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12/10/19 12:23 pm Michael Welch <mjwelch244...> [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz flats road conditions
12/10/19 11:08 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...> [AZNMbirds] For eBirders: eBird guidelines for entering your CBC birding into eBird
12/10/19 12:06 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of Davis Dam
12/9/19 1:01 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of Havasu NWR
12/8/19 3:12 pm Mark Krenitsky <mkrenitsky...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP - 8 December 2019
12/8/19 3:08 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Paton's Today
12/8/19 2:07 pm Nick Worth <worthnik...> Re: [AZNMbirds] ECAZ: Navajo County - Snowflake Swans ID questions
12/8/19 1:30 pm Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Madera Canyon - Bay-breasted Warbler
12/8/19 12:41 pm Nick Worth <worthnik...> [AZNMbirds] ECAZ: Navajo County - Snowflake Swans ID questions
12/8/19 1:00 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of Cibola NWR
12/7/19 6:45 pm Merlin <merlin32757...> [AZNMbirds] Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Dec 7, 2019
12/7/19 12:42 pm Melanie <mherring5...> RE: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Magnolia Warbler - Skunk Cr. Riparian Grove
12/7/19 12:25 pm Diane Drobka <sunny1az...> Re: [AZNMbirds] "Arizona Birds"--Review of new sparrow guide
12/7/19 11:00 am Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] "Arizona Birds"--Review of new sparrow guide
12/6/19 10:56 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] Fwd: No sightings, request for info on tripod & head.
12/6/19 10:53 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 6 December 2019
12/6/19 9:06 pm Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of Bill Williams River NWR
12/6/19 2:38 pm Olga Harbour <oharbour...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ De Anza Trail south from Tubac
12/5/19 12:52 pm Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> [AZNMbirds] Mammoth sewage ponds--Hooded Merganser, American Goldeneye
12/5/19 7:54 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of Bosque del Apache
12/4/19 8:23 pm Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...> [AZNMbirds] Fort Lowell Park today - B&W Warbler, Storm Wigeon (Tucson)
12/4/19 2:53 pm Richard Bansberg <rbansberg...> [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House Bird Walk
12/4/19 1:47 pm Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of the Rio Grande Nature Center
12/4/19 12:52 pm <bncthay...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson B & W Warbler 12/4
12/4/19 8:17 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson black and white warbler
12/2/19 2:46 pm Diane Drobka <sunny1az...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
12/2/19 2:43 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
12/2/19 2:28 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
12/2/19 12:39 pm <dougback...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
12/2/19 12:23 pm EDWARD BOYD <edboyd1959...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
12/2/19 12:09 pm Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
12/2/19 11:44 am <dougback...> [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
12/2/19 10:32 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
12/2/19 7:42 am Jason A Wilder <Jason.Wilder...> [AZNMbirds] NAZ: Juvenile Swans at Tuba City
12/1/19 5:00 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--01 Dec 2019
12/1/19 12:16 pm Gary Rosenberg <ghrosenberg...> [AZNMbirds] Arizona Bird Committee Report 2015-2017 Records
12/1/19 10:41 am aplomado <aplomado...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Magnolia Warbler - Skunk Cr. Riparian Grove
11/30/19 4:30 pm Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/30/19:Santa Gertrudis and Amado WWTP
11/30/19 1:46 pm Diana Doyle <diana...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Parker Canyon Lake, Cochise Co
11/30/19 10:32 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-30-2019
11/30/19 9:33 am Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/29/19:Lakeside Park Tucson
11/30/19 9:28 am Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/30/19:North and West Tucson
11/30/19 9:06 am David Beaudette <xeracris...> [AZNMbirds] Christopher Columbus Park, Tucson, Greater Scaup
11/30/19 8:37 am Keith Kamper <keithkamper...> Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Red-necked Phalaropes and Bonaparte's Gulls at Benson STP
11/29/19 4:33 pm Keith Kamper <keithkamper...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Red-necked Phalaropes and Bonaparte's Gulls at Benson STP
11/29/19 3:10 pm Nick Pulcinella <npulcinella...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ:Amado
11/29/19 1:18 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 29 November 2019
11/29/19 1:13 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Tucson lakeside gull
11/29/19 12:12 pm jghiggins <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] Tucson lakeside gull
11/29/19 12:05 pm <dougback...> [AZNMbirds] Ajo Sewage Ponds
11/29/19 11:45 am jghiggins <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson lakeside park Bonaparte's Gull
11/28/19 1:41 pm Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/28/19:Turkey Day in Cochise County
11/28/19 8:19 am Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-28-2019
11/28/19 8:18 am Lauren Harter <lbharter...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Orchard Oriole and Palm Warbler
11/28/19 12:10 am Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...> Re: [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
11/27/19 10:39 pm Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...> Re: [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
11/27/19 9:56 pm Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...> [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
11/27/19 2:02 pm Richard Bansberg <rbansberg...> [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House Bird Walk
11/27/19 12:18 pm cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...> [AZNMbirds] Lake Pleasant
11/25/19 2:25 pm Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Foothills Road feeders
11/25/19 8:14 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] In case anyone is planning to make a birding expedition to San Diego ...Thread closed
11/25/19 8:01 am Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] In case anyone is planning to make a birding expedition to San Diego ...
11/25/19 7:29 am David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many New Photos have been posted
11/24/19 4:01 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Today at Paton's
11/24/19 1:04 pm <dpsiminski...> [AZNMbirds] Sierra Vista EOP Birding Walk
11/23/19 12:36 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Patagonia Lake - possible Red-throated Loon
11/23/19 12:27 pm Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/23/19:Woodland Road NE Tucson
11/23/19 12:22 pm Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/23/19:Amado Wastewater Treatment Plan
11/23/19 8:01 am Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Foothills Road feeders Rose-breasted Grosbeak
11/23/19 6:30 am Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] Duck hunting at Ina & Loop (Pima Co)
11/22/19 7:45 pm Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> [AZNMbirds] Duck hunting at Ina & Loop (Pima Co)
11/22/19 3:16 pm James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...> [AZNMbirds] Palm Warbler, Maricopa Co. Saguaro Lake
11/22/19 11:16 am Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 22 November 2019
11/21/19 4:03 pm Jamie Bradford <jfbradfo...> [AZNMbirds] CAZ - Snow Goose at Ocotillo Urban Lake, Chandler
11/21/19 2:55 pm Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Graham County - Brant
11/21/19 2:49 pm David Pearson <dpearson...> [AZNMbirds] GRIC Winter Bird Count Postponed
11/21/19 1:48 pm Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> [AZNMbirds] Memories of Arivaca
11/21/19 9:26 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Patagonia - Surf Scoters
11/21/19 9:09 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Patagonia - Surf Scoters
11/21/19 8:46 am Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Graham County - Brant
11/20/19 12:33 pm Richard Bansberg <rbansberg...> [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House Bird Walk
11/20/19 8:20 am Patricia Braddy <pabraddy...> [AZNMbirds] Wrens
11/20/19 7:39 am jghiggins <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Tucson Lakeside Park
11/19/19 7:16 pm JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...> [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Reid Park TAS Field Trip
11/19/19 8:45 am Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...> [AZNMbirds] CORRECTION: Spotted Sandpiper in Tempe on 11-17-19
11/19/19 8:05 am Rob Woodward <toucanrob...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ruddy Ground-Dove - San Pedro House
11/18/19 10:11 am Christopher Vincent <cj...> [AZNMbirds] AZ - e of Catalina - Broad-tailed Hbirds continue
11/18/19 8:17 am Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...> [AZNMbirds] Possible Louisiana Waterthrush in Tempe?
11/18/19 6:47 am Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Foothills Road feeders Portal
11/17/19 4:22 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--17 Nov 2019
11/17/19 8:21 am <jim...> [AZNMbirds] Red Breasted sapsucker Direction RFI
11/16/19 5:11 pm <lwrkenai...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Cave Creek--Spur Cross Conservation Area Western Tanager
11/16/19 4:55 pm <lwrkenai...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Cave Creek--Spur Cross Conservation Area Western Tanager
11/16/19 4:02 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Black capped Gnatcatcher at Florida Wash/Corral
11/16/19 1:26 pm Andrew Core <andrewcore...> [AZNMbirds] Central AZ: Buckeye - Brown Pelican
11/15/19 7:54 pm Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Mt. Lemmon Today: Townsend's Solitaire and Golden-crowned Kinglet
11/15/19 7:20 pm Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 15 November 2019
11/14/19 3:39 pm Thor Manson <thormanson...> [AZNMbirds] Black capped Gnatcatchers Florida Wash
11/14/19 8:52 am Bob Rodrigues <brod410...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Foothills Road feeders Golden-crowned Sparrow
11/13/19 7:40 pm <drdaveandlindasue...> [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House bird walk 11/13
11/13/19 2:01 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ possible Red-shouldered Hawk at Coon Bluff Rec Area
11/13/19 1:24 pm Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> [AZNMbirds] CEAZ possible Red-shouldered Hawk at Coon Bluff Rec Area
11/12/19 12:56 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Lesser Black-backed Gull Bill Williams
11/10/19 11:41 pm Derik Bowen <rocketguy66...> [AZNMbirds] Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Greenlee County, AZ)
11/10/19 7:06 pm Clifford Cathers <azbirding...> [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/09/19:Whitewater Draw and Cochise Lakes
11/10/19 6:29 pm Erika Wilson <terika88...> [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--10 Nov 2019
11/10/19 3:57 pm David Vander Pluym <scre...> [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New Photos of Sooty and Red Fox Sparrows
 
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Date: 12/10/19 12:23 pm
From: Michael Welch <mjwelch244...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Santa Cruz flats road conditions
Does anybody know anything about the current road conditions in the Santa
Cruz Flats? I'm scheduled to lead a group out there on Thursday, but am
concerned about what we might encounter after the big rains.

Thanks,

Mike Welch
Oro Valley

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Date: 12/10/19 11:08 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] For eBirders: eBird guidelines for entering your CBC birding into eBird
It's different than usual CBCing or eBirding.

https://ebird.org/news/ebirding-your-cbc?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=c84cdce07d-ebird+enews+dec+2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-c84cdce07d-277688529


Mark Stevenson
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Date: 12/10/19 12:06 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of Davis Dam
I’m a strong believer that habitat loss is the biggest threat to species
survival. That is why I focus on birding “places” more than birding
“numbers”. If your agenda is to run up your sighting numbers and achieve a
big list, you may not value my posts. I find that viewpoint regretable.
Please accept my apology in advance, but I believe there is value in
protecting habitat. One step towards that goal is to make folks aware that
these places exist. Hopefully folks will come to love these places. If
loved, it is natural to want to protect them. A loftier goal might be to
flip a switch and start folks sharing their own “places” so that others
might love them too.

Just one man’s opinion.

I have a new “Birding Destination” story I’d like to share, with your kind
indulgence:

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-davis-dam/

Be well,
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I do not chase birds as much as I chase places.
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
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Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
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Date: 12/9/19 1:01 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of Havasu NWR
Another addition to my "Birding Destinations" series:

Along the Colorado River between Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City Arizona
is Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. My visits to this refuge have been at
the northern section, between Interstate 40 and Bullhead City.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-havasu-nwr/

I hope you will enjoy,
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<https://shadeTreeImaging.com/ <https://shadetreeimaging.com/>>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places.
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================
https://shadetreeimaging.com/category/bird-destinations/san-diego-locations/
==================================

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Date: 12/8/19 3:12 pm
From: Mark Krenitsky <mkrenitsky...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP - 8 December 2019
10 birdwatchers from three states participated in the Sierra Vista
Environmental Operations Park walk this morning. The overcast skies,
occasional drizzle, and moderate gusts of wind combined to suppress the
number of singing passerines - in particular, we had extremely low numbers
of sparrows during the first part of the walk. Things picked up on the
Moson Road part of the trip, and we ended with 56 species, and decent
numbers of sparrows.

The highlight of the day was a Peregrine Falcon hunting ducks at the Moson
Ponds - it made repeated passes and we got excellent views. It also
attacked a Northern Harrier that was trying to capitalize on the chaos, and
the two birds had a quick mid-air skirmish before separating.

Other highlights:

A pair of Buffleheads were a pleasant surprise - they were our first of the
season.

We found 13 species of ducks overall, including two Canvasback and a Lesser
Scaup.

