabino Canyon, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Rufous-crowned Sparrow
1/15/21 11:56 am Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Sage Thrasher, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, etc - Tumacacori
1/15/21 11:26 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Not a Rufous
1/15/21 3:53 am Diane Touret <dctouret...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SE AZ: Patagonia area 1/14/20
1/14/21 3:09 pm Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Greater Scaup E Tucson
1/14/21 10:11 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Rufous Hummingbird
1/14/21 9:15 am Rick Tyler <rhtyler...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Parking and access to view Eurasian Wigeon in Green Valley
1/14/21 3:46 am Diane Touret <dctouret...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Parking and access to view Eurasian Wigeon in Green Valley
1/13/21 1:54 pm at&t e-mail <jghiggins...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Birding at Pima County Wastewater Treatment Facilities
1/13/21 1:42 pm Luke Safford <saffordluke...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Birding at Pima County Wastewater Treatment Facilities
1/13/21 9:28 am <birdsounds...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Sandhill Cranes recorded south of Arivaca, AZ
1/13/21 6:35 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]eBirders: check out new features on your updated "Manage My Locations" and "My Checklists" pages
1/12/21 2:21 pm <microfauna...> [AZNMbirds] Possible Little Blue Heron on Salt River Water Users Recreation Site.
1/11/21 7:52 pm Diane Drobka <sunny1az...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Safford CBC in the news
1/11/21 3:04 pm Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Double-crested cormorant, Lakeside Park Tucson
1/11/21 7:21 am JOHN GROVES <jgstudio...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Heads Up for Catalina Regional Park Pond
1/11/21 6:57 am Bob Bowers <bobescribe...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Heads Up for Catalina Regional Park Pond
1/10/21 3:45 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Blue Haven Road and Paton's birding
1/10/21 7:38 am Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]E. Tucson parks: Slate-colored Junco , continuing Hooded Merganser
1/9/21 9:33 pm Mary and Clive Green <mjandclive...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: Reid Park Summer Tanager
1/9/21 8:43 am Doug Jenness <dougjenness...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]New article on Least Bittern nesting in Pinal County
1/9/21 1:16 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 January 2021
1/8/21 4:55 pm Peter Herstein <netsailor.ph...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]ALL BURROWING OWLS AT ZANJERO PARK IN GILBERT REMOVED AND RELOCATED
1/8/21 9:15 am Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
1/7/21 2:31 pm Julia Rowe <jrowe364...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/7/21 5:59 am Doug Jenness <dougjenness...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Santa Cruz Flats Crested Caracaras
1/6/21 7:25 pm Diane Drobka <sunny1az...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]First-Ever Safford CBC Results
1/6/21 2:13 pm <wildlife...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/5/21 6:57 pm <pgoltz...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
1/5/21 6:52 pm Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
1/5/21 6:25 pm Brian walsh <mrbrianwalsh2...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Santa Gertrudis Lane, Santa Cruz River
1/5/21 6:10 pm marshall or janet howe/mcmillen <howe.mcmillen...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
1/5/21 2:31 pm Doug Jenness <dougjenness...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Dudleyville CBC Results
1/4/21 5:58 pm Robert Hunt <zapata86303...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 5:55 pm jghiggins <jghiggins...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 5:39 pm Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 5:27 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 5:21 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 2:08 pm Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 12:53 pm Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 12:30 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 10:55 am Marcia Lincoln <boahiss...> Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/4/21 10:40 am Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
1/3/21 8:15 pm marshall or janet howe/mcmillen <howe.mcmillen...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Anza trail oddities
1/3/21 2:47 pm <oharbour...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ Santa Cruz Flats Falcons
1/3/21 11:27 am Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]CAZ: Hassayampa R. Preserve BROAD-WINGED HAWK
1/2/21 1:40 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]se AZ: Tucson - Ruddy Ground Dove at Sweetwater Wetlands
1/2/21 6:56 am <maryann.ambrose51...> [AZNMbirds] leucocytic white crown sparrow
1/2/21 12:03 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 January 2021
1/1/21 9:40 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Marana Jacana continues
1/1/21 9:03 am Jody Williams <fisherwoods...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Late report, Marana Blackbirds, etc.
1/1/21 8:19 am Henry Detwiler <henrydetwiler...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SWAZ: Yuma County Big Year, bluebirds...
1/1/21 6:23 am Doug Jenness <dougjenness...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Pinal County 2020 Bird Highlights
12/31/20 12:19 pm ABA Mailing Lists <abamailinglists...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Messages Encoded at ABA Birding News
12/30/20 7:48 am jghiggins <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SE AZ: ztucson Jesse Owen's Park RUDDY GROUND DOVES
12/29/20 4:31 pm Janet Ruth <janetmruth...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Corrales, NM
12/29/20 7:23 am Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020 Nogales CBC Preliminary Totals
12/27/20 3:54 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-25 Christmas at Bitter Lake Near Roswell
12/26/20 2:28 pm <vernieaikins...> [AZNMbirds] Baird's Sparrow in Marana
12/26/20 7:54 am H Queisser <henneq1...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Hooded merganser at Amado STP
12/26/20 1:10 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 25 December 2020
12/25/20 10:02 am Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Western Bluebirds in Midtown Tucson
12/24/20 11:26 pm Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-22 Tuesday At Bosque del Apache
12/23/20 7:49 am Merlin <merlin32757...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Least grebe is gone
12/22/20 3:16 pm John Barthelme <jbarthelme...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Saw - Whet Owl
12/22/20 12:48 pm Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Re: Thick-Billed Parrot flyover at Kennedy Park (SW Tucson)
12/22/20 11:40 am Doug Jenness <dougjenness...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Stanfield Area Raptor Survey
12/22/20 11:39 am <dpsiminski...> [AZNMbirds] PACIFIC WREN on the SPRNCA.
12/22/20 10:59 am Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Thick-Billed Parrot flyover at Kennedy Park (SW Tucson)
12/22/20 8:10 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-18&19 At The Bernardo Unit – Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex
12/21/20 4:58 pm cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Gila Bend - Paloma Area
12/21/20 12:39 pm Luke Safford <saffordluke...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Scopes and tripods
12/21/20 8:27 am Charles Babbitt <cjbabbitt...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Tundra Swans
12/21/20 7:15 am Tom Arny <tarny...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Dismal CBC counts and Strange display of reports.
12/21/20 5:03 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-17 Wednesday At The Rio Grande Nature Center
12/21/20 4:51 am Chris McCreedy <cristofolos...> [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Rock Corral - Atascosa Highlands CBC section summary
 
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Date: 1/18/21 10:19 pm
From: Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ - Greater White Fronted Geese continue in St. David + Whitewater Draw Pipit
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As reported on Ebird, the 2 Greater White Fronted Geese continue in St.
David in the irrigated ag field along E. McCommas Lane, about 200 yards
from the intersection of S. Curtis Flats Rd. The birds are close to the
road and cooperative if you keep your distance. There is not much space to
park on this dirt road, except at this intersection of E. McCommas Lane & S.
Curtis Flats Rd. A nice flock of Mountain Bluebirds also were present (with
one especially bright male), along with a nice mix of the usual suspects
such as Meadowlarks.

At Whitewater Draw an American Pipit frequented close to the viewing path
at its NE corner/bend. Whitewater Draw was absolutely packed with people
this morning (the crowd thinned in the afternoon), along with thousands of
close Sandhill Cranes, while a nice flock SnowGeese were close to the
viewing path as well.

Good Birding,
Mike Terenzoni, Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/18/21 4:52 pm
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]NW Tucson, Arthur Pack Regional Park, 1/18
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This afternoon I was surprised to find eight Mountain Bluebirds at the park. Six were together and two solos. Also, having been alerted by morning birder Craig Thayer about it, I spotted a Violet-green Swallow over the 9th hole pond with five Northern Rough-winged Swallows.
Pleasant walk in low seventies.
Also new for me on the year at the park, 6 Cinnamon Teal and two Orange-crowned Warblers.

John R Williams




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Date: 1/18/21 12:36 pm
From: Henry Detwiler <henrydetwiler...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SWAZ: Gila Bend to Yuma, Crested Caracara
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Date: 1/18/21 7:44 am
From: Doug Jenness <dougjenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Santa Cruz Flats Raptor Count Results
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18 January 2021

On Saturday, 16 January, volunteers conducted the 16th annual winter
raptor count at Santa Cruz Flats in Pinal County near Eloy, AZ. Teams were
organized this year taking precautions in relation to Covid.

In general it was an average day for the count, We found 484 raptors,
nearly a 100 fewer than last year but more than 2019 and more than the
16-year average of 426.

It's been a good year for CRESTED CARACARA at the Flats, which was
registered in our 16-year high of 79. The figure for RED-TAILED HAWKS (272)
was the highest since 2016. A high point was finding 3 "Harlan's" Red-tails!

However, AMERICAN KESTREL (57) was the lowest number since 2014 and
NORTHERN HARRIER (25) was well below average. BLACK VULTURES were lower
than average, but running into them can be very accidental so it doesn't
tell us much about their numbers at the Flats.

Falcons--PEREGRINE (5), PRAIRIE (13) and MERLIN (4)--were all a bit above
average; as was FERRUGINOUS HAWK (6).

For some reason, the lowest number of owls was detected during predawn
owling; only one. No Barn Owls were detected any time during the day. The
tallies will soon be posted on the AZFO website
<http://azfo.org/namc/IndexsantaCruzRaptor.html>. For a summary of the
first 15 years of the annual January count see: Fifteen years of counting
winter raptors at Santa Cruz Flats, Pinal County, AZ (arizonabirds.org)
<http://www.arizonabirds.org/sites/default/files/articles/arizona-birds-fifteen-years-winter-raptor-count-santa-cruz-flats.pdf>


Conditions at the Flats this winter have attracted a lot of other
birds--Mountain Bluebirds, Sandhill Cranes, Lark Buntings, Sage Thrashers,
many sparrows, etc.--that we got to see as well.

Doug Jenness
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/17/21 3:41 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Re: CEAZ Red-breasted Merganser in Arrowhead Lakes area (Glendale)
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I just reread my directions to today's Red-breasted Merganser and realized
l had a goof when it came to parking info. My message should have said to
find a place off Arrowhead Loop, not off 67th. My apologies. I hope I did
not lead folks too wrong.

