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Corvid Cousins,©Mark D Ross

27 Dec AZ: Florida Work Center, Santa Cruz Flats: RCWA and KEWA [Michael C Moore ]
27 Dec Re: AZ: More Scottsdale Geese [Troy Corman ]
27 Dec Oregon Juncos in Tempe [Ernie Nickels ]
27 Dec Re: Chandler Reddish Egret still present [Pierre Deviche ]
27 Dec AZ: More Scottsdale Geese [Magill Weber ]
27 Dec Chandler Reddish Egret still present [Jon Mann ]
27 Dec AZ: Rufous-capped Warblers - there are three; and a Kentucky Warbler [Laurens Halsey ]
27 Dec AZ: Chandler REDDISH EGRET [Dale Clark ]
27 Dec Brown Pelican at Lakeside Park Tucson [Tom Ryan ]
27 Dec Tucson: Sweetwater and Santa Cruz River today [Mark Stevenson ]
27 Dec FW:AZ: Florida Canyon KENTUCKY Warbler [Mark Stevenson ]
27 Dec Important Rufous-capped Warbler update [Mark Stevenson ]
27 Dec Tucson Sam Lena Common Merganser [Mark Stevenson ]
27 Dec Fwd: Santa Cruz Flats Highlights [Rich Hoyer ]
27 Dec Roufous-winged Sparrows Tucson [Nelson Briefer ]
27 Dec New Bird Photos Roper Lake [Robert Shantz ]
27 Dec AZFO = New Photos of Pacific Loon [Michael C Moore ]
26 Dec Tres Rios CBC Area 3 [Tom Hildebrandt ]
26 Dec AZ, Scottsdale, Zone-tailed Hawk [Linda Long ]
26 Dec Phoenix-Tres Rios CBC - Area 6 highlights [Troy Corman ]
26 Dec Pacific Loon. Tucson ["Clait E. Braun" ]
26 Dec SE AZ: Sweetwater Swamp Sparrow [Michael Wienholt ]
26 Dec Ovenbird in Albuquerque, NM [Celestyn M Brozek ]
26 Dec Re: McCormick Ranch (AZ) Pacific Loon [Richard Ditch ]
26 Dec New AZFO Online Journal Article [Pierre Deviche ]
26 Dec SE AZ: Whitewater Wetlands Walk 12/26 - addendum [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
26 Dec Tucson RBA 26 December 2008 [John Yerger ]
26 Dec AZ:12/26/08:Tucson Pacific Loon-Yes ["Clifford A. Cathers" ]
26 Dec SE AZ: Whitewater Wetlands Walk 12/26 [Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory ]
26 Dec AZ, Chandler, Eurasian Collared-Doves [Linda Long ]
26 Dec McCormick Ranch (AZ) Pacific Loon [Pete Moulton ]
26 Dec AZFO - New photos of Orchard Oriole [Michael C Moore ]
26 Dec SE AZ: Florida Canyon Christmas Day [Michael Wienholt ]
26 Dec Summary of Patagonia, AZ Christmas Bird Count [Tom Arny ]
25 Dec SEAZ: Benson Sparrow Search [Homer Hansen ]
25 Dec Too late now - Blue Grosbeak [Al Trompler ]
25 Dec Phoenix-Tres Rios CBC - Some Highlights [Troy Corman ]
25 Dec Canvasbacks [Lise Anders ]
25 Dec Re: AZ: Scottsdale Christmas Waterfowl [C kirscher ]
25 Dec AZ: Correction Scottsdale Waterfowl [Magill Weber ]
25 Dec AZ: Scottsdale Christmas Waterfowl [Magill Weber ]
25 Dec Tucson Pacific Loon continues [Mark Stevenson ]
25 Dec Christmas morning stroll in McCormick Park [John Yerger ]
25 Dec NM RBA for 12/25/08 []
24 Dec SE AZ: Another Jacana "NO"; White-Tailed Kite [Michael Wienholt ]
24 Dec Possible Field Sparrow in Benson [Rich Hoyer ]
24 Dec Casa Grande Jacana - No [Phil ]
24 Dec Re: Peregrine Falcon - Tucson [John Saba ]
24 Dec Peregrine Falcon - Tucson [Nelson Briefer ]
24 Dec Lakeside Park Loon and Merg---yes & yes [Richard Messenger ]
24 Dec Woo-hoo! Another Cassin's Kingbird! [Mark Stevenson ]
24 Dec AZ: Tucson BLACKBURNIAN [Ken Kertell ]

Subject: AZ: Florida Work Center, Santa Cruz Flats: RCWA and KEWA
From: Michael C Moore <michael.moore AT ASU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 17:40:39 -0700
Greetings,

Other posts have already covered our most significant sightings of the day:
 3 Rufous-capped Warblers and the adult male Kentucky Warbler (pictures
posted later tonight).  Both remarkable in the 1 inch or so of snow on the
ground.  

Further details on the Kentucky:  As described in Mark's post, the location
is the hill about half way between the two signs where the trail looks down
over the stream.  We were looking down from the hill to the stream bed at a
couple of kinglets when another bird joined them - the Kentucky.  We watched
for about 20 minutes.  It flew down the stream and back and forth across the
stream several times.  It seemed to be loosely associating with the
kinglets.  Fortunately, after flying down the stream it came back up and
afforded a few brief Kodak moments.  My impression was the bird was using
about 50 m of stream.  It is easy to see from the trail looking down into
the stream bed.  No need to trespass!

As Laurens described, we had the Rufous-capped Warblers from just below the
dam to about 200 upstream just past where the stream makes a big turn to the
left.  They were intermittently vocal.  We only saw the three together the
one time.  I want to re-emphasize Laurens point that it is moderately easy
to walk up the stream from the second sign all the way to the furthest point
where we saw the warblers.  Slow and steady will get you there.  No wading
required but water proof hiking boots would ensure your feet stay warm and dry.

Also seen of interest:

female INDIGO BUNTING (near the second sign)
Black-chinned Sparrow
2 Hammond's Flycatchers
1 Gray Flycatcher

We visited Santa Cruz flats on the way home.  Of interest:

About 20 Mountain Plovers at the Tweedy-Pretzer sod farms.  On the far back
side through the heat waves.  
Ferruginous Hawk
Merlin

A great day!

Mike Moore
Gilbert, AZ
Subject: Re: AZ: More Scottsdale Geese
From: Troy Corman <aplomado AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 17:37:30 -0700
To add to Magill's post, I stopped by McCormick Ranch around 3:30 PM near
the Chart House and noted a total of 24 white geese. There were 16 SNOW
GEESE present along with 8 ROSS'S GEESE. Many of the Snow and Ross's were in
juv. plumage, so this may not have been the same flock of Snow Geese that
Magill noted. As is typical, between 4:00 - 4:30 PM. the Canada Geese
(several hundreds) began departing to head to forage in the alfalfa fields
just west of SR 101 near Scottsdale Community College. Most of the white
geese left with them. Also present was the continuing PACIFIC LOON and male
WOOD DUCK, among numerous Am. Wigeons and Am. Coots, 30+ Common Mergansers
and smaller numbers of many other aquatic bird species. Watching over all
these feathered morsels was a perched Peregrine Falcon.

Troy Corman
Phoenix, AZ
www.azfo.org

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Magill Weber" 
To: 
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2008 4:25 PM
Subject: [BIRDWG05] AZ: More Scottsdale Geese


I stopped at a bunch of local lakes in Scottsdale today, hoping to relocate
and photograph the Cackling-type Goose I reported on Thrusday.  To no avail,
but I did have 16 SNOW GEESE (only one in juv. plumage) at McCormick Ranch's
Playa Lake.  Large numbers of moffitti Canadas were on many of the ponds
along Indian Bend Wash, but unfortunately no Cackling or Lesser-types.  Also
had a Peregrine Falcon at Hayden and Indian School, as well as 2 different
families of Harris' Hawk along the circut today.

Magill Weber, Phoenix, AZ
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Subject: Oregon Juncos in Tempe
From: Ernie Nickels <nickelseldesigns AT QWESTOFFICE.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 17:30:19 -0700
On Friday (12/26) a small group of Oregon Juncos flew up into a bare Pecan tree 
along the short alley that connects to Mill Avenue from the residential 
neighborhood west of College & north of Broadway (south of the RR tracks). 
Hundreds(?) of Starlings were swarming on the ASU campus around the Education 
building. The middle one of the 3 concrete structures of the west dam of Tempe 
Town Lake was solid black with perched Cormorants, as seen from binoculars on 
Hayden Butte. 


Thursday morning (12/25) there must have been thousands(?) of Starlings that 
were first heard north of my home (Broadway east of College) & then they all 
noisily flew to the south side of Broadway. Must be the same huge crowds I've 
been seeing lately from Birchett Park (at the Mill Ave/Apache Blvd curve) to 
Tempe High School's athletic field. For such common, klutzy birds they still 
make beautiful noise together! A Raven was also seen from my house that day, 
pretty common lately. 


Meanwhile, the Orange-crowned Warbler is mostly heard, sometimes seen, every 
day in trees or bushes in my back yard. 


    Jeanette Nickels
    Tempe AZ
Subject: Re: Chandler Reddish Egret still present
From: Pierre Deviche <Pierre.Deviche AT ASU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 16:29:11 -0700
Hi Birders:

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was there too at 4 PM. It's probably not often that one has 
a Reddish Egret and this hawk almost in the same binocular view! 


G.B.

Pierre Deviche, Phoenix, AZ.

-----Original Message-----
From: NBHC AZ/NM Birds on behalf of Jon Mann
Sent: Sat 12/27/2008 3:56 PM
To: BIRDWG05 AT LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: [BIRDWG05] Chandler Reddish Egret still present
 
The Chandler Reddish Egret was still present as of 3:45. It was flushed by a 
bicyclist, and perched atop the new Santa Barbara style building on Queen 
Creek. It was only visible from the pond side of the building. 


Great find!

