Wilson Meadow: Northern Pygmy Owl
19 Jul 2015, 7:52 PM,
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Wilson Meadow: Northern Pygmy Owl
Two new species for Wilson Meadow on 7/18/15:

Tree Swallow (nesting)

Northern Pygmy Owl (a pair):

I found them by following the sound of 2 Western Wood-pewees that were, I soon discovered, mobbing them. When I approached them, I found almost every bird in the area (Broad-tails, Lesser Goldfinches, Doves, Flickers ,Western tanagers) joining in. This all occurred in the large patch of willows beside the main trail.

They moved around a bit, but were fairly cooperative. The first one I found was out in the open for about half an hour before flying into cover. At one point, they were trying to sleep while still being mobbed by all those other birds.

It was a great morning of birding!

Full list:
Wilson Meadow, Coconino, Arizona, US
Jul 18, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
21 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 4
Northern Pygmy-Owl 2 New species for this location.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 12 Females have arrived.
Northern Flicker 7
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Western Wood-Pewee 8
Gray Flycatcher 2
Steller's Jay 1
Clark's Nutcracker 4
Tree Swallow 3 New species for this location.
Violet-green Swallow 16
Mountain Chickadee 1
House Wren 8
Western Bluebird 6
American Robin 2
Green-tailed Towhee 18
Chipping Sparrow 2
Western Tanager 1
Pine Siskin 6
Lesser Goldfinch 10

Gary


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20 Jul 2015, 12:12 PM,
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RE: Wilson Meadow: Northern Pygmy Owl
Ron Auler and I spent 3 hours birding the willow bosque at Wilson Meadow this morning. Sadly, we couldn't relocate Gary's Northern Pygmy Owls. I'm guessing the mobbing they took yesterday made them move on to a quieter roost. We found most of the species on Gary's list and added Yellow-rumped, Virginia's, Orange-crowned and MacGillivray's Warblers.

The meadow is lush with ferns that are 4 feet tall. We spent time enjoying the many types of wildflowers and got soaked in the process.

Green-tailed Towhee is abundant.
Tom
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20 Jul 2015, 3:04 PM,
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RE: Wilson Meadow: Northern Pygmy Owl
Tree Swallows are pretty scarce as breeding birds in Arizona so your bird is noteworthy. See the Arizona Breeding Bird atlas for more information.
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21 Jul 2015, 11:58 AM,
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RE: Wilson Meadow: Northern Pygmy Owl
(20 Jul 2015, 3:04 PM)Chuck LaRue Wrote: Tree Swallows are pretty scarce as breeding birds in Arizona so your bird is noteworthy. See the Arizona Breeding Bird atlas for more information.

I did not know that.

I don't know about lately (I do not go to Kachina Wetlands as much as I did yeas ago), but I am pretty sure that Tree Swallows have nested in the nest boxes at Kachina Wetlands in the past.

I have some old photos from April 2006 that shows this.

Gary


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