Lindsay Story
Mesa AZ

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021, 11:12 AM Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> wrote:

> We three have been unsuccessfully searching for Steve H.'s Eurasian Wigeon
> in the Arrowhead Lakes area of Glendale AZ. As a consolation prize, there
> is a male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (11:10 a.m.) mixed in with a flotilla of
> Common Mergansers in the Palomino neighborhood of Arrowhead Lakes. They
> are in the large pond on Arrowhead Loop immediately W of N 69th Ave. This
> is within a few miles NW of Dos Lagos Park for those needing an eBird
> reference.
>
> From the E-W leg of the 101 in Glendale, go N on 67th Ave. Turn W on
> Arrowhead Loop and watch for the pond on the right just after 69th Ave.
> You will have to find a place to park off 67th and walk along the open view
> pond.
>
> Lindsay Story
> Mesa AZ
>
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Date: 1/17/21 10:12 am
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]CEAZ Red-breasted Merganser in Arrowhead Lakes area (Glendale)
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We three have been unsuccessfully searching for Steve H.'s Eurasian Wigeon
in the Arrowhead Lakes area of Glendale AZ. As a consolation prize, there
is a male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (11:10 a.m.) mixed in with a flotilla of
Common Mergansers in the Palomino neighborhood of Arrowhead Lakes. They
are in the large pond on Arrowhead Loop immediately W of N 69th Ave. This
is within a few miles NW of Dos Lagos Park for those needing an eBird
reference.

From the E-W leg of the 101 in Glendale, go N on 67th Ave. Turn W on
Arrowhead Loop and watch for the pond on the right just after 69th Ave.
You will have to find a place to park off 67th and walk along the open view
pond.

Lindsay Story
Mesa AZ
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Date: 1/16/21 9:24 am
From: jghiggins <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SE AZ: Tucson Los Reales and Indian Agency hot spot (no sighting)
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According to recent ebird reports, birders keep going into the pond on private property northeast of the road intersection. The birders are passingtwo fences plus concrete barriersand a half dozen no trespassing signs. So people know they are not supposed to go in there. This trespassing does not make the birding communty look good. Maybe this message could be forwarded to the facebook birding group. Thank youJohn Higgins, Tucson, AZSent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE DeviceHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 1/16/21 8:40 am
From: Thomas Gaskill <gaskillthomas...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ce az phoenix rio salado gray hawk
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Perched on a snag half way between Central and seventh aves. Flew
downstream at 7:30 but was back in the original location when I got back at
9:00.

Good birding,
Tom Gaskill
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Date: 1/16/21 2:28 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 15 January 2021
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 15, 2021; the next update will be made on
January 22. 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 and recent rarity
photos can be seen at http://www.azfo.net/gallery/1main/photos_recent.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) or
the Arizona Birding group on Facebook (
https://www.facebook.com/groups/arizonabirding/).

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT:
#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
*NORTHERN JACANA
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Pacific Wren
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Harris's Sparrow
#Thick-billed Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
#Purple Finch

ACCESS NOTE: Many areas remain closed due to COVID19 (such as the Paton
Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia) and Ft Huachuca is only issuing new
passes to local residents. If in doubt, call ahead.

TUCSON area
A *NORTHERN JACANA continued at the Ina Rd bridge over the Santa Cruz River
through 1/15 (m.ob.). It has been seen in the channel south of the bridge,
usually in the floating vegetation next to the tall cattails; the only view
is from the pedestrian lane on the bridge itself. Parking is available just
to the south and west of the bridge. Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1b_o0qqVmUwmZQi7U7uuiz5CdgWY
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued in Green Valley this week (m.ob.). It is on a
private golf course but can be seen from the Anza Trail; to access the
trail, ark along Abrego Drive 100 yards north of Paseo De Golf (
https://goo.gl/maps/diWbAbS3ExrAgeRR7) and head east along the arroyo, then
south along the trail. Do not venture onto the golf course.
A #GREATER SCAUP was photographed in the southern pond at the Forty Niner
Country Club in northeast Tucson on 1/14 (Adam Dudley); it can be viewed
from the road south of Tanque Verde Rd. (32.251, -110.737). Be aware of
traffic, golfers and neighbors. The bird continued on 1/15 (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued at Himmel Park on 1/12 (John Hirth).
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Jesse Owens Park through 1/11 (m.ob.).
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Sweetwater Wetlands this week
(m.ob.).
A #LAPLAND LONGSPURS and several #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S
LONGSPURS) continued at the Marana WTP on Stingray Rd through 1/14 (m.ob.).
They were coming to the mostly dry basin north of the road and east of the
main plant. A Chestnut-collared Longspur has been intermittently reported
as well. A #HARRIS’S SPARROW continued nearby on Hardin Rd just north of
the plant this week (m.ob.). Two cottonwoods are at the north end of the
ditch; it has been seen at the south end near the pump. This is private
property so park along Hardin Rd. eBird hotspot:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L13187503
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at East Lawn Palms Cemetery this week
(m.ob.).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge
this week (m.ob.).
Up to four #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued along the Anza Trail at Santa
Gertrudis Lane this week (m.ob.). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued
through 1/7 (Eric Kallen). Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Santa Cruz River between Santa
Gertrudis Lane and Tubac this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). An #EASTERN PHOEBE and #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the
east end of the lake.
An #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued in the Patagonia Town Park through
1/14 (m.ob.), and a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 1/12 (Dave
Stejskal) and 1/14 (David Palmer).
Up to six #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS and seven #PURPLE FINCHES continued along
Blue Haven Rd between the Paton Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek
Preserve this week (m.ob.). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed on
1/10 (Ruben Stoll).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Up to seven #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on Sasco
Rd this week (m.ob.) - they have been seen in the feedlot and with the Inca
Doves on the northwest side.
Three #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were photographed on Barrett between Phillips and
Shay on 1/11 (Julie Michael).
A #"HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Curry and
Green Reservoir Rds this week (m.ob.).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/9 (Rose Ann
Rowlett).
10+ #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS) continued at Willow
Tank on 1/9 (m.ob.).

SONOITA & LAS CIENEGAS NCA
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued in Empire Gulch on 1/11 (Diana Doyle).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #PACIFIC WREN continued along the river this week
(m.ob.). It’s been seen between markers #6 and #7 south of the bridge.

NOGALES area
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported again in Sycamore Canyon on 1/12 and
1/13 (Brad Meiklejohn).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
A #PURPLE FINCH was reported from a Green Valley yard on 1/12 (Steve
Hamilton).


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

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-9:00am 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 https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands 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 Thursday, 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
https://home.army.mil/huachuca/index.php/about/visitor-information. 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. Sometimes, foreign nationals are required to have 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: a REAL
ID is required for entry; some state driver's licenses qualify; see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: Access uncertain due to COVID restrictions. When open,
gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger, you will be locked
inside).

GREEN VALLEY WRF: Access uncertain due to COVID restrictions. When open
(usually weekends), 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.

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/15/21 7:10 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]San Pedro House Birding
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Hi Birders. I did a little target birding this morning on San Pedro House Property outside Sierra Vista. Specifically, I was looking for the occasionally reported Louisiana Waterthrush, and the Pacific Wren. I dipped on the waterthrush, but found the wren after some staking out in the same general area where the waterthrush is often reported; i.e.; between markers 6 and 7 along the San Pedro River. The wren seemed to spend a lot of time hiding out in some tree debris on the East side of the river. If you go to marker 7, and take the little side path that runs right along the river back towards marker 6 but where a large tree has fallen; where that little path ends is good place to look. It may be hiding in debris on either side of the river, although when I was there it seemed to favor the East side. It will come out to chase other birds away from its hiding spots, ( including two House Wrens ). Not sure where it is foraging, although maybe within the log piles themselves?
I also checked that area for the waterthrush, and upstream about 250 meters, and then north to the bridge area, but couldn't find it. A beautiful day to be out there. Cheers, Thor

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Green Valley

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Date: 1/15/21 1:09 pm
From: Darlene Smyth <dsmyth3...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ:Tucson, Sabino Canyon, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Rufous-crowned Sparrow
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The morning was so beautiful I decided to check out the dam and creek, so I first did a loop from the Visitor Center down. Birds were scarce but there were 5 Western Bluebirds along the way. The lower creek..totally dry…the dam…totally dry as was the upper creek as far as I went. I then went up the trail from the dam area to Upper Sabino Rd. About half way up, there was at least one stunning Rufous-crowned Sparrow. It must have been a male to be as bright as that bird was. Not only the crown but the back, rufous in the wing, and the tail were bright and lovely. There may have been two as I saw another close quick shape zip under the brush.

Very disappointing was the lack of any water at all in the small concrete basin along the Upper Sabino Rd. It is generally supplied with water by the staff. A lone female Lawrence’s Goldfinch stopped briefly, looked at the dust in the bottom of the basin, and flew on. Darn…and I had carried my little Quickie seat with me all the way so I could sit unobtrusively and admire the birds coming to drink. I wonder why there is no water supplied now considering the drought.

Enjoy birding in this gorgeous weather!
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Date: 1/15/21 11:56 am
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Sage Thrasher, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, etc - Tumacacori
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Sally Johnson and I spent a few hours birding around the orchard at the Tumacacori NM this morning.

We saw a Sage Thrasher twice eating hackberries from trees. I hadn’t been aware before that there is a tree form of hackberries in addition to the bush type of hackberry In all of the thousands of Sage Thrashers I have seen in my life, it was feeding higher up than any, but the scarcity of food this winter might explain that.

We also saw a Black-capped Gnatcatcher twice in nearby trees.

A Crissal Thrasher sang a few times, and eventually made itself visible.

We heard a possible or probable Rufous-backed Robin near the “river”. Being from the PAC NW, I have a hard time calling the Santa Cruza a river. The calls were robin-like, but not those of an American Robin.

There is a nice selection of other more common birds in the area of the orchard, while much of the surrounding area is depauperate in birds.

I later met Russ Hanson who was looking at the long-present Greater White-fronted Goose, now accompanied by two Snow Geese, on private property in Green Valley. The Snow Geese move around a lot to different locations

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Date: 1/15/21 11:26 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Not a Rufous
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Yesterday I posted the following:

This morning a female/immature plumage Rufous Hummingbird fed at one of my
feeders for a couple minutes before being chased by a male Anna’s.

I prefer Rufous rather than Allen’s just because the former has been here
numerous times in the fall and the tail had a solid central green feathering.
I suppose I better review female Broad-tailed as well.

Is Larry Norris still in the area? I could use his expertise.
Anyone else care to look over the photos?

John R Williams

Several people requested the photos (As far as Connecticut) and the consensus is that it was a female immature type Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

It or one like it briefly returned this morning before leaving under the pressure of three Costa’s and five Anna’s. The Costa’s were the first I have seen in three weeks.
Three Male Anna’s all lit up at the same time in the morning low sun angle… stunning magenta.

Thanks to all who discussed the finer points of wing-tail projections, collaring, speckling and all the little clues that move an ID from spp to one species.

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Date: 1/15/21 3:53 am
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SE AZ: Patagonia area 1/14/20
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Great day in Patagonia yesteday! I arrived around 9AM and watched the
pond and feeders at Paton's for a while before walking the Blue Heaven
(Haven?) Rd west through the Preserve almost to the east gate.

