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Black-bellied Plover,©Barry Kent Mackay

5 Apr CEAZ Prescott: Neotropic, Franklin's - 4/5/14 [Steve Ritt ]
01 Apr SE AZ: FOS River Walk from Casa de San Pedro [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
30 Mar SE AZ: Two days in the Huachuca Mts. [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
23 Feb SE AZ: Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Bisbee [Wood/Williamson ]
6 Feb Rufous-capped Warblers - Florida Canyon [Gavin Bieber ]
6 Feb Sinaloa Wren - Ft. Huachuca [Gavin Bieber ]
11 Jan American crows in Eloy [Gavin Bieber ]
10 Jan Rufous-capped Warblers - Florida Canyon [Gavin Bieber ]
22 Nov Re: Kennedy park [Jeremy Medina ]
22 Nov Kennedy park [Peter Salomon ]
18 Nov Huachuca Canyon: Pacific Wren - 11/18/13 []
14 Nov 11.14.13 AZ Tempe Summer Tanager [Brian Enos ]
14 Nov SEAZ: Gertrudis Lane and Amado STP [Dennis Braddy ]
12 Nov SEAZ: Gertrudis Black-and-white Warbler Continues [Dennis Braddy ]
12 Nov SEAZ: Green Kingfisher Continues at Santa Gertrudis [Dennis Braddy ]
31 Oct SEAZ: Photo of Madera Canyon Red-breasted Sapsucker [Dennis Braddy ]
28 Oct SEAZ: Madera Red-breasted Sapsucker [Dennis Braddy ]
27 Oct SEAZ: White-tailed Kites in San Rafael Valley [Dennis Braddy ]
25 Oct SEAZ: Townsend's Solitaires at Peppersauce and Nugget Canyons [Dennis Braddy ]
24 Oct SEAZ: Madera Canyon Williamson's Sapsucker Continues [Dennis Braddy ]
22 Oct CEAZ: Thrasher Corner, Glendale Recharge Ponds, Tres Rios [Dennis Braddy ]
21 Oct SEAZ: Mt. Lemmon Cassin's Finches [Dennis Braddy ]
18 Oct SEAZ: Santa Cruz Flats Crested Caracara, Mountain Plover, Western Grebe [Dennis Braddy ]
17 Oct SEAZ: Eastern Bluebird and Golden Eagle Near Harshaw Townsite [Dennis Braddy ]
13 Oct Re: SEAZ: Clark's Nutcrackers [Dennis Braddy ]
08 Oct 10.04.13: FOS White-crowned Sparrow - and Free Old AZ Highways magazines [Brian Enos ]
08 Oct Western Grebe Continues at CAP Recharge Pond [Dennis Braddy ]
07 Oct SEAZ: Reid Park Rufous-backed Robin [Dennis Braddy ]
03 Oct SEAZ: Reid Park [Dennis Braddy ]
27 Sep SEAZ: Mt. Lemmon American Restart [Dennis Braddy ]
25 Sep SEAZ: Santa Cruz River South of Tubac Bridge [Dennis Braddy ]
18 Sep Sweetwater Wetlands [Dennis Braddy ]
18 Sep Sweetwater Black-bellied Plover [Dennis Braddy ]
12 Sep SEAZ: Benson and Willcox [Dennis Braddy ]
07 Sep Re: Sweetwater Wetlands this morning-Northern Waterthrush [Dennis Braddy ]
04 Sep Re: Rufous-capped Warblers Upper Hunter Canyon, Huachuca Mts. [Dennis Braddy ]
04 Sep Re: SEAZ: Sinaloa Wren - Huachuca Canyon 09/02/2013 [Dennis Braddy ]
01 Sep Re: Carr Canyon Starthroat [Dennis Braddy ]
13 Jun AZNM Tucson: Mourning Dove vs Cooper's Hawk [Dennis Braddy ]
7 Jun Re: SE AZ: Santa Cruz and Pima Counties [Darlene ]
07 Jun Re: SE AZ: Santa Cruz and Pima Counties [Dennis Braddy ]
04 Jun SEAZ Tucson: Cooper's Hawk Nest [Dennis Braddy ]
22 May SEAZ Tucson: Cooper's Hawk Nest [Dennis Braddy ]
02 May SE AZ: Elves and Whiskers in the Huachucas [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
28 Apr TUCSON: Photos of Backyard COOPER'S HAWK [Dennis Braddy ]
26 Apr SEAZ: Photos of Backyard NORTHERN GOSHAWK [Dennis Braddy ]
25 Apr SE AZ: NORTHERN GOSHAWK Video [Dennis Braddy ]
24 Apr SE AZ: NORTHERN GOSHAWK at BBO [Dennis Braddy ]
24 Apr SE AZ: CRESCENT-CHESTED WARBLER at Beatty's Guest Ranch [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
21 Mar Re: FOS White-winged Doves in Tempe? [Brian Enos ]
29 Dec SE AZ: Hawk Stalking in the Sulphur Springs Valley [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
28 Dec SE AZ: Whitewater Draw and vicinity [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
22 Dec Harris Hawks, Sabino Canyon, Tucson Area ["Clait E. Braun" ]
2 Dec NM: ABQ Lesser Black-backed Gull [Michael Hilchey ]
30 Nov Birding the Salt River Circuit-Mesa,AZ ["Phyllis B. Martin" ]
1 Dec CEAZ: Maricopa County, LEUCISTIC CORMORANT [Gordon Karre ]
1 Dec SEAZ (Hereford) 12/1 No. Cardinal & Lark Buntings [Tom Leskiw ]
30 Nov WAZ: FWD Lesser Black-backed Gull and Winter Wren [David Vander Pluym ]
30 Nov RBA Tucson, AZ - 30 November 2012 [Andrew Core ]
1 Dec SEAZ: Florida Canyon RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERs continue 12/1/2012 [Laurens Halsey ]
30 Nov WAZ: Lesser Black-backed Gull [Lauren Harter ]
2 Dec SEAZ: Sabino Canyon, Rufous-backed Robin, 12/02/12 [Melody Kehl ]
30 Nov SEAZ: Ruddy Ground Dove, Whitewater Draw [Rick Taylor ]
2 Dec RBA Tucson, AZ - 2 December 2012 [Andrew Core ]
2 Dec Unsuscribe [Vernon Gauthier ]
02 Dec DIGEST [John McLain ]
2 Dec WAZ: Nutting's Flycatcher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Winter Wren(s) [Lauren Harter ]
30 Nov RFI: Re: Sabino Canyon Robin location [Julie & Chuck ]
30 Nov AZ:11/30/12:Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve ["Clifford A. Cathers" ]
30 Nov AZ: Sabino creek Rufus Back Robin still there [Anthony Mendoza ]
30 Nov WAZ: NUTTING's FLYCATCHER is back! [David Vander Pluym ]
30 Nov female Amer goldfinch in east Tucson [Jamie Massey ]
29 Nov Re: CEAZ: Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch -SRP changes along canal etc [Diana Stuart - FCDX ]
29 Nov SEAZ: Tubac - Lewis's Woodpecker 11/29/2012 [Laurens Halsey ]
29 Nov CEAZ: Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch -SRP changes along canal etc [Lindsay Story ]
29 Nov SEAZ: Rufous-backed Robin - Sabino Canyon - YES 11/29/12 p.m. [Jake Mohlmann ]

Subject: CEAZ Prescott: Neotropic, Franklin's - 4/5/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:25:28 -0700
I'm not sure how unusual these are around Prescott right now, but I found
the following of interest today:

Watson Lake:
Neotropic Cormorant - 1 imm.
Franklin's Gull - 1 adult

Willow Creek Reservoir:
Franklin's Gull - 2 adults
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 imm.

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Subject: SE AZ: FOS River Walk from Casa de San Pedro
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT sabo.org>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:16:10 -0700
Greetings, neighbors,

A dozen birders gathered from near and far to join Tom Wood and me for the 
first 

River Walk of the season. It was a breezy, cool morning, but that didn't dampen 

the bird activity or our enthusiasm. Between the trails on the San Pedro 
Riparian National Conservation Area and the feeders and plantings at the B&B, 
we 

tallied 49 bird species plus three uncertainties and an interesting intergrade:

Gambel's Quail  1
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk  1
Gray Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
White-winged Dove  X
Mourning Dove  X
Common Ground-Dove  1 flyby at Casa
Greater Roadrunner  1 at Casa after walk
Black-chinned Hummingbird  3
Anna's Hummingbird  1 at the Magic Bend
Rufous Hummingbird  1
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird  1
Broad-billed Hummingbird  2
Gila Woodpecker  10
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1 heard
American Kestrel  1
falcon sp. (poss. Merlin)
Hammond's Flycatcher  1
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher 1 silent
Black Phoebe  2 fighting with male Vermilion
Say's Phoebe  1
Vermilion Flycatcher  9 minimum
Cassin's Kingbird  4 mostly heard
raven sp.  2
Violet-green Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch  1 heard
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  1
Bewick's Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  8
Curve-billed Thrasher  1 at Casa after walk
Northern Mockingbird  1 at Casa after walk
Orange-crowned Warbler  4
Lucy's Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  4
"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Audubon's x Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler  1 male
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1 male
Green-tailed Towhee  2
Abert's Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Brewer's Sparrow  4
Vesper Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  6
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)  at Casa after walk
Western Tanager  1 ASY male, stunning color
Pyrrhuloxia  2 at Casa after walk
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Bullock's Oriole  1
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Black-throated Brown Warbler

Blooming Desert Evening Primrose (Oenothera primiveris), a couple of 
spectacular 

Fiery Searcher beetles (Calosoma scrutator), an obliviously amorous pair of 
Pinacate Beetles (Eleodes obscurus), and a light rain of tent caterpillars and 
their frass added to the morning's excitement.