Jon Mann
Chandler, AZ


      
Subject: AZ: More Scottsdale Geese
From: Magill Weber <magill_weber AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 16:25:49 -0700
I stopped at a bunch of local lakes in Scottsdale today, hoping to relocate and 
photograph the Cackling-type Goose I reported on Thrusday. To no avail, but I 
did have 16 SNOW GEESE (only one in juv. plumage) at McCormick Ranch's Playa 
Lake. Large numbers of moffitti Canadas were on many of the ponds along Indian 
Bend Wash, but unfortunately no Cackling or Lesser-types. Also had a Peregrine 
Falcon at Hayden and Indian School, as well as 2 different families of Harris' 
Hawk along the circut today. 

 
Magill Weber, Phoenix, AZ
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Subject: Chandler Reddish Egret still present
From: Jon Mann <dback_jon AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:56:16 -0800
The Chandler Reddish Egret was still present as of 3:45. It was flushed by a 
bicyclist, and perched atop the new Santa Barbara style building on Queen 
Creek. It was only visible from the pond side of the building. 


Great find!

Jon Mann
Chandler, AZ


      
Subject: AZ: Rufous-capped Warblers - there are three; and a Kentucky Warbler
From: Laurens Halsey <desert-harrier AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 15:09:09 -0700
The Rufous-capped Warblers were seen this morning (Saturday 12/27/08)
before 09:50am by others between the small dam and the lone sycamore.
At around 10:20, I had two individuals on either side of the stream bed
further upstream (were the drainage takes a left turn).  Around 10:30,
along with Mike Moore, his brother Jim, and a couple from California,
THREE Rufous-capped Warblers were seen together (same binocular view)
just above the large boulders in the stream bed.  After chattering about
together for a few seconds, all three flew roughly downstream.  I waited
about forty minutes in this area before I heard them again.  And on my
way down, I ended up following at least two Rufous-capped Warblers down
to the sycamore, where one of them stayed in the open long enough for a
few photos (documentation quality).
 
Mike Moore and others, proceeded me down the canyon and found an adult
male KENTUCKY WARBLER in the streambed along the designated trail prior
to reaching the parking lot.  I quickly searched but did not re-find it
30-40 minutes later.  I'll leave it to Mike to tell us more.
 
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IF PLANNING TO SEARCH FOR THESE BIRDS:
 
I am not affiliated with the Forest Service or the University.  As we
should know, the Rufous-capped Warblers are on Forest Service property
near the U of A run Santa Rita Work Center.  The work center property is
under the authority of a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service to
the University and is not for general public use.  The caretakers of the
Work Center discussed with me some issues that they had observed in the
past few days and asked that I post these requests:  
 
Follow the designated forest service trail (the Florida Canyon Trail)
from the parking area to the second trail sign.  At the second sign, get
into the streambed and proceed upstream, STAYING in the stream bed, up
to and past the dam.
 
Do not use the access trail leading to or from the Work Center (the
cluster of buildings, including the water tank), whether marked or not
(stay in the streambed).  Do not walk up (or drive) the road past the
gated/cattle guard entrance to the Work Station.  When parking, do not
block this entrance.  Do not cross the broken fence line along the trail
into the streambed prior to reaching the second sign.
 
Please respect these requests.  
 
I personally do not see the need to get much out of the streambed.  The
Rufous-capped Warblers appeared to be rather skittish, meaning that no
one will get to see them if someone is going through bushes or other
vegetation making a bunch of noise.
Subject: AZ: Chandler REDDISH EGRET
From: Dale Clark <daleclark1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:47:44 -0700
Birders,
 
This afternoon (Dec. 27), there was a REDDISH EGRET (juvenile) at the
pond on the SE corner of Price and Queen Creek roads in Chandler.  The
bird was just a few yards from the intersection. It was feeding on
Tilapia stunned by the cold weather, and it was there when I left at
about 2:30 p.m.  There are many GREAT EGRETS and GREAT BLUE HERONS also
in the area.
 
Regards,
 
Dale
 
daleclark1 AT cox.net
Subject: Brown Pelican at Lakeside Park Tucson
From: Tom Ryan <tgryan AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:07:10 -0700
I watched and photographed a brown pelican at Lakeside park today, from 11:00 
to 1:30. The bird was very active as it flew about the lake and dove for fish. 
It was great to see this big bird in action. The highlight of the day was 
watching an Osprey neatly snatching a fish from the lake surface. There are now 
two loons at the lake and the common merganser was still present. I'll upload 
some photos as soon as they are processed...tom 


All the birds were still there when I left at 1:30
Subject: Tucson: Sweetwater and Santa Cruz River today
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr AT WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:21:25 -0700
Hi Birders,

 Figuring that once the temp went up, it would rise some more we headed out to 
Sweetwater when the temp at home rose to 1 degree (Celsius). In the 2 1/2 hours 
we were there, it barely warmed up at all. There was a lot of Yellow-rumped 
Warbler activity and we saw a female BT Gray Warbler at the Hidden Pond. I saw 
one and possibly two SUMMER TANAGERS. One was way down at the NW corner and the 
other was seen both north of the Keyhole Pond and just NE of the Gazebo Pond. 
That second one had a very red face and a less red body compared to the one at 
the NW end. 


 After a warm cup of coffee, we went down to the Santa Cruz River. The 
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was quite chippy upstream nearly to the two tents 
occupied by vagrants on the other side of the river. We ran into Thomas Staudt 
who had "just" seen the BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER a while before. He went to notify 
other birders who he had spoken to, but they had departed. We walked downstream 
as far as Sunset Road w/o refinding the Blackburnian but then saw it on the way 
back upstream, about mid-way between the original location (where a red 
flagger's flag is stuck in the ground) and where the rope swing overhangs the 
river. We didn't see a Nashville. It seems like the Blackburnian may keep loose 
company with a House Wren and other birds. Either that or House Wrens are 
common enough to be everywhere the warbler is. 


Good birding, 
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ

Subject: FW:AZ: Florida Canyon KENTUCKY Warbler
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr AT WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:14:04 -0700
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA voice mail at 520-798-1005 X 1

Mike Moore reports finding an adult male KENTUCKY WARBLER this morning at 
Florida Canyon. 

As you walk up the Florida Canyon Trail you climb a small hill early on. Just 
past the crest of the hill the warbler was down by the creek (seen from the 
trail). In this location you should stay on the Forest Service trail and not go 
down to the streambed. 


The bar graphs in "Finding Birds in SE AZ" show no winter occurrences of 
Kentucky Warbler. Photos were obtained today. 


Thanks to Mike for the report.

Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
Subject: Important Rufous-capped Warbler update
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr AT WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:10:56 -0700
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA voice mail at 520-798-1005 X 1

Mike Moore reports that there are restrictions on access to the RCWA location 
in Florida Canyon. As originally described, it is necessary to hike the trail 
to the 2nd sign, then walk up the streambed. Do not walk up canyon out of the 
streambed. According to Mike's message, if birders don't follow this 
instruction, the area will be closed to all birder access. Perhaps he will 
expand on that after he returns home. 


Meanwhile, up the canyon, he reports finding THREE RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS.

Thanks to Mike for the update.

Happy Birding Trails,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
Subject: Tucson Sam Lena Common Merganser
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr AT WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:07:00 -0700
From the Tucson Audubon Society's RBA voice mail at 520-798-1005 X 1

John Higgins reports a male COMMON MERGANSER  at Sam Lena Park, Tucson today.

thanks to John for the report.

Mark Stevenson
Tucson
Subject: Fwd: Santa Cruz Flats Highlights
From: Rich Hoyer <calliope AT THERIVER.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 08:37:18 -0800
Hi All,

Below is a message I am forwarding for my friend Craig Tumer of  
Portland, OR.

Good Birding,

Rich
---
Rich Hoyer
Tucson, Arizona

Senior Leader for WINGS
http://wingsbirds.com
---

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Craig Tumer" 
> Date: December 26, 2008 11:07:39 PM PST
>
>
> Diane Holsinger and I birded the Santa Cruz Flats on Friday
> 12/26.  It had rained quite a bit the night before and the dirt cross
> streets were quite muddy.  I was concerned about sliding into the  
> ditch
> and getting stuck so we weren't able to get to some of the fields  
> where
> the the mountain plovers have been seen.  We did see quite a good
> variety of birds.  We found five Bendire's thrashers in the vicinity  
> of
> Sunland Gin Road and Harmon Road (three along Sunland Gin Road, and  
> two
> along Harmon Road).  We also had six caracaras together in the  
> vicinity
> of a flooded field along Sunland Gin Road, south of Harmon Road. The
> most unexpected bird was an immature brown pelican flying to the
> southwest along I-10 near the Toltec Road exit.
> Craig
Subject: Roufous-winged Sparrows Tucson
From: Nelson Briefer <Ebriefer AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 08:45:26 EST
I have found Rufous-winged Sparrows in 3 locations on South  Kolb Road- south 
of Rt 10. 1 location is in the scrub field just north of Trails  West 
development on South Kolb Road. The scrub field is within the frontage road and 

South Kolb Road and Trails West. Nelson Briefer   _ebriefer AT aol.com_ 
(mailto:ebriefer AT aol.com)    Tucson and  Anacortes, WA
**************One site keeps you connected to all your email: AOL Mail, 
Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. Try it now. 

(http://www.aol.com/?optin=new-dp&icid=aolcom40vanity&ncid=emlcntaolcom00000025) 

Subject: New Bird Photos Roper Lake
From: Robert Shantz <rbt AT RSHANTZ.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 06:02:33 -0700
I've added another short set of photos -- a Great Egret and a Black-crowned 
Night-Heron at Roper Lake State Park near Safford on Christmas day. The heron 
got his fish -- see the 3rd and 4th photos in the first row. 


There were a large number of Common Mergansers on the lake, and several flocks 
of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Other than the coots, there weren't too may other 
ducks. It was raining off-and-on, so I didn't stay long. 


I've been having problems with a virus on my website -- not destructive, just 
offering to sell you an anti-virus program that only removes itself. And if you 
have a website, it will try to install itself on yours. It only comes up on a 
Google search, and perhaps other search engines. Going directly to my site from 
favorites, direct links like the one below, or typing the address in doesn't 
bring it up. 


The problem is supposed to be solved. If you should encounter it, or any other 
problems, please let me know. 