Along the way I saw at least one Amer. Goldfinch (west of the road cut
in willows with Lesser Goldfinches), Purple Finches (2-3 in the trees in
the Robin area), Rufous-backed Robins (2), and East. Bluebirds (2 near
the gate).

Later in the morning I walked around Patagonia Town Park and saw both
the Red-breasted Sapsucker (in a deciduous tree near the Senior Center
on Quiroga Lane) and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (in a deciduous tree
near the Butterfly Garden).

This was a pleasant change from my total failure at finding the
Black-and-White Warbler north of Ina Bridge. I mean, I can't even find
the transient camp that is being referred to in the posts!

Diane Touret

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Date: 1/14/21 3:09 pm
From: Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Greater Scaup E Tucson
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Hi folks, there’s a Greater Scaup at the 49ers golf club in East Tucson. The bird is on the further of two ponds visible from E Tanque Verde Rd at GPS 32.250981, -110.736622. The ponds are part of the golf club and neighborhood, which is open to the public for golf but sometimes can be unwelcoming to non-member visitors. For viewing from E Tanque Verde Rd, look through the fence (a scope may be useful) to the pond furthest away from the road - this will entail pulling off the road so as not to impede traffic flowing along E Tanque Rd or that going into the golf club. If you decide to go and see the bird, please be courteous, limit your viewing/photography time and don’t trespass onto the fairway or disturb the golfers.

Good birding,

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Date: 1/14/21 10:11 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Rufous Hummingbird
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This morning a female/immature plumage Rufous Hummingbird fed at one of my feeders for a couple minutes before being chased by a male Anna’s.

I prefer Rufous rather than Allen’s just because the former has been here numerous times in the fall and the tail had a solid central green feathering.
I suppose I better review female Broad-tailed as well.

Is Larry Norris still in the area? I could use his expertise.
Anyone else care to look over the photos?

John R Williams



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Date: 1/14/21 9:15 am
From: Rick Tyler <rhtyler...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Parking and access to view Eurasian Wigeon in Green Valley
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Park along Abrego Drive at this location and head east along the
arroyo: https://goo.gl/maps/diWbAbS3ExrAgeRR7

Rick Tyler

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Date: 1/14/21 3:46 am
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Parking and access to view Eurasian Wigeon in Green Valley
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Where do you park (legally) and where do you access the Anza Trail to
view the wigeon at the country club? I don't know Green Valley very
well.    Diane Touret  (Tucson,AZ

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Date: 1/13/21 1:54 pm
From: at&t e-mail <jghiggins...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Birding at Pima County Wastewater Treatment Facilities
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also there is confusion about the Sahuarita Waste Water Treatment Plant just north of North Santa Cruz Park. Mark Stevenson said it is closed to public and that staff there have told people to stay out. So ebird willnot list as a hot spot.
But there are almost daily report for the park but they are actually reporting the water fowl at the treatment plant. In fact most of the birds on the park list were actually seen at the water treatment plant.
I called the city on 1/5/21 and they welcomed me in and the even let me drive in to the ponds.

????? Maybe someone from TAS could call them to clarify.
Thanks JOHN
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> I just talked with an employee of Pima County Wastewater Reclamation and it’s been brought to their attention that folks have been trying to bird at some of their locations that are currently closed, notably Avra Valley WRF and Green Valley WRF. Please respect these closures and they will update their website when birding can resume at these facilities.
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Date: 1/13/21 1:42 pm
From: Luke Safford <saffordluke...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Birding at Pima County Wastewater Treatment Facilities
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Hey all,

I just talked with an employee of Pima County Wastewater Reclamation and it’s been brought to their attention that folks have been trying to bird at some of their locations that are currently closed, notably Avra Valley WRF and Green Valley WRF. Please respect these closures and they will update their website when birding can resume at these facilities.

Thanks!
Luke Safford

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Date: 1/13/21 9:28 am
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Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Sandhill Cranes recorded south of Arivaca, AZ
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Yesterday, 12 January 2021, a friend recorded a video with her cell phone a flock of about 30 Sandhill Cranes flying in a V a few miles south and west of Arivaca, AZ.  She sent me the video today; the calls were recorded, but the birds were too far away for a good visual.  Just a "heads up" for anyone out that way. Kathy Groschupf"TimBuckTwo", between Amado and Arivaca, AZ "A naturalist's life would be a happy one if he had only to observe, and never to write."  ---Charles DarwinHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 1/13/21 6:35 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]eBirders: check out new features on your updated "Manage My Locations" and "My Checklists" pages
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Hi eBirders,

The new look and new features are described on this page:

https://ebird.org/news/updates-to-my-locations

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/12/21 2:21 pm
From: <microfauna...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Possible Little Blue Heron on Salt River Water Users Recreation Site.
I felt sure enough about this I posted on ebird. It flew with a fairly rapid
wingbeat, not like a Great Blue. Wingspan was estimated at just over 3 ft.
Grayish blue body and brownish purple neck. About the size of a goose. Landed
in a tree along the Salt River at 33°33'23.1"N 111°32'27.5"W upstream from the
furthermost Water Users Recreation Site parking lot. I tried to get closer for
a good picture but it flew upriver and disappeared before I got to the spot. I
realize this is very unusual but I scoured all the photos I could find on the
web including ones of them in flight. It was the only thing that came close
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Date: 1/11/21 7:52 pm
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Safford CBC in the news
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Story publicizing our Safford CBC.https://gilaherald.com/first-christmas-bird-count-yields-104-species-in-a-single-day/



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Date: 1/11/21 3:04 pm
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Double-crested cormorant, Lakeside Park Tucson
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Hi birders,

A Double-crested Cormorant flew in to Lakeside Park this morning around 11:30. It was still present when I left around 1 pm.


There was also a Mountain Bluebird at the ramada overlooking the lake on the east side, and the continuing Osprey was perched on a light post on the west side for the entire time I was there.

Sharon Goldwasser
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 1/11/21 7:21 am
From: JOHN GROVES <jgstudio...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Heads Up for Catalina Regional Park Pond
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Sounds totally illegal. I’m fairly sure firearms are not to be discharged there. Is hunting allowed there? What could he be shooting at at a pond?

John Groves
El Paso

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> Yesterday afternoon (1/10/21) at 4:30 PM, while my wife and I were birding at the pond, an individual man (30-40 year old?) with two small dogs, a net and a 22 caliber rifle came to the opposite side of the pond. He put his rifle against a tree, and brought one of the small dogs, which had begun barking to our side, to show the dog that we weren't a threat. He was reasonably friendly and did not pose any discernible problem to us, sitting near the blind and smoking, and we shortly left, walking south in the wash toward the private road. We were about 100 yards from the pond when we heard three shots fired at the pond area. This is the second time I have seen him at this birding hot spot, but he was not armed the first time.
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Date: 1/11/21 6:57 am
From: Bob Bowers <bobescribe...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Heads Up for Catalina Regional Park Pond
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Yesterday afternoon (1/10/21) at 4:30 PM, while my wife and I were birding
at the pond, an individual man (30-40 year old?) with two small dogs, a net
and a 22 caliber rifle came to the opposite side of the pond. He put his
rifle against a tree, and brought one of the small dogs, which had begun
barking to our side, to show the dog that we weren't a threat. He was
reasonably friendly and did not pose any discernible problem to us, sitting
near the blind and smoking, and we shortly left, walking south in the wash
toward the private road. We were about 100 yards from the pond when we
heard three shots fired at the pond area. This is the second time I have
seen him at this birding hot spot, but he was not armed the first time.

Bob and Prudy Bowers
SaddleBrooke, AZ
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Date: 1/10/21 3:45 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Blue Haven Road and Paton's birding
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Hi Birders: On this beautiful day; ( well, at least by mid morning when it warmed up ), the birding was pretty good, especially along Blue Haven Road located " downsteam " from Tucson Audubon's Centre for Hummingbirds in Patagonia. About three tenths of a mile down before you get to the cut bank, where Patagonia Creek meets the road, Louie Dombroski, the resident birder at Paton's, and I found 7 Purple Finch feeding on what looks like Ash seed pods. It looked like 3 of them were males. Just past the cut bank, feeding on Hackberries, we were treated to great looks at at least 3 Rufous backed Robins. They flew back and forth across the road, so it was possible to get decent lighting for birders who are also photographers. There are also a few American Robins mixed in with them.
Back at Paton's, which is still closed due to Covid concerns, there were 3 American Goldfinch coming into the feeders. For out of town/state birders, at least two Violet crowned Hummingbirds are coming into the feeders, most of which are located close to the road, and, therefore, visible from the road. Anna's and Broad billed Hummingbirds are also around. Cheers, Thor

Thor Manson
Tucson Audubon Volunteer
Green Valley

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Date: 1/10/21 7:38 am
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]E. Tucson parks: Slate-colored Junco , continuing Hooded Merganser
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Hi birders,

I stopped briefly at Jesse Owens park yesterday (apparently too late again for the Ruddy Ground Doves) and spotted a nice Slate-colored Junco in the flock hanging around the NW corner of the park, in the edge behind the houses. There are apparently some feeders in one yard and a fountain in adjacent yard but fences mostly block any views of them.

The Hooded Merganser is continuing at Agua Caliente. I had previously thought it was a female, but learned the eye, bill and head coloration point to immature drake. I didn’t see the Sage Thrasher, but understand it was seen earlier in the morning.

I guess I need to dress warmer and get outside earlier some days!

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Date: 1/9/21 9:33 pm
From: Mary and Clive Green <mjandclive...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: Reid Park Summer Tanager
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At about 4:30pm January 9, 2021 I briefly saw a Summer Tanager in a Mesquite
tree just North of the entrance to the Rose Garden. Yellow underparts
leaning towards orange, but that may have been accentuated by the low sun.
No wing bars and a heavy yellow bill carrying a yellow berry or fruit. It
almost immediately flew north into another tree and I could not find it
again. Maybe this is the same bird reported by Gavin Bieber on January 7th.



Also near the Rose Garden entrance was the continuing White-throated
Sparrow, and there were about a dozen Cedar Waxwings near the fruiting
Chinese Pistache tree by the walled enclosure between the two ponds.



Leaving the park along S. Randolf Way there was a Peregrine Falcon on the
very high antenna structure.



Clive Green



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Date: 1/9/21 8:43 am
From: Doug Jenness <dougjenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]New article on Least Bittern nesting in Pinal County
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1/9/21

*Arizona Birds*, the online journal of the Arizona Field Ornithologists,
has posted its first article for 2021, *Least Bittern Nesting in Pinal
County, AZ <http://www.arizonabirds.org/journal/2021>* . It describes the
first documented nesting of Least Bitterns away from Picacho Reservoir
where they were last reported in 2013.

Other recent articles in the journal that you may find of interest are:
distribution and first nesting of Rufous-backed Robin in the United States,
Swainson's Hawk nesting in Pinal County, and Arizona's first records of
White-throated Thrush.