Thanks as always to our participants for their enthusiasm and teamwork, Casa's 
owners and hosts Karl and Patrick for their hospitality, and the BLM for 
protecting and managing this natural treasure on our behalf.

Good birding!

Sheri L. Williamson, Director
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
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Subject: SE AZ: Two days in the Huachuca Mts.
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT sabo.org>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:56:21 -0700
Greetings, neighbors,

I spent most of the previous two glorious days in the field with Floridians 
David and Tammy McQuade, guests of Casa de San Pedro B&B on their first visit 
to 

southeastern Arizona. It was a privilege to help these relatively new but 
passionate birders achieve two milestones: 500 life and 400 ABA area. Here are 
our sightings by location, to the best of my recollection:

Neighborhoods west of SR 92:
Gambel's Quail
Mourning Dove
White-winged Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Greater Roadrunner - several
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Say's Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird
Verdin
Cactus Wren
Curve-billed Thrasher
Canyon Towhee
Lark Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Huachuca Canyon and vicinity:
Great Blue Heron
"Fuertes's" Red-tailed Hawk
Acorn Woodpecker
Arizona Woodpecker
"Red-shafted" Northern Flicker
Dusky Flycatcher
Buff-breasted Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Hutton's Vireo
Mexican Jay
Western Scrub-Jay (heard)
Bridled Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Townsend's Solitaire
Lucy's Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Painted Redstart
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
"Gray-headed" Dark-eyed Junco
Pyrrhuloxia
Hepatic Tanager
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Sierra Vista EOP and vicinity:
Gadwall
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Ruddy Duck
Scaled Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Greater Roadrunner
American Kestrel
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Marsh Wren (heard)
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Sparrow

Miller Canyon:
Montezuma Quail (heard)
Turkey Vulture
Northern Goshawk
Spotted Owl
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker (heard)
Arizona Woodpecker
Greater Pewee
Hutton's Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Mexican Jay
Common Raven (heard)
Bridled Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Rock Wren - pair
Canyon Wren - nest-building
"Brown-throated" House Wren - many
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Curve-billed Thrasher - at Beatty's
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Grace's Warbler (heard)
Painted Redstart
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Elsewhere:
Great Horned Owl (heard)
Elf Owl (heard)
Whiskered Screech-Owl (heard)
Mourning Dove
Common Poorwill (heard)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Chihuahuan Raven
Brewer's Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
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Good birding,

Sheri L. Williamson, Director
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
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Subject: SE AZ: Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Bisbee
From: Wood/Williamson <sabobird AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:58:50 -0700
Good morning, neighbors,

I almost did a spit-take with my morning coffee when I spotted the subject bird 

among the rapidly expanding leaves of the cottonwood trees across the wash from 

our house. It appeared to be a second-year male, combining black and white body 

plumage and an insanely vivid pink ascot with the bold face pattern of a 
juvenile male.

Other signs of spring this morning include an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER foraging 
among the blossoms of our plum tree and almost continuous singing from the 
resident male NORTHERN CARDINAL and PYRRHULOXIA. A female RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER 
was working the twigs of the same cottonwood the grosbeak was foraging in, and 
two male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS and a male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD that have 
stayed with us through this mild, mild winter were jousting around the feeders.

Good birding,

Sheri L. Williamson
Bisbee, Arizona
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Subject: Rufous-capped Warblers - Florida Canyon
From: Gavin Bieber <kingbird77 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:50:27 -0700
Despite the overcast and cool conditions 49 degrees in the mid-afternoon a pair 
of Rufous-capped Warblers were seen about 10m above the dam on the west side if 
the canyon. The birds were quietly chipping back and forth just after 2pm. A 
male Trogon was found near the parking lot, perched in one if the stream side 
oak trees, and a male Hepatic Tanager was perched up in a bare tree at the 
north end of the parking lot. 



Happy Birding!

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Subject: Sinaloa Wren - Ft. Huachuca
From: Gavin Bieber <kingbird77 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:52:24 -0700
The previously reported Sinaloan Wren was present on Fort Huachuca. The bird 
was foraging on the ground at 1130am well downstream from the normal location, 
just downstream from where a dirt road crosses the creek, about 160 yards past 
the yellow gate. Thus us approximately .15 miles downstream from the bridge. 
The Bird was not vocalizing and was seen in the company of juncos and several 
Bewick's Wrens. 

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Subject: American crows in Eloy
From: Gavin Bieber <kingbird77 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:37:58 -0700
Hello birders,
 While driving to Phoenix from Tucson I noticed a small group of American crows 
in the pecan farm along interstate 10 near Eloy, near mile marker 209. 


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Subject: Rufous-capped Warblers - Florida Canyon
From: Gavin Bieber <kingbird77 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:36:54 -0700
At least 3, possibly 4 RCWA's seen this morning (11am). One vocal pair just 
below the dam and another single or pair silently foraging about 300m above the 
dam. Many hermit thrushes and black-chinned Sparrows were in the canyon. One 
Townsend's Solitaire was seen over the work station and a Black-capped 
Gnatcatcher was heard on the ocotillo covered slope to the east of the gate. 


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Subject: Re: Kennedy park
From: Jeremy Medina <jmedina1 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:21:12 -0700
Bonaparte's Gulls just flew high and out of sight to the northeast. Male Hooded 
Merganser and Western Grebe present. 


Jeremy Medina

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Subject: Kennedy park
From: Peter Salomon <petersalomon AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:30:58 -0700
6 Bonaparte's gulls
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Subject: Huachuca Canyon: Pacific Wren - 11/18/13
From: stevenmritt AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:29:42 -0700
A dark, vocal Pacific Wren is now at the end of Huachuca Canyon (3:15 pm). It 
likes the Poison Oak patch that is between the juniper and large sycamore, 
above the shed and fenced enclosure. I think my pics are worthless so far. 


Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC / San Diego, CA

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Subject: 11.14.13 AZ Tempe Summer Tanager
From: Brian Enos <brian AT brianenos.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:55:39 -0700
Although I haven't yet gotten a visual, twice, in the last three days,
I've heard the distinctive call sound of a Summer Tanager. (In my 'hood in
Tempe, SW of Mill and University).

Brian

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Subject: SEAZ: Gertrudis Lane and Amado STP
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:09:47 -0700
We found the continuing BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER on the Santa Cruz River south 
of Gertrudis Lane. We did not see the Green Kingfisher. 


A SNOW GOOSE and several BRONZED COWBIRDS were at Amado Sewage Treatment Pond. 

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Subject: SEAZ: Gertrudis Black-and-white Warbler Continues
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:17:31 -0700
The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER is in a large mixed flock on the Santa Cruz River 
1/4 mile south of the Santa Gertrudis crossing. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Green Kingfisher Continues at Santa Gertrudis
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:08:35 -0700
I decided to check the river crossing before starting on the Anza Trail at 
Santa Gertrudis Lane this morning at 6:50 AM. Instant gratification. The GREEN 
KINGFISHER was perched on a tree limb over the water 15 yards north of the 
crossing. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Photo of Madera Canyon Red-breasted Sapsucker
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:58:04 -0700
Here’s a photo of the Red-breasted Sapsucker at Whitehouse Picnic Area in 
Madera Canyon. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Madera Red-breasted Sapsucker
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:41:45 -0700
Pat and I and John Higgins just saw the continuing RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at 
Whitehouse Picnic Area in Madera Canyon. Park in the last parking spot on the 
left and look directly back along the passenger side of your car. Look for a 
Mesquite about 30 feet off the pavement with sapsucker holes in the trunk and 
lowest branch to the left. 


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Subject: SEAZ: White-tailed Kites in San Rafael Valley
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:12:59 -0700
This morning in San Rafael Valley a bit east of the signed intersection of 
Harshaw Canyon Rd and Meadow Valley Rd, Pat and I scoped 2 WHITE-TAILED KITES, 
a MERLIN, RED-TAILED HAWKS, male and female NORTHERN HARRIERS, and several 
AMERICAN KESTRELS. A mile and a quarter west of the intersection we added 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. We did not see the Blue Jay reported at this location. 