Hope you are enjoying the holidays.

Robert Shantz

http://www.rshantz.com/RecentPhotos.htm
Subject: AZFO = New Photos of Pacific Loon
From: Michael C Moore <michael.moore AT ASU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 05:05:34 -0700
Field Ornithologists,
   
Pierre Deviche contributed photos of the Scottsdale Pacific Loon.  Thanks
Pierre!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos.  It ensures
your photos will be posted more quickly.  

Photos posted at:
 
http://www.azfo.org
click on "Photo Documentation"
   
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 photo 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 me.

Mike Moore
AZFO Photo Editor
Gilbert, AZ
Subject: Tres Rios CBC Area 3
From: Tom Hildebrandt <thildebrandt AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 21:36:55 -0700
Joining in with the others reporting on this wonderful count earlier in the
week, I had the pleasure of leading a group including my wife Kristan, Craig
Fischer, Richard Filley, and Marc Drogiewicz in the area just downstream
from the Salt/Gila confluence.
 
Perhaps our highlight was seeing a lone white pelican soaring in a kettle
high overhead with a group of 3 Black Vultures.  It's always a pleasure to
see these representative of the northernmost population of Black Vultures in
western North America!  I personally know this population has been here
since the late 1980's and I encourage discussion on this list of their
history prior to that date!  The pelican was a delightful contrast to the
vultures in flight.  We saw these vultures several times during the day with
our high count at one time being eleven.
 
As is common in winter along this reach, Least Bitterns were heard in
several locations, their Kak, kak, kak, kak, kak not to be confused with the
summertime kek, kek, kek,.....'ing of clapper rail.  Although we heard Sora
in several locations ("whinny" call mostly along with a single "keep"), we
were unable to get a Virginia Rail this year.
 
Osprey (and other raptors) were in shorter supply than usual along this
stretch of the river, but most of the fish-eating birds reliably found along
this nutrient-enriched effluent stream were found in good numbers.
Neotropic and Double-crested cormorants were in about equal numbers, about
70ish of each in our count.  Great & Snowy Egret were especially numerous,
along with Great Blue Herons.   B.C. Night Herons and Green Herons were less
numerous.
 
In the desert habitat portion of our area we were able to find our canyon
wren and gilded flicker in their reliable locations, sometimes the only area
on this count to get these!  A dozen white-throated swifts seen overhead as
we watched a sharp-shinned hawk soaring were a treat we wouldn't have
experienced without the hawk to attract our attention!
 
This is a great count in an ecologically important area.  It's basically the
same area as feted in the annual Tres Rios Nature Festival and an important
opportunity for watchable wildlife recreation for the residents of the SW
portion of the Phoenix metro area.  Truly something to be celebrated!
 
Good Birding All, and a Happy New Year! (birding, of course)
Tom in Tempe
Subject: AZ, Scottsdale, Zone-tailed Hawk
From: Linda Long <luvabird AT NETZERO.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 18:48:24 -0700
While Krys Hammers an I were looking for the Pacific Loon, we spotted a 
Zone-tailed Hawk circling over the pond.  What a beautiful sight.  We 
eventually found the loon sleeping out in the south middle end of the Chart 
House pond.

Linda Long
Chandler, AZ
Subject: Phoenix-Tres Rios CBC - Area 6 highlights
From: Troy Corman <aplomado AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 18:30:32 -0700
Forwarded for Larry Langstaff
 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Larry or Kay Langstaff 
To: LISTSERV AT LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU 
Cc: John Jung 
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2008 10:57 AM
Subject: Phoenix-Tres Rios CBC Area 6 highlights


Sam Steadman, John Jung, and I worked westward along the South "bank" of the 
Gila River just north of the Estrella Mountain Regional Park in the morning of 
21 Dec. Sam said he hoped we would hear and ID birds during the day. So the 
first bird was a Black Phoebe we heard. John spotted two female Hooded 
Mergansers on a gravel pit pond along the eastern border of our area. We looked 
at a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher for 10 minutes. We saw ibis and cormorants flying up 
and down river, and a couple osprey perched in a cottonwood. 


Using the scope we found an array of ducks: Redheads, Am. Widgeons, N. 
Shovelers, Ring-neckeds, Lesser Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, one pair of 
N. Pintails, and a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS. Flyovers were a male CINNAMON 
TEAL, and four COMMON MERGANSERS. Another flyover was a male Vermilion 
Flycatcher. Later we saw another vermilion perched near a Say's Phoebe that 
showed orangish feathers, contrasting to the bright red seen on the first bird. 


As we were eating lunch I asked Sam, who had worked the Tres Rios Count before, 
if there were any target birds in our area for us to watch out for in our 
afternoon assignment. We mentioned a gray flycatcher that had been reliable in 
the Sierra Estrella Regional Park in years past. He also asked us to work the 
trails into the desert to spot some ladder-backs and black-throated sparrows. 

Right after lunch, slowly driving the park road with he window down, we spotted 
and heard a flycatcher in the isolated mesquites along the road. I saw a faint 
vest on the chest and thought olive-sided that I had seen once before in 
Rackensack Gulch up near Seven Springs. But the bird dropped to the ground to 
feed several times, confirming along with its other characteristics that it was 
the GRAY FLYCATCHER Sam told us about! 

 
Walking through the park's mesquites and near the eucalyptus, we noticed 
sapsucker holes, and John spotted a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER like we'd seen in 
mesquites along the Salt River during the Salt-Verde CBC from years past. 
Luckily, as I walked under a mesquite, I heard, then saw our only Anna's 
Hummingbird of the day. We found a trail into the desert south of the 
equestrian area of the park that reminded us of South Mountain Park habitat. We 
found a flock of Black-throated Sparrows and a Ladder-back Woodpecker. The 
woodpecker was feeding in cholla almost exclusively, a plant I had never seen 
ladder-backs in before. We were surprised to see a rock wren hopping around in 
an area without big boulders. As we headed to the compilation dinner, the rain 
started. Great day on a new count for John and I and a great day for Sam too! 


Larry Langstaff
Subject: Pacific Loon. Tucson
From: "Clait E. Braun" <sg-wtp AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:46:04 -0700
Those Interested:
        Don Radovich and I checked out the Pacific Loon at Lakeside Park
Lagoon this afternoon at 3:00 PM. It was calmly diving and swimming at
that time. Duration of dives was fairly short (~2 min) so the fishing may
be easy. This bird may stay for awhile as it has little competition.

 Best Wishes for the New Year
          Clait
 Clait E. Braun, Editor
The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 
         Grouse Inc.
Subject: SE AZ: Sweetwater Swamp Sparrow
From: Michael Wienholt <bartholt AT Q.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:35:37 -0700
Jerry Pilny and I checked Sweetwater today and were rewarded with a Swamp 
Sparrow in the Hidden Pond, as previously reported on the RBA by Molly on 
the 5th.

Michael Wienholt
Catalina, AZ
Subject: Ovenbird in Albuquerque, NM
From: Celestyn M Brozek <cbrozek AT UNM.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:30:09 -0700
Today, 26 Dec, Geni reported an Ovenbird in her front 
yard, 600 Valencia NE, Albuquerque.  Her house is on the 
corner of Valencia and Nambe (close to Copper/San Mateo 
intersection).  Her phone is 255-2484.  You can call her 
to check about the bird at 255-2484 or just drive up and 
look under the bushes in the front of the house.
Subject: Re: McCormick Ranch (AZ) Pacific Loon
From: Richard Ditch <richditch AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 15:24:07 -0700
It was still present at 1:00 PM, where it spent all the time above  
water and was easy to view. Definitely a scope bird.

Rich Ditch
Phoenix

web: www.richditch.com



On Dec 26, 2008, at 9:23 AM, Pete Moulton wrote:

> Birders,
>
>
>
> the Pacific Loon reported at the McCormick Ranch lake yesterday by
> Claudia Kirscher was still present early this morning. A little
> patience is required, as it's diving steadily, and a scope will help
> for diagnostic views because it stays well away from shore.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Pete Moulton
>
> QUESTION AUTHORITY (short form of the Scientific Method)
Subject: New AZFO Online Journal Article
From: Pierre Deviche <Pierre.Deviche AT ASU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 15:11:51 -0700
Hi Birders:

A new AZFO online journal article entitled "Evaluation of recent Golden-Plover 
images taken in Arizona and notes on identification" by Andrew Core and Mike 
Moore is available for you to read at 
http://www.azfo.org/gallery/challenges/Golden-Plover/American_Golden-Plover.html. 


Thanks to Andrew and Mike for this contribution!

You can find the complete list of other AZFO articles at: 
http://www.azfo.org/journal/articles_index1.html. 


We welcome new manuscripts related to the identification, status, distribution, 
ecology, and behavior or Arizona birds. If you are interested in contributing a 
new manuscript, feel free to contact me or a member of the AZFO Journal 
Editorial Committee (http://www.azfo.org/journal/contributors.html). 


G.B.

Pierre Deviche, AZFO Journal Editor
Phoenix, AZ.
Subject: SE AZ: Whitewater Wetlands Walk 12/26 - addendum
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT SABO.ORG>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:32:48 -0700
Sorry! I managed to leave off the last bird on the list but one of the best of 
the morning: LAZULI BUNTING.

Good birding,

Sheri Williamson
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
sheri AT sabo.org
520/432-1388
http://www.sabo.org
Subject: Tucson RBA 26 December 2008
From: John Yerger <john AT ADVENTUREBIRDING.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:22:51 -0700
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast 
Arizona was made on December 26, 2008. The next update will be made on 
January 2, 2009. Phone your reports to 520-798-1005 X 1. Email your 
reports to rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

In this report, where directions are not given, they can be found in the 
new 2007 edition of "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona", published by 
and available from Tucson Audubon.

Updates to the 6th and 7th editions, including new sites and access 
changes can be found at: www.tucsonaudubon.org/birding/updates.htm

SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including 
information on temporary closures and rules for access to other 
important birding areas. Abbreviation "var obs" = various 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.