An estimated 700 Brewer's Blackbirds flew off from the EOP in the early
morning..each time we thought they were finished, another hundred flew by.
It was very impressive.

Mark Krenitsky
Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 12/8/19 3:08 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Paton's Today
Hi Birders: A fairly quiet day today in the rain at Tucson Audubon's Paton's Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia.
Nevertheless, besides the usual suspects, a White throated Sparrow occasionally showed itself from the brush pile in the front yard, closest to the house. In the same general area a female Lazuli Bunting patronized the two side by side, mixed seed, tube feeders. On Friday, I also saw one at the first set of feeders at the beginning of the Birding Trail at Patagonia Lake State Park.
Once again, with a lot of the leaves off the trees now, the Violet crowned Hummingbirds, ( at least 2, probably more ), are showing nicely perched on the branches of the trees for those birders who are looking for a photo op off the feeders.
Cheers, Thor

Thor Manson
Green Valley.

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Date: 12/8/19 2:07 pm
From: Nick Worth <worthnik...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] ECAZ: Navajo County - Snowflake Swans ID questions
Hello again Birders,

We have settled our Snowflake swan IDson Tundra Swans, but here are the links to a couple of the checklists submitted that contain photos:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62129142

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62111254

Good Birding,

Nick Worth


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On Dec 8, 2019, 1:41 PM, at 1:41 PM, Nick Worth <worthnik...> wrote:
>Hello birders,
>
>Some of you may have picked up on the eBird and Facebook reports of
>three Trumpeter Swans in Snowflake over the past two days. When Connie
>and I first found them, I reported them as juvenile Tundra Swans. Then
>I and other birders changed our minds and reported them as Trumpeter
>Swans. After checking many photos and ID programs and Sibley Birds,
>I’ve come to the conclusion the swans are Tundras after all, I want to
>let everyone know this in the not very likely, but still somewhat
>possible case that some of you may want to come up here looking for
>them. Suffice it to say, an absolute ID is still sort of up in the air
>(no pun intended), but I can vouch for the fact that they are
>definitely swans. There are some good photos in the Arizona Birding
>Facebook page and in the eBird reports and I would welcome any debate
>or correction of the Tundra ID.
>
>Good Birding,
>Nick Worth
>
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Date: 12/8/19 1:30 pm
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Madera Canyon - Bay-breasted Warbler
Just passing along word that a Bay-breasted Warbler was photographed along
Proctor Rd at the base of Madera Canyon this morning

See:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62152109


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Date: 12/8/19 12:41 pm
From: Nick Worth <worthnik...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] ECAZ: Navajo County - Snowflake Swans ID questions
Hello birders,

Some of you may have picked up on the eBird and Facebook reports of three Trumpeter Swans in Snowflake over the past two days. When Connie and I first found them, I reported them as juvenile Tundra Swans. Then I and other birders changed our minds and reported them as Trumpeter Swans. After checking many photos and ID programs and Sibley Birds, I’ve come to the conclusion the swans are Tundras after all, I want to let everyone know this in the not very likely, but still somewhat possible case that some of you may want to come up here looking for them. Suffice it to say, an absolute ID is still sort of up in the air (no pun intended), but I can vouch for the fact that they are definitely swans. There are some good photos in the Arizona Birding Facebook page and in the eBird reports and I would welcome any debate or correction of the Tundra ID.

Good Birding,
Nick Worth
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Date: 12/8/19 1:00 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of Cibola NWR
Hello all,

Continuing with my "Birding Destinations" series, I want to share another
obscure location that has drawn me back for repeat visits.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-cibola-nwr/

I hope you'll enjoy the story and images,
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Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places.
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================
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==================================

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Date: 12/7/19 6:45 pm
From: Merlin <merlin32757...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Dec 7, 2019
Hi All

We had eight birders for the field trip with the farthest being from
Massachusetts to see our Arizona birds. The high lights today were a Merlin
making a short stop in a cottonwood top before chasing off after some prey.
A Green-tailed Towhee came out to check out my phishing and squeak back at
us.And after the main field trip a few of us went into the foothills south
of Arivaca and were treated to a Crissial Thrasher perching up and calling
for us. So over all a nice little field trip for the day.

Rob Rutledge

Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega, Pima, Arizona, US
Dec 7, 2019 10:19 AM - 12:19 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
26 species

Mourning Dove 25
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Gila Woodpecker 8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 2
American Kestrel 2
Merlin 1
Black Phoebe 1
Cassin's Kingbird 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Common Raven 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Bewick's Wren 3
European Starling 5
Lesser Goldfinch 26
Chipping Sparrow 12
White-crowned Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 1
Canyon Towhee 4
Abert's Towhee 4
Green-tailed Towhee 2
Eastern Meadowlark 12
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Northern Cardinal 1
Pyrrhuloxia 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62114746

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


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Green Valley, AZ

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Date: 12/7/19 12:42 pm
From: Melanie <mherring5...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Magnolia Warbler - Skunk Cr. Riparian Grove
Continues in cottonwood, NE side.  1pm Saturday 7 Dec.Nice find, Troy!Melanie Herring Goodyear, AZPs.. parking  lot is open againOut and about on my mobile...
-------- Original message --------From: aplomado <aplomado...> Date: 12/1/19 11:48 AM (GMT-07:00) To: AZ/NM Birding Listserv <aznmbirds...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Magnolia Warbler - Skunk Cr. Riparian Grove Discovered subject bird on the east end of the eBird hotspot at Skunk Cr. riparian grove. This is north of Thunderbird Rd. off of 83rd Ave. This is the west side of the greater Phoenix area, possibly within Peoria city limits. The gate to the trailhead parking lot is closed, so visitors must park elsewhere and walk in.Hope to see you in the field...Troy CormanPhoenix, AZSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphoneHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 12/7/19 12:25 pm
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] "Arizona Birds"--Review of new sparrow guide
And, if you want to get the book personally signed, Rick Wright will be the keynote speaker at our January 2021 Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival!Wings Over Willcox

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On Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12:00:21 PM MST, Doug Jenness <d_jenness...> wrote:

12/7/19
The new Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America by Rick Wright has been reviewed by Homer Hansen inArizona Birds, the online journal of the Arizona Field Ornithologists. The review describes this as "a resource you grab at the end of the evening to enhance your knowledge of a species you saw earlier in the day or pull out when the rain is too heavy to go birding."  It  will complement well other guides that you may have on sparrows. The review is at: http://www.arizonabirds.org/sites/default/files/articles/arizona-birds-book-review-reference-guide-sparrows-north-america.pdf
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Date: 12/7/19 11:00 am
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] "Arizona Birds"--Review of new sparrow guide
12/7/19

The new Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America by Rick Wright has been reviewed by Homer Hansen in Arizona Birds, the online journal of the Arizona Field Ornithologists. The review describes this as "a resource you grab at the end of the evening to enhance your knowledge of a species you saw earlier in the day or pull out when the rain is too heavy to go birding." It will complement well other guides that you may have on sparrows. The review is at: http://www.arizonabirds.org/sites/default/files/articles/arizona-birds-book-review-reference-guide-sparrows-north-america.pdf

Doug Jenness
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Date: 12/6/19 10:56 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fwd: No sightings, request for info on tripod & head.
Forwarded for Joe... please reply directly to him at <jbgebler...>
and not to the list.


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From: Joseph Gebler <jbgebler...>
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 4:15 PM
Subject: No sightings, request for info on tripod & head.

Hello fellow birders,

I just purchased a Kowa TSN-883 spotting scope with the TE-11WZ eyepiece,
and am seeking info on the best tripod and tripod head to use with them.
Please send recommendations to me at
<jbgebler...>

Thanks in advance!

Joe Gebler

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Date: 12/6/19 10:53 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 6 December 2019
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 6, 2019; the next update will be made on
December 13. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
*PRAIRIE WARBLER
#Golden-crowned Sparrow

BUENOS AIRES NWR
After a nearly two-month gap in reports, a *PRAIRIE WARBLER was reported
again at the refuge headquarters at Buenos Aires NWR on 12/3 (Robert Mena)
and photographed by many through 12/6.

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) a
#GREATER SCAUP continued through 12/5 (m.ob.). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued this week (m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the
lake.
At the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs),
a #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was reported again on 12/5 (Adam Dudley). A
permit, available at Patagonia Lake State Park, is required for this area.
A sapsucker exhibiting many traits of a Red-breasted x Red-naped Sapsucker
hybrid was photographed in Patagonia Town Park on 12/1 (Brian Johnson) and
continued through 12/5 (m.ob.).

TUCSON area
Nine #GREATER SCAUP were photographed at Columbus Park on 11/30 (Dave
Beaudette) and six continued through 12/6 (m.ob.). A #CHESTNUT-SIDED
WARBLER was photographed on 12/2 (Cathy Beck) and continued through 12/6,
generally along the canal between the lakes.
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed on 12/6 (Paul Suchanek) in
Tanque Verde Wash west of Tanque Verde Loop Rd.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued this week (Doug Jenness) near the
intersection of Greene Reservoir and Curry Rds.

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been
seen near the Florida Canyon parking area and a short distance up the
trail, and at the old corral at FR488 & 62A.
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.), and a #GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
was photographed on 12/6 (Catherine MacRae).


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 http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

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

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

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

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
https://home.army.mil/huachuca/index.php/about/Garrison/DES/physical-security/access-control.
The Visitor Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The
fort is an active military installation and will suspend your driving
privileges on Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a
cell phone while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry
requirements (subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a
background check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in
the vehicle at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and
insurance as well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved
military escort; contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra
Vista Visitor's Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS
NOTE: apparently some states driver's licenses do not meet federal
requirements for base entry (KY, ME, MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: 12/6/19 9:06 pm
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of Bill Williams River NWR
I'm continuing to add content to my "Birding Destinations" series. Arizona
has SOOooo many incredible places to discover. I'm starting with some that
may be more obscure than the higher profile locations that I hope to
describe (or visit) later.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-bill-williams-river-nwr/

I hope you enjoy the presentation.
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Date: 12/6/19 2:38 pm
From: Olga Harbour <oharbour...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ De Anza Trail south from Tubac
Hello birders,

We took a walk along De Anza trail south from Tubac this morning, not
quite to Clark Crossing. It was a beautiful morning to be out and about,
with the Santa Cruz flowing nicely.

Both Plumbeous and Cassin's Vireos seen, as well as Orange-crowned and
Black-throated gray warblers.

Other birds seen or heard on our walk: Gila and Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers, and (presumably) Red-shafted Flickers, Abert's Towhee,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chipping Sparrow, Bridled Titmouse, Northern Harrier.

We stopped briefly at Amado on the way home, where we saw a single
Canvasback, among the usual suspects.

Good birding!

Olga Harbour

Tucson, AZ



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Date: 12/5/19 12:52 pm
From: Doug Jenness <d_jenness...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Mammoth sewage ponds--Hooded Merganser, American Goldeneye
12/5/19

This morning I observed a female/imm. male HOODED MERGANSER, a female AMERICAN GOLDENEYE, and a continuing juvenile SNOW GOOSE at the Mammoth sewage ponds. My checklist is at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62022648

Doug Jenness,
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/5/19 7:54 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of Bosque del Apache
I've updated my "Birding Destinations" blog with a piece about Bosque del
Apache. This location hardly needs me to tell most birders of its
existence; this is a world renown destination. None-the-less, I've shared
my thoughts and experiences dating back to my first visit in 2001.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/bosque-del-apache/

Be well,
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I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
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Date: 12/4/19 8:23 pm
From: Rosie Watts <pinyonjay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Fort Lowell Park today - B&W Warbler, Storm Wigeon (Tucson)
Thanks to Mark and Molly for getting the word out quickly on the Black and
White Warbler at Fort Lowell Park today.

Jim was there around 1030 and saw it in one of the large cottonwoods to the
west of the parking area.

We went again when I got off work, and thanks to the help of Maureen (and
perhaps Andy Moore?). they got us on the bird quickly. What a beauty,
and such a beautiful afternoon to enjoy it!