Doug Jenness
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/9/21 1:16 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 January 2021
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 8, 2021; the next update will be made on
January 15. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT:
#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
*NORTHERN JACANA
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Harris's Sparrow
#Thick-billed Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
#Purple Finch

ACCESS NOTE: Many areas remain closed due to COVID19 (such as the Paton
Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia) and Ft Huachuca is only issuing new
passes to local residents. If in doubt, call ahead.

TUCSON area
A *NORTHERN JACANA continued at the Ina Rd bridge over the Santa Cruz River
through 1/8 (m.ob.). It has been seen in the channel south of the bridge,
usually in the floating vegetation next to the tall cattails; the only view
is from the pedestrian lane on the bridge itself. Parking is available just
to the south and west of the bridge. Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1b_o0qqVmUwmZQi7U7uuiz5CdgWY
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Jesse Owens Park through 1/7 (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE and #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Ft Lowell Park
this week (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed at Sweetwater Wetlands on 1/2 (Mark
Pecha), and a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 1/2 (Gavin Bieber).
Two #LAPLAND LONGSPURS and several #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S
LONGSPURS) continued at the Marana WTP on Stingray Rd through 1/8 (m.ob.).
They were coming to the mostly dry basin north of the road and east of the
main plant. A Chestnut-collared Longspur has been intermittently reported
as well. A #HARRIS’S SPARROW was photographed nearby on Hardin Rd just
north of the plant on 1/3 (Roger Clark) and continued through 1/8 (m.ob.).
Two cottonwoods are at the north end of the ditch; it has been seen at the
south end near the pump. This is private property so park along Hardin Rd.
eBird hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L13187503
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued at East Lawn Palms Cemetery this week
(m.ob.).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge
this week (m.ob.).
Up to four #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued along the Anza Trail at Santa
Gertrudis Lane this week (m.ob.). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued
through 1/7 (Eric Kallen). Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported again at Clark Crossing Rd on
1/3-1/4 (m.ob.).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Santa Cruz River between Santa
Gertrudis Lane and Tubac this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). A female #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was
reported on 1/5, and a different bird photographed on 1/8 (Dave Stejskal).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued this week
(m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake.
An #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was photographed at the Patagonia Town Park on
1/3 (Seth Ausubel, Bob Meinke).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE and three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued along Blue
Haven Rd between the Paton Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
this week (m.ob.). Two #PURPLE FINCHES were photographed on 1/2 (Susan
Benedict), and up to five were reported through 1/8 (Cathy Beck).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Up to seven #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on Sasco
Rd this week (m.ob.) - they have been seen in the feedlot and with the Inca
Doves on the northwest side.
A #"HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Curry and
Green Reservoir Rds this week (m.ob.).

DOUGLAS area
Five #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported on San Bernardino NWR on 1/5
(Richard Webster). Annotated map: https://goo.gl/uX96Pw

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/4 (Rose Ann
Rowlett).
Eleven #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS) were reported at
Willow Tank on 1/8 (Rick Taylor, Barbara Bickel).

DUDLEYVILLE
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported on 1/4-1/6 (Andy Moore) about 5 miles
east of Hwy 77 along Aravaipa Creek.

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued along the river
this week (m.ob.). It’s been in the usual winter spot between markers #6
and #7 south of the bridge, but ranges up and down the river.

NOGALES area
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Kino Springs on 1/3 (Bob &
Bettina Arrigoni).


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

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-9:00am 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 https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands 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 Thursday, 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
https://home.army.mil/huachuca/index.php/about/visitor-information. 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. Sometimes, foreign nationals are required to have 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: a REAL
ID is required for entry; some state driver's licenses qualify; see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: under construction, access uncertain. 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 (usually
weekends), 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.


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/8/21 4:55 pm
From: Peter Herstein <netsailor.ph...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]ALL BURROWING OWLS AT ZANJERO PARK IN GILBERT REMOVED AND RELOCATED
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All,

For those that visit Zanjero Park on South Lindsay Rd in Gilbert to see Burrowing Owls, because of the increased development in the area around the park, the animal rehabilitation group Wild at Heart has relocated all of them to their facility. This temporary until the owls can be relocated at one or more locations elsewhere in Maricopa County. Today, while birding at Zanjero Park, I observed the last of the pipe tunnels for the owls were being removed.

Respectfully,

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Date: 1/8/21 9:15 am
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
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It had been on a golf course in Green Valley for more than a month, before disappearing from it.


> On Jan 5, 2021, at 7:57 PM, <pgoltz...> wrote:
>
> External Email
>
> I got some excellent pictures of him, posted in my eBird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78748576
>
> Yes, he is not particularly afraid of people. In my experience, juveniles are much less cautious than adults.
>
> Pat Goltz
> Pima County
>
> On 2021-01-05 19:51, Laurens Halsey wrote:
>> EXTERNAL EMAIL
>> It a SNOW GOOSE, not Ross’s.
>> Sent from the Desert Harrier iPhone
>> Desert Harrier Guide Services
>> Laurens Halsey
>> Green Valley, AZ
>>> On Jan 5, 2021, at 7:10 PM, marshall or janet howe/mcmillen
>>> <howe.mcmillen...> wrote:
>>> 
>>> EXTERNAL EMAIL
>>> A very approachable juvenile Ross's Goose was at the Canoa Ranch
>>> pond this afternoon, hanging out with with a barnyard mallard.
>>> Marshall Howe
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Date: 1/7/21 2:31 pm
From: Julia Rowe <jrowe364...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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Not ours, ASDM doesn't keep any right now.

On Wed, Jan 6, 2021, 3:13 PM <wildlife...> wrote:

> External Email
>
> The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum used to have black-throated magpie
> jays on exhibit. Do they still? All accounted for? I don't live in
> Tucson anymore.
>
>
>
> On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:
>
> I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the
> small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT
> Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and
> there might not be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that
> could get to the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated
> differently if their normal range was within he US, whether further
> north, east or west. If it is an escaped cage bird, perhaps it
> escaped not far south of the Mexican border.
>
> Jeff Gilligan
>
>
>
> External Email
>
> Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but
> that's a statement of probability not certainty.
>
> Mark StevensonTucson, AZ
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> wrote:
>
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>
> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie
> Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>
> Anyone hear of this?
>
> For the birds!
>
> Brian JonesTucson, AZ--------I shall pass through this world but once.
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Date: 1/7/21 5:59 am
From: Doug Jenness <dougjenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Santa Cruz Flats Crested Caracaras
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1/7/21

Yesterday, at the Santa Cruz Flats south of Eloy, I found 73 CRESTED
CARACARAS in several locations. The largest group was 41 at flooded cotton
fields west of Pearce and Sunland Gin roads. They have also been
frequenting harvested cotton fields along Sasco Rd. west of the Red Rock
feedlot and west of Picacho Hwy between Baumgartner and Curtis roads.
Cattle are foraging in the latter fields, which attracts the caracaras.

My impression is that sparrow numbers are also very high, especially as
expected around irrigation ditches and canals.

Doug Jenness
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/6/21 7:25 pm
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]First-Ever Safford CBC Results
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A special thank you to those who made the inaugural SaffordCBC on December 27 a great success while making history as the first-ever CBC inGraham County. The count circle has eight accessible blocks that include partsof Mt. Graham and well-known eBird hotspots such as Roper Lake, Dankworth Pond,Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area, Discovery Park, Mt. Graham Golf Course, and ReayLane WTP.
There is amazing habitat diversity within the circle, withelevations ranging from 2900’ along the Gila River to over 10,000 feet on Mt.Graham, making it Arizona’s CBC with the biggest elevation range. Unfortunately,the winter gate closure on upper Swift Trail limited access to the pine and spruce-fir habitatswithin the block, something that impacted the total species seen and canhopefully be resolved by next December.
Weather was perfect with blue skies, pleasant temperaturesand no wind. Much ground was covered by 11 volunteers from Safford, Pima, Globe, Vail, and Phoenix, with three of the fiveteams each surveying two blocks. Despite that division of time, 104 species wereseen on count day and another eight species during count week. A few specieswere noted in the Arizona Rare Bird Alert: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (unexpectedin winter), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Goldfinch, and GreaterWhite-fronted Goose, plus a Harlan’s Hawk seen during count week. Species withthe highest counts were Yellow-headed Blackbird and American Wigeon.
I am thrilled that our first CBC went so well and lookforward to having more volunteers in future years.Diane DrobkaPima, Arizona
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Date: 1/6/21 2:13 pm
From: <wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum used to have black-throated magpie
jays on exhibit. Do they still? All accounted for? I don't live in
Tucson anymore.



On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:

I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the
small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT
Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and
there might not be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that
could get to the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated
differently if their normal range was within he US, whether further
north, east or west. If it is an escaped cage bird, perhaps it
escaped not far south of the Mexican border.

Jeff Gilligan



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Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but
that's a statement of probability not certainty.

Mark StevensonTucson, AZ

On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> wrote:

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I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie
Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.

Anyone hear of this?

For the birds!

Brian JonesTucson, AZ--------I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any
fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for
I shall not pass this way again.



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Date: 1/5/21 6:57 pm
From: <pgoltz...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
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I got some excellent pictures of him, posted in my eBird report:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78748576

Yes, he is not particularly afraid of people. In my experience,
juveniles are much less cautious than adults.

Pat Goltz
Pima County

On 2021-01-05 19:51, Laurens Halsey wrote:
> EXTERNAL EMAIL
> It a SNOW GOOSE, not Ross’s.
>
> Sent from the Desert Harrier iPhone
> Desert Harrier Guide Services
> Laurens Halsey
> Green Valley, AZ
>
>> On Jan 5, 2021, at 7:10 PM, marshall or janet howe/mcmillen
>> <howe.mcmillen...> wrote:
>
>> 
>>
>> EXTERNAL EMAIL
>>
>> A very approachable juvenile Ross's Goose was at the Canoa Ranch
>> pond this afternoon, hanging out with with a barnyard mallard.
>>
>> Marshall Howe
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Date: 1/5/21 6:52 pm
From: Laurens Halsey <desertharrier...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
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It a SNOW GOOSE, not Ross’s.

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



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Date: 1/5/21 6:25 pm
From: Brian walsh <mrbrianwalsh2...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Santa Gertrudis Lane, Santa Cruz River
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Hanna Blood and I birded the Santa Gertrudis Lane area. We had two RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS (min).
They were working in the row Hackberries on the De Anza Trail South of the Lane. Also in the area a GREEN KINGFISHER,
we believe it to be a female. It was near a wiki-up and further upstream from there. We enjoyed watching it take a fish out of the mighty
Santa Cruz. A pair of Hepatic Tanagers and some Lawrence's Goldfinches added a little color to our day

Brian Walsh
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Date: 1/5/21 6:10 pm
From: marshall or janet howe/mcmillen <howe.mcmillen...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Ross's Goose, Canoa Ranch pond, Pima County
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A very approachable juvenile Ross's Goose was at the Canoa Ranch pond this
afternoon, hanging out with with a barnyard mallard.

