EOP Walk 12/28

SABO volunteer Erika Wilson submits this report from this morning’s public bird walk at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park, co-sponsored by SABO, the Friends of the San Pedro River, and Huachuca Audubon Society:

Half a dozen of us, including visitors from FL, NM, and WA, walked the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning. Pretty cold to start, but it warmed nicely, ending on a sunny clear note. The group tally was 48 species.

Best birds were a single adult Tree Swallow foraging over the Moson Road impoundments, a single female Canvasback, and excellent close views of a Virgina Rail foraging in the open, backed by cattails into which it disappeared in due course.

Ducks have settled in, with big mixed flocks favoring the open waters of the Moson Road impoundments. 100+ birds for Gadwall, Mallard, N. Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal, with lesser numbers of Am. Wigeon, N. Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and Ruddy Duck. Shorebirds were Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and a flock of 21 Least Sandpipers.

Good mix of sparrows, although no big counts, plus a dozen or so Am. Pipits, along with 14 Horned Larks, a Rock Wren, and two Loggerhead Shrikes added to the list.

Thanks as always to Erika for her expert leadership on these walks.