Please send documentation to the Arizona Bird Committee via the online 
form at http://azfo.org/ArizonaBirdReview/ABCReview.aspx OR via email to 
ghrosenberg AT comcast.net OR the ABC, P.O. Box 91856, Tucson, AZ 
85720-1856.



SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT:

#GREATER SCAUP
#PACIFIC LOON
  HOODED MERGANSER
*NORTHERN JACANA (only negative reports this week)
#RED PHALAROPE
*SHORT-TAILED HAWK
  Williamson's Sapsucker (Tucson)
#EASTERN PHOEBE
*SINALOA WREN (first U.S. record)
*BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER
*BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER
#CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
  Clay-colored Sparrow
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak
*ORCHARD ORIOLE


PATAGONIA

The *SINALOA WREN was seen briefly this week, though it is still 
primarily a "heard only" bird for most. The bird is most frequently 
heard on Blue Haven Rd, most often about 0.3 to 0.4 miles west of the 
Paton's residence, where there is a cut bank in the stream that comes 
very close to the road. It was heard as recently as 12/22 (Matt Brown). 
Recently it has mostly been heard giving only the "ratchety" call notes, 
a sample of which can be heard by accessing the AZFO Sound Library 
(www.azfo.org).


SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS and GREEN VALLEY

A pair of *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS were discovered in Florida Canyon 
upstream of the Florida Work Center on 12/19 (Troy Corman, Ramsey 
Koury). Note that they like dense vegetation, and precious little of it 
is available here...so it would be best not to trample it. The birds 
were seen at least through 12/22.

Directions to the Florida Work Center can be found in the popular 
Southeastern AZ Bird Finding Guides. To reach this location, park in the 
large parking area at the trail head near the locked entrance to the 
Work Center. There is a brick colored metal sign pointing to the trail. 
Continue up the trail which parallels the work center until you reach 
the next metal sign with similar names trails and saddles. At this 
point, the all trails head up toward the left, but you want to go right 
down to the Florida Canyon drainage itself.

You are also near the upstream end of the Work Center at this point. 
 From here begin hiking up the main drainage (which is the only one 
containing running water). Please note there is no trail from this point 
up to where the warblers were observed. If you continue up the wet 
drainage you will eventually come to a surprisingly large dam which 
supplies water to the Work Center. Once on top of the dam, look upstream 
and you will see a fairly large, lone sycamore within the drainage. The 
warbler pair were detected about 100 m. or so above this sycamore next 
to the drainage but within a dense stand of high shrubs.

A *BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was also seen in this drainage, at the point 
where the second trail sign is posted, on 12/22 (Clifford Cathers).

At the Green Valley WWTP, three brown-plumaged #GREATER SCAUP continued 
on 12/19 (Laurens Halsey).


TUCSON

The *SHORT-TAILED HAWK was reported from a neighborhood just northwest 
of Speedway and Wilmot on 12/21 (Chris Harrison).

An immature *BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was found along the Santa Cruz River 
on the Tucson Valley CBC on 12/21 (Chris McCreedy). The bird was in 
willows on the east side of the river about 1 mile north of Camino del 
Cerro, as viewed from the west side of the river (via a pullout along 
Silverbell Road). It was seen at least through 12/24. Also on 12/24, a 
#CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was found in the same area (Jerry Bock).

A map of the spot: http://tinyurl.com/994ylk* (courtesy Andrew Core)

"If you go to look for this bird, drive north on Silverbell Rd. (west of 
the Santa Cruz R.) from El Camino del Cerro. Just 30 meters before the 
intersection with Sunset (Sunset goes off to the left, or to the west, 
from Silverbell), there's a big dirt pullout with a huge metal power 
pole on the right side of Silverbell between the road and the Santa Cruz 
R. Park here and walk along the river about 1/4 mile upstream or to the 
south, checking all of the willows along the way." (courtesy Dave Stejskal)


A greenish-plumaged *ORCHARD ORIOLE was finally photographed on 12/21 at 
Sweetwater Wetlands (Bob Starks). Also at Sweetwater Wetlands, a Summer 
Tanager continued and a HOODED MERGANSER was noted.

A #PACIFIC LOON was identified at Lakeside Park in southeast Tucson  on 
12/19 (Mark Stevenson, Molly Pollock). A female-type HOODED MERGANSER 
was present the same day, as was an OSPREY (Rick Taylor) and a Merlin. 
The aforementioned waterfowl were present at least through 12/25 (var obs).

A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was photographed during the Tucson Valley 
CBC on 12/21 at the Park Place Apartments on Orange Grove Road just east 
of Oracle Rd (Richard Fray). It was eating (palm?) fruit in front of the 
office/welcome center.

A low-elevation WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER was seen only sporadically this 
week in McCormick Park (var obs).


AMADO

A #RED PHALAROPE was discovered at the Amado Sewage Treatment Pond on 
12/19 (Sue Carnahan). It continued through 12/20, but has not been 
reported since.


ARIVACA

An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Arivaca Lake on 12/20 (Peter Collins).


BENSON

A probable CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on 12/25 (Homer Hansen) while 
searching for an eBird-reported Field Sparrow (which would be extremely 
rare - documentation would be great!) The Clay-colored was in a mixed 
flock in the area just north of W. Commerce Dr, which is immediately 
north of I-10 and west of Ocotillo Rd.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

I-10 is under construction in Tucson between 29th Street and Prince 
Road. See http://www.i10tucsondistrict.com/29toP.html for details.

I-19 CANOA RD EXIT - Birders heading south on I-19 for Montosa and Chino 
Canyons should know that the underpass at Canoa Road, exit 56, is under 
construction and will likely be closed for another month or two. Birders 
heading for these areas need to go to the next exit, Amado, and then 
backtrack to Elephant Head Road. You can take the frontage road that 
runs parallel to I-19 on the east side from Amado and still get on I-19 
at Canoa Road if you are going north.

SIERRA VISTA - Construction has started on State Route 92 for the east 
side of the Huachuca Mountains. For more on SR 92 Construction info 
visit 
http://www.svherald.com/articles/2008/10/13/news/doc48f2daad42028872230815.txt 


FORT HUACHUCA - will suspend your driving privileges on Post for 30 
days, on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone/Blackberry 
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 considered to be off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions 
of a few birders. DO NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. Stopping within 0.25 mile 
of the corral is discouraged.

PEŃA BLANCA LAKE - Remains closed for removal of the toxins from the 
lake. Ruby Road and Upper WHITE Rock Campground remain open. (Upper 
THUMB Rock picnic area is closed).

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. 
Please note that the facility is putting in electric fences and gates to 
comply with Homeland Security procedures.

Right now birders must use the back gate and follow the dirt road that 
will bring them right to the sign-in building. Once signed in, birders 
can drive to the usual parking area on the west side of the facility.

AVRA VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: The facility remains closed to 
birders due to the ongoing construction. Updates will be added as they 
become available; anticipated completion is sometime in 2009.

NOGALES SEWAGE PONDS: Remain closed to birders.

CORONA DE TUCSON WASTEWATER RECLAMATION FACILITY: Access to the ponds 
here, about 1.5 miles west of Houghton Rd on Sahuarita Rd, has been 
granted strictly under the following conditions:

1) Site visitation MUST be prearranged. Normal hours are 6AM-4PM. All 
visitors must be off site before 4:00 pm. DUE TO UNFORESEEN WORK 
CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU MAY FIND THE FACILITY CLOSED PERIODICALLY EVEN IF YOU 
HAVE MADE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS. RESPECT ANY CLOSURES!

2) A list with names and contact information of the persons/group that 
will be on site needs to faxed or emailed one day prior to arrival, to 
the Corona de Tucson WRF (Fax: 520-762-0591; Email: coronadetucson AT 
wwm.pima.gov).

3) ALL visitors must check in at the Facility office before they start 
roaming the site and again when they depart.

The Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department is currently revising 
security procedures and these rules are subject to change any time. Your 
cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Happy holidays and good birding,
John Yerger
Tucson, AZ
Subject: AZ:12/26/08:Tucson Pacific Loon-Yes
From: "Clifford A. Cathers" <azcliffy AT Q.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 13:35:20 -0700
While in snow-flakey Tucson this afternoon, I saw the continuing Lakeside 
Park PACIFIC LOON diving repeatedly near the south end of the lake just 
past 12:00 noon.

Clifford A. Cathers
Economy Birding Services, Inc.
"Quality Birding With Your Budget in Mind"
http://www.economybirding.com
AZCliffy AT q.com
Subject: SE AZ: Whitewater Wetlands Walk 12/26
From: Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory <sabo AT SABO.ORG>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 12:55:51 -0700
Greetings, neighbors,

Jim and Cynthia Feaster and I managed to get in this morning's Whitewater 
Wetlands Walk before the serious weather blew in (9-11 a.m.). Nothing momentous 

to report, but we managed to see/hear quite a few species in spite of the wind:

Gadwall
"Mexican" Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron - 1 juv.
Northern Harrier - at least 5
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
[Long-billed] Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
Barn Owl - 2
Great Horned Owl - 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Abert's Towhee - heard
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow - heard
White-crowned Sparrow
Pyrrhuloxia

Only a few dozen cranes returned to the wildlife area during the walk, and most 

of those headed straight to the moist soil units south of the main viewing 
area. 

The crane watch that was on the schedule was just not in the cards, so we 
agreed 

to call it a morning at 11.

On my way back to Bisbee the wind was wobbling stop signs along Central Highway 

like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but I still managed 
to 

  add AMERICAN KESTREL, SAY'S PHOEBE, LARK BUNTING, and EASTERN (LILLIAN'S) 
MEADOWLARK to the morning's list.

Good birding,

Sheri Williamson
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Bisbee, Arizona
sheri AT sabo.org
520/432-1388
http://www.sabo.org
Subject: AZ, Chandler, Eurasian Collared-Doves
From: Linda Long <luvabird AT NETZERO.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 09:32:12 -0700
While livingroom birding yesterday morning (12/25), I saw 17 Eurasian 
Collared-Doves in one tree.  There were six of them on one street light 
with a White-Winged Dove on the end that got pushed off.  I had 8 Inca 
Doves in the yard along with the mob of Mourning Doves.  A 4 dove day.

