Holbrook (Lucy's Warbler, Scaled Quail); Heber
19 Aug 2012, 11:28 PM,
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Holbrook (Lucy's Warbler, Scaled Quail); Heber
Yesterday afternoon (8/18/2012) I stopped to bird at locations off Golf Course Rd. (exit 283 off I-40) in Holbrook. At the tamarisk seep just southeast of the wastewater ponds I found a LUCY'S WARBLER, the first I've ever had in the fall in northern AZ. A few years ago this species was found nesting at Canyon de Chelly and may now nest at other Rez locations on the Colorado Plateau, so I presume that this bird would pertain to that population. At the wastewater ponds I heard one SORA calling and spotted some distant sandpipers that went unidentified. At the abandoned tree farm behind the golf course I heard at least one SCALED QUAIL in the understory vegetation and flushed a few BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS. The Russian-olives currently are loaded with fruit, which is already attracting the migrants. At the reservoir behind the golf course I had 150+ WILSON'S PHALAROPES and 40+ WHITE-FACED IBISES (or at least Plegadis ibis; the wind made it hard to scope them for possible glossy ibis). Note that to access the agricultural fields, tree farm, reservoir, and petroglyph site behind Hidden Cove Golf Course, you must contact Mike O'Dell with the City of Holbrook for permission (his number is 928-524-6225).

Today (8/19/2012) at my family's yard in Heber we had several warblers foraging in our tall sunflower patch and adjacent shrubs, including 2-3 YELLOW WARBLERS, 2-3 VIRGINIA'S WARBLERS, 1 MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and 1-2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. We also had a brief fly-by WESTERN SCRUB-JAY and an immature WESTERN TANAGER, along with several RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS still viciously defending the feeders and flowers. My dad told me that for the last couple of months at least one ACORN WOODPECKER has been making almost daily appearances in the yard.

Here are the full lists for each location:

Holbrook
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis (40+)
Pied-billed Grebe
SCALED QUAIL (1+)
Sora
American Coot
American Avocet
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope (150+)
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Western Wood-Pewee
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Cassin's Kingbird
Say's Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Common Raven
Bank Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Rock Wren
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
LUCY'S WARBLER (1)
Yellow Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Western Tanager
Brewer's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Lazuli Bunting
Blue Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Bullock's Oriole
Lesser Goldfinch

Heber
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Pygmy Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Western Bluebird
Orange-crowned Warbler (1-2)
Virginia's Warbler (2-3)
Yellow Warbler (2-3)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (1)
MacGillivray's Warbler (1)
Western Tanager (1)
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch


Good birding,

Eric Hough
thebirdwhisperer22@yahoo.com
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