Digiscope of White-tailed Kite

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Subject: SEAZ: Townsend's Solitaires at Peppersauce and Nugget Canyons
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:58:29 -0700
Following up on Doug Jenness’s recent report Pat and I drove out to Peppersauce 
and Nugget Canyons near Oracle this morning. We saw 3 or 4 TOWNSEND’S 
SOLITAIRES in each canyon and heard twice as many calling/singing. Though Pat 
heard one solitaire from the Peppersauce Campground, most of the action was a 
1/4 to 1/2 mile up the road starting across Mt. Lemmon Rd from the campground. 
Unless you’re on an ATV or horse walk up the road/trail past the camping 
hunters. Nugget Canyon, a couple of miles up Mt. Lemmon Rd from Peppersauce, is 
a narrower canyon accessed by foot trail. We had just as many solitaires there, 
but in a more compressed area. If nothing but Townsend’s Solitaire will do, 
this is the place. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Madera Canyon Williamson's Sapsucker Continues
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:10:02 -0700
Pat and I and 5 other birders were on hand when the continuing male 
WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER showed up at Madera Kubo about 10:00 AM today. He spent 
most of his time on the trunk of an oak behind the pyracantha bush across the 
street from the gift shop, making occasional forays for pyracantha berries. 
CEDAR WAXWING, HERMIT THRUSH, and RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER were also in the area. 


We did not see Lewis’s Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, or Red-breasted Sapsucker in 
any of the previously reported locations. With the help of 2 other birders we 
did find BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, and PAINTED REDSTART 
in a single mixed flock along the trail below Madera Canyon Picnic Area. At 
Whitehouse Picnic Area we saw male and female HEPATIC TANAGERS in a tree 
adjacent to the covered picnic tables. 


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Subject: CEAZ: Thrasher Corner, Glendale Recharge Ponds, Tres Rios
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:18:57 -0700
Pat and I drove up to the Phoenix area this morning and birded Thrasher Corner 
(Baseline Rd and Salome Hwy), Glendale Recharge Ponds 5 and 6, Tres Rios 
Overbank Wetlands, and parts in between. At Thrasher Corner we had SAGEBRUSH 
SPARROW (2), BENDIRE'S THRASHER (1+), CRISSAL THRASHER (1+), and LE CONTE'S 
THRASHER (2). Sagebrush Sparrow and Le Conte's Thrasher were our target birds. 
Later we added CURVE-BILLED THRASHER for a 4-thrasher day. We stopped to scope 
some shorebirds in a partially flooded field beside Baseline Rd not far from 
Thrasher Corner and found a DUNLIN, one of our target birds. We also had a 
DUNLIN in Glendale Recharge Pond 6. We dipped on the reported Lesser Scaup. We 
also missed Least Bittern, our target bird for Tres Rios. We had a total 78 
species for the day. 


We returned home in time to find a DARK-EYED JUNCO (Gray-headed form) in our 
backyard, elevation 2805 ft. It was yard bird #70 in 7 months of living in a 
desert scrub biome. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Mt. Lemmon Cassin's Finches
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:50:11 -0700
At 3:30 PM today atop Mt. Lemmon a couple dozen CASSIN'S FINCHes were feeding 
in the tops of conifers just outside Steward Observatory. Park in the lot 
outside the "Authorized Vehicles Only" gate and walk up the pavement to within 
a few yards of the "Authorized Personnel Only" entrance gate where the 
observatory is in clear view. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Santa Cruz Flats Crested Caracara, Mountain Plover, Western Grebe
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:56:07 -0700
In Santa Cruz Flats this morning at 8:00 AM, just after turning west onto E 
Baumgartner Rd from S Cripple Creek Rd, we spotted 2 CRESTED CARACARAs 
northwest of us headed south. Pat dropped the hammer on the Prius so that we 
and the caracaras reached the same point on Baumgartner at the same time. Great 
views. On the south side of E Ellis Rd between S Tweedy Rd and S Curry Rd we 
were surprised to find a lone MOUNTAIN PLOVER standing in the middle of a dirt 
clod-strewn field. A WESTERN GREBE floated motionless in the middle of an 
otherwise unoccupied small pond a quarter mile north of E Ellis Rd on S Tweedy 
Rd. Kind of a surreal tableau. We saw WESTERN MEADOWLARKs and AMERICAN PIPITs 
in multiple locations. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Eastern Bluebird and Golden Eagle Near Harshaw Townsite
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:41:39 -0700
This morning on the way to bird the Harshaw area southeast of Patagonia we 
stopped along AZ 83 north of Sonoita to view some EASTERN MEADOWLARKs. A 
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW popped up onto a fence wire, one of 13 Emberizids on the 
day. 


Most of our 52 species for the morning were tallied along Harshaw Creek Rd. We 
had COMMON GROUND-DOVE and INCA DOVE just past Spirit Tree Inn B&B. Further 
along we heard WESTERN SCREECH-OWL and saw MACGILLIVRAY'S and TOWNSEND'S 
WARBLERs, LAZULI BUNTING, SUMMER TANAGER, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. 


Along the last two mile stretch of Harshaw Rd before Harshaw Townsite we had 
excellent views of a soaring immature GOLDEN EAGLE accompanied by a pygmy 
RED-TAILED HAWK. In a large tree with a treehouse 0.8 miles before Harshaw 
Townsite we had two female EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, our only bluebirds of the day. 


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Subject: Re: SEAZ: Clark's Nutcrackers
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 16:11:19 -0700
We waited about 5 minutes on the pavement above Meadow Trail mentioned in 
previous post before seeing a Clark's Nutcracker at 3:50 PM. It and another are 
still here as I post. 


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> On Oct 13, 2013, at 1:15 PM, Jeremy Medina  wrote:
> 
> At 10:00 this morning 3 CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS continued on the Meadow Trail on 
Mt. Lemmon. 

> 
> For those who don't know where this is:
> 
> Drive to the top of Mt. Lemmon via Catalina HWY 
> Before entering Summerhaven turn right on Ski Run Rd. (Ski Valley)
> Continue past the Iron Door Restaurant
> Park in the lot at the top near the observatory
> Stay left of the towers on Meadow Trail 5A
> Pass large light green building on the right
> Birds were just before fenced area as trail goes left
> 
> Birds came to trees on right side of trail. I was able to walk up onto the 
paved path on the right for almost eye-level views. 

> 
> Good birding,
> Jeremy Medina
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Subject: 10.04.13: FOS White-crowned Sparrow - and Free Old AZ Highways magazines
From: Brian Enos <brian AT brianenos.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:52:11 -0700
I had a first winter subject bird in my yard last Friday afternoon. It
seemed a bit early... And I forgot to post it.

I have 2 fairly large boxes of old AZ Highways magazines - from the
mid-50's time frame, that I will give to the first person that wants them.
Please contact me off the list. I live near the corner of University and
Mill, in Tempe.

Brian

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Subject: Western Grebe Continues at CAP Recharge Pond
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:20:14 -0700
At 2:00 PM the CAP recharge pond on the right side of Milewide Rd 2 miles west 
of Sandario contained a Western Grebe, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Great Blue 
Heron, a Great Egret, and 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons (2 adults and 3 
juveniles). 


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Subject: SEAZ: Reid Park Rufous-backed Robin
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:05:54 -0700
After a 4-hour vigil the RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN flew from the general direction of 
the dog park into a pine overlooking the south side of the Rose Garden at 11:30 
AM. It perched quietly in plain sight for several minutes and was seen by 3 
observers. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Reid Park
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:56:21 -0700
Mid-afternoon we chased the Rufous-backed Robin seen this morning in Reid Park. 
No joy. While strolling through the Rose Garden a Peregrine Falcon flew over 
low, circled once, and continued on its way. Fifty yards south a very big 
Red-tailed Hawk stood in a very small puddle unperturbed by passing park 
visitors and frolicking children. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Mt. Lemmon American Restart
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:15:43 -0700
Just past the gate at the upper end of the Ski Valley parking area on Mt. 
Lemmon we found a mixed flock of 10 species: AMERICAN RESTART, Hermit Warbler, 
Townsend's Warbler, Olive Warbler, Painted Restart, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 
Mountain Chickadee, Stellar's Jay, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Yellow-eyed Junco. 


Dennis and Patricia Braddy
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it." - Mark Twain 

Subject: SEAZ: Santa Cruz River South of Tubac Bridge
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:50:52 -0700
We had 54 species this morning on the Anza Trail south from the Tubac Bridge 
including TENNESSEE WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. We also saw a bullfrog 
take an unlucky LBJ. 


Dennis and Patricia Braddy
Tucson, AZ
Subject: Sweetwater Wetlands
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:47:15 -0700
At 1:30 PM we had the BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a WILSON's SNIPE in the same 
scope view in the westernmost basin at Sweetwater Wetlands. 


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Subject: Sweetwater Black-bellied Plover
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:51:08 -0700
The Sweetwater BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER continues in the west most basin at 11:47 
AM. 


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Subject: SEAZ: Benson and Willcox
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:35:24 -0700
In addition to the regulars at Lake Cochise this morning we had 2 CATTLE 
EGRETS, 2 WHITE-FACED IBISES, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. At Benson Wastewater 
Pond a PRAIRIE FALCON stirred up the usual shorebirds. On I-10 between Willcox 
and Benson we had a fly-by OSPREY. 


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Tucson, AZ

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Subject: Re: Sweetwater Wetlands this morning-Northern Waterthrush
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 13:12:47 -0700
Northern Waterthrush continues in previously reported location at Sweetwater 
Wetlands. 