I stopped by the Loop 202/Kyrene ponds before the rains and saw 31 Double-
crested Cormorants on the dike and swimming.  No pelican.  There were 2 
Opspey flying around with one missing feathers in the left wing.  I've seen 
63 species in these ponds.  Unfortunately, most were in 2006 when I first 
started birding there.

Linda Long
Chandler, AZ
Subject: McCormick Ranch (AZ) Pacific Loon
From: Pete Moulton <moultonpj AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:23:16 -0800
Birders,



the Pacific Loon reported at the McCormick Ranch lake yesterday by
Claudia Kirscher was still present early this morning. A little
patience is required, as it's diving steadily, and a scope will help
for diagnostic views because it stays well away from shore.



Cheers,

Pete Moulton

QUESTION AUTHORITY (short form of the Scientific Method)
Subject: AZFO - New photos of Orchard Oriole
From: Michael C Moore <michael.moore AT ASU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:38:32 -0700
Field Ornithologists,
   
Bob Starks contributed photos of the Sweetwater Orchard Oriole.  Thanks Bob!

Thanks to all who use the online form below to submit photos.  It ensures
your photos will be posted more quickly.  

Photos posted at:
 
http://www.azfo.org
click on "Photo Documentation"
   
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 photo 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 me.

Mike Moore
AZFO Photo Editor
Gilbert, AZ
Subject: SE AZ: Florida Canyon Christmas Day
From: Michael Wienholt <bartholt AT Q.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:11:57 -0700
Jerry Pilny braved the weather yesterday in search of the Rufous-capped 
Warbler pair, without success. Notable birds he did find were a Painted 
Redstart near the work center and a White-tailed Kite at the pecan grove 
west of the bridge on Continental Rd.

Michael Wienholt
Catalina, AZ
Subject: Summary of Patagonia, AZ Christmas Bird Count
From: Tom Arny <tarny AT THERIVER.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:02:53 -0700
Below are the count totals for the Patagonia AZ, Christmas Bird  
Count.  I'd like to thank the 53 counters who braved a very windy and  
raw day and Abbie Zeltzer for her organizing the count.  The total  
number of specie seen was 148, including a handful of count week (CW)  
species.  This info is also posted at azastro.org/PATAZ_count.html
2___Pied-bill Grebe

3__  Great Blue Heron

22__Black Vulture

1_  Turkey Vulture

13__American Wigeon

70__Mallard

2__  Cinnamon Teal

28__Green-winged Teal

11__Canvasback

4___Redhead

6___Ring-necked Duck

15__Bufflehead

166_Lesser Scaup

17__Ruddy Duck

32__Northern Harrier

7__  Sharp-shinned Hawk

10__Cooper's Hawk

CW_Gray Hawk

42__Red-tailed Hawk

CW_Golden Eagle

  32_American Kestrel

2__  Merlin

3__  Prairie Falcon

81__Gambel's Quail

100_Montezuma Quail

3__Virginia Rail

1___Sora

2__  American Coot

8__  Killdeer

4_   Wilson's Snipe

9__  Rock Dove

5__Band-tailed Pigeon

21__Eurasian Collared-Dove

40__White-winged Dove

157_Mourning Dove

45__Inca Dove

17__Common Ground-Dove

2___ Greater Roadrunner

1___ Barn Owl

1___ Western Screech-Owl

1__   Whiskered Screech-Owl

3___ Great Horned Owl

1_Broad-billed Hummingbird

7___ Anna's Hummingbird

2__Elegant Trogon

3__   Belted Kingfisher

66__ Acorn Woodpecker

64__ Gila Woodpecker

1___Williamson Sapsucker

24__Red-naped Sapsucker

1___Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

36__Ladder-backed Woodpecker

2__Hairy Woodpecker

15__Arizona Woodpecker

58__Northern Flicker

             41__Red-shafted

             1___Yellow-shafted

24__Hammond's Flycatcher

10__Gray Flycatcher

24__Dusky Flycatcher

1__Western type Flycatcher

4__  Empidonax sp.

49__Black Phoebe

32__Say's Phoebe

CW_Vermilion Flycatcher

  6__  Loggerhead Shrike

5___Plumbeous Vireo

4__  Cassin's Vireo

27__Hutton's Vireo

H_Gray Vireo

13__Western Scrub-Jay

354_Mexican Jay

2___Stellar's Jay

108_Chihuahuan Raven

232_Common Raven

10__Raven sp.

38__Horned Lark

296_Bridled Titmouse

8__  Verdin

122_Bushtit

1__Red-breasted Nuthatch

83__White-breasted Nuthatch

16__Rock Wren

36___Canyon Wren

136__Bewick's Wren

23___House Wren

4____Marsh Wren

CW__Sinaloa Wren

308__Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2____Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

2__    Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

5___  Black-capped Gnatcatcher

29__Eastern Bluebird

173__Western Bluebird

  1____Townsend's Solitaire

26___Hermit Thrush

3____American Robin

3____Northern Mockingbird

4____Curve-billed Thrasher

1____Crissal Thrasher

4____European Starling

1____American Pipit

1____Sprague's Pipit

25___Cedar Waxwing

  7____Phainopepla

56___Yellow-rumped Warbler

       92____ (Audubon's)

9____Orange-crowned Warbler

10___Black-throated Gray Warbler

15___Townsend's Warbler

1___  Common Yellowthroat

3___  Wilson’s Warbler

3___  Painted Redstart

CW__Western Tanager

18_Green-tailed Towhee

29___Spotted Towhee

41___Canyon Towhee

38___Abert's Towhee

1___  Rufous-winged Sparrow

34___Rufous-crowned Sparrow

964__Chipping Sparrow

2____Brewer's Sparrow

1____Black-chinned Sparrow

141__Vesper Sparrow

51____Lark Sparrow

  17___Black-throated Sparrow

4___  Lark Bunting

68___Savannah Sparrow

3____Grasshopper Sparrow

CW__Baird’s Sparrow

46___Song Sparrow

88___Lincoln's Sparrow

1____Swamp Sparrow

259__White-crowned Sparrow

1_White-throated Sparrow

454__Dark-eyed Junco

       19___ (Oregon)

         1___Slate-colored

       93_____ (Gray-headed)

       65____ (Pink-sided)

6____McCown's Longspur

2____Chestnut-collared Longspur

39___Northern Cardinal

19___Pyrrhuloxia

7____Lazuli Bunting

700__  Red-winged Blackbird

34___Eastern Meadowlark

7____Western Meadowlark

80___Meadowlark sp.

235__Brewer's Blackbird

  2___  Great-tailed Grackle

60__Brown-headed Cowbird

1___  Cassin’s Finch

23__  Red Crossbill

229__House Finch

293__Pine Siskin

1___American Goldfinch

259__Lesser Goldfinch

36__House Sparrow




Tom Arny
tarny AT theriver.com
Box 545, Patagonia, AZ
USA
85624
Subject: SEAZ: Benson Sparrow Search
From: Homer Hansen <hhansen AT APLOMADO.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 21:48:16 -0700
NO Field Sparrow 

However, my searching around Commerce Road just north of I-10 off of the
Ocotillo Road exit 304 was very fruitful when it came to finding sparrows,
11 species in this area!  Following up on Rich's post for the possible Field
Sparrow, I found an hour after lunchtime to look around.  I walked around
the area north and west of the cul de sac, but didn't come across the mixed
flock of White-crowned and Lark Sparrows until I went east, where they were
in the grassy field just west of the Denny's restaurant.  I watched the
flock for about 15 minutes without seeing a Field Sparrow come up to perch;
however I did see three Brewer's Sparrows and one likely CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW (I nabbed a couple of marginal photos from a distance and I think
the odds are good).  This field was also productive with Vesper, Savannah,
and Grasshopper Sparrows.  To the north, close to the Motel 8, I also
spotted a Green-tailed Towhee, and along the drainage in the thick brush was
a Lincoln's Sparrow.  West of the drainage where the grass transitioned to
mesquite was a skulky CASSIN'S SPARROW.  Farther to the west were
Black-throated Sparrows.  So the mixed habitat is very suitable for
sparrows, maybe there is still a chance for a Field Sparrow yet (unless
immature White-crowned Sparrows were mistaken for a Field Sparrow).  

Happy holidays and happy birding,
Homer Hansen
Willcox/Tucson,AZ
Subject: Too late now - Blue Grosbeak
From: Al Trompler <altromp AT Q.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 21:10:56 -0700
Some birds just never get around to going all the way south for the winter. 
Male Blue Grosbeak seen 12/24 and 12/25 at Casa de San Pedro, just north of 
Palominas, AZ. 


Al Trompler
Las Cruces, NM
Subject: Phoenix-Tres Rios CBC - Some Highlights
From: Troy Corman <aplomado AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 18:54:58 -0700
I apologize for the tardy post but on 21 Dec., Ramsay Koury and I surveyed a 
three-mile sections of the lower Salt River for the Phx.-Tres Rios CBC. This 
included adjacent lands between 91st Ave. west to the Gila River confluence 
near Avondale Blvd. Unfortunately, access to most of this area is very limited 
and required prior permission from the City of Phoenix. Highlights of the 102 
species we detected in this area included 1 LESSER NIGHTHAWK, 2 LONG-EARED 
OWLS, 2 LEAST BITTERNS, 19 BLACK VULTURES, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 SWAMP SPARROW, 
and 1 first-year GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW. The latter three species were first 
found while scouting on 19 Dec., but we were unable to relocated either of the 
2 NORTHERN PARULAS we had scouted out just west of the Cobble Ponds. We also 
observed 42 Am. White Pelicans soaring over this area on 19 Dec. Luckily, some 
other teams picked this species up on count day. 


I know many of us enjoy participating in area CBCs and I encourage others to 
share their team highlights for not only this count, but for the many others 
across AZ (and NM). 


Happy Holidays and Good Christmas Bird Counting!