Marshall Howe
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Date: 1/5/21 2:31 pm
From: Doug Jenness <dougjenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Dudleyville CBC Results
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5 January 2021

Saturday 2 January, 32 participants in the 21st Dudlleyville Christmas Bird
Count tallied *105 *species and *5,094* birds. This tentative total was
higher than last year's 100 species; but well below the 115 average and the
high of 136 in 2000-01. The number of birds, however, was a 21-year low.

No new species were seen, but highpoints were the second records for OLIVE
WARBLER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and WILD TURKEY. The latter is expected to
show up more often as its numbers are increasing along Aravaipa Creek and
the lower San Pedro River. No high counts were recorded, though 15 GREAT
HORNED OWLS tied with the previous high. There was no large influx of
high-elevation birds in this low-elevation circle, but we did get Brown
Creeper (5), Bushtit (5), Pine Siskin (1), Mountain Bluebird (5), and the
Olive Warbler. Not reported for the first 16 years of the count, Barn
Swallow has been seen in 4 of the last 5 years, including this year.

All-time low counts were recorded for Spotted Towhee (0), Black Phoebe
(13), Say’s Phoebe (34), Rock Wren (3), Red-winged Blackbird (36), and
Yellow-rumped Warbler (21). For 14 sparrow species reported the total
number was a 21-year low.

As usual several private property owners generously permitted participants
access to their properties. However, for the first time in 21 years the
copper company ASARCO refused access to its property, which includes some
of the better riparian areas in the count circle.

Doug Jenness,
Compiler Dudeyville CBC
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Date: 1/4/21 5:58 pm
From: Robert Hunt <zapata86303...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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I have seen them east of Hermosillo several times in years past.
Rob Hunt, Ph.D.
"Whatever you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." (Mahatma Gandhi)

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Black-Throated Magpie jays are fairly common around Alamos, Sonora MX. They are probably common a little ways north of Alamos as well.
-Roger Uzun

On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 2:08 PM Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...> wrote:


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We've had a White-throated Magpie-Jay in Verrado (Buckeye, AZ) since 2017. He escaped from the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield park the year before that. I was told by reviewers that the furthest north these birds would be considered normal migration is Puerta Vallerta. 
Lyndie Mason WarnerBuckeye, AZ 85396


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On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:





I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made.  I remember the small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A  BT Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there might not be much incentive to do so.   Birds like this that could get to the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal range was within he US, whether further north, east or west.  If it is an escaped cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.


Jeff Gilligan





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Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but that's a statement of probability not certainty.
Mark StevensonTucson, AZ
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I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
Anyone hear of this?  

For the birds!
Brian JonesTucson, AZ
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Date: 1/4/21 5:55 pm
From: jghiggins <jghiggins...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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People can buy the magpie Jay's in USA from several aviaries and bird sellers. This bird is not wild.John Higgins,TucsonSent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
-------- Original message --------From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...> Date: 1/4/21 6:39 PM (GMT-07:00) To: AZ-NM listserve <aznmbirds...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson External EmailI’m inclined to agree with Mark that it probably isn’t a wild bird. I remember the birds in Nogales, and there was general agreement at that time that they were not there on their own steam.They live in thorn scrub habitat.  The closest location shown on ebird is Hermosillo (about 240 miles south of Tucson) and then near Tecoripa, Sonora, about 300 miles south.  Birds of Sonora might have more information about the range of Magpie Jays in N. Sonora and indicate if they have been seen further north, but I don’t have a copy.  They are not regular long-distance migrants. They are definitely cool birds-  the Spanish name I’ve heard for them is Urraca, related to the sounds they make.  I used see them annually in Sinaloa and Nayarit when I ran the Christmas count there in the 1980’s. That’s my 2 cents worth.Sharon GoldwasserOn Jan 4, 2021, at 6:20 PM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> wrote:External EmailBlack-Throated Magpie jays are fairly common around Alamos, Sonora MX. They are probably common a little ways north of Alamos as well.-Roger UzunOn Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 2:08 PM Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...> wrote:External EmailWe've had a White-throated Magpie-Jay in Verrado (Buckeye, AZ) since 2017. He escaped from the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield park the year before that. I was told by reviewers that the furthest north these birds would be considered normal migration is Puerta Vallerta. Lyndie Mason WarnerBuckeye, AZ 85396On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> wrote:External EmailOn Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made.  I remember the small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A  BT Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there might not be much incentive to do so.   Birds like this that could get to the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal range was within he US, whether further north, east or west.  If it is an escaped cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.Jeff GilliganExternal EmailMost likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but that's a statement of probability not certainty.Mark StevensonTucson, AZOn Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> wrote:External EmailI just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.Anyone hear of this?  For the birds!Brian JonesTucson, AZ--------I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.
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Date: 1/4/21 5:39 pm
From: Sharon Goldwasser <azfiddle...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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I’m inclined to agree with Mark that it probably isn’t a wild bird. I remember the birds in Nogales, and there was general agreement at that time that they were not there on their own steam.

They live in thorn scrub habitat. The closest location shown on ebird is Hermosillo (about 240 miles south of Tucson) and then near Tecoripa, Sonora, about 300 miles south. Birds of Sonora might have more information about the range of Magpie Jays in N. Sonora and indicate if they have been seen further north, but I don’t have a copy. They are not regular long-distance migrants.

They are definitely cool birds- the Spanish name I’ve heard for them is Urraca, related to the sounds they make. I used see them annually in Sinaloa and Nayarit when I ran the Christmas count there in the 1980’s.

That’s my 2 cents worth.

Sharon Goldwasser



> On Jan 4, 2021, at 6:20 PM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> wrote:
>
> External Email
>
> Black-Throated Magpie jays are fairly common around Alamos, Sonora MX. They are probably common a little ways north of Alamos as well.
>
> -Roger Uzun
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 2:08 PM Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...> <mailto:<lmasonwarner...>> wrote:
> External Email
>
> We've had a White-throated Magpie-Jay in Verrado (Buckeye, AZ) since 2017. He escaped from the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield park the year before that. I was told by reviewers that the furthest north these birds would be considered normal migration is Puerta Vallerta.
>
> Lyndie Mason Warner
> Buckeye, AZ 85396
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> <mailto:<jeffgilligan10...>> wrote:
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>> On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> <mailto:<drbrdr99...>> wrote:
>>
>
>> I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there might not be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that could get to the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal range was within he US, whether further north, east or west. If it is an escaped cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.
>>
>>
> Jeff Gilligan
>
>
>
>
>> External Email
>>
>> Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but that's a statement of probability not certainty.
>>
>> Mark Stevenson
>> Tucson, AZ
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> <mailto:<ravenwolf121...>> wrote:
>> External Email
>>
>> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>>
>> Anyone hear of this?
>>
>>
>> For the birds!
>>
>> Brian Jones
>> Tucson, AZ
>> --------
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Date: 1/4/21 5:27 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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They also occur close to the international border in California. The
escapes in the Tijuana River Valley in San Diego have been present now for
several decades and they're actually breeding although their numbers just
dropped from several family groups to just three or four individuals
currently. But they either were escapes in that area or from right across
the border from Tijuana. They're clearly escapes, just like the Tucson bird
likely is.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 6:20 PM Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> wrote:

> Black-Throated Magpie jays are fairly common around Alamos, Sonora MX.
> They are probably common a little ways north of Alamos as well.
>
> -Roger Uzun
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 2:08 PM Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...>
> wrote:
>
>> *External Email*
>> We've had a White-throated Magpie-Jay in Verrado (Buckeye, AZ) since
>> 2017. He escaped from the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield park the year
>> before that. I was told by reviewers that the furthest north these birds
>> would be considered normal migration is Puerta Vallerta.
>>
>> Lyndie Mason Warner
>> Buckeye, AZ 85396
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> *External Email*
>>>
>>> On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> *I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the
>>> small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT
>>> Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there
>>> might not be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that could get to
>>> the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal
>>> range was within he US, whether further north, east or west. If it is an
>>> escaped cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.*
>>>
>>> Jeff Gilligan
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *External Email*
>>> Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but
>>> that's a statement of probability not certainty.
>>>
>>> Mark Stevenson
>>> Tucson, AZ
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> *External Email*
>>>> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie
>>>> Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>>>>
>>>> Anyone hear of this?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> For the birds!
>>>>
>>>> Brian Jones
>>>> Tucson, AZ
>>>> --------
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>>>> can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
>>>> Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.
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Date: 1/4/21 5:21 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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Black-Throated Magpie jays are fairly common around Alamos, Sonora MX. They
are probably common a little ways north of Alamos as well.

-Roger Uzun


On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 2:08 PM Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...>
wrote:

> *External Email*
> We've had a White-throated Magpie-Jay in Verrado (Buckeye, AZ) since 2017.
> He escaped from the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield park the year before
> that. I was told by reviewers that the furthest north these birds would be
> considered normal migration is Puerta Vallerta.
>
> Lyndie Mason Warner
> Buckeye, AZ 85396
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
> wrote:
>
>> *External Email*
>>
>> On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> *I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the
>> small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT
>> Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there
>> might not be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that could get to
>> the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal
>> range was within he US, whether further north, east or west. If it is an
>> escaped cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.*
>>
>> Jeff Gilligan
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *External Email*
>> Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but
>> that's a statement of probability not certainty.
>>
>> Mark Stevenson
>> Tucson, AZ
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> wrote:
>>
>>> *External Email*
>>> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie
>>> Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>>>
>>> Anyone hear of this?
>>>
>>>
>>> For the birds!
>>>
>>> Brian Jones
>>> Tucson, AZ
>>> --------
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>>> can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
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Date: 1/4/21 2:08 pm
From: Lyndie Mason Warner <lmasonwarner...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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We've had a White-throated Magpie-Jay in Verrado (Buckeye, AZ) since 2017.
He escaped from the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield park the year before
that. I was told by reviewers that the furthest north these birds would be
considered normal migration is Puerta Vallerta.

