Willow Flycatchers and Virginia Rails on Granite Creek in Prescott, Yavapai Co.
4 Jul 2017, 7:41 AM,
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Willow Flycatchers and Virginia Rails on Granite Creek in Prescott, Yavapai Co.
A couple of Willow Flycatchers occupying a territory on Granite Creek yesterday morning is a first for a probable breeding pair along that drainage. These are among the few Willow Flycatchers documented using mid-elevation habitat for breeding (if breeding) in Arizona. The area is about 5,250 ft.

Also on Granite Creek, at least two Virginia Rails are probable breeders in the limited but apparently sufficient marsh habitat available. Additionally, a single Virginia Rail at the Cemex Chino Valley plant (private) off Perkinsville Rd. on 2 July is a probable breeder. Records of breeding Virginia Rails are lacking in Yavapai Co. and likely reflects lack of coverage rather than current distribution.

Rare away from major river and creek systems below 4,500 ft. in Yavapai during summer, a Yellow-breasted Chat singing from within exceptional willow habitat on Mint Creek in Williamson Valley yesterday is possibly a breeder. This area is above just above 5,000 ft.


Felipe Guerrero


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