Cameron: Spring 2018
10 May 2018, 10:08 AM,
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Cameron: Spring 2018
Rather than continually propagating new posts, I'm starting a new "Cameron: Spring 2018" thread that I'll be updating when I visit (and others can too!).

Today, 10 May, there was a brief visit from a Northern Parula to a puddle in the courtyard. Also present was a female Black-and-White Warbler, which makes it a different individual than the male that was there on Tuesday. Tappan Spring had a Black-crowned Night Heron, Virginia Rail and nice collection of expected warblers (including Northern Waterthrush). The Cameron Sewage Treatment ponds had 34 American Avocet, 4 Blue-winged Teal, 1 smart Eared Grebe and ~10 Spotted Sandpipers.


For the record, the last 7 days in the Cameron have been a remarkable run: Hooded Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler (2) and Northern Parula. I usually associate the peak of the spring oddball season with the second half of May, so there could be more good birds coming.

   

   

   

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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13 May 2018, 11:29 AM,
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RE: Cameron: Spring 2018
Not a whole lot going on in Cameron, Sunday, May 13:
  - Northern Waterthrush at the seep in the riverbed downstream of the Trading Post
  - Gray Catbird (likely continuing) at Tappan Spring
  - Adult California Gull at Cameron sewage ponds
  - Courtyard had a female Phainopepla and female Blue Grosbeak, both new spring arrivals for me
  - Chuck LaRue reports a female Lesser Nighthawk near the pond at the old truck crossing on Saturday, May 12

California Gull:
   

Jason
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17 May 2018, 9:41 AM,
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RE: Cameron: Spring 2018
Ovenbird is present in the Courtyard today, 17 May. Not much other activity at any of the other Cameron spots. On the AZ/NM listserv Charlie Babbitt reported a possible female Orchard Oriole on Monday 14 May at the pond by the old truck crossing.

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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19 May 2018, 2:44 PM,
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RE: Cameron: Spring 2018
The Ovenbird continues in the Cameron Courtyard today, 19 May. It was harder to see today because it spent very little time foraging; as a consolation, though, it sang frequently, and it was a real treat to hear it ringing throughout the courtyard.

At a cottonwood bosque about 5 miles upstream from Cameron, a Chaetura swift was foraging with a flock of swallows. Chuck and I had long leisurely looks at the bird. To the extent that one of the small swifts is "expected" in northern AZ, it is Vaux's, but I was able to get a large number of serviceable photos that make me not want to jump too quickly to exclude Chimney. More study needed!

   

   

Full Flickr album of swift photos can be seen here.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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24 May 2018, 10:55 AM,
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RE: Cameron: Spring 2018
Double Crested Cormorant perched on gift shop roof.  American Redstart in courtyard, probably first year male.
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24 May 2018, 12:26 PM,
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RE: Cameron: Spring 2018
Chuck and I found a buffy White-throated Sparrow and a first year male American Redstart in the courtyard early today.  We left for about 90 minutes and birded Tappan Spring, with nothing noteworthy there to report except a few dead horses in the dry creek, including the skeleton of that poor, horribly wounded mare that we saw in the last Fall. Very disturbing.

Back at the courtyard we found a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak which sang and moved about the courtyard conspicuously.

We checked the seeps along the LCR and found Battery Acid Pond to be pretty active with a couple Common Yellow-throat, Yellow-rumped, a few sparrows, etc, but the standout was a stunning male Vermillion Flycatcher, uncommon above the room. 

Weather was perfect.
Tom
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