Lyndie Mason Warner
Buckeye, AZ 85396


On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
wrote:

> *External Email*
>
> On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:
>
>
> *I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the small
> flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT Magpie Jay
> would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there might not
> be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that could get to the Tucson
> area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal range was
> within he US, whether further north, east or west. If it is an escaped
> cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.*
>
> Jeff Gilligan
>
>
>
>
> *External Email*
> Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but
> that's a statement of probability not certainty.
>
> Mark Stevenson
> Tucson, AZ
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> wrote:
>
>> *External Email*
>> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie
>> Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>>
>> Anyone hear of this?
>>
>>
>> For the birds!
>>
>> Brian Jones
>> Tucson, AZ
>> --------
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Date: 1/4/21 12:53 pm
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
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> On Jan 4, 2021, at 1:28 PM, Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:
>

> I am not sure that likelihood percentages can made. I remember the small flock at a rural address near Nogales, now many years ago. A BT Magpie Jay would be a difficult bid to smuggle across the border, and there might not be much incentive to do so. Birds like this that could get to the Tucson area from Mexico might be evaluated differently if their normal range was within he US, whether further north, east or west. If it is an escaped cage bird, perhaps it escaped not far south of the Mexican border.
>
>
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> Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but that's a statement of probability not certainty.
>
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>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 11:39 AM Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...> <mailto:<ravenwolf121...>> wrote:
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>
> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>
> Anyone hear of this?
>
>
> For the birds!
>
> Brian Jones
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Date: 1/4/21 12:30 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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Most likely an escapee rather than a naturally occurring vagrant, but
that's a statement of probability not certainty.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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> *External Email*
> I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie Jay
> in Tucson. No info on what part of town.
>
> Anyone hear of this?
>
>
> For the birds!
>
> Brian Jones
> Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/4/21 10:55 am
From: Marcia Lincoln <boahiss...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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It was on the Arizona Birding FB group 1/2. Private yard in South Tucson
somewhere.

Marcia

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>
> Anyone hear of this?
>
>
> For the birds!
>
> Brian Jones
> Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/4/21 10:40 am
From: Brian Jones <ravenwolf121...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: KVOA Twitter video of Black-throated Magpie Jay in Tucson
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I just got a video story on my Twitter feed of a Black-throated Magpie Jay
in Tucson. No info on what part of town.

Anyone hear of this?


For the birds!

Brian Jones
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/3/21 8:15 pm
From: marshall or janet howe/mcmillen <howe.mcmillen...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Anza trail oddities
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On the Anza trail south of Tubac today (near where an ovenbird was recently
reported, south of the power line) I found a Painted Redstart and a
Hutton's Vireo. First redstart I've seen along the Santa Cruz.

Marshall Howe
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Date: 1/3/21 2:47 pm
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Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ Santa Cruz Flats Falcons
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Hello birders,

It was a good start to the New Year at the Flats this morning. We had a
4 falcon day. Just north of Baumgartner on Wheeler we saw a MERLIN
hunting from a perch in the tree line on the west side of the road.
CRESTED CARACARAS were on both sides of the same stretch of Wheeler. By
the end of the morning we saw around 40 all told. We saw several
AMERICAN KESTRELS as we headed to Tweedy & Pretzer, where there were
KILLDEER and HORNED LARKS, alas no MOUNTAIN PLOVERS for us today.

Heading south on Sunshine where it’s unpaved, we got our last falcon, a
PEREGRINE perched on a power pole.

In a wet field south of Baumgartner, there were three GREATER
YELLOWLEGS.

Another lovely morning out with the birds!

Good birding!

Olga Harbour
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/3/21 11:27 am
From: Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]CAZ: Hassayampa R. Preserve BROAD-WINGED HAWK
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Almost 30 minutes ago (around 11:43pm) I photographed an immature BROAD-WINGED HAWK at the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg (Maricopa Co.). It was circling over the entrance road near the Visitor Center, last seen heading roughly NW. If it continues away from HRP up the river into Wickenburg, the pedestrian bridge over the river next to Hwy. 60 or the adjacent Kerkes Trailhead along the river (both eBird hotspots) could be places to check. The Preserve is open 8am-5pm, trails closing at 4:30pm, on Wednesday-Sunday (closed Monday-Tuesday). We are located near milepost 114 off Hwy. 60/89 just southeast of Wickenburg. Photos of the BHWA at the eBird link here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78590018

This week the continuing RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and HEPATIC TANAGER have been reported at the picnic area behind the Visitor Center.

Good birding,

Eric Hough
Interpretive Ranger
Hassayampa River Preserve
Wickenburg, AZ

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Date: 1/2/21 1:40 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]se AZ: Tucson - Ruddy Ground Dove at Sweetwater Wetlands
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From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Mark Pecha reports:

My son Zachary Pecha and I just spotted a Ruddy Ground Dove at Sweetwater
about 20 min ago—whohoooo! It was foraging with the various sparrows in
the newer dirt mounds just beyond the fence (looking towards the retention
pond with water) along the southern path in the park.

thanks Mark!

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Date: 1/2/21 6:56 am
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Subject: [AZNMbirds] leucocytic white crown sparrow
One very pale white crown (some pigment on head crown) showed up in my yard
thismorning. I believe it is the first in the many,many of this species I have
seen over the years. Will attempt a picture, which I knw you all love:)

Mary Ann Ambrose
Hereford AZ

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Date: 1/2/21 12:03 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 January 2021
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 1, 2021; the next update will be made on
January 8. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT:
#Greater Scaup
*NORTHERN JACANA
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Pacific Wren
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Ovenbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Rufous-capped Warbler
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Golden-crowned Sparrow
#Thick-billed Longspur
#Lapland Longspur

ACCESS NOTE: Many areas remain closed due to COVID19 (such as the Paton
Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia) and Ft Huachuca is only issuing new
passes to local residents. If in doubt, call ahead.

TUCSON area
A *NORTHERN JACANA continued at the Ina Rd bridge over the Santa Cruz River
through 1/1 (m.ob.). It has been seen in the channel south of the bridge,
usually in the floating vegetation next to the tall cattails; the only view
is from the pedestrian lane on the bridge itself. Parking is available just
to the south and west of the bridge. Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1b_o0qqVmUwmZQi7U7uuiz5CdgWY
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued at Himmel Park this week (m.ob.), generally
near the library.
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Jesse Owens Park on 1/1 (m.ob.).
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 12/30 (William Rockey) in
Tanque Verde Wash between Houghton & Tanque Verde Loop Rds.
Three #LAPLAND LONGSPURS were photographed at the Marana WTP on Stingray Rd
on 12/28 (Jeff Ladderud); one continued through 1/1 (m.ob.). They were
coming to the mostly dry basin north of the road and east of the main
plant. Seven #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS) were
reported on 12/27 and one or two continued through 1/1 (m.ob.). A locally
rare Baird’s Sparrow was photographed on 12/26 (Vernie Aikins).
#CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued at East Lawn Palms Cemetery on 12/26
(Sharon Goldwasser), La Madera Park on 12/28 (Luke Safford) and Ft Lowell
Park on 1/1 (Jeff Ladderud).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge
this week (m.ob.).
At least one of the #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued along Santa Gertrudis
Lane through 12/27 (Caleb Gordon). They’ve been seen in the pasture/yard at
#12; several Common Ground-Doves have been present as well. A
#YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 12/26 (Luke Safford, Tom Brown)
and was photographed on 12/28 (Curtis Smith). An #EASTERN PHOEBE was
photographed on 12/27 (Caleb Gordon). Three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued
this week (m.ob.). Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in.
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported at the Tubac bridge on 12/27 (William
Higgins). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed on 12/30 (Cathy
Beck), and a putative #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was photographed on 12/31
(Jim & Cynthia Krakowski). An #OVENBIRD was reported again along the Anza
Trail south of the Tubac Bridge on 12/28 (Kirsten Tucker); in early
December it was about 300 yards south of the powerline cut. This is about
halfway to Clark Crossing Rd.

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued this week (m.ob.)
along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake, and a #GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW was photographed at the feeders by the trailhead on 12/31 (Larry
Schmahl)..
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed and three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS were
reported on 1/1 (Louie Dombroski) along Blue Haven Rd between the Paton
Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Up to eleven #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on Sasco
Rd this week (m.ob.) - they have been seen in the feedlot and with the Inca
Doves on the northwest side.
Six #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported from Wheeler Road & Baumgartner and
Rds on 1/1 (Alan Pullman).

WILLCOX
Ten #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued in a pecan grove along Moore Rd about a
mile north of Courtland Rd (GPS: 31.776,-109.726) on 12/27 (Robert Chapman).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/1 (Rose Ann
Rowlett).

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed at Cluff Pond #3 at Cluff
Ranch WMA on 12/26 and 12/27 (Ryan O'Donnell, Stephanie Cobbold).

SONOITA & LAS CIENEGAS NCA
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed in Empire Gulch on 1/1 (Katherine
Cudney).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued along the river
on 1/1 (m.ob.). It’s been in the usual winter spot between markers #6 and
#7 south of the bridge, but ranges up and down the river. A #PACIFIC WREN
continued through 1/1 (m.ob.) near marker #7.
In Miller Canyon, a #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was reported just past the creek
crossing (about mile 2) on 12/28 (Jarrod Swackhamer).

NOGALES area
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported again in Sycamore Canyon on 12/27
(Catie Porro).


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

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-9:00am 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 https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands 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 Thursday, 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
https://home.army.mil/huachuca/index.php/about/visitor-information. 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. Sometimes, foreign nationals are required to have 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: a REAL
ID is required for entry; some state driver's licenses qualify; see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: under construction, access uncertain. 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 (usually
weekends), 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.


Andrew Core
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Date: 1/1/21 9:40 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Marana Jacana continues
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See weekly RBA post to listserv if you need directions

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 1/1/21 9:03 am
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Late report, Marana Blackbirds, etc.
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Two days ago, while birding along Stingray Road in Marana after 4 PM, , I watched a flock of blackbirds heading south. It was well over 1/2 mile long and I estimate 10,000 plus birds. It was reminiscent of the flocks of several years ago that were roosting at Orange Grove and W Ina Road concrete plant wetlands. It would be nice to find the roost as morning lift-offs were such an amazing spectacle.

I only saw two Burring Owls as a Northern Harrier coursed the area frequently. There was a flock of around 50 Horned Larks, Vesper, Brewer’s and Song Sparrows, a Loggerhead Shrike and Mountain Bluebirds. Four Turkey Vultures ticked ebird’s algorithm.
Three Harriers were hunting together south of Wentz Road.

Speaking of concrete plants: The Cemex plant’s pit just south of Tangerine, had 4 Snow Geese, a Western Grebe, a Hooded Merganser, Pied-bill Grebe, Northern Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards.

John R Williams


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Date: 1/1/21 8:19 am
From: Henry Detwiler <henrydetwiler...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SWAZ: Yuma County Big Year, bluebirds...
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Date: 1/1/21 6:23 am
From: Doug Jenness <dougjenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Pinal County 2020 Bird Highlights
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Jan. 1, 2021

For the past 10 years I've been keeping track of the number of bird species
reported for the year from Pinal County in Arizona, particularly noting
species new to the county and those that are very rare. The overall number
of species documented for the county is *426.* In 2020, due to Covid 19,
several key locations for bird diversity, notably San Carlos Lake and Lake
St. Clair, were closed to the public. Despite that, a total of *302*
species was reported; the one-year high is 312 set in 2018. Four birders
tallied more than 200 species, 7 reported more than 150, and 33 reported
more than 100 species (compared to 26 in 2019). The highest number reported
by an individual was *251 *(the previous high was 262 in 2019). *T*he total
number reported for the 10-year period is *387* species, which is 90.8% of
the species documented in the county. As not all reported birds appear in
eBird, these figures will not necessarily be the same as eBird's. For more
information on Pinal County birds see checklist
<http://azfo.org/documents/PinalCo.Checklist062018--final.pdf> and background
article
<http://www.arizonabirds.org/sites/default/files/articles/arizona-birds-online-checklist-birds-pinal-county-draft3.pdf>
on the checklist.

