4/4 Apache County: EURASIAN WIGEON, LUCY'S WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, BONAPARTE'S GULL, MONTEZUMA QUAIL
5 Apr 2008, 10:05 PM,
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4/4 Apache County: EURASIAN WIGEON, LUCY'S WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, BONAPARTE'S GULL, MONTEZUMA QUAIL
4/4/08
Sorry for the belated posting. I had some internet problems when I got back to Heber last night and throughout today. Yesterday (4/4) several of us from NAU took the day off to attend the section meeting for the Society of American Foresters in Eagar. I fit in some birding before and after the meeting and field trip to timber mills. Full lists of sightings are after the highlights. Here are the locations of the rarities/interesting birds:

Wenima Wildlife Area:
LUCY'S WARBLER (1 vocal individual in cottonwoods at parking area)
--I have only seen this species once above the Rim
MONTEZUMA QUAIL (1 male seen, 1 or 2 more singing)
--not a rarity, but only a local breeder in White Mountains; this was the first time I have seen this species above the Rim.
SLATE-COLORED FOX SPARROW (1 along Powerhouse Trail)

Nutrioso (currently wet area to left of Auger Canyon Rd. near Nutrioso Lake):
EURASIAN WIGEON (1 male foraging in flock of American Wigeons, Mallards, and Cinnamon Teal; I'm not sure if any of the female wigeons were Eurasian or not)

Luna Lake:
BONAPARTE'S GULL (1 in middle of lake)

For almost all of the lake locations I visited the following waterfowl species were present:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Gadwall
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Bufflehead
American Coot

Here are the birds at each site (although for the lake sites I am only mentioning the waterfowl species not listed above):

Little Mormon Lake (near Show Low):
Pinyon Jay (40+)
American Pipit

Wenima Wildlife Area:
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel (at least 4)
MONTEZUMA QUAIL (1 male seen, more heard)
Greater Roadrunner (at least 2 singing)
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Northern Flicker
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
American Robin
Bewick's Wren
Rock Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Horned Lark
European Starling (4)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
LUCY'S WARBLER (1)
Canyon Towhee
Lincoln's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
SLATE-COLORED FOX SPARROW (1)
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided)
Western Meadowlark
House Finch

Becker Lake:
Eared Grebe (1)
Osprey (1)
Savannah Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow

Becker Lake Rd.:
American Kestrel
Red-tailed Hawk
Greater Roadrunner (1)
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Common Raven
American Robin
Horned Lark
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided)
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark

Bridge over Little Colorado River (LCR) on road to South Fork:
Turkey Vulture
American Kestrel
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe (2)
American Robin
Bushtit
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed)

South Fork of LCR campground:
American Kestrel
[Empidonax sp.] (1)
Townsend's Solitaire
Pygmy Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Chickadee
Bushtit
Dark-eyed Junco (Red-backed)

timber mills near Eagar:
Say's Phoebe (several on the log piles)
Rock Wren
Horned Lark
Dark-eyed Junco

Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area:
Turkey Vulture
American Kestrel
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay (2)
Common Raven
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Juniper Titmice
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Rock Wren
Violet-Green Swallow
Horned Lark
Savannah Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

Nelson Reservoir:
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Common Goldeneye (2)
Common Merganser (1 male)
Red-tailed Hawk
Bushtit

Nutrioso (including Auger Canyon Rd. and Nutrioso Lake):
EURASIAN WIGEON (1 male)
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Osprey (1)
American Kestrel
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird

Luna Lake:
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron (5+)
Common Merganser (3+)
BONAPARTE'S GULL (1)
Northern Harrier (1)
Mountain Bluebird
Violet-Green Swallow
Vesper Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark (1 singing--the only one I heard all day)
The honking of the Canada Geese was very rythmic and seemed to follow a pattern. In the manner that bird books try to make bird songs into human phrases, it sounded like they were saying "left-right-left".Tongue

It was definitely one of the best overall days of birding I've ever had. The Montezuma Quail and Eurasian Wigeon were the highlights for me.

Good birding!!!
Eric Hough
erh36@nau.edu
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