Troy Corman
Phoenix, AZ
www.azfo.org
Subject: Canvasbacks
From: Lise Anders <lizbugs AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 16:56:31 -0700
13 Canvasbacks on the west pond off 28th drive, just south of Cactus. 
Several Canadian Geese, too. Access to the water by Desert Shores 
Condominiums driveways. Also check out east pond across the street by 
commercial building about 200 feet south of that location. Lots of Widgeon 
and Ruddy ducks common there.
Subject: Re: AZ: Scottsdale Christmas Waterfowl
From: C kirscher <antclaudia2008 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 14:47:25 -0800
I took a break this a.m. to cruise the Scottsdale Pavillions and Back 
Lake-McCormick Ranch, following what sounds to be the same route as Magill 
(thank you for directions to the Wood Duck).  I won't repeat her postings, 
having seen pretty much the same birds other than the Cackling-type Goose 
(thanks again for directions, but did not locate the bird).  Scoping the Back 
Lake-McCormick Ranch behind the Chart House Restaurant, to the middle/southeast 
part of the lake, I found a diving PACIFIC LOON.  Nice Christmas bird !  


Claudia Kirscher 




________________________________
From: Magill Weber 
To: BIRDWG05 AT LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
Sent: Thursday, December 25, 2008 12:36:57 PM
Subject: [BIRDWG05] AZ: Scottsdale Christmas Waterfowl

I spent a few hours checking out waterfowl in some of the local lakes 
north-to-south along Indian Bend Wash in Tempe and Scottsdale.  Most 
interesting bird of the day was a Richardson's/Cackling-type Goose at Back 
Lake-McCormick Ranch behind the Chart House Restaurant.  Names of lakes are 
consisent with those in the Thomas Guide for the Phoenix area. 


Scottsdale continues to be the Wigeon capital of Arizona again this winter.  At 
the Hayden and Indian School pond, the presumptive hybrid Eurasian Wigeon 
photographed last week by Pierre Deviche, continues in a flock of about 60 
American Wigeon, but I failed to locate the 100% Eurasian bird. The flock took 
off, split, and relanded in the few minutes I was there, and I suspect there is 
a lot of movement between local lakes, so who knows where this bird is now. 


Around McCormick Ranch at Playa Lake along Indian Bend Road, I had 84 Common 
Mergansers, 54 Ruddy Ducks, a few Mallards and Northern Shoveler, along with an 
impressive flock of 340 American Wigeon.  I looked for Eurasians for a while, 
but didn't find any.  At Ranch Lake also in McCormick Ranch, there were 16 
Ring-necked Ducks, 128 American Wigeon, and a few Mallards.  At Santa Fe Lake, 
also in McCormick Ranch, there was another huge flock of 241 American Wigeon, 
and at nearby Indian Bend Lake, there was a flock of 9 Common Mergansers. 


At Back Lake (behind the Chart House Restaurant) on McCormick Parkway, the 
aforementioned Richardson's/Cackling-type Goose was in a flock with a large 
number of giant/maxima-type and 2 Lesser-type Canadas.  I spent far too much 
time picking through Canada Geese of various subspecies and sizes when I lived 
in Wisconsin, and definitely don't claim to be an expert on Cackling, but this 
is the first one I've seen in Arizona that even comes close. This mini-goose 
was probably 60% the size of the maximas in the flock, had a tiny bill and 
faded pale neck (but not completely white collar).  It was very short-necked 
(particularly relative to the rest of the flock), and compared as only slightly 
taller than a nearby N. Shoveler.  I'm kicking myself for not hauling out the 
camera gear in the rain, but hopefully someone can relocate. Also at this lake 
were a male Wood Duck, a Ring-billed Gull, 218 American Wigeon, hundreds of 
American Coots, a few Ruddy Ducks, a 

 few Shoveler, 27 Double-crested and 2 Neotropic Cormorants and a bunch of 
Mallards. 


At Scottsdale Pavillions (Pima and Indian Bend) Shopping Center the HOODED 
MERGANSER flock continues.  I found 4 adult males, 1 immature male, and 4 
females.  Also present were a pair of Green-winged Teal, 40 Northern Shoveler, 
a handful of Ring-necked Ducks, 65 American Wigeon, and lots of Mallards.  This 
is also a great urban birding spot for waders, with Black-necked Stilts, a few 
Great Blue Herons, immature and adult Night Heron, two Green Herons, and a 
Great Egret present.  I also had a Belted Kingfisher. 


At Scottsdale Community College (101 and Chapparal) one damp Burrowing Owl 
perched out in the drizzle. 


I also stopped at ASU Research Park (101 and Elliot) in Tempe to look for the 
Greater White-fronted Goose, but filed to find it.  I did have 46 Ring-necked 
Ducks, 40 Lesser Scaups (no Greater, not for lack of trying), and lots of 
Mallards and Coots. 


Magill Weber, Phoenix, AZ
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Subject: AZ: Correction Scottsdale Waterfowl
From: Magill Weber <magill_weber AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 15:13:46 -0700
My earlier report of Giant Canada/Maxima should have actually been Great 
Basin/Moffitti Canada Geese. In other words, the usual large-form Canadas found 
around here in the winter. 

 
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Subject: AZ: Scottsdale Christmas Waterfowl
From: Magill Weber <magill_weber AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 13:36:57 -0700
I spent a few hours checking out waterfowl in some of the local lakes 
north-to-south along Indian Bend Wash in Tempe and Scottsdale. Most interesting 
bird of the day was a Richardson's/Cackling-type Goose at Back Lake-McCormick 
Ranch behind the Chart House Restaurant. Names of lakes are consisent with 
those in the Thomas Guide for the Phoenix area. 

 
Scottsdale continues to be the Wigeon capital of Arizona again this winter. At 
the Hayden and Indian School pond, the presumptive hybrid Eurasian Wigeon 
photographed last week by Pierre Deviche, continues in a flock of about 60 
American Wigeon, but I failed to locate the 100% Eurasian bird. The flock took 
off, split, and relanded in the few minutes I was there, and I suspect there is 
a lot of movement between local lakes, so who knows where this bird is now. 

 
Around McCormick Ranch at Playa Lake along Indian Bend Road, I had 84 Common 
Mergansers, 54 Ruddy Ducks, a few Mallards and Northern Shoveler, along with an 
impressive flock of 340 American Wigeon. I looked for Eurasians for a while, 
but didn't find any. At Ranch Lake also in McCormick Ranch, there were 16 
Ring-necked Ducks, 128 American Wigeon, and a few Mallards. At Santa Fe Lake, 
also in McCormick Ranch, there was another huge flock of 241 American Wigeon, 
and at nearby Indian Bend Lake, there was a flock of 9 Common Mergansers. 

 
At Back Lake (behind the Chart House Restaurant) on McCormick Parkway, the 
aforementioned Richardson's/Cackling-type Goose was in a flock with a large 
number of giant/maxima-type and 2 Lesser-type Canadas. I spent far too much 
time picking through Canada Geese of various subspecies and sizes when I lived 
in Wisconsin, and definitely don't claim to be an expert on Cackling, but this 
is the first one I've seen in Arizona that even comes close. This mini-goose 
was probably 60% the size of the maximas in the flock, had a tiny bill and 
faded pale neck (but not completely white collar). It was very short-necked 
(particularly relative to the rest of the flock), and compared as only slightly 
taller than a nearby N. Shoveler. I'm kicking myself for not hauling out the 
camera gear in the rain, but hopefully someone can relocate. Also at this lake 
were a male Wood Duck, a Ring-billed Gull, 218 American Wigeon, hundreds of 
American Coots, a few Ruddy Ducks, a few Shoveler, 27 Double-crested and 2 
Neotropic Cormorants and a bunch of Mallards. 

 
At Scottsdale Pavillions (Pima and Indian Bend) Shopping Center the HOODED 
MERGANSER flock continues. I found 4 adult males, 1 immature male, and 4 
females. Also present were a pair of Green-winged Teal, 40 Northern Shoveler, a 
handful of Ring-necked Ducks, 65 American Wigeon, and lots of Mallards. This is 
also a great urban birding spot for waders, with Black-necked Stilts, a few 
Great Blue Herons, immature and adult Night Heron, two Green Herons, and a 
Great Egret present. I also had a Belted Kingfisher. 

 
At Scottsdale Community College (101 and Chapparal) one damp Burrowing Owl 
perched out in the drizzle. 

 
I also stopped at ASU Research Park (101 and Elliot) in Tempe to look for the 
Greater White-fronted Goose, but filed to find it. I did have 46 Ring-necked 
Ducks, 40 Lesser Scaups (no Greater, not for lack of trying), and lots of 
Mallards and Coots. 

 
Magill Weber, Phoenix, AZ
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Subject: Tucson Pacific Loon continues
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr AT WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 12:36:50 -0700
Hi Birders,
 John Higgins reports the PACIFIC LOON and Common Merganser still present at 
Lakeside Park today. Among the starlings was one with a white tail. 


Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
Subject: Christmas morning stroll in McCormick Park
From: John Yerger <john AT ADVENTUREBIRDING.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 14:29:24 -0500
No sign of the Williamson's Sapsucker for us (still), but Morgan Jackson and I 
had the good fortune to enjoy a COMMON GROUND-DOVE and a bright male VERMILLION 
FLYCATCHER today right smack in the middle of McCormick Park. 