· Two new species for the county checklist were added in 2020. One
was MEXICAN DUCK, which came from the American Ornithological Society’s
decision to split it from the Mallard and designate it as a separate
species; the second was BELL’S SPARROW (Apache Junction), which had not
been photographed and well documented in the county before.

· A GROOVE-BILLED ANI at a restricted reserve in the Gila River
Indian Community was the second record for the county; the first was
reported from the Pinal-Maricopa County line in 1978.

· Amazingly, two GREATER PEWEES were reported—the first at Oracle
State Park in the spring was the second county record, and another at Boyce
Thompson from 1 Nov- 2 Dec was the third for the county.

· A RUFF seen by many observers near Stanfield was a third county
record, and the first since 2010.

· The fourth county record for AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at a dairy
near Maricopa was the first since 2008.

· A possible RED KNOT reported from the Florence area, would be the
fourth record if submitted and accepted by the ABC.

· An AMERICAN BITTERN near Stanfield was the fifth record and the
first since 1995.

· Two TRICOLORED HERONs were sixth and seventh county records. The
latter was the first record for Santa Cruz Flats.

· A REDDISH EGRET was the seventh county record and the first for
Santa Cruz Flats.

· A LEAST TERN seen at two dairies on the same day in Stanfield was
the first since 2009, and as a juvenile was unusual.

· Up to 2 RIDGWAY’S RAILs were reported from restricted locations
on the Gila River Indian Community. These were the first since 2011, when
they were last reported at Picacho Reservoir, a known nesting site.

· PAINTED BUNTING reports have been increasing with five, the
greatest number, reported in 2020, including three reports from Santa Cruz
Flats, the first for that location.

Highest daily totals for single locations were reported for some species,
including Snow Goose (24), Pectoral Sandpiper (19), Dunlin (11), Willet
(44), and Black Vulture (250).

Have a great new year,

Doug Jenness

Tucson, AZ
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Date: 12/31/20 12:19 pm
From: ABA Mailing Lists <abamailinglists...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Messages Encoded at ABA Birding News
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Beginning December 22, the AZ/NM listserv began sending the ABA Gmail
account encoded messages. We are not sure why, or what has changed (nothing
has changed on our end).

We are working on the issue, and hope to have it resolved as soon as
possible.

Thanks for your patience, and happy new year!

Cheers,

Greg Neise
ABA Webmaster
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Date: 12/30/20 7:48 am
From: jghiggins <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SE AZ: ztucson Jesse Owen's Park RUDDY GROUND DOVES
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Two RUDDY GROUND DOVES are feeding in grass next to parking lot in NW corner of Jesse Owen's Park.John Higgins, Tucson AZSent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE DeviceHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 12/29/20 4:31 pm
From: Janet Ruth <janetmruth...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Corrales, NM
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Hi all,

Day of Celebration/ slightly early Happy New Year. After work over several years (with my husband Dave Krueper), the Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the Village of Corrales and the Corrales Bosque Preserve has been published by the New Mexico Ornithological Society (NMOS) as a Special Publication. Because of its length (125 pp) it is available as a downloadable PDF at http://www.nmbirds.org/special-publications/ . . . just scroll down to #8. Many of you are familiar with annotated checklists; they involve doing research to find all available records for birds observed in a particular location. In my case these sources were primarily eBird, NMOS Field Notes, Hawks Aloft, Jim Findley's 2013 publication about birds in Corrales, and Dave and my personal records. The pub also includes some of Dave's photographs.

Cheers,
Janet Ruth
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Date: 12/29/20 7:23 am
From: Bill Lisowsky <ykswosil...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020 Nogales CBC Preliminary Totals
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Thanks to the 60 folks that helped on this year's Nogales CBC, we set a new
record for total individuals recorded (23 species set new highs) and our
apparent total is *153* species, the highest in many years. This must be
verified, of course, but it was a textbook example of the "meshing effect"
and truly a team effort.
Lots of great birds all over the circle, but some of the highlights
included Long-tailed Duck, Cassin's Finch, Townsend's Warbler, and Greater
Scaup. 64 Black-chinned Sparrows are also noteworthy, as this is the
highest number recorded on a CBC in many years.
We have posted the preliminary count totals on our CBC blogspot:
https://nogalescbc.blogspot.com

Bill Lisowsky
Tubac, AZ
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Date: 12/27/20 3:54 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-25 Christmas at Bitter Lake Near Roswell
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Sunday was one of the several days in the week allowed for hunting on the
reserve. With that news, I decided this visit at Bitter Lake would be a
one-day affair. When I finished, I’d gathered images of American Pipits,
Greater Yellowlegs, House Finches, Least Sandpipers, Savannah Sparrows,
Scaled Quail, Snow Geese, Western Meadowlarks, and White-Crowned Sparrows.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2020-12-25-christmas-at-bitterlake-near-roswell/

Here's hoping all your holidays were joyful,
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Date: 12/26/20 2:28 pm
From: <vernieaikins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Baird's Sparrow in Marana
Today at the location where the Sage Thrashers had been seen we had a Baird's
Sparrow. Sage Thrashers were also present as well.

32.465687, -111.278591

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78026470

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Date: 12/26/20 7:54 am
From: H Queisser <henneq1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Hooded merganser at Amado STP
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Yesterday, we thought we saw a female hooded merganser at the Amado pond,
which we just confirmed by looking at our photos. There were also six
mountain bluebirds, an eared grebe, a great egret, and one green-winged
teal along with all the usual ducks.

Henne Queisser
Green Valley, AZ
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Date: 12/26/20 1:10 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 25 December 2020
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 25, 2020; the next update will be made on
January 1. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT:
#Greater Scaup
#Long-tailed Duck
*LEAST GREBE
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Brown Thrasher
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Golden-crowned Sparrow
#Purple Finch

ACCESS NOTE: Many areas remain closed due to COVID19 (such as the Paton
Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia) and Ft Huachuca is only issuing new
passes to local residents. If in doubt, call ahead.

TUCSON area
A *NORTHERN JACANA continued at the Ina Rd bridge over the Santa Cruz River
through 12/25 (m.ob.). It has been seen in the channel south of the bridge,
usually in the floating vegetation next to the tall cattails; the only view
is from the pedestrian lane on the bridge itself. Parking is available just
to the south and west of the bridge. Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1b_o0qqVmUwmZQi7U7uuiz5CdgWY
Up to two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Himmel Park this week (m.ob.),
generally near the library.
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed at Sweetwater Wetlands on 12/20 (Alex
Grant). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued on 12/24 (m.ob.).
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Jesse Owens Park on 12/23 (Paul
Suchanek).
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued La Madera Park on 12/20 (Mark Stevenson).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
A *LEAST GREBE was photographed in Sahuarita at North Santa Cruz Park on
12/21 (Ricardo Barrios) and continued on 12/22 (m.ob.) but was not reported
subsequently. A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 12/22 (m.ob.).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge
this week (m.ob.).
#RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane through 12/22
(m.ob.). They’ve been seen in the pasture/yard at #12; several Common
Ground-Doves have been present as well. A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued
through 12/25 (m.ob.). A #PURPLE FINCH was reported on 12/22 (Seth
Ausubel). Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in.
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Santa Cruz River between Santa
Gertrudis Lane and Tubac this week (m.ob.).
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported along the Anza Trail just south of
Clark Crossing Rd. on 12/21 (Seth Ausubel, Mary Normandia).
Two #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was reported in Rock Corral Canyon on 12/21
(Chris McCreedy) 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.

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). A #LONG-TAILED DUCKS continued on 12/20
(m.ob.). An #EASTERN PHOEBE and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this
week (m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake, and a
#PACIFIC WREN was reported on 12/20 (Maureen Blackford). A #GREEN
KINGFISHER was reported at the dam spillway on 12/19 (Alan Schmierer).
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued this week on 12/25 (Louie Dombroski)
along Blue Haven Rd between the Paton Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita
Creek Preserve.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
#RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on Sasco Rd this week
(m.ob.) - they have been seen in the feedlot and with the Inca Doves on the
northwest side.

WILLCOX area
Sixteen #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported in a pecan grove along Moore Rd
about a mile south of Courtland Rd (GPS: 31.747,-109.723) on 12/20 (Robert
Chapman).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 12/25 (Rose Ann
Rowlett).

BUENOS AIRES NWR
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued at Arivaca Lake on 12/20 (Brian
Gibbons).

NOGALES area
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were reported in Puerto Canyon on 12/19 (Kenneth
& Patricia Isaacson) and in Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito Mountains
(Atascosa Highlands) on 12/20 (John Yerger).

BENSON area
A #BROWN THRASHER was photographed on 12/18 (Ian Murray) at the Shaw House
in the Dragoon Mountains near Cochise Stronghold; a reservation is
required. See https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado/recarea/?recid=80125

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued along the river
on 12/21 (m.ob.). It’s been seen north of the Hwy 90 bridge and in the
usual winter spot between markers #6 and #7 south of the bridge. A #PACIFIC
WREN was reported on 12/22 (Peter Siminski) near the logjam at marker #6,
and continued through 12/25 (m.ob.).
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was photographed on 12/20 (Chris Harbard) at the
Carr House Info Center in Carr Canyon; it continued through 12/23 (m.ob.).
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
this week (m.ob.) in the upper canyon about 0.7 miles up the trail from the
end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the trail enters the grove of trees.
A #GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was reported in a Sierra Vista neighborhood on
12/20 (Dan Hoobler); public parking is available at Prairie Grass and
Winterhaven Dr. Proceed SW on the asphalt multi use path till you come to 4
larger mesquite trees on your right, bird was feeding around these trees
(GPS: 31.521,-110.278).


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

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-9:00am 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 https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands 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 Thursday, 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
https://home.army.mil/huachuca/index.php/about/visitor-information. 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. Sometimes, foreign nationals are required to have 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: a REAL
ID is required for entry; some state driver's licenses qualify; see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: under construction, access uncertain. 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 (usually
weekends), 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
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Date: 12/25/20 10:02 am
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Western Bluebirds in Midtown Tucson
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Yesterday morning (Dec 24) we had 6 or 7 Western Bluebirds in our yard, and
at least two of them got drinks from our little pond.