Also, the "Storm Wigeon" (variant) is back in the pond there - I think it's
likely the same individual we've seen there for at least 5 winters (based
on a similar-sized wigeon flock every winter, with one "storm wigeon"
individual each winter). Comparing some of my old photos, however, it
seems to have a slightly more "golden" tone to the coloration on the cheeks
and throat with each passing year. I don't have any way to defend my
supposition, since it's not banded, but I think that seeing one individual
in the same location each year, combined with their relative
scarcity, increases the likelihood that it's the same male each year.

As always - Good Birding!

Rosie and Jim Watts
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 12/4/19 2:53 pm
From: Richard Bansberg <rbansberg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House Bird Walk
The 9 participants on todays bird walk at the San Pedro House recorded 39 species. Although much welcomed, last weeks torrential rains precluded us from walking the river trail and visiting Kingfisher Pond due to extremely muddy conditions. Instead, we walked the upper trail skirting Kingfisher Pond and visiting Black Phoebe Pond where we observed Gadwalls, American Wigeons and a Ring-necked Duck. We then walked up Garden Wash and along Del Valle Road back to the San Pedro House. Birds of note along the way were a small flock of Pine Siskins and about a half-dozen Lazuli Buntings along the wash and a calling Crissal Thrasher along the road.

Bird walks at the San Pedro House take place every Wednesday of the month and every 4th Saturday of the month through the end of May. During December the walks start promptly at 9:00a. The walks last approximately 3 hours. The San Pedro House is located on the south side of State Route 90 immediately west of the San Pedro River (about 6 miles east of Sierra Vista).

Richard Bansberg
Friends of the San Pedro River
Hereford, AZ
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Date: 12/4/19 1:47 pm
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of the Rio Grande Nature Center
I've been working on a series of blog posts centered on Birding Locations.
It is still a work in progress, but the format is coming together. The most
recent entry in this series is:
https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-the-rio-grande-nature-center/
, but another way to locate these articles is through the menu system and
following the hierarchy from "Photo Blogs" and continuing to "Birding
Destination". All the articles in this series are listed by region.

I believe in focusing on preserving "places" as opposed the preserving
"species". If we loose habitats, species will follow. If we tunnel-vision
our view to saving species, and let the places they depend on disappear,
those of us who love nature will loose the war to save our natural world.
That's why my mantra is:


*I do not chase birds as much as I chase places.I can enjoy the birds I
meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.*

Be well,
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Date: 12/4/19 12:52 pm
From: <bncthay...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson B & W Warbler 12/4
At about 12:30 PM , Mary Backus & I briefly observed the Black and White Warbler at Ft  Lowell Park. It was in a hackberry tree along the north side of the entrance road. I was unable to relocate it over the next 45 minutes
Craig ThayerTucson

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Date: 12/4/19 8:17 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson black and white warbler
Hello birders,
Molly Pollack reports that a black and white warbler is in the trees in
cottonwood Lane at fort Lowell park or right now.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 12/2/19 2:46 pm
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
I am wondering if it is a plastic ring or some other litter that is stuck to the bill and decaying.
On Monday, December 2, 2019, 01:40:08 PM MST, <dougback...> <dougback...> wrote:

That could be, I added some cropped photos. There does appear to be a
ridge there, it is hard to tell. I guess we will never know for sure.


> Looking at your images, there appears to be a structure break on the bill.
> In that, I mean that the bill doesn't look smooth with color giving the
> changes. On your images, I see a ridge line, especially on the center
> image, where the white meets the dark tip. That isn't consistent with
> Ring-necked Duck and may indicate a pure Ruddy with a bill anomaly. To me,
> it looks as though some layers of the mandible tip have actually been
> stripped away.
>
> Ed Boyd
> Westminster, MD
>
>>    On December 2, 2019 at 2:43 PM <dougback...>
>> mailto:<dougback...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>    I found an interesting duck today at Highway Tank south of Ajo. My
>> best
>>    guess is a hybrid Ruddy Duck x Ring-necked Duck.
>>
>>    http://wildphotosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm
>>
>>    Highway Tank is an Ebird hotspot.
>>
>>    Doug Backlund
>>    Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo, AZ)
>>    www.wildphotosphotography.com
>>
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Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo, AZ)
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Date: 12/2/19 2:43 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
It's now at the canal again.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 3:27 PM Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:

> After a quite a bit of looking some other birders steered us to the
> warbler, working willows on the west side of Silverbell Lake, near the mid
> point heading back toward the canal.
>
> Thanks to the folks who helped us out.
>
> Mark Stevenson
> Tucson, AZ
>
> On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:37 AM Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:
>
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>> From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
>> Date: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:32 AM
>> Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
>> To: AZNM <AZNMbirds...>
>>
>>
>> From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert
>> AT tucsonaudubon.org):
>>
>> Cathy Beck reported a possible Chestnut-sided Warbler at Columbus Park in
>> Tucson at 11am on 12/2. It was along the canal that connects the two lakes,
>> near where the Wilson's Warbler has been hanging out.
>>
>> I see that others have reported the Greater Scaup continuing today as
>> well.
>>
>> thanks Cathy!
>>
>> Andrew Core
>> SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
>> http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 12/2/19 2:28 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
After a quite a bit of looking some other birders steered us to the
warbler, working willows on the west side of Silverbell Lake, near the mid
point heading back toward the canal.

Thanks to the folks who helped us out.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:37 AM Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...> wrote:

>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
> Date: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:32 AM
> Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
> To: AZNM <AZNMbirds...>
>
>
> From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert
> AT tucsonaudubon.org):
>
> Cathy Beck reported a possible Chestnut-sided Warbler at Columbus Park in
> Tucson at 11am on 12/2. It was along the canal that connects the two lakes,
> near where the Wilson's Warbler has been hanging out.
>
> I see that others have reported the Greater Scaup continuing today as well.
>
> thanks Cathy!
>
> Andrew Core
> SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
> http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/
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Date: 12/2/19 12:39 pm
From: <dougback...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
That could be, I added some cropped photos. There does appear to be a
ridge there, it is hard to tell. I guess we will never know for sure.


> Looking at your images, there appears to be a structure break on the bill.
> In that, I mean that the bill doesn't look smooth with color giving the
> changes. On your images, I see a ridge line, especially on the center
> image, where the white meets the dark tip. That isn't consistent with
> Ring-necked Duck and may indicate a pure Ruddy with a bill anomaly. To me,
> it looks as though some layers of the mandible tip have actually been
> stripped away.
>
> Ed Boyd
> Westminster, MD
>
>> On December 2, 2019 at 2:43 PM <dougback...>
>> mailto:<dougback...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> I found an interesting duck today at Highway Tank south of Ajo. My
>> best
>> guess is a hybrid Ruddy Duck x Ring-necked Duck.
>>
>> http://wildphotosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm
>>
>> Highway Tank is an Ebird hotspot.
>>
>> Doug Backlund
>> Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo, AZ)
>> www.wildphotosphotography.com
>>
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Date: 12/2/19 12:23 pm
From: EDWARD BOYD <edboyd1959...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
Looking at your images, there appears to be a structure break on the bill. In that, I mean that the bill doesn't look smooth with color giving the changes. On your images, I see a ridge line, especially on the center image, where the white meets the dark tip. That isn't consistent with Ring-necked Duck and may indicate a pure Ruddy with a bill anomaly. To me, it looks as though some layers of the mandible tip have actually been stripped away.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

> On December 2, 2019 at 2:43 PM <dougback...> mailto:<dougback...> wrote:
>
>
> I found an interesting duck today at Highway Tank south of Ajo. My best
> guess is a hybrid Ruddy Duck x Ring-necked Duck.
>
> http://wildphotosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm
>
> Highway Tank is an Ebird hotspot.
>
> Doug Backlund
> Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo, AZ)
> www.wildphotosphotography.com
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Date: 12/2/19 12:09 pm
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
This looks more like a typical Ruddy Duck with some foreign object on its
bill?

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID

On Monday, December 2, 2019, <dougback...> wrote:

> I found an interesting duck today at Highway Tank south of Ajo. My best
> guess is a hybrid Ruddy Duck x Ring-necked Duck.
>
> http://wildpho <http://wildphotosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm>

tosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm
> <http://wildphotosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm>
>
> Highway Tank is an Ebird hotspot.
>
> Doug Backlund
> Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo, AZ)
> www.wildphotosphotography.com
>
>

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Date: 12/2/19 11:44 am
From: <dougback...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Hybrid Ruddy Duck
I found an interesting duck today at Highway Tank south of Ajo. My best
guess is a hybrid Ruddy Duck x Ring-necked Duck.

http://wildphotosphotography.com/AZ2019-20/AZ/hybrid.htm

Highway Tank is an Ebird hotspot.

Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo, AZ)
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Date: 12/2/19 10:32 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Tucson - possible Chestnut-sided Warbler
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Cathy Beck reported a possible Chestnut-sided Warbler at Columbus Park in
Tucson at 11am on 12/2. It was along the canal that connects the two lakes,
near where the Wilson's Warbler has been hanging out.

I see that others have reported the Greater Scaup continuing today as well.

thanks Cathy!

Andrew Core
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Date: 12/2/19 7:42 am
From: Jason A Wilder <Jason.Wilder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NAZ: Juvenile Swans at Tuba City
Hi all,
There has been a pair of juvenile swans reported for about a week near Tuba City, and I got a look at them yesterday - we don't get to see many swans in Northern AZ, and I've learned that identification of juvenile Tundra versus Trumpeter is not easy! The birds gave good views, though they were very wary of being approached, and generally kept to themselves. They made a couple Canada Geese nearby look quite small, but never associated closely enough to be photographed together. Also, they were silent.
I've uploaded a photo album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJKDdMh
Comments and speculation welcome.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Erika Wilson


--
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Date: 12/1/19 12:16 pm
From: Gary Rosenberg <ghrosenberg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Arizona Bird Committee Report 2015-2017 Records
Hi all,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the most recent ABC report that covers records from 2015-2017, and was published in Western Birds, is now up on the Arizona Bird Committee web page http://abc.azfo.org/ <http://abc.azfo.org/> . If you are not a subscriber to WFO, you can now access the report here:

http://abc.azfo.org/reports/50(3)-p150-p175.pdf <http://abc.azfo.org/reports/50(3)-p150-p175.pdf>

Lots of amazing records - including eight species added to the Arizona list!

Enjoy!

Gary

Gary H. Rosenberg
Tucson, Arizona

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Date: 12/1/19 10:41 am
From: aplomado <aplomado...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Magnolia Warbler - Skunk Cr. Riparian Grove
Discovered subject bird on the east end of the eBird hotspot at Skunk Cr. riparian grove. This is north of Thunderbird Rd. off of 83rd Ave. This is the west side of the greater Phoenix area, possibly within Peoria city limits. The gate to the trailhead parking lot is closed, so visitors must park elsewhere and walk in.Hope to see you in the field...Troy CormanPhoenix, AZSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphoneHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 11/30/19 4:30 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/30/19:Santa Gertrudis and Amado WWTP
I took a casual stroll along Santa Gertrudis Lane near Tumacacori this afternoon.  This area is primed for a frugivore invasion with pyracantha, the purple berried trees (?) and hackberry all laden and ripening.  Not much is partaking yet except HOUSE FINCHs and GILA WOODPECKERs.



At the flooded river crossing, there was a large flock of birds including 18 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETs, 6 BRIDLED TITMOUSE, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, 1 scolding CASSIN'S VIREOs (a bright colored individual), LINCOLN'S SPARROWs, ABERT'S TOWHEEs, PYRRHULOXIA, LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKERs, VERDIN, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHs, BEWICK'S WREN and a few others.



In late afternoon, at the Amado Wastewater Treatment Plant there was a pair of GREATER SCAUP (m and f), scads of RING-NECKED DUCKs, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCKs and a few others.  The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was "hiding" on the floating impeller, the GREAT EGRET was hiding in the structure in far northeast portion of the pond and a TURKEY VULTURE floated lazily overhead.



Clifford A. Cathers

Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/30/19 1:46 pm
From: Diana Doyle <diana...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Parker Canyon Lake, Cochise Co
I decided to check Parker Canyon Lake post-storm, since I hadn't seen any other reports since the last round of rain and high winds.

I had one adult BONAPARTE’S GULL, resting on the water, to add to all the recent sightings of this species in the area from the past couple of days.