Happy holidays and good birding to all,
John Yerger
Tucson, AZ
john AT adventurebirding.com
Subject: NM RBA for 12/25/08
From: Pinyonjay AT AOL.COM
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 12:19:19 EST
 
RBA 
* New  Mexico Bird Report 
*  December 25, 2008 
*  NMEX0812.25 
Transcript 
. 
Hotline New Mexico 
date:  December 25, 2008 
compiler Patricia R. Snider 
Phone:  719-846-3174 
Cell  phone 505-803-1807 
e-mail  address _pinyonjay AT aol.com_ (mailto:pinyonjay AT aol.com)   
. 
This  is Pinyin Jay with the New Mexico Bird Report for December 25, 2008 
sponsored by  the New Mexico Ornitho- 
logical Society.  When  phone numbers are given for  
private property, please call before going to ask  
. 
Merry  Christmas. 
Highlights: Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White- 
winged  Scoter, Snow Bunting, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Lesser  
Black-backed Gull, Red-shouldered Hawk 
. 
. 
Places  mentioned and a checklist of N.M. birds are in  
the  N.M. Bird Finding Guide.  Check for  earlier reports 
and  database at 
_http://www.nmbirds.org_ (http://www.nmbirds.org/)  
or in  the archives of the AZ/NM listserve.  For photos of  
rarities and directions to some birding sites check  
_http://sites.google.com/site/oldenettelspage_ 
(http://sites.google.com/site/oldenettelspage) . 
. 
. 
For  the Bird Records Committee and both Field Notes  
please  send reports to Dr. Sartor O. Williams, III,  
1819  Meadowview NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104 or to  
_sunbittern AT earthlink.net_ (mailto:sunbittern AT earthlink.net) . 
. 
. 
Birds  Mentioned and Counties: 
. 
Horned  Grebe (Curry) 
Western and Clark’s Grebes (Sierra) 
American White Pelican (Sierra) 
Neotropic Cormorant (Sierra) 
White-faced Ibis (Chaves) 
Greater White-fronted Goose (Bernalillo) 
Ross’s  Goose (Chaves, Bernalillo) 
Snow  Goose (Chaves, Bernalillo) 
Cackling Goose (Curry, Bernaillo) 
White-winged Scoter (Colfax) 
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Colfax) 
Hooded  Merganser (Sierra, Chaves) 
Red-breasted and Common Mergansers (Sierra) 
Osprey  (Sierra) 
Bald  Eagle (Sierra) 
Northern Harrier (Chaves) 
Red-shouldered Hawk (Socorro) 
Red-tailed Hawk leucistic (Doña Ana) 
Golden  Eagle and Ferruginous Hawks (Curry, Sierra,  
Colfax) 
Crested Caracara (Doña Ana) 
Merlin  (Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Curry, Colfax) 
Peregrine Falcon (Bernalillo) 
Virginia Rail (Chaves) 
Sandhill Crane (Chaves) 
Spotted Sandpiper (Sierra) 
Least  Sandpiper (Sierra) 
Dunlin  (Sierra) 
Long-billed Dowitcher (Sierra) 
Wilson’s Snipe (Chaves, Sierra) 
Bonaparte’s Gull (Sierra, Colfax) 
Herring Gull (Sierra) 
California Gull (Sierra) 
LESSER  BLACK-BACKED GULL (Sierra) 
Inca  Dove (Sierra) 
Long-eared Owl (Luna) 
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Doña Ana) 
Anna’s  Hummingbird (Sierra) 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sierra) 
Dusky  and Hammond’s Flycatchers (Sierra, Eddy) 
Black  Phoebe (Sierra) 
Eastern Phoebe (Sierra) 
Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes (Colfax) 
Winter  and House Wrens (Sierra, Eddy) 
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Eddy) 
Eastern Bluebird (Sierra, Eddy) 
Mountain Bluebird (Eddy) 
American Robin (Beralillo) 
Brown  Thrasher (Eddy) 
Phainopepla (Sierra) 
Cedar  Waxwing (Sierra) 
American Pipit (Sierra) 
American Tree Sparrow (Colfax) 
Field  Sparrow (Eddy) 
Savannah Sparrow (Bernalillo) 
Fox  Sparrow (Sierra) 
Swamp  Sparrow (Eddy) 
White-throated Sparrow (Socorro, Sierra, Doña Ana,  
Bernalillo, Eddy) 
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo) 
Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco (Bernalillo, Doña Ana) 
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Doña Ana 
Lapland Longspur (Colfax, Doña Ana) 
McCown’s Longspur (Curry, Doña Ana)) 
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Doña Ana) 
Rosy  Finches (Bernalillo, Taos) 
SNOW  BUNTING (Colfax) 
Pine  Siskin (Sierra) 
. 
. 
In  Taos County: 
GB  said no ROSY FINCHES have appeared at the Kandahar  
Condos  at the Taos Ski Valley so far.  They  did arrive by December 23. 
. 
In  Santa Fe County: 
RY on  December 12 had a MERLIN at Salvador Perez Park on  
Alta  Vista in Santa Fe. 
. 
In  Colfax County: 
DK and  JR on December 15 found a SNOW BUNTING at Stubble- 
fieLd  Lake about half a mile north along the dike by a  
frozen  pond to the east.  It was seen later  by JB and by  
JP,  WW, RV, and later MH on December 16.  CW and NP saw  
it  later that day (photo).  MB, SNC,  and CD saw it on  
December 17, JL, JO, WW, LL, and PMc on December 19, JO  
and  BMH had it in December 21. 
On  December 21 BH had a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on Laguna  
Lake  to the north with two NORTHERN SHRIKES at the nw.  
edge  of the Maxwell Refuge.  There was no  sign of the  
scoter  on Lake 13.  On Stubblefield JP on  December 19 had  
the  female Barrow’s four fly over Lapland Longspurs, and  
a  Bonaparte’s Gull. 
The JP  group also had a pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and  
two  fly over LAPLAND LONGSPURS at Stubblefield. On  
December 19 there was the female Barrow’s but the lakes  
are  mostly frozen.  Present were two  MERLINS, a GOLDEN  
EAGLE,  TREE SPARROWS, and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.  Two  
GOLDEN  EAGLES were on the poles south of Maxwell. 
VT on  December 6 at the Maxwell Refuge on Lake 14 found  
an  adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.  DK  and JR had the  
scoter  on Lake 13 on December 15.  JP, WW,  RV, and MH saw  
it  December 16. 
. 
In  Curry County: 
CR and  RV on December 14 at a Clovis CBC saw two HORNED  
GREBES  at the Sewage Ponds and CACKLING GEESE at a playa  
a mile  east on NM 209 near the Oppliger feedlot and  
dairy.  East of Ned  Houk Park north of Clovis there was  
two  MERLINS and an immature GOLDEN EAGLE with several  
FERRUGINOUS HAWKS.  At  1.5 miles past the end of pavement  
on  7th Street there was 600 MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS. 
. 
In  Bernalillo County: 
GS had  a MERLIN near the Albertson’s off Tramway on  
December 5 and 14, also seen near Montgomery.  It was  
still  there on December 20. 
DP had  a tan-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the west  
side  of the Sandia Mts. on December 22 at a home near the  
Whitewash Trailhead. 
RY had  a PEREGRINE FALCON on December 7 on San Antonio  
between I-25 and San Pedro.  BV on December 7 had another  
near  the Alameda Bridge. 
JP had  three WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, one ROSS’S GOOSE, many  
CACKLING GEESE, and one SNOW GOOSE in the fields off of  
Second  Street on December 21. 
DP on  December 1 had an GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at the  
Alameda Bridge in Albuquerque, where it has been seen in  
previous winters.  DM  saw it again on December 14 near  
the  northern brown pumphouse. 
Also  at the Los Poblanos Open Space DP saw four SNOW  
GEESE  and a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with Canadas.  Also  
present were two SLATE-COLORED JUNCOS.  DM on December 14  
saw  two SAVANNAH SPARROWS, the four Snow Geese, and a  
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. 
BG  reported flocks of ROBINS on December 23. 
On  December 21 at Sandia Crest banding of  
the  ROSY FINCHES the NSC team banded ten Blacks, 16  
Brown-capped, and five interior and one Hepburns of  gray- 
crowns.  The road up  was clear. 
. 
In  Socorro County: 
At  Bosque del Apache Refuge south of San Antonio JP, CW,  
MB,  and NP had a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the head- 
quarters on December 6.  JP, WW, and LL on December 13  
saw a  different WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.  BH verified on  
November 27 that there are two white-throats.  JP saw one  
on  December 20.  On December 18 BH  reported a possible  
adult  RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on the northeast corner of the  
Farm  Loop. 
. 
In  Chaves County: 
JSa  for the December 8 refuge count recorded 9403 SNOW  
and 29  ROSS’S GEESE, four HOODED MERGANSERS, a VIRGINIA  
RAIL,  32 WHITE-FACED IBIS, a SNIPE, and a high of 27  
HARRIERS.  On a  December 10 count there were 6908 LESSER  
SANDHILL CRANES.  
. 
In  Sierra County: 
DC  reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Rock Canyon  
Marina  of Elephant Butte Lake on December 15-16.  It was  
seen  December 17 by DC, JB, and WW and on December 20 by  
DC,  WW, and JP.  On the 15th  there was five BONAPARTE’S  
GULLS,  two CALIFORNIA GULLS, and nine HERRING GULLS. 
JL on  December 7 on the boat trip to Monticello Point  
recorded four NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS, over 100 WESTERN/  
CLARKS’S GREBES, 14 WHITE PELICANS, a HERRING GULL, and a  
female  HOODED MERGANSER. 
On NM  27 two miles south of Hillsboro on December 10  
DC at  Caballo Lake north of Eagle Point at the lake’s  
north  end DC saw two female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS  
on  December 13 with Commons.  DC on  December 11 had a  
DUSKY  FLYCATCHER, six DUNLINS, 694 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 318  
DOWITCHERS, and a SNIPE.  The only thing JP, WW, and LL  
saw on  December 13 was the Dowitcher flock. 
At Las  Palomas Marsh DC and JB saw a red FOX SPARROW on  
December 17.  It was  seen December 20 by DC, JP, WW, and  
JB  with an EASTERN PHOEBE and DC had a HAMMOND’S  
FLYCATCHER. 
At  Riverside Park below Caballo Dam JP, WW, and LL on  
December 13 saw eight INCA DOVES at the southeast end of  
the  camping area. 
At  Percha Dam SP JP, CW, NP, and MB heard a possible  
CAROLINA WREN on the east side of the Rio at Percha on  
December 6.  JP had a  WINTER WREN at the ditch north of  
the  dam and an immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER near the  
restrooms.  CW had a  calling DUSKY FLYCATCHER and a  
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.  Also at the east side the group  
had a  calling HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER.  JL on  December 9 had  
two  SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a SNIPE, and 12 AMERICAN PIPITS. 
There was no sign of the Carolina on  December 13  
for  JP.  DC reported the Dusky and  Hammond’s flycatchers,  
two  CEDAR WAXWINGS, and six EASTERN BLUEBIRDS December  
17. 
At  Oxbow Lake in Truth or Consequences on December 13 JP,  
WW,  and LL had an OSPREY. 
DC on  December 9 had a tan stripe WHITE-THROATED SPARROW   
beyond  the ponds at Paseo del Rio Park below Elephant  
Butte  Lake dam.  DC on December 16 had the  tan White- 
throat, a HOUSE WREN,, and a male PHAINOPEPLA.JL on  
December 17 had BLACK PHOEBE and many sparrows. 
The  immature male ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD, first seen on  
October 18, continues to make infrequent daily visits to  
feeders at DC’s home at 107 Mimbres in Elephant Butte  
through December 23, in spite of cold and wind. 
At his  home JL had a PINE SISKIN. 
. 
In  Hidalgo County: 
County  Hwy.1 south of Animas crosses the Diamond A (Gray)  
Ranch.  Because of  events with thoughtless birders, one  
must NOT go off the road. 
. 
In Luna County: 
CRi reported five LONG-EARED OWLS at the Pancho Villa  
State Park at Columbus near a camping trailer with  
Manitoba plates on December 9. 
. 
In Doña Ana County: 
DKe on December 13 and 15 had a winter male LAPLAND  
LONGSPUR west of Las Cruces on the Corralitos Road off  I- 
10 with many CHESTNUT-COLLAREDS and a few MCCOWNS. 
DG had a huge flock of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at Swan  
Pond near Leasburg on December 8. 
DG reported  on  December 1 a very white leucistic RED- 
TAILED HAWK on the south side of US 70 east of the White  
Sands Missile Range since November 27. (photos).   DG  
reported a second white Red-tail at the White Sands golf  
course on December 10.  He got a report on December 18 of  
a CARACARA but was unable to re-find it. 
At his Las Cruces home December 10 DG had a possible  
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a SLATE-COLORED JUNCO. 
MS and JZ at their home near Radium Springs have had a  
male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD present since October 29,  
still seen on December 21. 
. 
In  Otero County: 
At the  Holloman Lakes near Alamogordo DG reports there  
has  been changes with a kiosk, a boat ramp, a picnic and  
camping area, and a birdwatching area.  Lagoon G is open  
to  birding again.  There is a new sign  in front calling  
it the  Raptor Lake Recreation Area. 
. 
In  Eddy County: 
CR on  December 20 at Six-Mile Dam near Otis had many  
SWAMP  SPARROWS with two BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHERS  at the  
Loving  Landfill. 
On  December 21 at Rattlesnake Springs he recorded 200  
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, ten EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, seven BROWN  
THRASHERS, six HOUSE WRENS, a western type WINTER WREN,  
two  FIELD SPARROWS, two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and two  
DUSKY  FLYCATCHERS. 
. 
. 
Initials of Observers: 
JB,  Jonathan Batkin;  MB, Matt  Baumann;   GB, Gil  
Bachman;  DC, David  Cleary;  SNC, Steve and Nancy  Cox;   
CD,  Carol Davis;  DG, David  Griffin;;   BG, Bill Groll;   
MH,  Michael Hilchey;  BMH, Bill and Mari Howe;  DKe, 
Dick  Ketchum;  DK, David Krueper;  JL, Joe LaFleur;   
LL,  Lane Leckman;  PMc, Paul  McConnell;  DM, David  
Mehlman;  JO, Jerry  Oldenettel;  DP, Danny Paez;   
JP,  John Parmeter;  NP, Nick  Pederson;  CRi, Carol  
Riddell;  CR, Chris  Rustay;  JR, Janet Ruth;  JSa, Jeff  
Sanchez;  MS, Marcy  Scott;  GS, Grant Soehnel:  VT, Van  
Truan;  RV, Raymond VanBuskirk;  BV, Brad Vaughn;   
WW,  Bill Wittman;  CW, Cole Wolf;  RY, Rob Yaksich,  
JZ,  Jimmy Zabriskie. 
. 
. 
. 
Field  Trips: 
. 
Central Audubon in Albuquerque has Thursday field  trips. 
All  phone numbers begin with 505.  There  are no trips on 
January 1. 
. 
This  year’s Christmas Counts will be listed on the NMOS  
web  page, (address at the beginning of the RBA). 
. 
The  SNC team will be banding Rosy Finches on Sandia Crest  
on  Sundays until March 29 beginning at 9:30. 
. 
The  Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe on upper  
Canyon  Road has Saturday morning bird walks from 8:30  
until  9:30. 
. 
JL  reports that boats are for rent to look for birds on  
Elephant Butte Lake.  Contact is  
_http://www.betterbirdwatching.com_ (http://www.betterbirdwatching.com/)   
or  575-894-2041 and 888-414-2837. 
. 
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Subject: SE AZ: Another Jacana "NO"; White-Tailed Kite
From: Michael Wienholt <bartholt AT Q.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 17:28:29 -0700
Visiting Calgary birder Jerry Pilny and I (and fledgling 6-y.o. birder 
Pasha Wienholt) set out today to find the Northern Jacana, arriving at the 
Casa Grande location about Noon and searching for nearly 2 hours to no 
avail. We settled for a Green Heron on the northwest pond. On the way back 
to Tucson through the Flats, we had a White-tailed Kite hunting the field 
northeast of Fast Track and Curtis. Also here was a flock of 20-30 White-
throated Swifts flying west into the waning sun which Jerry thought 
contained some Swallows, but the light was in our eyes and the field was 
posted, so we were unable to give chase and make an ID.

