Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
2 Dec 2017, 3:11 PM,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
A Rose-breasted Grosbeak was present at the Cameron courtyard on Tuesday 28 November 2017. This is the latest date I am aware of on the Navajo Nation. A Downy Woodpecker and Red-naped Sapsucker were also present. None of these birds were seen on Saturday 2 December 2017.
16 Dec 2017, 9:45 AM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
According to a photo posted to eBird, this bird continued as of yesterday, 15 December:
16 Dec 2017, 10:24 AM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
27 Dec 2017, 11:41 AM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
Glo & I saw the grosbeak in the courtyard late yesterday, apparently subsisting on cheesy snacks (see photo).


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7 Jan 2018, 4:02 PM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
I finally had time to go after this bird, hoping that cheesy snack suppliers had kept it in place. Alas. My Arizona bogey bird continues. Thirty-three years and counting ...

My best bird at Cameron was a Sagebrush Sparrow at Battery Acid Pond.
7 Jan 2018, 5:28 PM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
wups...I forgot to post that the bird was in the courtyard on Tuesday 2 January 2018....
11 Jan 2018, 4:56 PM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still at Cameron today. Apparently his New Year's resolution was to give up junk food and eat more fruit.
11 Jan 2018, 5:55 PM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
If you want this bird for your 2018 list then don't invite me along. I am cursed.
(I did look in those berry trees ...)
15 Jan 2018, 3:04 PM,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
Hopefully you'll try again Terry!  The grosbeak was in the SE corner of the courtyard yesterday morning (1/14), this time eating seeds (the nut equivalent for the new 2018 diet?).  I did have to wait around a little for it to show up.

1 hour ago,
RE: Rose-breasted Grosbeak-Cameron
Made an impromptu trip to bird a few areas around Cameron on Tuesday 23 January 2018. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed at the courtyard along with two Crissal Thrashers. Two Green-winged Teal were at battery acid pond. This species is moving north by late January. BAP is lower than I have ever seen it. It is fed by the river's alluvial aquifer which must be dropping as a result of the continuing Great Dry Spell of 2017-18. IIRC BAP was dug out/created in the early 1990s. A third Crissal Thrasher was seen (and heard singing) about a mile and half up Tanner Crossing wash...a Sagebrush Sparrow and 25 American Goldfinches were in this area as well. What a contrast the martian-like aspect of this area is from the high forests of the San Francisco Peaks where Jason and Tom and I did a few trips a couple weeks ago. A hike in the tamarisk along the river produced White-crowned Sparrows, a Loggerhead Shrike and a Long-eared Owl which flushed from its roost on the ground.

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