[From the AZNMbirds listserv and RBA hotline 23 Feb 2015: Sinaloa Wren continues]
Update March 1st!
In Huachuca Canyon on Ft. Huachuca, the *SINALOA WREN continued on 2/25
(Lynn Daugherty) at the lower picnic area about 70 yards downstream (north)
of the bridge.
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS were reported again in Hunter Canyon (between
Miller and Ash Canyons) on 2/20 (Bruce Berman). The birds have been seen
about 0.7 miles up the trail from the end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the
trail enters the grove of trees.
An ever-changing cast of birders saw the Sinaloa Wren off and on from 8-9:30 a.m. It was silent today, but very active. It was seen on both sides of the stream, from the culvert/bridge and downstream for some distance.
Other birds of note: Montezuma Quail – 1 flushed from the side trail downstream through the oaks; Hepatic Tanager -2 a pair, calling; and Painted Redstart – 1.
Cheers, Erika Wilson
Save the Date for AZFO’s 9th Annual Meeting
18-20 September in Show Low, AZ
AZFO is going to the White Mountains! Plan to join your fellow birders and ornithologists in the cool pines of Show Low for the 9th Annual AZFO state meeting 18-20 September at the Hampton Inn & Suites. The meeting’s theme is celebrating AZFO’s 10th anniversary.
Final Results for 2014 Count
The 2014 Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count (RCCBC) was held on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The final tally is 108 species and 3,433 individual birds seen by 14 participants.
Larry McQueen illustration
Aaron Haiman at UC Davis <email@example.com> is conducting research on Evening Grosbeak behavior and needs your help. If you are interested in recording the vocalizations of Evening Grosbeaks, especially the Mexican subspecies , read on…!
Join us for the next count from February, 13 -16, 2015!
Show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The 18th annual count is taking place February 13 through 16. Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale.
Greater Phoenix Area Birders and Visitors,
Join AZFO on Saturday 21 February 2015 for a 5 year anniversary census of the Rosy-faced Lovebird in Phoenix.
See the AZFO website for details.
If interested and available in Phoenix that morning, please contact Troy Corman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kurt Radamaker (email@example.com). Also please forward this message to others who may have an interest in these little green parrots. We look forward to hearing from you.
From the NBHC AZ/NM Birds (aznmbirds) Digest Wed, 07 Jan 2015:
The annual Sandhill Crane count for Sulphur Springs Valley. The count is coordinated by Jim Heffelfinger with both staff and volunteers counting. The “rough” total is close to 19,000 cranes with around 15,000 at Whitewater Draw. That total may increase by 1-2,000 when the totals are finalized for the Willcox area. The numbers are down relative to prior years, but the numbers are still spectacular!
The Programs Chair position is currently vacant, so no upcoming monthly meetings are scheduled. If Huachuca Audubon Society members are interested in organizing monthly programs or other lectures and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Tour leaders needed for Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park!
These walks take about 3 hours. You do not need to be a birding “expert” since most of the people who attend know quite a lot about birds and only want the ability to get inside the EOP fence. The main duties are to get people to sign the waiver form, unlock and lock the gates, make sure people stay on the paths, and create a bird list for the tour. Training is minimal and will be provided at your convenience. Please contact Dutch Nagle (email@example.com or 378-7229) if you can help out.
State of the Birds 2014
You’ll find the report online. Here are the trends by habitat: http://www.stateofthebirds.org/habitats/index