Michael Wienholt
Catalina, AZ
Subject: Possible Field Sparrow in Benson
From: Rich Hoyer <calliope AT THERIVER.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:24:05 -0800
Hi All,

Some of you may have noticed an eBird report of Field Sparrow on the  
Google gadget. The observer was unaware of the rarity of the species  
and did not take detailed notes or photo. But the possibility remains  
that the bird (or birds; there may have been two) were correctly  
identified. If anyone would like to give it a shot, it was with Lark  
and White-crowned Sparrows: "...there's a Days Inn just off of I-10 on  
a road called "Commerce" - the road goes through a wash and ends with  
a cul-de-sac in the middle of dry veg. The flock was maybe a hundred  
yards to the north of the cul-de-sac."

The last Field Sparrow for Southeastern Arizona was also found by  
someone who was unaware of the rarity at the time of the sighting, and  
it was nearly dismissed as too unlikely to be worth looking for.

Please keep us posted if you try for this bird.

Good Birding,

Rich
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Rich Hoyer
Tucson, Arizona

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Subject: Casa Grande Jacana - No
From: Phil <phil AT PJKELLY.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:50:14 -0700
Hello AZ/NM birders,

Despite almost 2 hours of searching, we failed to locate the Northern  
Jacana at Casa Grande. We started at about 3:00pm.

Good Birding!
--
Phil & Joanne Kelly
phil AT pjkelly DOT net
Kokomo, Indiana USA
Sent from my iPhone

Joe Hammond
Rio Rico, AZ
Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcon - Tucson
From: John Saba <sabaj AT THERIVER.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:19:11 -0700
Are you sure it wasn't a Gyrfalcon?

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John Saba
Tucson, Arizona
Nature Study Is a Grand Adventure!

----- Original Message ----- 
> 24 December  2008   3:30 PM     RT 10 and S. Kolb Rd., Tucson
> 1 Peregrine Falcon- circling and flapping over S.Kolb Rd. and  Rt 10 at 
> altitude of 400 feet. Nelson Briefer
Subject: Peregrine Falcon - Tucson
From: Nelson Briefer <Ebriefer AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 18:08:40 EST
24 December  2008   3:30 PM     RT 10 and S. Kolb Rd., Tucson
1 Peregrine Falcon- circling and flapping over S.Kolb Rd. and  Rt 10 at 
altitude of 400 feet. Nelson Briefer _ebriefer AT aol.com_ 
(mailto:ebriefer AT aol.com) 

    Anacortes,  WA   Tucson
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Subject: Lakeside Park Loon and Merg---yes & yes
From: Richard Messenger <vagabondbirder AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 14:38:59 -0800
Finally got to Lakeside park today and saw both the loon and merganser. The 
Loon was extremely cooperative as it gamboled casually at mid lake across from 
the gazebo. I was able to watch it for some time,e at 60X cataloging all of the 
relevant field marks. The Merg was in the same vicinity and was also quite 
cooperative. 


i can really get excited about a Pacific Loon but, having done most of my 
intensive birding in the Chicago area a Common Merg does nothing for me. 
However, the interest this bird has caused is proof positive3that all birding 
is truly local and what one person,s trash bird is another's treasure. 


undoubtedly the most surprising aspect of this year's Loons is that I would 
never have thought it possible to get both Pacific and Yellow-billed loons in 
the same year in Arizona!!! 


Good Birding

Richard Messenger 
The Vagabond Birder  
Wherever the RV is parked
Subject: Woo-hoo! Another Cassin's Kingbird!
From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr AT WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 12:28:37 -0700
Hi Birders,

 Molly and I heard a Cassin's Kingbird calling from trees at Randolph Golf 
Course in Tucson today, from the exercise path behind the city office at the 
corner of 22nd and Alvernon. 

 There were a lot more warblers there than on previous visits, but none 
unexpected. 


 In Reid Park we saw 5 Vermilion Flycatchers, the usual ducks and heard but did 
not see a Dendroica warbler in pines SW of the southern pond. 


Good birding,
Mark Stevenson
Tucson, AZ
Subject: AZ: Tucson BLACKBURNIAN
From: Ken Kertell <teleost07 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 11:02:27 -0800
At about 11 am, after much searching, Rick Taylor, Bill and Barbara Bickel, and 
I re-found the BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the general area described by Dave and 
Andrew, and the same spot where Tom Staudt reported seeing it earlier in the 
day. Unfortunately, Jerry Bock, who had turned us on to a CHESTNUT-SIDED 
WARBLER about 1/4 mile farther upstream, had by then wallowed to his ride and 
was not present to comment on the bird. Also sharing the same stretch of river 
as the Blackburnian was the Cassin's Vireo and Nashville Warbler. 


Ken Kertell