And also two gorgeous adult BALD EAGLES flying over, one OSPREY hanging around the lake, and then the usual ducks, mergansers, and grebes.

The Common Loon that has been hanging around for almost a month was a no-show today, despite checking the south end twice and walking around to where I had visibility to the north end which is hidden from the marina.

The complete eBird checklist is at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61873664 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61873664>

And FYI, the roads driving in were fine. The trail around the southern half of the lake was fine; but the creeks at the northern forks were flooded and not really crossable on foot without getting wet.

Diana Doyle
Hereford, AZ
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Date: 11/30/19 10:32 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-30-2019
There is a Common Loon swimming in basin #1 right now. It appears to have
an injury on its neck but it's seems to be diving just fine.

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix AZ

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Date: 11/30/19 9:33 am
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/29/19:Lakeside Park Tucson
[Not sure why this didn't send yesterday, but here it is anyway]



On the way to a bit of shopping during the intense rain, I stopped by Lakeside Park for a moment mid-morning.  It was pouring down rain, the wind was blowing pretty steadfast, and there was an occasional snow flake mixed in.  My car thermometer said 39 F.



There was a BONAPARTE'S GULL [as reported by John Higgins], VERMILION FLYCATCHERs, GREAT-BLUE HERON, GREAT EGRET, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a vocal BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER (near the parking lot) and a bedraggled and thoroughly soaked duo of COOPER'S HAWK and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on the telephone line along the south shore.



Clifford A. Cathers

Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/30/19 9:28 am
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/30/19:North and West Tucson
After an early morning car appointment in far northwest Tucson, I decided to check a few spots on my way back to Vail.



Along the short dirt road that is the entrance to Bach's Cactus Farm on Thornydale, there were a total of 9 HARRIS'S HAWKs together, including two juveniles.



At and near the lake at Arthur Pack Park, there was a group of 12 TREE SWALLOWs, a bunch of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWs, a few vocal BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHERs and a VERMILION FLYCATCHER or two.



At Christopher Columbus Park, there were 2 GREATER SCAUP, 1 WESTERN GREBE, 1 GREAT EGRET, 1 GREAT-BLUE HERON and 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.  VERMILION FLYCATCHERs were around and large numbers of LARK SPARROWs were around the south end boat ramp.



At Kennedy Lake off of Ajo Way, there were a good number (44) of sharp looking REDHEADs among the normal puddle ducks.  VERMILION FLYCATCHERs were here as well, a few YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDs mixed in, and again vocal BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHERs.



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Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/30/19 9:06 am
From: David Beaudette <xeracris...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Christopher Columbus Park, Tucson, Greater Scaup
Greeting birders,

This morning, 30 November, there was a flock of 3 Greater Scaup on Silverbell Lake near the island and a flock of 6 at the west end of Archer Lake. The flock at Silverbell flew away but the flock on Archer Lake were still present when I left. Photos later on eBird.

Dave Beaudette
Tucson

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Date: 11/30/19 8:37 am
From: Keith Kamper <keithkamper...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Red-necked Phalaropes and Bonaparte's Gulls at Benson STP
Hi Birders,

Make that Red Phalarope! My apologies for any inconvenience. Wonder what
else might be found after the storm.

Keith Kamper
On Fri, Nov 29, 2019, 5:32 PM Keith Kamper <keithkamper...> wrote:

> I observed 2 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Bonaparte's Gull, a Red-breasted
> Merganser at the Benson STP. Also present were 3 Hooded Mergansers at the
> nearby golf course clubhouse ponds.
>
> Good Birding,
> Keith Kamper
>

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Date: 11/29/19 4:33 pm
From: Keith Kamper <keithkamper...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Red-necked Phalaropes and Bonaparte's Gulls at Benson STP
I observed 2 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Bonaparte's Gull, a Red-breasted
Merganser at the Benson STP. Also present were 3 Hooded Mergansers at the
nearby golf course clubhouse ponds.

Good Birding,
Keith Kamper

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Date: 11/29/19 3:10 pm
From: Nick Pulcinella <npulcinella...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ:Amado
Bonaparte’s Gull group at Amado has increased to four at 4:00PM

Nick Pulcinella
Green Valley, AZ

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Date: 11/29/19 1:18 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 29 November 2019
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 29, 2019; the next update will be made on
December 6. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Red-throated Loon
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Heermann's Gull
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Eastern Phoebe
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Rufous-capped Warbler

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued on the west bank of the river about
0.1 north of the Tubac bridge this week (m.ob.).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) a
#RED-THROATED LOON was photographed on 11/22 (Cathy Beck) and continued
through 11/28 (m.ob.). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week
(m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake. A #GREATER
SCAUP was reported on 11/27 (Craig Robson, Heidi Doman).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported on 11/27 (Max Leibowitz) near
the intersection of Sunshine Blvd and Philips Rd.

AJO
Two #HEERMANN’S GULLS were reported at the Ajo STP on 11/29 (Doug Backlund).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued this week through
11/25 (m.ob.). A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week (m.ob.) between
markers #6 and #7 south of the bridge.

SONOITA & LAS CIENEGAS NCA
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed on 11/23 (Thomas Brown, Ken Cooper) in
Las Cienegas NCA along the road a few hundred yards south of the Empire
Gulch ranch complex.

TUCSON area
A #PACIFIC WREN was photographed and recorded at Sycamore Reservoir on Mt.
Lemmon on 11/27 (Paul Suchanek) and continued on 11/28 (Tim Burkhardt);
this is about a 4 mile roundtrip hike from Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation
Area (http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=454).
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported in Marana at Trico Rd and Wentz
Rd on 11/27 (Tim Burkhardt).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued through 11/24 (m.ob.) in the West Fork near the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
62A.

BENSON area
A #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER continued on the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner
Caverns State Park this week on 11/27 (m.ob.).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
In Portal, a #GRAY CATBIRD continued from Bob Rodrigues's yard (
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L994658) on 11/25 (Bob Rodrigues). Another
#GRAY CATBIRD was reported again from a yard along West Portal Peak Road on
11/25 (Narca Moore-Craig).


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 http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

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

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

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT 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/Garrison/DES/physical-security/access-control.
The Visitor Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The
fort is an active military installation and will suspend your driving
privileges on Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a
cell phone while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry
requirements (subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a
background check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in
the vehicle at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and
insurance as well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved
military escort; contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra
Vista Visitor's Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS
NOTE: apparently some states driver's licenses do not meet federal
requirements for base entry (KY, ME, MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: 11/29/19 1:13 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Tucson lakeside gull
Still present

Mark Stevenson
Tucson AZ

On Fri, Nov 29, 2019, 1:12 PM jghiggins <jghiggins...> wrote:

>
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> The gull was seen at 12:35pm. The osprey showed up soon after.
> John higgins tucson az
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Date: 11/29/19 12:12 pm
From: jghiggins <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Tucson lakeside gull
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphoneThe gull was seen at 12:35pm. The osprey showed up soon after.John higgins tucson azHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 11/29/19 12:05 pm
From: <dougback...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Ajo Sewage Ponds
At noon at the Ajo sewage ponds, the more interesting birds were:

2 Heermann's Gulls
1 Bonaparte's Gull
5 California Gulls
1 Common Goldeneye
1 Dunlin

Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD (wintering in Ajo)
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Date: 11/29/19 11:45 am
From: jghiggins <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson lakeside park Bonaparte's Gull
At 13:35 pm the bonapartes gull was swimming in the south end of lake at lakeside. Still thereJohn higgins, Tucson, AZSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphoneHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 11/28/19 1:41 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/28/19:Turkey Day in Cochise County
With Storm #2 dragging it's heals in California, I decided to follow behind Storm #1 this morning to Willcox and Benson to check out the lakes there.  It became apparent the further I drove east that Storm #1 wasn't quite done with Cochise County as of mid-morning and Texas Canyon was above the cloud base.



The good news is that the water level at Willcox Cochise lakes is coming up again and even the dry northwest arm of the lake is taking on water.  For the first time in my three decades in this part of Arizona, I didn't dare drive around the lake.  Oatmeal is how I would describe the road conditions after record rainfall here, and it alternated between eight inch deep super soft mush to hard pan within a short stride.  There is lots of ponded water elsewhere away from the lake, including the roadside ditches, the golf course, the playa and even in Willcox itself.  I parked in the parking lot near the entrance and walked out to the old dock area.  My trusty old Keens were immediately sacrificed to the birding deity and I doubt they can be saved.  I now have a shopping target for tomorrow.



The best bird was likely a lone BONAPARTE'S GULL (crescent shaped ear patch, black bill, smaller gull) though turning it into something rarer would have been impossible without walking halfway around the mud-ringed lake.  Puddle ducks were up in large numbers in order of abundance: NORTHERN SHOVELOR, AMERICAN WIGEON, RUDDY DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GADWALL (such a stunning duck), NORTHERN PINTAIL, MALLARD, BUFFLEHEAD, CINNAMON TEAL and the normal smattering of AMERICAN COOT.  SANDHILL CRANES came in from the north near the end of my time there, appearing in the sudden gloom and dropping into the vegetation to loaf.  Other birds around the main pond included GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, CHIHUAHUAN RAVENs, EASTERN MEADOWLARKs (singing) and a few others.  



Over at the flooded and puddled golf course, a flock of 30 LEAST SANDPIPERs and 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGs were hanging with the hundreds of AMERICAN WIGEON.  Other birds in and around the pond included GREAT-BLUE HERON, PIED-BILLED GREBE, WHITE-CROWNED, BREWER'S, SONG and LINCOLN'S SPARROWs, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, LARK BUNTINGs, CURVE-BILLED THRASHER and BLACK and SAY'S PHOEBEs.  A noisy SORA peeled off from the cattails.



Puddle ducks were even more numerous at the Benson Waste Water Treatment Plant in order of decreasing abundance: NORTHERN SHOVELOR, AMERICAN WIGEON, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD (as many as 40 on the pond), GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK, MEXICAN DUCK, GADWALL, CINNAMON TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK and LESSER SCAUP.  A pair of EARED GREBEs were spotted and 1 RING-BILLED GULL.  AMERICAN COOTs were common as always.  Among other species, there were GREAT EGRET, BLACK PHOEBE, tons of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs and a large number of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLEs.



Clifford A. Cathers

Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/28/19 8:19 am
From: Jeff Ritz <vaiboy777...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Glendale Recharge Ponds 11-28-2019
Just had a Jaeger at the recharge ponds. It appeared to be a Pomarine
Jaeger, but I don't have much experience with Jaegers. It flew in and
chased some shorebirds and other birds then left to the southwest, if you
happen to be near a body of water on the west side of the valley keep your
eyes open. I obtained some crappy photos, hopefully they will be good
enough for a positive ID.

Jeff Ritz
Phoenix AZ

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Date: 11/28/19 8:18 am
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New photos of Orchard Oriole and Palm Warbler
Field Ornithologists,



Deanna Bibbee contributed photos of Orchard Oriole and Marceline
VandeWater contributed photos of Palm Warbler. Thanks Deanna and
Marceline!



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Date: 11/28/19 12:10 am
From: Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
Correction and clarification: On close examination of my photos today the
'flock of Dunlin' appears to be Least Sandpipers. On close examination of
photos and video, 'the unidentified sandpiper catching gnats out of the
air' was a Spotted Sandpiper that was subdued in feeding and had a *very*
slight tail bobbing action when I saw it / took video.

