Babbitt and Reservation Tanks: BENDIRE'S THRASHERS
31 Aug 2012, 10:15 AM,
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Babbitt and Reservation Tanks: BENDIRE'S THRASHERS
I have not visited Babbitt or Reservation Tanks this early in the fall before, so I decided to check the area out early this morning. As I suspected, overall bird activity was low, but there were a few interesting sightings. The monsoons have deposited water into the tanks, so this might be an attractive area for an oddity to show up. Today, my biggest surprise was a pair of BENDIRE'S THRASHERS just north of I-40 on the road to Reservation Tank. I've not observed this species in the area before, and I don't have any idea if it breeds locally (the habitat seems amenable) or if these were migrant birds.

The only shorebirds at the tanks were three Solitary Sandpipers. Raptors were plentiful and included Red-tailed Hawk (1), Northern Harrier (2), and American Kestral (3). Also, two Loggerhead Shrikes were near Babbitt Tank. Several small sparrow flocks included Chipping, Brewer's, and Vesper.

Jason

P.S. For anyone new to the list, Babbitt and Reservation Tanks are just off I-40, about 26 miles east of Flagstaff. They are best known as a spot for longspurs in the last few winters (Chestnut-collared and Lapland). Map here: http://goo.gl/maps/s0mX7
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3 Sep 2012, 4:04 PM,
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RE: Babbitt and Reservation Tanks: BENDIRE'S THRASHERS
(31 Aug 2012, 10:15 AM)jawilder Wrote: P.S. For anyone new to the list, Babbitt and Reservation Tanks are just off I-40, about 26 miles east of Flagstaff. They are best known as a spot for longspurs in the last few winters (Chestnut-collared and Lapland).


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