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On Sep 4, 2013, at 11:21 AM, Debra Finch  wrote:

> I birded Sweetwater Wetlands this morning for about 2.5 hours.
> 
> The highlight was a Northern Waterthrush that was perched low in a willow, 
west and south of the yellow/black posts on the trail that runs north-south in 
the middle of the area. I watched it for 5 minutes, then it flew 2 circles 
around me and flew west. I spent another 30 minutes attempting to relocate it 
but I was unsuccessful. 

> 
> I also was pleased to see 3 MacGillvray's warblers (each in a different 
location, the most confiding being in stand of mesquites at the most southwest 
corner of the Wetlands. I also observed 1 Nashville Warbler. 

> 
> Good birding, 
> 
> Deb Finch
> Tucson
Subject: Re: Rufous-capped Warblers Upper Hunter Canyon, Huachuca Mts.
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:59:00 -0700
At least 2 Rufous-capped Warblers continue at the previously described location 
in Hunter Canyon. 


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On Sep 3, 2013, at 11:27 AM, Peter Sockness  wrote:

> Greetings,
> I returned to upper Hunter Canyon this morning (9/3/13) to see if the RUFOUS-
> CAPPED WARBLERS were still present after seeing them up there last week.  I
> reached the pine/oak canyon that has a bit of running water about 7 a.m. and
> spent almost 2 hours searching and was finally rewarded with at least two
> RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS.  Eight other warbler species were seen including (in
> order of prevalence):  Nashville; Orange-crowned; Wilson's; MacGillivray's;
> Painted Redstart; Black-throated Gray; Hermit; and Townsend's. The area I was 

> in is about 3/4 mile up the trail from the end of Hunter Canyon Road on the
> southeast side of the Huachuca Mts.  The trail is rough, rocky and washed out
> from post fire erosion and lots of silent patience helped in locating the
> subject birds.  I saw two birds together at one time, an adult and possible
> first year bird, so at least two are present.  Also quite a few hummers and
> other upper elevation birds were about.
> 
> Pete Sockness
> Hereford, AZ
Subject: Re: SEAZ: Sinaloa Wren - Huachuca Canyon 09/02/2013
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:55:19 -0700
Sinaloa Wren continues at previous Huachuca Canyon location 7:40 AM. 

Dennis and Patricia Braddy
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On Sep 2, 2013, at 6:44 PM, Joe Woodley  wrote:

> Ron Beck and friends discovered a SINALOA WREN near the picnic area in 
Huachuca Canyon. This spot is less than 0.2 miles beyond the yellow gate where 
the road surface turns from pavement to dirt. This is the exact same spot where 
Ron discovered a Mourning Warbler in June of 2012. 

>  
> I have posted a rather poor video clip at http://youtu.be/_9kBRHVcmp8
>  
> Janet Cunningham got an iPhone recording of the bird singing. It did not sing 
during the 3 hours I was there, but I recorded the ratchet call. 

>  
> The best views were from the road looking down into the stream where the 
stream crosses under the road. 

>  
> This bird is missing most of its tail feathers and is indistinctly marked on 
its face. Perhaps a juvenile bird? 

>  
> If you chase this bird, please remember to sign in AND out at the military 
police station at the intersection of Christy Ave and Boyd Ave. 

> Joe Woodley
> Hereford, AZ
Subject: Re: Carr Canyon Starthroat
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:42:22 -0700
After 8-hours of stakeout in 2 shifts we spotted the Plain-capped Starthroat at 
5:39 PM in a tree near the main feeder. It came to the feeder twice before we 
left. Hank says the starthroat comes to the feeder most often between 4:00 - 
6:00 PM. That is also when overall hummingbird activity was at its peak today. 


Dennis and Patricia Braddy
Tucson, AZ

On Sep 1, 2013, at 7:17 AM, Hank Brodkin  wrote:

> The Plain-capped Starthroat persists in our yard.  Last seen: 6:53 AM.
>  
> Hank Brodkin 
> 3050 E Carr Canyon RD
> Hereford, AZ 85615
> 520-803-9700
> hmdb AT cox.net
Subject: AZNM Tucson: Mourning Dove vs Cooper's Hawk
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:02:11 -0700
Having finished its drink in our backyard birdbath, a Cooper's Hawk perched on 
the top rail of the fence to loaf for a while. He was soon joined by a Mourning 
Dove not 6 feet away. I expected the dove to burst into flames from the 1000° 
stare the Cooper's directed its way. The dove's response was to begin grooming. 
Finally the hawk couldn't stand it anymore and shot directly toward what 
appeared to be an easy meal. Within a second, after a couple of deft maneuvers 
by the dove, the Cooper's Hawk found itself diverging at a right angle from its 
intended prey and broke off pursuit. The incident drove home how critically 
dependent the predator's success is on stealthy ambush and prey panic. So stay 
alert and stay cool out there. 


Dennis Braddy
Tucson

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is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin 

Subject: Re: SE AZ: Santa Cruz and Pima Counties
From: Darlene <dsmyth3 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:59:58 -0700
Dennis has a valid request for all birders. I have been wondering if birder 
behavior or numbers is why the Thick-billed Kingbirds of the Patagonia Roadside 
Rest area and other birds nesting close to their breeding location have left 
their nest sites. 


Perhaps some birders are not aware that for your Life List, certain birds that 
are scarce, nocturnal, or secretive can be "counted" on your Life List if they 
are heard only. 


Hope all enjoy Happy Unobtrusive Birding!

Darlene
Tucson
On Jun 7, 2013, at 10:44 AM, Dennis Braddy wrote:

> On Jun 6, 2013, at 11:33 PM, Richard Fray  wrote:
> 
>> BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR heard at 8:00 p.m. and again at 8:40 p.m. The 
previous etiquette of listening from the road has apparently gone by the 
wayside. 

> 
> I think Richard's comment regarding evolving birding etiquette touches on a 
topic of interest to most birders. Before moving to Tucson in March, Pat and I 
lived and birded in Arkansas for 7 years and northern California before that. 
We've also done some birding in Central and South America. Not surprisingly 
what is considered acceptable birding behavior varies from one region to 
another. 

> 
> As a newcomer to SEAZ I do not propose to lecture this birding community on 
the fine points of birding etiquette. However, every birding community I'm 
familiar with, including this one, has at least informally adopted appropriate 
birding mores. Two common rules of thumb are: 1) Do not endanger the birds and 
2) Do not annoy other birders. 

> 
> Stressing a breeding or migrating or endangered bird or one that is near or 
beyond the limits of its normal distribution arguably endangers the bird and 
may interfere with other birders' opportunity to enjoy it. I respectfully 
suggest that members of this birding community who have not already done so 
consider whether the birding behavior Richard observed is appropriate or not. 

> 
> Dennis Braddy
> 
> "The Americans will do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the 
alternatives." - Winston Churchill. 

> 
Subject: Re: SE AZ: Santa Cruz and Pima Counties
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:44:24 -0700
On Jun 6, 2013, at 11:33 PM, Richard Fray  wrote:

> BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR heard at 8:00 p.m. and again at 8:40 p.m. The previous 
etiquette of listening from the road has apparently gone by the wayside. 


I think Richard's comment regarding evolving birding etiquette touches on a 
topic of interest to most birders. Before moving to Tucson in March, Pat and I 
lived and birded in Arkansas for 7 years and northern California before that. 
We've also done some birding in Central and South America. Not surprisingly 
what is considered acceptable birding behavior varies from one region to 
another. 


As a newcomer to SEAZ I do not propose to lecture this birding community on the 
fine points of birding etiquette. However, every birding community I'm familiar 
with, including this one, has at least informally adopted appropriate birding 
mores. Two common rules of thumb are: 1) Do not endanger the birds and 2) Do 
not annoy other birders. 


Stressing a breeding or migrating or endangered bird or one that is near or 
beyond the limits of its normal distribution arguably endangers the bird and 
may interfere with other birders' opportunity to enjoy it. I respectfully 
suggest that members of this birding community who have not already done so 
consider whether the birding behavior Richard observed is appropriate or not. 


Dennis Braddy

"The Americans will do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the 
alternatives." - Winston Churchill. 

Subject: SEAZ Tucson: Cooper's Hawk Nest
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 08:26:34 -0700
Here's more video of the Cooper's Hawk chicks in the nest in our yard. They've 
grown. 


Dennis Braddy

"The Americans will do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the 
alternatives." - Winston Churchill. 

Subject: SEAZ Tucson: Cooper's Hawk Nest
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 12:12:04 -0700
Here's video taken this morning of a Cooper's Hawk feeding chicks at a nest in 
our yard. 


Dennis Braddy

"Well, these are my principles; if you don't like them I have others." - 
Groucho Marx 

Subject: SE AZ: Elves and Whiskers in the Huachucas
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT sabo.org>
Date: Thu, 02 May 2013 10:02:15 -0700
Howdy, neighbors,

Last night's Fiesta de las Aves Owl Prowl was a spectacular success. Low-impact 

owling on moonless nights can be frustrating, but the ELF OWLS and WHISKERED 
SCREECH-OWLS put on a delightful show for our group. We had the privilege of 
seeing the male Elf present his lady with a tender morsel, and a male Whiskered 

joined his softly tooting mate in a duet over our heads before the two 
fluttered 

away silently through the canopy. The group enjoyed scope-filling views of both 

species.