On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 11:38 PM Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
wrote:

> P.S. I forgot to mention I also saw 2 Black Necked Stilts, a Redhead duck
> and the fact that there appear to be no public bathrooms anywhere near
> these locations; esp. none shown on-line at Arlington Wildlife Area, though
> there is a restaurant, the Co-op Grill in Arlington...so planning / potty
> options needed...specific comments not an appropriate topic for this
> listserv. :-)
>
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 10:56 PM Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
> wrote:
>
>> Some 200 American White Pelicans, 1 Brown Pelican (immature), 3 Snow
>> Geese and about 80 cormorants (+ some usual suspects, usual suspect ducks,
>> etc. and some gulls-sorry did not identify) continue on Lower River Road
>> Ponds and 309th Ave ponds on Lower River Road in the huge agricultural
>> area some 8 miles approx. west of Buckeye (which is also about a 2 hour
>> drive from the center of Tucson and well worth the drive). Some birds were
>> a flock of Dunlin, a Greater Yellowlegs, and an unidentified sandpiper
>> catching gnats out of the air (I need to examine my pictures to identify)
>> and, perhaps, 2 longspurs (had a short view). The 3 Snow Geese, the many
>> cormorants and 15 White Pelicans were at the Lower River Road Ponds just
>> east of the intersection of S. Bruner Road and Lower River Rd. A couple of
>> locals were kind enough early to let me know of the 200 hundred or so
>> Pelicans just about 0.75 west on River Road at the 309th Ave ponds (on
>> EBird this site shows up as 'Buckeye Canal & 309th Ave ponds'). The one
>> immature brown Pelican was at this location. Very interesting to watch all
>> these birds fish/feed in groups and the interaction between the Brown
>> Pelican with the other birds. 3 Local children riding dirt bikes and ATVs
>> scared many of the birds from the Lower River Road Ponds late in the day
>> today, but the birds are much closer at the 309th Ave ponds and tolerant of
>> people making for fantastic viewing. Never made it due to time before
>> sunset to the Arlington Wildlife Area which has to be accessed via a farm
>> road and not all that easy to find at least for me (I botched finding it,
>> being rushed, so need to go back!). Great general location for birding! A
>> scope is useful esp. at the Lower River Road Ponds.
>>
>

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Date: 11/27/19 10:39 pm
From: Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
P.S. I forgot to mention I also saw 2 Black Necked Stilts, a Redhead duck
and the fact that there appear to be no public bathrooms anywhere near
these locations; esp. none shown on-line at Arlington Wildlife Area, though
there is a restaurant, the Co-op Grill in Arlington...so planning / potty
options needed...specific comments not an appropriate topic for this
listserv. :-)

On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 10:56 PM Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
wrote:

> Some 200 American White Pelicans, 1 Brown Pelican (immature), 3 Snow Geese
> and about 80 cormorants (+ some usual suspects, usual suspect ducks, etc.
> and some gulls-sorry did not identify) continue on Lower River Road Ponds
> and 309th Ave ponds on Lower River Road in the huge agricultural area
> some 8 miles approx. west of Buckeye (which is also about a 2 hour drive
> from the center of Tucson and well worth the drive). Some birds were a
> flock of Dunlin, a Greater Yellowlegs, and an unidentified sandpiper
> catching gnats out of the air (I need to examine my pictures to identify)
> and, perhaps, 2 longspurs (had a short view). The 3 Snow Geese, the many
> cormorants and 15 White Pelicans were at the Lower River Road Ponds just
> east of the intersection of S. Bruner Road and Lower River Rd. A couple of
> locals were kind enough early to let me know of the 200 hundred or so
> Pelicans just about 0.75 west on River Road at the 309th Ave ponds (on
> EBird this site shows up as 'Buckeye Canal & 309th Ave ponds'). The one
> immature brown Pelican was at this location. Very interesting to watch all
> these birds fish/feed in groups and the interaction between the Brown
> Pelican with the other birds. 3 Local children riding dirt bikes and ATVs
> scared many of the birds from the Lower River Road Ponds late in the day
> today, but the birds are much closer at the 309th Ave ponds and tolerant of
> people making for fantastic viewing. Never made it due to time before
> sunset to the Arlington Wildlife Area which has to be accessed via a farm
> road and not all that easy to find at least for me (I botched finding it,
> being rushed, so need to go back!). Great general location for birding! A
> scope is useful esp. at the Lower River Road Ponds.
>

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Date: 11/27/19 9:56 pm
From: Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
Some 200 American White Pelicans, 1 Brown Pelican (immature), 3 Snow Geese
and about 80 cormorants (+ some usual suspects, usual suspect ducks, etc.
and some gulls-sorry did not identify) continue on Lower River Road Ponds
and 309th Ave ponds on Lower River Road in the huge agricultural area some
8 miles approx. west of Buckeye (which is also about a 2 hour drive from
the center of Tucson and well worth the drive). Some birds were a flock of
Dunlin, a Greater Yellowlegs, and an unidentified sandpiper catching gnats
out of the air (I need to examine my pictures to identify) and, perhaps, 2
longspurs (had a short view). The 3 Snow Geese, the many cormorants and 15
White Pelicans were at the Lower River Road Ponds just east of the
intersection of S. Bruner Road and Lower River Rd. A couple of locals were
kind enough early to let me know of the 200 hundred or so Pelicans just
about 0.75 west on River Road at the 309th Ave ponds (on EBird this site
shows up as 'Buckeye Canal & 309th Ave ponds'). The one immature brown
Pelican was at this location. Very interesting to watch all these birds
fish/feed in groups and the interaction between the Brown Pelican with the
other birds. 3 Local children riding dirt bikes and ATVs scared many of the
birds from the Lower River Road Ponds late in the day today, but the birds
are much closer at the 309th Ave ponds and tolerant of people making for
fantastic viewing. Never made it due to time before sunset to the Arlington
Wildlife Area which has to be accessed via a farm road and not all that
easy to find at least for me (I botched finding it, being rushed, so need
to go back!). Great general location for birding! A scope is useful esp. at
the Lower River Road Ponds.

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Date: 11/27/19 2:02 pm
From: Richard Bansberg <rbansberg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House Bird Walk
The 16 participants on todays bird walk at the San Pedro House split into two groups and recorded 47 species. The overcast skies and cool conditions appeared to keep the birds down; on the bright side it did not start raining until after the walk was completed. Sightings of interest included a Lazuli Bunting, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and several Spotted Towhees.


Bird walks at the San Pedro House take place every Wednesday of the month and every 4th Saturday of the month through the end of May. During December the walks start promptly at 9:00a. The walks last approximately 3 hours. The San Pedro House is located on the south side of State Route 90 immediately west of the San Pedro River (about 6 miles east of Sierra Vista).

Richard Bansberg
Friends of the San Pedro River
Hereford, AZ
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Date: 11/27/19 12:18 pm
From: cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Lake Pleasant
I spent some time this morning birding at Lake Pleasant. Birds of interest (some probably continuing ) included: (2) Common Loons ( Two Cow Cove area), (1) Barrow's Goldeneye with about 30 Common Goldeneyes (Two Cow Cove area), (1) Horned Grebe (Ten Lane Board Ramp area), (2) Lesser Scaup (Ten Lane Boat Ramp area), (1) California Gull with a flock of (20) Ring -billed Gulls (Ten Lane Boat Ramp area).

Complete list will be on eBird

Charles Babbitt

Phoenix
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Date: 11/25/19 2:25 pm
From: Bob Rodrigues <brod410...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Foothills Road feeders
Hi folks,
This morning we had a White-throated Sparrow at the Foothills Road feeders
in Portal along with the Gray Catbird that has been here for several weeks
now and the Rose-breasted Grosbeak that has been here for several days. I
wondered if I had been transported overnight to Florida or someplace like
that until I saw a couple Rivoli's and Anna's hummingbirds, Crissal and
Curve-billed thrashers, Cactus Wrens, White-crowned Sparrows, Phainopeplas,
and Pyrrhuloxias which brought me back to reality. I'll let you know if
something new turns up tomorrow. All for now.

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Date: 11/25/19 8:14 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] In case anyone is planning to make a birding expedition to San Diego ...Thread closed
California is a wonderful place to bird but is off topic on the aznmbirds
listserv.

Mark Stevenson
Co listowner, aznmbirds
Tucson, AZ

On Mon, Nov 25, 2019, 9:01 AM Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> wrote:

> As I began my series on Birding Destinations I was mostly focused on
> places away from my home turf. It occurred to me it might be a disservice
> to birders who’ve helped me in connecting to places near and dear to them
> during my travels. Nature lovers not from my area, who might be interested
> in places to visit in the San Diego region might enjoy learning of some
> places in my own backyard. I resolve to correct this oversight with these,
> my first in a series about locations where I’ve enjoyed capturing images in
> Southern California.
>
> So far I have four locations to share, but there are many more I plan to
> write about in the days ahead. This will be the “onlyest” announcement I
> expect to post on this listserv, but if anyone is planning a trip to the
> San Diego area, I would hope you would check in on on my web page for ideas
> about locations that you may find interesting. The gallery maps should be
> useful in showing where these locations are. The four locations I’ve
> prepared so far are:
>
> https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-border-field/
> https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-chula-vista-bayfront-park/
> https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-the-saltworks/
> https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-la-jolla-cove/
>
> Be well,
>
> --
> --
> -- Jack --
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Date: 11/25/19 8:01 am
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] In case anyone is planning to make a birding expedition to San Diego ...
As I began my series on Birding Destinations I was mostly focused on places
away from my home turf. It occurred to me it might be a disservice to
birders who’ve helped me in connecting to places near and dear to them
during my travels. Nature lovers not from my area, who might be interested
in places to visit in the San Diego region might enjoy learning of some
places in my own backyard. I resolve to correct this oversight with these,
my first in a series about locations where I’ve enjoyed capturing images in
Southern California.

So far I have four locations to share, but there are many more I plan to
write about in the days ahead. This will be the “onlyest” announcement I
expect to post on this listserv, but if anyone is planning a trip to the
San Diego area, I would hope you would check in on on my web page for ideas
about locations that you may find interesting. The gallery maps should be
useful in showing where these locations are. The four locations I’ve
prepared so far are:

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-border-field/
https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-chula-vista-bayfront-park/
https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-the-saltworks/
https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-la-jolla-cove/

Be well,

--
--
-- Jack --
==================================
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Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places.
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================

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Date: 11/25/19 7:29 am
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: Many New Photos have been posted
Field Ornithologists,


 
Janine McCabe contributed additional photos of Blue-footed Booby, Nancy Benner contributed photos of Blackpoll Warbler and Harris’s Sparrow, David Vander Pluym contributed photos of Lesser Black-backed Gull, Roger Sleeper and Jason Wilder contributed photos of Black-legged Kittiwake, Kelly Wright contributed photos of Brant and Pomarine Jaeger, and Cathy Beck and Max Leibowitz contributed photos of Red-throated Loon.  Thanks Janine, Nancy, David, Roger, Jason, Kelly, Cathy, and Max!


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


 
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Date: 11/24/19 4:01 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Today at Paton's
Hi Birders: As we transition into winter, it's always a bit of a crapshoot as to what is going to turn up at Tucson Audubon's Paton's Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia. Last winter we had a couple of rarish sparrows; ( Rufous morphed Fox, and two White throated ), and you wonder what this winter may have in store.
The three main sparrow species seen today were the expected White crowned, Chipping and Lincoln's. A couple of Green tailed Towhees were showing nicely; one in the butterfly garden brush pile, and the other in the brush pile behind the house, close to the property line. The one in the butterfly garden was pretty cooperative for the birders there who were interested in taking some pics. Perhaps somewhat unexpected was a female type Lazuli Bunting which made a one-off appearance at the water feature behind the main house.
This a great time of year to see resident Violet crowned Hummingbirds off feeder, as they will often alight in the nearest tree after feeding, and present pretty good photo opportunities for birders who are also bird photographers. Most of the leaves are off these trees, which makes it much easier. The other two hummingbird species present today were Anna's ( most common ), and Broad billed.
Also, at this time of year, it becomes a bit more pleasant to visit with the many visiting birders, as we are not constantly avoiding the sun and the heat. The temps early this morning there were in the low 40's, and in the process of filling up feeders, one female Anna's could only " twitch" as I approached. Afternoon temps were very pleasant.
Fun to meet up with Tucson birder Chris Rohrer, as I follow his frequent and interesting posts on Facebook. Cheers, Thor

Thor Manson
Green Valley

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Date: 11/24/19 1:04 pm
From: <dpsiminski...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Sierra Vista EOP Birding Walk
This morning, eleven birders, mostly locals and a couple from Ontario, walked
the dikes of the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park (EOP). We saw 65
species of birds.

The highlight of the day was the day itself and the camaraderie of fellow
birders. The morning was cool, 40 – 55°F, calm to light air with light cirrus
clouds giving way to a cerulean Arizona sky. Perfect!

