Sagebrush Sparrows along Buffalo Range Road
6 Nov 2018, 10:59 AM,
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Sagebrush Sparrows along Buffalo Range Road
I drove out to Raymond Ranch this morning, and while birds were quite sparse overall, I was impressed with the number of Sagebrush Sparrows...probably the most I've ever seen in Northern AZ. From Lute Hart Tank (the water-filled tank immediately adjacent to the road a few miles south of I-40) all the way to Raymond Ranch, Sagebrush Sparrows were downright abundant. Though a bit cryptic at first, they responded well to pishing, and I got good looks at many. Cumulatively, I'd guess I saw about 40 Sagebrush Sparrows over a few miles of road.

Not much else was happening out there. There were 1 or 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs at Lute Hart Tank, a few Canyon Towhees near the ranch house, a late-ish Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and the usual white-crowned Sparrows. I didn't see a single raptor, which was a bit odd.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ

   
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