|Hopkins Fork Madera Creek|
On Saturday 4th I joined Molly, Mark, & Gary for an enjoyable day at the AZFO Annual Meeting in Miami, AZ. It was a wonderful day of informative presentations and meeting with birding friends from through the state. I also was fortunate to meeting several birding colleagues that previously I had only communicated with via email or known only by reputation. It was a day full of birds with only one eBird checklist, Mark stopped along the highway overlooking Boyce Thompson Arboretum and we counted Turkey Vultures coming onto roost.
On Sunday 5th I paid a late morning visit to the Green Valley WTTP. Among a loose group of Long-billed Dowitchers I found one Short-billed Dowitcher. Otherwise shorebird numbers and there habitat are diminishing. Also of note was an immature Greater White-fronted Goose in the basin south of the entrance road. I am note sure what was more noteworthy, the goose or the basin filled with water. During an evening walk Louise and I found five Lesser Nighthawks hawking insects of the lighted entrance to the neighborhood.
|Moon & Lesser Nighthawk over Madera Reserve|
|Juvenile Gray Hawk|
On Tuesday 7th I walked the De Anza Trail south & then north of Santa Gertrudis Lane. I had a large number of vireos; 1 Plumbeous, 4 Cassin’s, and 10 Warbling. The latter two triggered eBird filters. There was also a female Black-and-white Warbler along the river just north of the lane. Otherwise it is starting to feel like fall.
At the end of this week, the yearly total is 392 with the addition of the Clay-colored Sparrow & the Tennessee Warbler. I’m still deciding on what the next “target” will be but I am planning a trip to look for Baird’s Sparrow, Sprague’s Pipit, and McCown’s Longspurs soon.