The avian species highlights were a chestnut-collared larkspur flying and
landing and again flying and landing with horned larks, and a single great
egret flying over the cattail ponds. Both these species are not commonly found
at the EOP.

Our avian experience highlight was a huge mixed flock of ducks flying from the
recharge ponds in perfect light at close range with an already well-fed
peregrine in lackadaisical pursuit. The peregrine was first seen at 8:15 a.m.
perched on a utility pole with a crop bulging with fresh duck meat. It sat on
the post digesting its meal for three hours before it couldn’t resist the
sight of flocks of duck in the air and gave a half-hearted pursuit over our
heads before it returned to it digesting perch.

Birding walks behind the locked gates of the Sierra Vista EOP occur every
Sunday morning. Meet at the EOP Bird Viewing Platform before 8:00 a.m. to sign
in with the guide. Late arrivals will not have access behind the locked gates.

The EOP is located just east (~ 3 miles) of Sierra Vista on SR 90. Look for
the Brua Animal Care Center and the Wildlife Viewing signs on the northside of
SR 90. Turn left (north) and proceed to the bird viewing platform.

See ebird checklist at:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61715518

Pete Siminski
Friends of the San Pedro River
Sierra Vista AZ

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Date: 11/23/19 12:36 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Patagonia Lake - possible Red-throated Loon
There is apparently a Red-throated Loon at Patagonia Lake State Park - more
details as they become available.

See the discussion here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/arizonabirding/permalink/2562726397148132/

Patagonia Lake annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs

Observers should take care, as there has been a Common Loon there for
weeks, and two Pacific Loons were reported (but not photographed) yesterday
as well.

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

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Date: 11/23/19 12:27 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/23/19:Woodland Road NE Tucson
I braved El Tour de Traffic Snarl this morning for a walk along the entire length of Woodland Road in northeast Tucson.  



The highlights were a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGs.



The others were ROCK PIGEON, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, MOURNING DOVE, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, COOPER'S and RED-TAILED HAWKs, GILA and LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKERs, VERMILION FLYCATCHER (12-14 perhaps), SAY'S PHOEBE, COMMON RAVEN, VERDIN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, CURVE-BILLED THRASHER, EUROPEAN STARLING, HOUSE FINCH, LESSER GOLDFINCH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ABERT'S TOWHEE, RED-WINGED and BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs (lots in the pecan groves), AUDUBON'S WARBLER, GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE and HOUSE SPARROW.



Clifford A. Cathers

Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/23/19 12:22 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/23/19:Amado Wastewater Treatment Plan
Driving by yesterday morning, I stopped briefly to find the following:



AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK (lots), EARED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, KILLDEER, GREAT EGRET (back dock), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, RED-TAILED HAWK (pole tops in every direction), BLACK PHOEBE and AMERICAN PIPIT.



Clifford A. Cathers

Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/23/19 8:01 am
From: Bob Rodrigues <brod410...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Foothills Road feeders Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Hi folks,
We've had a fair bit of rain the last few days and I have not seen the
catbird that had been coming to the water feature at our public feeders
since the rain started. However, a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
showed up at the feeders yesterday morning and was there again this
morning. I suspect this may be the same bird that was seen up the road
recently at Cave Creek Ranch. All for now.

Bob

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Date: 11/23/19 6:30 am
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Duck hunting at Ina & Loop (Pima Co)
Admin reminder: It's fine to report this because it is a safety issue for
birders. However, further discussion of other issues related to hunting is
off topic at aznmbirds (per bird chat guidelines). Feel free to discuss it
off line or in groups that foster those discussions.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Stevenson
Co-listowner, aznmbirds
Tucson, AZ

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 8:45 PM Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...> wrote:

> When I was birding on the dirt road below the loop at Ina Road today
> around 1:20, a pickup drove down the dirt road. Three men with shot guns
> and camo got out. I asked them if they were allowed to hunt with guns
> there, and they said, "Yes." Then I asked what they were going after, and
> they said, "ducks." I had only seen five ducks there: a male Bufflehead and
> four Gadwalls.
>
> Not long after that, I started walking my bike back to the loop. Before I
> reached the pavement, I heard three shots. All the raptors flew off (as
> well, I assume, any surviving ducks).
>
> I continued biking and birding to Cortaro. When I came back to Ina, I saw
> a police car on the dirt road. I stopped and asked the Marana officer if
> hunting with guns was allowed there. He said that unfortunately it was. He
> had found the hunters and saw that their permits were in order. According
> to current Marana regulations, hunting is allowed in season in the washes
> as long as permits are obtained and it is conducted within a certain
> distance from houses and businesses. Apparently the Loop and major roads
> are not considered. I had no idea that hunting was allowed there.
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Date: 11/22/19 7:45 pm
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Duck hunting at Ina & Loop (Pima Co)
When I was birding on the dirt road below the loop at Ina Road today around 1:20, a pickup drove down the dirt road. Three men with shot guns and camo got out. I asked them if they were allowed to hunt with guns there, and they said, "Yes." Then I asked what they were going after, and they said, "ducks." I had only seen five ducks there: a male Bufflehead and four Gadwalls.

Not long after that, I started walking my bike back to the loop. Before I reached the pavement, I heard three shots. All the raptors flew off (as well, I assume, any surviving ducks).

I continued biking and birding to Cortaro. When I came back to Ina, I saw a police car on the dirt road. I stopped and asked the Marana officer if hunting with guns was allowed there. He said that unfortunately it was. He had found the hunters and saw that their permits were in order. According to current Marana regulations, hunting is allowed in season in the washes as long as permits are obtained and it is conducted within a certain distance from houses and businesses. Apparently the Loop and major roads are not considered. I had no idea that hunting was allowed there.

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Date: 11/22/19 3:16 pm
From: James Taylor <jimmitaylor1...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Palm Warbler, Maricopa Co. Saguaro Lake

Birders,

I observed the subject bird this morning at Peregrine Point at Saguaro Lake.

The point is accessed from Butcher Jones Rec. Area via the Butcher Jones Trail.

Sent a notification out earlier, but it failed to send - so here’s to the second go-around.

E-bird list with photos:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61652275 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61652275>


Jim Taylor


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Date: 11/22/19 11:16 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 22 November 2019
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 22, 2019; the next update will be made on
November 29. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
*BRANT
#Surf Scoter
#Red Phalarope
*POMARINE JAEGER
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush

GRAHAM COUNTY
A *POMARINE JAEGER and two *BRANT were photographed at Roper Lake SP on
11/21 (Kelly Wright).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued on the west bank of the river about
0.1 north of the Tubac bridge this week (m.ob.).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was photographed along the Anza Trail south of Santa
Gertrudis Lane on 11/19 (Cathy Beck). Remember to park along the frontage
road and walk in.

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) two #SURF
SCOTERS and a #RED PHALAROPE were photographed on 11/21 (Bill Lisowsky)
near the beach; another #RED PHALAROPE was photographed at the east end
(Jim & Cynthia Krakowski). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week
(m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake.
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was photographed at the Patagonia Roadside Rest
Area on 11/19 (Peter Siminski).

AMADO
A #RED PHALAROPE was reported at the Amado STP on 11/21 (Diane Holsinger)
and continued throughout the afternoon (m.ob.).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued this week; a second
bird was reported on 11/19 (m.ob.) and both continued through 11/21
(m.ob.). A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week (m.ob.) between
markers #6 and #7 south of the bridge.

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the
Florida Canyon parking area and a short distance up the trail, and at the
old corral at FR488 & 62A. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible
to enter the research station to see these birds.

BENSON area
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued on the Guindani Loop Trail at
Kartchner Caverns State Park this week on 11/18 (m.ob.).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #GRAY CATBIRD continued from Bob Rodrigues's yard (
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L994658) on 11/18 (Bob Rodrigues).


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 http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

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

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

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT 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/Garrison/DES/physical-security/access-control.
The Visitor Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The
fort is an active military installation and will suspend your driving
privileges on Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a
cell phone while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry
requirements (subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a
background check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in
the vehicle at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and
insurance as well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved
military escort; contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra
Vista Visitor's Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS
NOTE: apparently some states driver's licenses do not meet federal
requirements for base entry (KY, ME, MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 11/21/19 4:03 pm
From: Jamie Bradford <jfbradfo...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CAZ - Snow Goose at Ocotillo Urban Lake, Chandler
There is a Snow Goose with the small flock of Canada Geese along the shore of the urban lake at Ocotillo, corner of Queen Creek and Price Road, in Chandler.  Last seen on the grass on the southwest shore, between Price and the lake, about 2:00pm today.
Jamie
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Date: 11/21/19 2:55 pm
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr99...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Graham County - Brant
Update: Kelly also photographed a POMARINE JAEGER there today.

Photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61635358

An amazing combo!

Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

On Thu, Nov 21, 2019, 9:46 AM Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:

> Kelly Wright posted pix on Facebook of a pair of Brant at Roper Lake State
> Park in Safford (Graham Co.).
>
> All for now -
>
> -Andrew Core
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Date: 11/21/19 2:49 pm
From: David Pearson <dpearson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] GRIC Winter Bird Count Postponed
I have just been notified that the Gila River Indian Community -Winter Bird Count previously scheduled for Sat. 07 Dec. 2019 has been postponed until Sat. 25 Jan. 2020.



David L Pearson
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ 85287-4501


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Date: 11/21/19 1:48 pm
From: Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Memories of Arivaca
Greetings,

I'm working on a series of stories I call "Birding Destinations". I am
mostly interested in meeting new places (see signature-line at the bottom
of my post) or revisiting places that have satisfied my soul in the past.

In Arizona there are so many memorable places to spin yarns about. I don't
want to project the impression that I'm the ultimate authority on the
locations I've written about (or intend to write about). These are memories
of encounters that have rewarded me in the past. I'm especially fond of
"the road less travelled" such as the one linked below on *Arivaca*, though
sometimes the well-beaten path is thus for good reason (these places are
extraordinary).

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-arivaca/

I hope you enjoy it,
--
--
-- Jack --
==================================
<https://shadeTreeImaging.com/ <https://shadetreeimaging.com/>>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places.
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================

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Date: 11/21/19 9:26 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Patagonia - Surf Scoters
Bill texted with an update - a Red Phalarope now, opposite the beach area. He said it looks like the one that was at Amado STP yesterday afternoon.

-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

> On Nov 21, 2019, at 10:06 AM, Andrew Core <andrewcore...> wrote:
>
> Bill Lisowsky reports two male Surf Scoters at Patagonia Lake, east of the beach area
>
>
> -Andrew Core
> Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/21/19 9:09 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Patagonia - Surf Scoters
Bill Lisowsky reports two male Surf Scoters at Patagonia Lake, east of the beach area


-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/21/19 8:46 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Graham County - Brant
Kelly Wright posted pix on Facebook of a pair of Brant at Roper Lake State Park in Safford (Graham Co.).

All for now -

-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/20/19 12:33 pm
From: Richard Bansberg <rbansberg...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House Bird Walk
The 7 participants on todays bird walk at the San Pedro House recorded 48 species. The overcast skies and windy conditions appeared to keep sparrows down; only a few species were seen in the grasslands. Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls and American Wigeons (about 30) were present on Kingfisher Pond and a Virginia Rail was heard calling from the reeds. A Hammond’s Flycatcher and a Gray Flycatcher were seen along the river. The bird of the day was a female Ruddy Ground Dove; a pair have been seen in the area to the west of the San Pedro House the last couple of days.

The next bird walk will be this Saturday (11/23).


Bird walks at the San Pedro House take place every Wednesday of the month and every 4th Saturday of the month through the end of May. During November and December the walks start promptly at 8:00a. The walks last approximately 3 hours. The San Pedro House is located on the south side of State Route 90 immediately west of the San Pedro River (about 6 miles east of Sierra Vista).

Richard Bansberg
Friends of the San Pedro River
Hereford, AZ
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Date: 11/20/19 8:20 am
From: Patricia Braddy <pabraddy...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Wrens
I know this sounds unbelievable but we've had a Canyon Wren at our house for more than a week. It has been coming over to the wall next to the family room waiting for me to throw out mealworms. In the last week we've had Cactus, Bewick's, Canyon and Rock Wrens. Last year we had a House Wren so our yard list includes 5 wren species. A Rock Wren has overwintered here for the past few years. We live at the base of Mt. Lemmon at approximately 3,000'. Maybe it's the abundance of mealworms that keep them coming back! The first chance I get I'll take a photo and will send it to anyone who needs further documentation.

