East of Flagstaff: 7 warblers, cattle egret, etc
13 Apr 2017, 11:23 AM,
East of Flagstaff: 7 warblers, cattle egret, etc
I drove out east of Flagstaff this morning and was treated to some good early-migration action. Bird activity at the Meteor Crater RV Park was high. Highlights included 6 warbler species, Orange-crowned (1), Virginia's (1), Common Yellowthroat (1 or 2), Yellow (1), Yellow-rumped (many) and Wilson's (3), a Green-tailed Towhee, and a Hermit Thrush.

At Babbitt Tank there was a Roadrunner at the exit and a small group of ducks on the closest pond to the freeway that included Green-winged, Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal. Also present was a CATTLE EGRET which is new for the location and infrequently encountered above the Rim. Nine Least Sandpipers were at Babbitt Tank.

Just south along Buffalo Range Road was the most usual sighting of the day. At the dip where the road crosses Anderson Canyon I stopped to check for activity in the tangle of grape and other brush that clogs the drainage. I pished and out popped a bright PAINTED REDSTART (along with 2 Wilson's Wabrlers). In addition to being just north of its regular range, the habitat along Buffalo Range Road is certainly not amenable to this species, so this was a pretty remarkable occurrence.

Very nice to get 7 species of warbler in one morning during the first half of April.

Flagstaff, AZ

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