This morning, two of them appeared shortly in the area of the feeders.

We've had them fly over this fall a few times (although I often see them on
walks a block away, when they appear to be flying back and forth from Fort
Lowell Park to the East Lawn Palms Cemetery.

We do see them frequently at the park, but this is the first time we've had
them stop in the yard that we know of. What a wonderful Christmas treat!

Happy Birding!

Jim and Rosie Watts
Tucson, Arizona
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Date: 12/24/20 11:26 pm
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-22 Tuesday At Bosque del Apache
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Only a tenth of a mile from the reserve’s entrance is a pond and a location
known to regular visitors as The Flight Deck. I found it quiet, and not
very "birdy", and I prepared to move on and explore the rest of the
reserve, when several thousand white geese descended on the waters next to
my parking spot and disturbed the peace and tranquility that I’d been
enjoying only seconds before.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2020-12-22-tuesday-at-bosque-del-apache/

The album attached to the blog contains three galleries with 72 images
combined. The close-up shots I captured of the Snow Geese and the Ross's
Geese might interest those folks who enjoy studying the subtle differences
in these two similar species.

Merry Christmas and happiest of holidays to everyone.

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Date: 12/23/20 7:49 am
From: Merlin <merlin32757...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Least grebe is gone
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After many people checking out the pond, no one could fine the least Grebe.
Many fine other ducks and birds

Rob Rutledge
Green Valley
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Date: 12/22/20 3:16 pm
From: John Barthelme <jbarthelme...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Saw - Whet Owl
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Continuing bird. Sunny Flats Campground in Cave Creek Canyon. 8:05 pm. Constant series on monotone “ toots .”

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Date: 12/22/20 12:48 pm
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Re: Thick-Billed Parrot flyover at Kennedy Park (SW Tucson)
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I'm changing this to Red-Crowned Parrot.

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Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Thick-Billed Parrot flyover at Kennedy Park (SW Tucson)


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A Thick-Billed Parrot flew over the lake at Kennedy Park around 10 a.m. this morning. It was being chased by two Red-Tailed Hawks and what I think was a large Cooper's Hawk (darker and lapping more than the RTHAs, but I was focused on the parrot). Eventually, it was just the Cooper's chasing the parrot toward Ajo Way.

Rather large (pigeon-size) iridescent lime green parrot with some crimson red on its head and a little crimson on its wing or shoulder. The alarm call also matched. Probably an escaped or released pet?

When I post on eBird, I will include two photos that show the shape of the bird as it was flying high.

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Date: 12/22/20 11:40 am
From: Doug Jenness <dougjenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Stanfield Area Raptor Survey
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12/22/20

Yesterday, Muriel Neddermeyer and I conducted a survey of raptors in the
Stanfield area of Pinal County west of Casa Grande. This is an extensive
agricultural area with mostly cotton and alfalfa fields and a large sod
farm. We surveyed ten 3.0-mile tracts for a total of 30 mi., all east of
White and Parker Rd. and west of Indian Valley Rd.

Among our results were
73 RED-TAILED HAWKS, including 1 maybe 2 'Harlan's'
32 TURKEY VULTURES
22 BLACK VULTURES
9 AMERICAN KESTRELS
9 NORTHERN HARRIERS
7 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS
5 PEREGRINE FALCONS
2 BALD EAGLES
2 BURROWING OWLS
1 PRAIRIE FALCON

The concentration of Red-tailed Hawks seemed less than 2 years ago when
20-30 could be seen on a single irrigator. The number of kestrels also
seemed low for this area. Turkey Vultures are regularly found all winter at
this location, but 32, including 27 in one flock seemed higher than
expected. The adult and juvenile Bald Eagles have previously been reported
this winter, and this seems to be a regular wintering species at this
location. The small number of Burrowing Owls in an area where dozens of
pairs nest and 80-90 individuals can be seen in early summer reflects that
a large part of the population moves farther south for the winter.

Doug Jenness
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 12/22/20 11:39 am
From: <dpsiminski...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] PACIFIC WREN on the SPRNCA.
This morning there was a PACIFIC WREN on the San Pedro River east of the San
Pedro House in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

The bird was in the large logjam on river east of the House just as the River
Trail drops down to the river going south.

Pete Siminski
Sierra Vista AZ

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Date: 12/22/20 10:59 am
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Thick-Billed Parrot flyover at Kennedy Park (SW Tucson)
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A Thick-Billed Parrot flew over the lake at Kennedy Park around 10 a.m. this morning. It was being chased by two Red-Tailed Hawks and what I think was a large Cooper's Hawk (darker and lapping more than the RTHAs, but I was focused on the parrot). Eventually, it was just the Cooper's chasing the parrot toward Ajo Way.

Rather large (pigeon-size) iridescent lime green parrot with some crimson red on its head and a little crimson on its wing or shoulder. The alarm call also matched. Probably an escaped or released pet?

When I post on eBird, I will include two photos that show the shape of the bird as it was flying high.

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Date: 12/22/20 8:10 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-18&19 At The Bernardo Unit – Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex
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It seems while the crane and goose attendance at Bosque del Apache has
dwindled over the past few years, Bernardo has become ever more popular
with these birds.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2020-12-1819-at-the-bernardo-unit-ladd-s-gordon-waterfowl-complex/

Safe journeys all,
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Date: 12/21/20 4:58 pm
From: cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Gila Bend - Paloma Area
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I birded the Gila Bend - Paloma area today. The highlights were two Tundra Swans at Gila Bend Sewage Ponds and impressive concentrations of birds on the Paloma Ranch. They included a flock of over (140) Black Vultures (the largest number I have seen in Arizona), a field with over (150) Mountain Bluebirds (forming a blue wall when they flew up), and two flocks of (30) and (50) Western Bluebirds. In the same area I counted close to 400 Sandhill Cranes. In another nearby field there were (350) Mallard Ducks eighty percent of which were males with a few American Wigeons and a single Northern Pintail mixed in. Nearby there were (40) Greater Yellowlegs and (20) Long-billed Dowitchers.

Other locations visited and birds of interest included:

Gila Bend Power Plant Ponds

Here there were (15) Eared Grebes, a Ferruginous Hawk, and a Prairie Falcon.

Gila Bend Sewage Ponds

Besides the Swans there a good variety of ducks including a male Wood Duck, (4) Gadwalls as well as (1) Lesser Scaup, (1) Ring-necked Duck, (2) Tree Swallows and a Vermilion Flycatcher.

Paloma Ranch Headquarters

Here there were both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawk, (4) Oregon Juncos, (5) Long-billed Curlews and (6) Cattle Egrets.

River Road Ponds

Here there were (4) Snow Geese and (1) Ross’s Goose.

About (78) species for the day

Lists and photographs will be posted to ebird.

Feliz Navidad

Charles Babbitt

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Date: 12/21/20 12:39 pm
From: Luke Safford <saffordluke...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Scopes and tripods
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Hello all,

I am writing on behalf of the widow of Roland Shook, a seasoned
ornithologist and retired Biology professor at WNMU in Silver City, NM. He
spent over 25 years conducting bird surveys along the Gila River, and was a
past president of NM Ornithological Society. Roland died in May this year.

His wife, Betsy, is now trying to sell his professional level spotting
scopes along with two tripods (one professional and one aluminum). Her
contact info is: Betsy Shook, (575) 590-7966, <RB_SHOOK...> If you or
anyone you know would be interested in these scopes please reach out to
her. The scopes are:

- Fujinon Field Scope Super Ed 80 – 20-60x zoom in zipped nylon/cloth
cover with extra lens – this was worth $1,650 new
- LeicaTelevid77: 40x WW, Televid62: 32x WW in Velcro closed nylon/cloth
cover, with extra lens, made in Germany – this was probably about $1,600 new

Here are the two tripods:

- Bogen-Manfrotto professional #3205 LC Tripod with #3126 head – Made in
Italy – listed from $135-$180 on EBay
- Velbon VE-3 aluminum Tripod – probably $170 new, but showing $22-$45
on EBay

Again, here is Betsy's contact info: (575) 590-7966, <RB_SHOOK...>
Sincerely,
Luke Safford
Tucson Audubon
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Date: 12/21/20 8:27 am
From: Charles Babbitt <cjbabbitt...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Tundra Swans
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There are presently two immature Tundra Swans at the Gila Bend Sewage Ponds.
Charles Babbitt
Phoenix

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Date: 12/21/20 7:15 am
From: Tom Arny <tarny...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Dismal CBC counts and Strange display of reports.
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I, too, have only dismal numbers to report from the CBC in Flux Canyon, Patagonia, AZ. I counted on Dec 17, 2020 and had, unbelievably, no ravens or Ruby-crown Kinglets. (Plenty of ravens in Patagonia itself). I'll also echo other reports of no warbler, empids, or raptors. I did have 4 Black-chin Sparrows everyday up to count day, but none that day or thereafter. Drought seems a likely cause to blame, but I can't help wondering if the massive bird die-off reported from places in NM (and elsewhere??) earlier in the fall may have played a role too.
I would also like to ask if anyone can explain to me the strange info in the AZNM chat line postings. When I look at them from either the ABA site or from the archive, there is a an enormous string of letters and numbers before any recognizable message. It looks like some coded format. Do I have a setting incorrect?
Best wishes to all and hope for the unfortunate birds this coming year.
Tom Arny
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PO Box 545
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Date: 12/21/20 5:03 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]2020-12-17 Wednesday At The Rio Grande Nature Center
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Tuesday, at the 10,600’ Sandia Crest, I met Mountain Chickadees. Then on
Wednesday, at the 4900' Rio Grande Valley floor, the chickadees were
Black-Capped.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2020-12-17-rio-grande-nature-center/

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Date: 12/21/20 4:51 am
From: Chris McCreedy <cristofolos...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Rock Corral - Atascosa Highlands CBC section summary
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The deepening drought has taken its toll on the Rock Corral in the
Tumacacori Mountains west of Tubac. I counted the Corral for the Atascosa
Highlands CBC for the eighth year today. I recorded the lowest species
total I have observed since 2010, when I first began counting there. I
couldn't find any vireos, or sapsuckers, or warblers, or Empidonax
flycatchers, or raptors. It was the first time I have struck out for any of
those taxonomic groups, let alone all of them. Migrant sparrows were few
and far between. Black-capped Gnatcatcher numbers had been building to 10
each of the last two years, but I only could find two today.

Total birds / hour has ranged between 45 - 75 for this section of the CBC
during the years I counted it since 2011, but it was under 29 today.
Resident Canyon Towhees, Northern Cardinals, Bridled Titmice, Crissal
Thrashers, and Gila Woodpeckers have maintained their numbers for now,
likely helped by reasonably wet winter conditions and early nesting
phenology the previous year, prior to when dry conditions arrived and
intensified.


McCreedy

Tucson AZ
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