Patricia Braddy
Sent from my iPad Air



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Date: 11/20/19 7:39 am
From: jghiggins <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ Tucson Lakeside Park
At 8:30 am Wednesday an OSPREY was circling over lakeside park.John Higgins, Tucson, AZSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphoneHome Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds
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Date: 11/19/19 7:16 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Tucson Reid Park TAS Field Trip
Tucson Audubon Field Trip: Eleven birders did a late morning ramble around Reid Park before the storm hit. Two dozen kinds of birds were seen including six kinds of ducks including a pair of recently returned Canvas backs and four kinds of raptors including a Red-Tailed Hawk eating a Rock Squirrel.

John Higgins, Tucson, AZ
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Date: 11/19/19 8:45 am
From: Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CORRECTION: Spotted Sandpiper in Tempe on 11-17-19
After several suggestions from much more expert birders, it appears that my
mystery bird of 11/17/19 is more likely a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Thanks to all
the real experts!



Jeanette



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Sent: Monday, November 18, 2019 9:15 AM
To: <aznmbirds...> <mailto:<aznmbirds...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Possible Louisiana Waterthrush in Tempe?



Sunday morning 11/17/19 at the eastern tip of Papago Park at the recently
restored lagoon, College & Curry:



I expected to see a Black Phoebe, but the small bird hopping along the rocks
at water's edge, repeatedly dipped its tail & its bill seemed long for its
size. The nearest I could find was either Louisiana or Northern Waterthrush
- maybe possible during migration? We kept too far away to see any markings
w/out binoculars & it continued along the rocks around the edge of the
lagoon. Any comments from the experts?



Jeanette Nickels

Tempe AZ




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Date: 11/19/19 8:05 am
From: Rob Woodward <toucanrob...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Ruddy Ground-Dove - San Pedro House
I just relocated the Ruddy Ground-Dove reported on Friday and yesterday at the San Pedro House.  In fact there are two of them, last seen under the water tower with Inca Doves.


Rob Woodward
Sierra Vista, AZ
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Date: 11/18/19 10:11 am
From: Christopher Vincent <cj...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ - e of Catalina - Broad-tailed Hbirds continue
Watching birds for one hour from the Hummingbird patios thirty-four species seen including three Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, two immature males and an adult female. ((Photo embedded in e-bird report). The raptors have commenced their territorial battles for the pines, with Harris’s, Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned and Red-tailed all soaring and calling, with a couple of Common Raven’s joining the raptor fray.

EBird checklist - https://ebird.org/checklist/S61555112

Guests/photographers welcomed, https:wowarizona.org/birds for details

Christopher Vincent
<cj...>
520.907.8735
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Date: 11/18/19 8:17 am
From: Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Possible Louisiana Waterthrush in Tempe?
Yesterday morning 11/17/19 at the eastern tip of Papago Park at the recently
restored lagoon, College & Curry:



I expected to see a Black Phoebe, but the small bird hopping along the rocks
at water's edge, repeatedly dipped its tail & its bill seemed long for its
size. The nearest I could find was either Louisiana or Northern Waterthrush
- maybe possible during migration? We kept too far away to see any markings
w/out binoculars & it continued along the rocks around the edge of the
lagoon. Any comments from the experts?



Jeanette Nickels

Tempe AZ


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Date: 11/18/19 6:47 am
From: Bob Rodrigues <brod410...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Foothills Road feeders Portal
Hi folks,
The Gray Catbird that showed up a couple weeks ago continues to visit the
water feature in the public area daily. Yesterday the catbird also
attempted to feed briefly at one of our saucer-type hummingbird feeders.
Whether the feeding attempt was successful is unknown.

A few hummingbirds are still moving through the yard. Yesterday a male
Blue-throated Hummingbird came to the hummingbird feeders in the public
area, and this morning a Rivoli's Hummingbird did the same. We still see a
few Anna's Hummingbirds daily along with our regular desert species. All
for now.

Bob

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Date: 11/17/19 4:22 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--17 Nov 2019
Hi, birders,

Beautiful fall weather for the eleven people walking the Sierra Vista EOP
dikes, with visitors from Wisconsin and Alberta, Canada. The morning
yielded 71 species, plus two more recorded before dawn, giving a list of
73 for the day.

Top bird was an adult Snow Goose among the hundreds of ducks in the flooded
grass impoundments at Moson Road, the first goose of the season here. Among
the dozen species of ducks we picked out a female Canvasback, five
Ring-necked Ducks, and a Lesser Scaup. Most abundant were 200+ Am. Wigeon
and 80+ Gadwall. Both Virginia Rail and Sora were calling, but didn't show
themselves.

Falcons were active, with a flyby Merlin, the usual Am. Kestrels, and a
Peregrine Falcon. This latter had obviously eaten quite recently, as we
could see its bulging crop as it sat atop a pole. It made only a
half-hearted, slow attack on a Green-winged Teal, then circled back to
perch and digest. The other interesting raptor behavior was watching a
Red-tailed Hawk eating a bullfrog. The hawk and its prey attracted a pair
of Common Ravens, which called and displayed their throat hackles. A bit
later another Red-tailed Hawk sailed in and called, but it didn't get any
scraps either.

Lingering birds included a single Barn Swallow foraging over the main
impoundments again this week, and two different Cassin's Kingbirds, one
showing well in the bright sun. Small flocks of Am. Pipits and Horned Larks
were working the steep rocky sides of the dikes. Sparrow numbers were low,
with just seven species and a number misses. The last bird added to the
list was a handsome Lark Sparrow as we walked back to our cars.

Cheers, Erika Wilson
--
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 11/17/19 8:21 am
From: <jim...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Red Breasted sapsucker Direction RFI
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Date: 11/16/19 5:11 pm
From: <lwrkenai...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Cave Creek--Spur Cross Conservation Area Western Tanager
Birders,

I am attaching the correct link to the eBird checklist.

Thanks,

Brian Ison

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61495552

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Date: 11/16/19 4:55 pm
From: <lwrkenai...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ: Cave Creek--Spur Cross Conservation Area Western Tanager
Birders,

This morning at about 11:00 AM I spotted a Western Tanager at the Spur Cross
Conservation Area along the Metate Trail. The bird was perched in a mesquite
above the "Solar Oasis" pond, and I was able to get brief views at eye level
of its yellow/olive breast and underparts, whitish wing bars and notched tail.
Unfortunately, the bird did not vocalize or stick around for photos. The
wolfberry (lycium sp.) bushes were loaded with ripe berries all along the
trails, attracting many birds. Also notable were singing Crissal Thrasher and
Green-tailed Towhee. Full list on eBird.

Note: there is a $3.00 day-use fee for this area and the pay station is right
at the main trailhead.

Good Birding,

Brian Ison

Scottsdale
<lwrkenai...>

/Users/brianison/Desktop/eBird Report - Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area,
Nov 16, 2019.eml

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Date: 11/16/19 4:02 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Black capped Gnatcatcher at Florida Wash/Corral
Hi Birders: I decided to do a little experiment with strategies for finding the Black capped Gnatcatchers that are being reported from the Florida Wash/Corral area, which is on the road up from Green Valley to Florida Canyon. See e-bird reports for map pinning of this location.
On Thursday, I was at this location with a couple of birders from Missouri. We arrived around 9:15 and saw the pair perhaps about a half hour later, with good looks.
Yesterday, I went up there a little earlier, ( around 9:00 a.m. ) and found the birds with Hans Otto from Tucson shortly thereafter. We had brief but definitive looks. After that, the birds were absent over the next hour or so, ( when I left ).
Today, cranking the clock back a bit further I was on site at 8:30, and saw the birds immediately over the next half hour in the local Mesquite, after which they " disappeared ", and could not be relocated by the time I left at 10:00 a.m.
So, not " rocket science ", and perhaps, as to be expected, earlier is better. There is an obvious brush pile located across the fence looking into the Univ. of Arizona Research facility. There was a lot of back and forth activity from this brush pile today with a variety of species, including the Black capped Gnatcatchers. Once again, " not a quantum leap ", but it seems like a lot of birds are using this for shelter, roosting. They seem to be starting their days off from there, and venturing out from this location to other foraging locations. There is also a full water tank nearby. Not sure how passerines might be able to use this water source, but there is definitely a lot of stored water there. The nice thing about this location is that the vegetation is not particularly high, and you can position yourself close to the fence line to look at the Mesquite with the sun at your back. Cheers, Thor

Thor Manson
Green Valley

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Date: 11/16/19 1:26 pm
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Central AZ: Buckeye - Brown Pelican
Forwarded for Dean Luehrs:

--
Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Dean Luehrs <deanluehrs...>
Date: Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 2:20 PM

Could you please announce on the listserve that a brown pelican together
with about 200 white pelicans was seen at the ponds on Lower River Road
outside of Buckeye about 10 am by Donna Smith and Dean Luehrs?

Dean Luehrs

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Date: 11/15/19 7:54 pm
From: Betsy Checchia <betsy.checchia...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ -- Mt. Lemmon Today: Townsend's Solitaire and Golden-crowned Kinglet
This morning at 8:15 I birded the top of Mt. Bigelow, around the antenna
farm. I had a Townsend's Solitaire across the road from the antennas.
Also saw all 3 nuthatches and a Red-naped Sapsucker.

At 9:30 I went up to Summerhaven and walked up Turkey Run Road to the
bottom of the ski run. About halfway up I found a mixed flock that
included 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, plus Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Mt.
Chickadees, all 3 nuthatches, Brown Creepers and Bushtits. There was a
separate flock of about 30 Pine Siskins not far from the Summerhaven Post
Office.

Complete lists will be on eBird tomorrow.

Betsy Checchia
Tucson, AZ

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Date: 11/15/19 7:20 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 15 November 2019
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 15, 2019; the next update will be made on
November 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.

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

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

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
*ROSE-THROATED BECARD
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Gray Catbird
#Brown Thrasher
#Chestnut-sided Warbler
#Prothonotary Warbler
#Rufous-capped Warbler
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Golden-crowned Sparrow

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued on the west bank of the river about
0.1 north of the Tubac bridge this week (m.ob.).
A *ROSE-THROATED BECARD was reported at Rancho Santa Cruz on 11/15 (Jim
Karp).

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued this week (m.ob.) near the
intersection of Greene Reservoir and Curry Rds.

WHITEWATER DRAW
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued on 11/10 (m.ob.) at Whitewater Draw Wildlife
Area along the dike.

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported on 11/12
(Elizabeth Rohde).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) a
#CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported on 11/14 (Matt VanWallene) #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the
east end of the lake.

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the
Florida Canyon parking area and a short distance up the trail, and at the
old corral at FR488 & 62A. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible
to enter the research station to see these birds. A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was
reported on 11/9 (Ken Blamkenship)
At Canoa Ranch Conservation Park a #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported again
this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.

BENSON area
A #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER and two #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were reported
again along the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park on
11/15 (Ken Blankenship, Allee Forsberg).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
In Portal, a #GRAY CATBIRD was reported again from a yard along West Portal
Peak Road on 11/13 (Narca Moore-Craig).
A #GRAY CATBIRD continued from Bob Rodriques's yard (
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L994658) on 11/14, and a #GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW was reported on 11/13 (Bob Rodrigues).
A #PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was photographed in a yard in Whitetail Canyon on
11/10 (Rick Taylor).

GRAHAM COUNTY
A #BROWN THRASHER was photographed near the island at Roper Lake SP on
11/13 (Kelly Wright).

TUCSON area
A #CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was photographed at San Lucas Community Park in
Marana (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L10133704) on 11/9 (Andrew Core) and
continued on 11/10 (Jim Krakowski).

NOGALES area
#RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued in Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito
Mountains (Atascosa Highlands) on 11/13 (Richard Fray); two have been seen
1/2 mile from the trailhead at the confluence with Montana Canyon and
another pair was further downstream just before the Upper Box area.