We heard at least three other Elves and two Whiskereds on our short walk, so 
the 

woods seemed full of owls. After more than a few bad years when the small owls 
had little to eat and little energy for territorial defense and courtship, it 
did our hearts good to see (and hear) them enjoying a more bountiful spring.

Good birding,

Sheri L. Williamson, Director
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
http://www.sabo.org
sabo AT sabo.org
Subject: TUCSON: Photos of Backyard COOPER'S HAWK
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:37:38 -0700
This male COOPER'S HAWK made several unsuccessful attempts at some of our 
backyard birds, including chasing an hysterically calling Curve-billed Thrasher 
round and round a palm tree: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/111309205567337124331/CooperSHawk?authuser=0&feat=directlink. 
A video link will be posted later. 


Dennis and Patricia Braddy
Tucson, AZ

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston 
Churchill 



Subject: SEAZ: Photos of Backyard NORTHERN GOSHAWK
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:01:39 -0700
Here's a link to some photos of a NORTHERN GOSHAWK consuming its prey in our 
backyard - 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/111309205567337124331/albums/5871227311160290385. 


"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of 
it." - Mark Twain 

Subject: SE AZ: NORTHERN GOSHAWK Video
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:26:59 -0700
Here's a link to video of our backyard NORTHERN GOSHAWK: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEmzQph643M. 


Dennis and Patricia Braddy
Tucson, Arizona

"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - W. C. Fields
Subject: SE AZ: NORTHERN GOSHAWK at BBO
From: Dennis Braddy <dmbraddy AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:12:16 -0700
This afternoon a NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew over our roof lugging what appeared to 
be a Mourning Dove. Perching in a Mesquite tree in the backyard it proceeded to 
pluck and eat its prey. I watched in admiration from the BBO (Braddy Bird 
Observatory) as the predator tore off an entire leg and swallowed it, foot and 
all. The Goshawk flew off half an hour later with a bulging crop. Links to 
stills and video will be posted after editing and uploading. 


Dennis and Patricia Braddy
Tucson, AZ

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark 
to read." - Groucho Marx 

Subject: SE AZ: CRESCENT-CHESTED WARBLER at Beatty's Guest Ranch
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT sabo.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:31:22 -0700
The CRESCENT-CHESTED WARBLER micro-invasion escalated this afternoon with a 
stunning individual in the oaks at the CAS (upper feeder area) at Beatty's 
Guest 

Ranch in Miller Canyon.

The bird appeared around 4 p.m. as I was sitting watching hummers and shooting 
the breeze with Tom Beatty, Sr., Charles Melton, Alan Stanford, and a nice 
couple from the Seattle area whose names I neglected to ask. We had been 
watching a handsome BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER working the oaks over the 
feeder 

yard when a drab tail and pair of wings caught my eye. Charles had a better 
angle and could see the white supercilium, yellow underparts, and russet breast 

bar. The bird worked the oaks diligently for several minutes, left for a few 
minutes, came back for another short visit, and disappeared.

The Calliope swarm reported yesterday by Richard Fray had dissipated, which was 

disappointing since any hummer that has "all the characteristics of a female 
Calliope but had orange tail side patches like a Rufous-type" raises the 
possibility of an overdue reappearance of Bumblebee Hummingbird.

I spent the morning in Huachuca Canyon, which was wonderfully birdy, but the 
CCWA was hands-down the sighting of the day (if you don't count the photos of a 

Bahama Woodstar in Pennsylvania in my email inbox this morning).

Good birding,

Sheri L. Williamson, Director
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
http://www.sabo.org
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Subject: Re: FOS White-winged Doves in Tempe?
From: Brian Enos <brian AT brianenos.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:15:31 -0700
Chiming in...

Near Mill and University, in Tempe, over the last few years, I'm noticing
more and more White-winged Doves that stay in Tempe throughout the entire
winter.

On Eurasian Collared Doves - 5 or so years ago they were a rarity; for the
last couple years, however - I see quite a few every day.

Brian


>>Here is a link to the data entered by
>>eBird users for White-winged Dove (WWDO) during the period Dec-Feb for
>>AZ and adjacent states.
>>(the difference between the red and blue markers is
>>red indicates an observation during the most recent 30 day period, blue
>>an older 
>>observation)
>> 
>>http://ebird.org/ebird/map/whwdov?neg=true&env.minX=-116.29288671874997&e
>>n
>>v.minY=29.973324629747975&env.maxX=-107.13028906249997&env.maxY=34.795149
>>5
>>0729875&zh=true&gp=true&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=1900-2013&byr=1900&eyr=20
>>1
>>3
>> 
>>and the same for Dec-Jan
>>http://ebird.org/ebird/map/whwdov?neg=true&env.minX=-112.489013671875&env
>>.
>>minY=33.19043247913695&env.maxX=-111.082763671875&env.maxY=33.78599582629
>>2
>>31&zh=true&gp=true&mr=on&bmo=12&emo=1&yr=1900-2013&byr=1900&eyr=2013
>> 
>>and the frequency distribution curve for WWDO in
>>Maricopa County, AZ (where Tempe is located)
>>http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMe?cmd=decisionPage&speciesCodes=whwdov&getLo
>>c
>>ations=counties&counties=US-AZ-013&bYear=1900&eYear=2013&bMonth=1&eMonth=
>>1
>>2&reportType=species&parentState=US-AZ
>> 
>>Mark Stevenson
>>Tucson, AZ
>> 
>> 
>> 

Subject: SE AZ: Hawk Stalking in the Sulphur Springs Valley
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT sabo.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:34:48 -0700
Greetings, neighbors,

Since Tom Wood and I were the only stalkers on today's Hawk Stalk, we modified 
the usual schedule and route by adding Kansas Settlement and Willcox to the 
itinerary and reducing time spent at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area and on the 
more southerly back roads. Here's the numbers:

Red-tailed Hawks: 57 total
- undifferentiated 32
- Western light 15
- Western dark/rufous: 5
- Fuertes's 3
- Harlan's 2 (1 dark, 1 intermediate)

Rough-legged Hawk 1
Ferruginous Hawk 8
Cooper's Hawk 1
Northern Harrier 10
American Kestrel 11
Merlin (Richardson's) 1
Great Horned Owl 3
Barn Owl 1

93 birds of prey of 9 species

Other highlights included an orange-headed adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD 
near Elfrida, 22 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, and 9 GREATER ROADRUNNERS. Photos of the 
blackbird and the Rough-legged Hawk are posted on SABO's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SABObird

Good birding,

Sheri Williamson, Director
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
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Subject: SE AZ: Whitewater Draw and vicinity
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT sabo.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:40:39 -0700
Holiday greetings, neighbors,

Tom Wood and I just returned from a busman's holiday visit to Whitewater Draw 
Wildlife Area with a friend from California. The cranes put on an excellent 
show, but we were at least as excited by the "presents" that the recent weather 

fronts have brought us.

Tom checked the hay barn when we arrived and found the female GREAT HORNED OWL 
tucked up under the roof at the south end. As the first few cranes flew in, we 
were distracted by a juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK getting a very hard time from a 

raven as the two flew over the north pond.

A flock of ~45 white geese landed with cranes at the north end of the playa, 
too 

far away to determine the SNOW/ROSS'S ratio, but a trio of ROSS'S GEESE flew by 

close enough to identify. Closer to the platform, a flock of LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS joined the continuing GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

On the way back to the parking area, a group of kind birders generously pointed 

out the continuing pair of RUDDY GROUND-DOVES napping side by side with the 
continuing INCA DOVE (birds of a feather, etc.).

As we left, an elegant female MERLIN was loafing in the largest dead cypress in 

front of the "bunkhouse" north of the public entrance on Coffman Rd. On Lee 
Rd., 

a probable intermediate-morph "HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK (black underparts with 

white breast streaking) was unusually accommodating; we were just one utility 
pole interval away before its scrutiny detector went off.

At least one of us will be at Whitewater most Sunday mornings between now and 
the end of February to lead morning walks and midday Crane Watch programs - 
hope 

to see you there!

Good birding,

Sheri Williamson, Director
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
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Subject: Harris Hawks, Sabino Canyon, Tucson Area
From: "Clait E. Braun" <sg-wtp AT juno.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 17:22:52 GMT
Those Possibly Interested: This morning there were two foraging Harris Hawks on 
the ridge (south) between the paved road and Sabino Creek, which was flowing 
water over the dam! I do not recall seeing Harris Hawks in this particular 
area. Clait E. Braun 
Subject: NM: ABQ Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Michael Hilchey <leucosticte AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 16:54:14 -0700
Hi all,

On Thursday, Andy Bankert found a first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull at
the gull flock at Alameda Bridge. The bird was seen again on Friday and
Saturday although it has not been seen today that I know of. The bird was
not initially reported because there was some question whether it was a
Lesser Black-backed Gull or just an odd Herring Gull. Photos have shown
that it is indeed a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

There has also been an Adult California Gull associating with the flock.

So far this year the best time to go looking for gulls at the bridge has
been from 10am to about 1pm

Cheers and good luck to anyone chasing the bird,

Michael Hilchey
High Desert Birding Adventures
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Subject: Birding the Salt River Circuit-Mesa,AZ
From: "Phyllis B. Martin" <bird6216 AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:03:51 -0800
My wife Phyllis and I enjoyed the morning birding along the Salt River
circuit, arriving at Butcher Jones at 9:30.  Among the 15 species we saw
there were Cactus Wren, Phainopepla and Lesser Scaup.

 

At Coon Bluff, besides all the Phainopepla and a Kestrel along the entrance
road, we added Kingfisher, Plumbeous Vireo and, as we were ready to leave,
circling overhead were three White Pelicans.

 

Phon D Sutton was next and although slow with only an Osprey, another
Kingfisher and a Greater Yellow-legs, we had the bird of the day.  Well, it
wasn't exactly a bird but we did see a Bobcat walking along the muddy bank
of the river.

 

On the way to Granite Reef on Bush Highway we stopped to check out a
Cooper's Hawk sitting in a tree and two Roadrunners along the side of the
highway.  Granite Reef was very birdy, mostly along the fisherman's trail
toward the dam.  Along with the many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Verdin and
Abert's Towhees, were Ladderback Woodpecker, Orange-crowned Warbler and out
on the river, Spotted Sandpiper, Red-headed Duck, Bufflehead, Gadwall,
Wigeon, Shoveler and Ruddy Duck.

 

The total for the day was 40 species.

 

Enjoy the birds,

Adam Martin

Mesa

 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: CEAZ: Maricopa County, LEUCISTIC CORMORANT
From: Gordon Karre <karhop1 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 13:21:09 -0700
This morning Bernie Howe and myself birded the Tres Rios Wetlands site 
(Permit required) and we discovered an apparent LEUCISTIC CORMORANT.  It 
appears to be a NEO-TROPIC Cormorant.  A photo has been posted on my 
Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52522884 AT N03/8236022006/in/photostream

If someone has a better idea of the genetics on it please email me.  Some 
of the more interesting birds also seen include AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 
VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, several OSPREY, several BELTED KINGFISHERS,  ORANGE-
CROWNED AND YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, an abundance of MARSH WRENS, and many 
more regulars.  Please be advised that to bird this area, a permit is 
required.

Gordon Karre
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Subject: SEAZ (Hereford) 12/1 No. Cardinal & Lark Buntings
From: Tom Leskiw <tomleskiw AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:42:50 -0700
On Sat 12/1/12 There was a male Northern Cardinal in Hereford on Nevada,
east of Moson Rd.

On Tues 11/27 there were 9 Lark Buntings on SPRNCA behind the Palominas
Cafe.

Tom Leskiw
Palominas

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Subject: WAZ: FWD Lesser Black-backed Gull and Winter Wren
From: David Vander Pluym <scre AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:40:14 -0500
Lauren Harter has had a decent day today 30 Nov. She just texted me saying she 
found a WINTER WREN earlier today roughly a mile past the current end of Planet 
Ranch Rd. Details on exactly where later. Right now while scanning the Bill 
Williams arm of Lake Havasu she found the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL found 
several days ago by John West. Headed out now 



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Lake Havasu City

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Subject: RBA Tucson, AZ - 30 November 2012
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:08:18 -0700
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 30, 2012; the next update will be made on
December 7. 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/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html.  For additional
sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding
ListServ (http://listserv.arizona.edu/archives/birdwg05.html)


SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
*SHORT-TAILED HAWK
*GROOVE-BILLED ANI
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
 Northern Parula
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
*"RED" FOX SPARROW

TUCSON area
The *GROOVE-BILLED ANI continued at Sweetwater Wetlands through 11/26
(m.ob.); it has not been reported since. A White-throated Sparrow was
reported on 11/25 (Chris Rohrer) and continued through 11/27 (m.ob.). The
Solitary Sandpiper, Black-and-white, Wilson’s, and Yellow Warblers, and two
Summer Tanagers all continued this week (m.ob.).
A *SHORT-TAILED HAWK was reported from Amphi High School southeast of
Prince & Oracle on 11/25 (David Griffin). Documentation of this rarity is
solicited; spots to check in the area include Jacobs Park, Evergreen
Cemetery & Holy Hope Cemetery.
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported on 11/27 (Pam Negri) at Sabino Canyon
Recreation Area and continued through 11/30 (Anthony Mendoza). It has been
seen near the picnic table in the riparian area above the dam.
The NORTHERN PARULA continued at Ft. Lowell Park on 11/29 (Mark Stevenson);
it has been seen in the cottonwood lane on the west side of the park.
A Bald Eagle was reported on 11/25 (Nick Bush) over central Tucson (Prince
& Campbell), headed southwest.

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/nn6px) the *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 11/23 (Carl Lundblad), near the East Bend past the
dam. In previous years the birds have been seen occasionally near the metal
gate, about 400 yards from parking lot. Past the gate the canyon forks, and
the main trail follows the East Fork; most sightings have been in the West
Fork. A short distance up the rough trail in the West Fork is a large water
tank and a low dam. Many sightings have been in this area. Another location
is further up the West Fork from the dam near the "East Bend", where the
canyon bends sharply to the east. Birds have been reported here and even
further up the canyon. Note: These locations are within 1/2 mile of the
Florida Canyon trailhead at the end of the Forest Road 62A. It is not
necessary, allowed or recommended to enter the research station to see
these birds.
The #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported again from the Green Valley WWTP on 11/24
(Laurens Halsey); it has been missed more than seen, however.
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/I0HEP), the #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
continued on 11/28 (Michael Lester) near the parking lot at the Whitehouse
Picnic Area; it has been seen in the same tree that the one last year
preferred, across from (west of) the last parking spot on the left. An
adult #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed in the upper canyon on the
Carrie Nation Trail at the first stream crossing on 11/28 (Michael Lester).
A White-throated Sparrow was reported at Proctor Rd on 11/27 (Mary Ellen
Flynn).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a possible
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was heard on 11/29 (Tim Helentjaris); the
traditional location they have been seen is along the road between the
concrete stream crossing and the large culvert.

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS
A *"RED" FOX SPARROW was photographed in the West Turkey Creek/Morse Canyon
area on 11/24 (Paul Suchanek) about 1/3 mile down the Saulsberry Trail.
This is on the west flank of the mountains.

TUBAC area
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was reported from about 100 yards north of the Tubac
Bridge on 11/24 (Matt Brown). A Lewis's Woodpecker was reported from the
Tubac Golf Resort near the clubhouse on 11/29 (Ronna Laager & Art Herman,
Laurens Halsey).
A juvenile #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed on the Anza Trail at
Clark Crossing Rd on 11/24 (Carl Lundblad) and continued on 11/28 (Michael
Lester). A Black-and-white Warbler was reported on 11/28 (Michael Lester).
An American Redstart and a Black-and-white Warbler were found along the
Anza Trail south of Santa Gertrudis Lane on 11/27 (Dave Stejskal). The
redstart continued on 11/28 (Michael Lester).

PATAGONIA
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was along Sonoita Creek near the south end of the
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on 11/30 (Cliff Cathers). A Crested
Caracara was reported headed downstream over the preserve on 11/28 (Bill
Adler).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Carr Canyon, another White-throated Sparrow (different from the one last
week) was reported at a private residence on 11/29 (Hank Brodkin).
In Ramsey Canyon, a Black-and-white Warbler and a Lewis's Woodpecker were
reported on 11/26 (Susan Allerton).



ANNOUNCEMENTS
The 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona is
now available (http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html
).

TUCSON - Due to long-term construction, access to Sweetwater and Roger Road
WRF has changed. 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. Mosquito control
operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands from 6:30-8:30am on
Mondays.  The gate will open when operations are finished.

PATAGONIA - The Paton's yard remains open to birders.

MILLER CANYON - fire and floods have changed access to Beatty's Guest
Ranch; see www.beattysguestranch.com for information on how to visit.

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

ASH CANYON B&B: Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No
need to call ahead.

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

FORT HUACHUCA - will suspend your driving privileges on Post for 30 days,
on your first offense for using a cell phone while driving. You MUST use a
hands free device.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Managers at the Evergreen Turf Farm (vicinity of Tweedy
and Pretzer Rds) have requested that anyone birding there on the weekends
please leave by 5:00 PM. This is due to security issues experienced by the
Sod Farm. Birders are still welcome here at other times.

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

The Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department is currently revising
security procedures and these rules are subject to change any time. Please
see this link for important information regarding access:
http://www.pima.gov/wwm/about/pdf/birdwatching.pdf. Your cooperation is
greatly appreciated.

GREEN VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: ALL birders in a party must sign
in, not just one representative of said party. Also, please DO NOT park on
the grass, due to fire danger from hot catalytic converters. Approach the
gate and follow the directions on the call box there to contact the
operators to open the gate for you.

AVRA VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: Gates open at 6AM and close
PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger, you will be locked inside).

CORONA DE TUCSON WASTEWATER RECLAMATION FACILITY: Access to the ponds here,
about 1.5 miles west of Houghton Rd on Sahuarita Rd, is available from 6:00
A.M to 2:00 P.M daily. List of attendees and group affiliation must be sent
in advance by fax (762-0591) or phone (762-0593). Bring identification with
you.