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 http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

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

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

ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT 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/Garrison/DES/physical-security/access-control.
The Visitor Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The
fort is an active military installation and will suspend your driving
privileges on Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a
cell phone while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry
requirements (subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a
background check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in
the vehicle at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and
insurance as well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved
military escort; contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra
Vista Visitor's Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS
NOTE: apparently some states driver's licenses do not meet federal
requirements for base entry (KY, ME, MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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Date: 11/14/19 3:39 pm
From: Thor Manson <thormanson...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Black capped Gnatcatchers Florida Wash
Hi Birders: Had a fun morning today out with Bill and Margaret Rowe from St. Louis Missouri. A number of years back Bill helped me get on my lifer Eurasian Tree Sparrow in his neck of the woods, so I was happy to return the favor for his targeted bird; Black capped Gnatcatcher.
Based on recent reports, we could have chosen a variety of places to look, but chose to start off with the Florida Wash area en route to Florida Canyon. This section of the wash is located besides a corral just past the junction of Rd. 488 and East White House Canyon Road; ( see e-bird map attached to recent sightings of the bird here ). When we got there around 9:15 a.m. three other birders were already on site, and had located a pair of Black capped Gnatcatchers, although they were not currently around, and had been reported flying across the road. After the other birders left we proceeded to thrash around in the Mesquite habitat. As is often the case, if we had just stayed in the original location by the corral, we would have better off, as when we got back to that location we soon got on the pair. As Bill has reported on e-bird we had great looks over a fairly extended time period, some at eye level. We also looked a short distance up Florida Canyon itself, another usual location for this bird, but didn't see them there. Cheers, Thor

Thor Manson
Green Valley

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Date: 11/14/19 8:52 am
From: Bob Rodrigues <brod410...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Portal Foothills Road feeders Golden-crowned Sparrow
Hi folks,
Late morning yesterday I had a Golden-crowned Sparrow on the rock wall in
front of the house. A small amount of gold/yellow color was visible on the
crown with some blackish feathers on either side. It appeared to be in
first year winter plumage. This morning the sparrow showed up at the
feeders in the public area. I assume it was the same bird as yesterday
although it appeared to be a bit brighter than yesterday's bird.
The Gray Catbird which has been around for a couple weeks also showed up at
the water feature in the public area this morning, and I am continuing to
see our Rufous-winged Sparrow on and off at the house and in the public
area. All for now.

Bob

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Date: 11/13/19 7:40 pm
From: <drdaveandlindasue...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] San Pedro House bird walk 11/13
The 11 participants on today's bird walk recorded 47 species. The highlight
was a White-throated sparrow at the feeder in front of the bookstore.



Bird walks at the San Pedro House will take place every Wednesday of the
month and every 4th Saturday of the month through the end of May. During
October the walks start promptly at 8:00 a.m. The walks last approximately 3
hours. The San Pedro House is located on the south side of State Route 90
immediately west of the San Pedro River (about 6 miles east of Sierra
Vista).



David Wood








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Date: 11/13/19 2:01 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ possible Red-shouldered Hawk at Coon Bluff Rec Area
P.S. I should have made it clear the described cottonwoods are all off the
East trail. They are not across the river.
Lindsay Story
Mesa AZ

On Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 2:24 PM Lindsay Story <lsbirder...> wrote:

> Coon Bluff Rec Area north of Mesa AZ was gorgeous today. I birded 5
> hours, with much of my time following horse trails east of the main picnic
> area woods. Those who know me realize I am a visual birder, so
> vocalizations are not usually my thing. However, I heard what really
> sounded like a Red-shouldered Hawk off the east/upriver trail. The bird
> was doing that kee-aah sound that drops in pitch at the end. Frankly, this
> call always sounds like a hurt animal to me. I am posting so someone with
> better ears and better luck can at least watch for anything unusual. The
> call source was somewhere in that bundle of big cottonwoods set off the
> river a bit, across the sandy wash and just before the grassy climb up the
> embankment. These trees are about even with the 0.5 mile mark when headed
> upriver from the dirt fishing ramp that is in the NE corner of the main
> woods. If you take the first trail to the river when you first reach paved
> parking (i.e., by first bathroom), you run into what I call the dirt ramp.
> ...Tamarisk is turning golden all along the river, while purple blooms of
> verbena are underfoot. The east trail was my busiest area, with a pair of
> Belted Kingfishers cavorting, 3 Spotted Sandpipers bobbing, 2 Red-naped
> Sapsuckers making noise, and Northern Flickers flashing color in flight.
> Lot of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Wilson's Snipe,
> and more (34 species) kept me busy and happy.
>
> Lindsay Story
> Mesa AZ
>
> The eBird site for this location is Salt River--Coon Bluff Recreation
> Area. From Mesa AZ, take either Power Rd or Ellsworth/Usery Pass Rd
> north. The Coon Bluff entrance is on Bush Hwy between the two cited Mesa
> roads. It is about a mile west of the Bush Hwy/Usery Pass Rd/Goldfield Rec
> Area 4-way stop.
> You will need a Tonto Pass, national park pass, or the Senior Card version
> of the latter. Tonto day passes are sold at many Mesa grocery stores and
> gas stations. Watch for a white sandwich board saying "Tonto Pass Sold
> Here".
>

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Date: 11/13/19 1:24 pm
From: Lindsay Story <lsbirder...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] CEAZ possible Red-shouldered Hawk at Coon Bluff Rec Area
Coon Bluff Rec Area north of Mesa AZ was gorgeous today. I birded 5 hours,
with much of my time following horse trails east of the main picnic area
woods. Those who know me realize I am a visual birder, so vocalizations
are not usually my thing. However, I heard what really sounded like a
Red-shouldered Hawk off the east/upriver trail. The bird was doing that
kee-aah sound that drops in pitch at the end. Frankly, this call always
sounds like a hurt animal to me. I am posting so someone with better ears
and better luck can at least watch for anything unusual. The call source
was somewhere in that bundle of big cottonwoods set off the river a bit,
across the sandy wash and just before the grassy climb up the embankment.
These trees are about even with the 0.5 mile mark when headed upriver from
the dirt fishing ramp that is in the NE corner of the main woods. If you
take the first trail to the river when you first reach paved parking (i.e.,
by first bathroom), you run into what I call the dirt ramp. ...Tamarisk is
turning golden all along the river, while purple blooms of verbena are
underfoot. The east trail was my busiest area, with a pair of Belted
Kingfishers cavorting, 3 Spotted Sandpipers bobbing, 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers
making noise, and Northern Flickers flashing color in flight. Lot of
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Wilson's Snipe, and
more (34 species) kept me busy and happy.

Lindsay Story
Mesa AZ

The eBird site for this location is Salt River--Coon Bluff Recreation
Area. From Mesa AZ, take either Power Rd or Ellsworth/Usery Pass Rd
north. The Coon Bluff entrance is on Bush Hwy between the two cited Mesa
roads. It is about a mile west of the Bush Hwy/Usery Pass Rd/Goldfield Rec
Area 4-way stop.
You will need a Tonto Pass, national park pass, or the Senior Card version
of the latter. Tonto day passes are sold at many Mesa grocery stores and
gas stations. Watch for a white sandwich board saying "Tonto Pass Sold
Here".

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Date: 11/12/19 12:56 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] WAZ: Lesser Black-backed Gull Bill Williams
This morning 12 Nov I found a juvenile LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL while scanning the Bill Williams arm of Lake Havasu from the Bill Williams River NWR HQ. The bird suddenly flew in and feed on a dead fish for a while before being flushed by a kayaker when it took off flying toward Havasu Springs and out of sight. It may stick around in which case Havasu Springs would be a good place to check along with scanning from the NWR HQ. Greater Scaup and Barrow's Goldeneyes have also arrived. Good birding.
David Vander PluymLake Havasu City
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Date: 11/10/19 11:41 pm
From: Derik Bowen <rocketguy66...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Greenlee County, AZ)
This evening while returning from a day birding in Greenlee County my wife
and I did some full moon owling in Apache National Forest. We specifically
went looking for Northern Saw-Whet Owls and were successful with one very
vocal Northern Saw-Whet that we got to see and listen to off and on for close
to an hour. There was likely a second one vocalizing but it was hard to be
certain.

See linked ebird report for more details (Audio and a couple of poor
photos to be added later).

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61354031

-Derik Bowen

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Date: 11/10/19 7:06 pm
From: Clifford Cathers <azbirding...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:11/09/19:Whitewater Draw and Cochise Lakes
I set out on a long drive Saturday morning to check on Whitewater Draw and other Cochise County spots.  I found the entire route to be quite bird-less, much quieter than normal, other then the every-other-pole RED-TAILED HAWKs of course.



The best bird of the day was probably the PRAIRIE FALCON pole top along Coffman Road.  If i had to guess SANDHILL CRANE numbers at the wildlife area, I'd say 13,169, almost all of them along the western edge of the main draw.  Good numbers came in almost the entire noonish and after time frame I was there, but I'm guessing their loafing times are being delayed by ample food in the valley, with more corn than I've ever seen grown along the route south of I-10.   Other birds at the draw included GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SORA, BLACK and SAY'S PHOEBEs, MARSH WREN, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, VERMILION FLYCATCHER, PYRRHULOXIA and a few others, again, other than the cranes, very quiet in general.  The "lake" or pond closest to the parking area is essentially dry now and overgrown with weeds.



At Coronado Dairy, a BELTED KINGFISHER was patrolling the pond.



Willcox Cochise Lakes was at the lowest level I've seen in my 28 years here in the southwest.  LEAST SANDPIPERs were standing in the remaining water far from shore and still had legs showing.  The entire north and western part of the pond is completely dried up and overgrown with weeds and the main portion of the lake is quickly yielding shoreline.  The only bird of note was a white goose which through binoculars (I didn't have my scope) appeared to be a SNOW GOOSE, though I could be talked out of it because of distance (the bill and the goose looked larger than a Ross's).  Among the puddle ducks were a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER, 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERs and a few EARED GREBEs.



Clifford A. Cathers

Vail, AZ
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Date: 11/10/19 6:29 pm
From: Erika Wilson <terika88...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Sierra Vista EOP--10 Nov 2019
Hi, birders,

Ten people walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning. Overall a quiet
morning, with a list of 68 species; adding in four pre-dawn birds, the
final tally was 72 species.

A full complement of ducks were noted today, with 11 species, including
250+ Am. Wigeon in one flock in the flooded grasses at Moson Road. N.
Pintail and Gadwall numbers have doubled, and two Lesser Scaup were noted.

Behavioral highlight was watching an adult Peregrine Falcon hunting ducks.
Its stoops were unsuccessful, but it was interesting to watch its speed and
maneuvers. Also spotted was a fast-moving Merlin over the weedy fields. Two
latish Cassin's Kingbirds were seen, as was a single Barn Swallow.

Ten sparrow and towhee species were found, with Savannah Sparrow the most
numerous at 60+. Impressive were the 22 Lincoln's Sparrows, outnumbering
Song Sparrows this morning. A big flock of Western Meadowlarks were noted
(128) as they passed by the ramada overlook platform in waves at the
beginning of the walk.

Walks at the Sierra Vista EOP take place every Sunday, with the group
leaving promptly at 8 a.m. during the winter months (Nov-Feb). Arrive early
to sign in, securing your place on this walk behind locked gates.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

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Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ

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Date: 11/10/19 3:57 pm
From: David Vander Pluym <scre...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZFO: New Photos of Sooty and Red Fox Sparrows
Field Ornithologists,  Bruce White contributed photos of Sooty and Red Fox Sparrow.  Thanks Bruce!  Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos.  It makes our job a lot easier and ensures your photos will be posted more quickly.   The AZFO Photo Gallery is found at:http://www.azfo.orgclick on "Photo Documentation"  The AZFO Sound Library of sound recordings is found at:http://www.azfo.orgclick on "Sounds Library". Note that the Sound Library cannot accept new submissions at this time.  Arizona Field Ornithologists welcomes Arizona rarity photo contributions from all photographers throughout the state.  Use our online form to submit photos:http://www.azfo.org/gallery/PhotoContribution.html  If you enjoy the AZFO web site, please consider joining AZFO and supporting our other activities.  Details on the web site.  We strive for accuracy.  Please email any corrections to postings to the photo editors.  Lauren Harter and David Vander PluymAZFO Photo Editors
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