NOGALES SEWAGE PONDS: Remain closed to birders.

Updates to the 8th edition (2011) of Finding Birds in Arizona can be found
here:
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/359-fbiaddendum8th.html

Good birding!

Andrew Core
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Subject: SEAZ: Florida Canyon RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERs continue 12/1/2012
From: Laurens Halsey <desert-harrier AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 15:10:32 -0700
The pair of RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS where busy foraging, calling, and one
sang briefly near the "end bend" at 11:30am.  Photos and complete list to
eBird soon. - Laurens

------------
Laurens Halsey
Green Valley, AZ




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Subject: WAZ: Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:37:41 -0800
A longer post to follow, but the LBBG is currently on the Bill Williams Delta.

Lauren Harter

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Subject: SEAZ: Sabino Canyon, Rufous-backed Robin, 12/02/12
From: Melody Kehl <outdoor1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 16:52:21 -0700
Out with Pam Baum this morning. . . Pam spotted the robin in a hackberry
west of the trail and a bit south of the first picnic table.

 

Melody's Birding

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So Many Birds, So Little Time

 


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Subject: SEAZ: Ruddy Ground Dove, Whitewater Draw
From: Rick Taylor <rtaylor AT BORDERLAND-TOURS.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:30:42 -0700
Rick Taylor just phoned in from Whitewater Draw where he reports 2 Ruddy 
Ground-Doves, seen from the path about 40 yards north of the pump. 


Male Lazuli Bunting, in the NE corner of the south pond

A very cooperative Merlin

Virginia Rail & Sora in the corner of the pond near the pumping station

About 10,000 Sandhill Cranes

There is water being pumped into the ponds.

Barbara

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Subject: RBA Tucson, AZ - 2 December 2012
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:31:59 -0700
I posted this on Friday but I think it got lost, so I'm posting again. I've
updated a couple sightings.

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew Core
Date: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM
Subject: RBA Tucson, AZ - 30 November 2012

Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 30, 2012 (and updated 2 Dec); the next update
will be made on December 7. 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/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html.  For additional
sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding
ListServ (http://listserv.arizona.edu/archives/birdwg05.html)


SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Eurasian Wigeon
*SHORT-TAILED HAWK
*GROOVE-BILLED ANI
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
 Northern Parula
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
*"RED" FOX SPARROW

TUCSON area
The *GROOVE-BILLED ANI continued at Sweetwater Wetlands through 11/26
(m.ob.); it has not been reported since. A White-throated Sparrow was
reported on 11/25 (Chris Rohrer) and continued through 11/27 (m.ob.). The
Solitary Sandpiper, Black-and-white, Wilson’s, and Yellow Warblers, and two
Summer Tanagers all continued this week (m.ob.).
A *SHORT-TAILED HAWK was reported from Amphi High School southeast of
Prince & Oracle on 11/25 (David Griffin). Documentation of this rarity is
solicited; spots to check in the area include Jacobs Park, Evergreen
Cemetery & Holy Hope Cemetery.
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported on 11/27 (Pam Negri) at Sabino Canyon
Recreation Area and continued through 12/1 (Vernie Aikins). It has been
seen near the picnic table in the riparian area above the dam.
The NORTHERN PARULA continued at Ft. Lowell Park on 12/2 (Mark Stevenson);
it has been seen in the cottonwood lane on the west side of the park.
An AMERICAN REDSTART was reported from behind the Hardesty Building at the
northwest corner of 22nd & Alvernon on 12/2 (Mark Stevenson).
A Bald Eagle was reported on 11/25 (Nick Bush) over central Tucson (Prince
& Campbell), headed southwest.

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/nn6px) the *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 12/1 (Laurens Halsey) at the East Bend past the dam.
In previous years the birds have been seen occasionally near the metal
gate, about 400 yards from parking lot. Past the gate the canyon forks, and
the main trail follows the East Fork; most sightings have been in the West
Fork. A short distance up the rough trail in the West Fork is a large water
tank and a low dam. Many sightings have been in this area. Another location
is further up the West Fork from the dam near the "East Bend", where the
canyon bends sharply to the east. Birds have been reported here and even
further up the canyon. Note: These locations are within 1/2 mile of the
Florida Canyon trailhead at the end of the Forest Road 62A. It is not
necessary, allowed or recommended to enter the research station to see
these birds.
The #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported again from the Green Valley WWTP on 11/24
(Laurens Halsey); it has been missed more than seen, however.
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/I0HEP), the #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
continued on 12/1 (Molly Pollock) near the parking lot at the Whitehouse
Picnic Area; it has been seen in the same tree that the one last year
preferred, across from (west of) the last parking spot on the left. An
adult #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed in the upper canyon on the
Carrie Nation Trail at the first stream crossing on 11/28 (Michael Lester).
A White-throated Sparrow was reported at Proctor Rd on 11/27 (Mary Ellen
Flynn).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a possible
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was heard on 11/29 (Tim Helentjaris); the
traditional location they have been seen is along the road between the
concrete stream crossing and the large culvert.

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS
A *"RED" FOX SPARROW was photographed in the West Turkey Creek/Morse Canyon
area on 11/24 (Paul Suchanek) about 1/3 mile down the Saulsberry Trail.
This is on the west flank of the mountains.

BENSON
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was reported perched on the fence of the north pond of
the Benson STP on 11/30 (Stuart Healy).

WHITEWATER DRAW
A adult male #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was reported in the mesquites on west side
of the northeast berm on 12/1 (Michael Marsden).

TUBAC area
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was reported from about 100 yards north of the Tubac
Bridge on 11/24 (Matt Brown). A Lewis's Woodpecker was reported from the
Tubac Golf Resort near the clubhouse on 11/29 (Ronna Laager & Art Herman,
Laurens Halsey).
A juvenile #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed on the Anza Trail at
Clark Crossing Rd on 11/24 (Carl Lundblad) and continued on 11/28 (Michael
Lester). A Black-and-white Warbler was reported on 11/28 (Michael Lester).
An American Redstart and a Black-and-white Warbler were found along the
Anza Trail south of Santa Gertrudis Lane on 11/27 (Dave Stejskal). The
redstart continued on 11/28 (Michael Lester).

PATAGONIA
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was along Sonoita Creek near the south end of the
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on 11/30 (Cliff Cathers). A Crested
Caracara was reported headed downstream over the preserve on 11/28 (Bill
Adler).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Carr Canyon, another White-throated Sparrow (different from the one last
week) was reported at a private residence on 11/29 (Hank Brodkin).
In Ramsey Canyon, a Black-and-white Warbler and a Lewis's Woodpecker were
reported on 11/26 (Susan Allerton).



ANNOUNCEMENTS
The 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona is
now available (http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html
).

TUCSON - Due to long-term construction, access to Sweetwater and Roger Road
WRF has changed. 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. Mosquito control
operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands from 6:30-8:30am on
Mondays.  The gate will open when operations are finished.

PATAGONIA - The Paton's yard remains open to birders.

MILLER CANYON - fire and floods have changed access to Beatty's Guest
Ranch; see www.beattysguestranch.com for information on how to visit.

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

ASH CANYON B&B: Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No
need to call ahead.

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

FORT HUACHUCA - will suspend your driving privileges on Post for 30 days,
on your first offense for using a cell phone while driving. You MUST use a
hands free device.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Managers at the Evergreen Turf Farm (vicinity of Tweedy
and Pretzer Rds) have requested that anyone birding there on the weekends
please leave by 5:00 PM. This is due to security issues experienced by the
Sod Farm. Birders are still welcome here at other times.

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

The Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department is currently revising
security procedures and these rules are subject to change any time. Please
see this link for important information regarding access:
http://www.pima.gov/wwm/about/pdf/birdwatching.pdf. Your cooperation is
greatly appreciated.

GREEN VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: ALL birders in a party must sign
in, not just one representative of said party. Also, please DO NOT park on
the grass, due to fire danger from hot catalytic converters. Approach the
gate and follow the directions on the call box there to contact the
operators to open the gate for you.

AVRA VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: Gates open at 6AM and close
PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger, you will be locked inside).

CORONA DE TUCSON WASTEWATER RECLAMATION FACILITY: Access to the ponds here,
about 1.5 miles west of Houghton Rd on Sahuarita Rd, is available from 6:00
A.M to 2:00 P.M daily. List of attendees and group affiliation must be sent
in advance by fax (762-0591) or phone (762-0593). Bring identification with
you.

NOGALES SEWAGE PONDS: Remain closed to birders.

Updates to the 8th edition (2011) of Finding Birds in Arizona can be found
here:
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/359-fbiaddendum8th.html

Good birding!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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Subject: WAZ: Nutting's Flycatcher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Winter Wren(s)
From: Lauren Harter <lbharter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:13:19 -0700
Testing, testing...

11/30/12 - I spent most of my day exploring Planet Ranch Rd on the Bill
Williams River NWR, then afternoon and evening on the Bill Williams Delta.

As David posted earlier, the NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER is back at its old haunt,
Mosquito Flats (mile marker 2.0). It was "wheep"ing infrequently at about 8
a.m. and eventually gave great looks as it foraged along the road.

David mentioned that the road is not in great condition. It was washed out
in two strong monsoon storms this year, and it is much worse than last
year. A high-clearance vehicle (but not 4wd) is a good idea, but not
probably necessary if you are very careful.

After spending some time with the flycatcher, I drove to the end of the
road and hiked out to Kohen Ranch. I encountered good numbers of expected
species in addition to a WINTER WREN. For anyone interested in chasing the
wren, it's only about a 15-20 minute hike from the end of the road. Follow
the road (ATV tracks), and go to the right when you come to a fork. You'll
know you're in the right place when you can touch a sheer cliff with your
right hand and see a tamarisk thicket on the left, and powerlines overhead.
If you get to the powerlines and you're not next to a cliff, you missed the
right fork. The river bed is dry there right now, but with water flowing at
Kohen Ranch, it may not be long before it'll be a long wade to this spot.

At about 2 p.m. I arrived at the Bill Williams Delta. I still had the
Havasu Lesser Black-backed Gull on my mind, and as soon as I arrived I got
my binoculars on a gull that looked good. I grabbed scope and camera and
walked out to scan, saw a brown gull...and was disappointed to see it was a
California Gull. Then another brown gull swung by, and to my surprise, it
was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL! It joined Ring-billed and California Gulls
feeding on shad for nearly an hour, then flew over to Havasu Springs. David
joined me at this point and we drove to the Springs, where we found the
gull sitting on a beach. It was very skittish and before long flew to the
breakwater at the outer harbor at the Springs.

Of course we assumed this was the same bird found by John West in Lake
Havasu City four days ago, but it seemed to have whiter plumage, so David
and I have been trying to compare individual feather patterns. This bird
seemed (in the field and in photos) to lack the LHC bird's neatly scalloped
scapulars and coverts. Looking at John's photos, the LHC bird also seemed
to be missing a secondary, which are all accounted for on this bird. In
conclusion, we're not sure.

Also in the Bill Williams Delta, two White-winged Scoters continued in the
CAP inlet while a new bird (maybe the Site 6 bird?) was across the Delta,
along with only two Surf Scoters (but we could easily have missed the other
two). The Neotropic Cormorant was in its usual place, and turned up at dusk
on the powerlines below Parker Dam (seen in AZ only). Still plenty of
Greater Scaup and Barrow's Goldeneyes.

Also, the Black Scoter was still just off the Nautical Inn in Lake Havasu
City yesterday (11/29).

12/1/12 - The Nutting's Flycatcher was cooperative again this afternoon for
David and I. At least two other birders saw it as well. They both
independently also reported a Winter/Pacific Wren at Mosquito Flats. One,
Michael David from PA, wasn't sure about species but Bill Thompson from CA
thought it likely a Winter. (This is far from where I had one yesterday.)
David and I didn't hear or see it.

The Lesser Black-backed Gull continued on the Bill Williams Delta. We saw
it from Havasu Springs, but this time it was sitting on the water across
the Delta and didn't budge while we were there. David also saw a
White-winged Scoter. We didn't really scan from the refuge HQ.

Photos, maps, and all kinds of good stuff at phainopepla.blogspot.com and
http://azbird.net/sightings/showthread.php?tid=6057

Good birding (and happy posting!!),
Lauren Harter
Lake Havasu City
Subject: RFI: Re: Sabino Canyon Robin location
From: Julie & Chuck <cjbirdaz AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:45:37 -0500
Planning to go to Sabino Canyon to look for the Rufous-backed Robin. Apologies 
if this seems obvious: How is the specific picnic area above the dam accessed? 
There are picnic tables above the dam that are accessed from the tram road stop 
1. Are there others that can be reached from below the dam? If so, are they on 
the northwest or southeast side of the creek? 



Thanks for any information!


Julie Michael





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Subject: AZ:11/30/12:Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve
From: "Clifford A. Cathers" <azcliffy AT Q.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:35:06 -0700
With John Harned of Tucson, we found an EASTERN PHOEBE along Sonoita Creek 
near the south end of the preserve.  We also found WILSON'S and a BLACK-
THROATED GRAY WARBLER among the more expected species.

Clifford A. Cathers
AZCliffy AT Q.com

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Subject: AZ: Sabino creek Rufus Back Robin still there
From: Anthony Mendoza <anthony_mendoza AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:29:54 -0800
I saw the Sabino Creek Rufus backed Robin at the picnic area above the dam this 
morning. This bird was the easiest bird I ever chased. I just walked up to the 
picnic area and there it was on a branch of a tree. It just sat there letting 
me look all I wanted. Great looking bird also. 

 
Anthony Mendoza
 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: WAZ: NUTTING's FLYCATCHER is back!
From: David Vander Pluym <scre AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:33:01 -0500
Lauren Harter is out in the field and wanted me to pass on that this morning 30 
Nov she had the NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER at Mosquito Flats in the Bill Williams 
River NWR. From highway 95 between Lake Havasu City and Parker turn east on 
Planet Ranch Rd (graded dirt not the best condition). The road is on the south 
side of the Bill William River just northeast of the NWR HQ. Follow the road to 
mile marker 2 where the ripirian is right alongside the road and you have tall 
cliffs on your right. Start listening for the distinctive wheep! call along 
here. Good birding 



David Vander Pluym
Lake Havasu City

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Subject: female Amer goldfinch in east Tucson
From: Jamie Massey <er4az AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:41:33 -0500
Just had a female American goldie visit my feeder along with the lessers: pink 
bill, so much lighter yellow, no hint of green. Also, witnessed a huge fallout 
of birds in my dreams last night. 

Jamie Massey
near Pantano and 5th in the Old Pueblo

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Subject: Re: CEAZ: Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch -SRP changes along canal etc
From: Diana Stuart - FCDX <dms AT MAIL.MARICOPA.GOV>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:50:55 -0700
SRP is not exempt from federal laws regarding public input, environmental and 
cultural assessments, or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They are very proactive 
on environmental issues, especially about birds. The public has the right to 
request copies of all such assessments, alternative evaluations, and to make 
comments on same. A polite phone call to the main number to request contact 
information for the department in charge of the canal right of way work should 
yield accurate information. I'll do a little footwork myself when I am back in 
the office on Monday. 


Diana Stuart

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From: NBHC AZ/NM Birds [mailto:BIRDWG05 AT LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Lindsay Story 

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Subject: [BIRDWG05] CEAZ: Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch -SRP changes along canal etc

Some changes may come to Gilbert Water Ranch (GWR) that may be difficult for 
birders to swallow. SRP wants to cut trees & brush back an additional 25' from 
the Eastern perimeter of GWR bordering the canal. I don't know where this 
measurement would begin, but substantial habitat would be lost no matter what. 
No reason was given other than they have the right to do so. Fellow birder 
Richard Rico mentioned this situation, and an SRP worker verified the 
information. The latter said an inspector is working on the plan now. I asked 
the man about a second project potentially impacting GWR. Underground electric 
lines are being run along the horse fence at the South side of GWR. Curving 
around existing trees is unlikely, so some or all of this growth may be lost 
too. 

	Lindsay Story (Mesa AZ)

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Subject: SEAZ: Tubac - Lewis's Woodpecker 11/29/2012
From: Laurens Halsey <desert-harrier AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:00:47 -0700
Possibly the same Lewis's Woodpecker that was found just north of Bridge
Road near Tubac last month has upgraded and is now at the Tubac Golf Resort.
It was seen plucking acorns from a small oak and storing them in a large
cottonwood.  This is in someone's front yard so please be respectful.

A walk south of Santa Gertrudis Lane along the Santa Cruz produced the
Painted Redstart.  Though there were many insectivores  present I did not
see the other rarities recently reported .

Laurens
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Green Valley, AZ
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Subject: CEAZ: Gilbert (AZ) Water Ranch -SRP changes along canal etc
From: Lindsay Story <klstory AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:47:54 -0700
Some changes may come to Gilbert Water Ranch (GWR) that may be 
difficult for birders to swallow.  SRP wants to cut trees & brush back an 
additional 25’ from the Eastern perimeter of GWR bordering the canal.  I 
don’t know where this measurement would begin, but substantial habitat 
would be lost no matter what.  No reason was given other than they have 
the right to do so.  Fellow birder Richard Rico mentioned this situation, 
and an SRP worker verified the information.  The latter said an inspector 
is working on the plan now.  I asked the man about a second project 
potentially impacting GWR.  Underground electric lines are being run along 
the horse fence at the South side of GWR.  Curving around existing trees 
is unlikely, so some or all of this growth may be lost too.
	Lindsay Story (Mesa AZ)

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Subject: SEAZ: Rufous-backed Robin - Sabino Canyon - YES 11/29/12 p.m.
From: Jake Mohlmann <mohlmann2 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:30:59 -0800
In Sabino Canyon the RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN sat motionless for m
birders-

In Sabino Canyon the RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN sat motionless for many minutes 
between 2:00 - 2:30p.m. in one of the hackberry trees next to the first 

picnic table above the dam.  It was in the same area as described this morning.

Other birds of note in the immediate vicinity were a BLACK-THROATED GRAY 
WARBLER and 1 PAINTED REDSTART. 


cheers,
 
Jake Mohlmann
Tucson, AZ
jake AT adventurebirding.com
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