Checklist S37471037

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Owner Lindsay Story

Traveling
  • 3
  • 20 mi
Comments

Keith, Poppa, and I headed S on Sunland Gin to begin our Santa Cruz Flats birding. Since nothing presented itself at first, our distance and time begin when we crossed Phillips Rd. We did short out-backs on Harmon, Curry, and Tweedy. Mileage has been adjusted for backtracking. Very few birds were seen at Evergreen Turf Sod Farm, so I lumped these sightings in with the more general Travel Count. The most active area we had was the row of pecan trees running along Picacho Hwy (immediately S of Greene Reservoir). Today’s route was S on Sunland Gin, (Harmon addition), E on Pretzer, (Curry and Tweedy additions), and S on Picacho Hwy to the Baumgartner junction. At Picacho & Greene Reservoir, we took the sandy lane west just long enough to look into the small pond near the intersection. After all this, we did “Santa Cruz Flats—Baumgartner/Wheeler” (see separately).

Observations

  1. Mallard/Mexican Duck

    Number observed: 11

    Comments: fly over while we were on Curry by the sod farm, ducks were headed NE // There may also have been a male Mallard x Northern Shoveler hybrid at the sod farm pond on Tweedy (N of Pretzer). It was too distant for the camera and heat haze messed with scope views. In general, the bird had a Mallard’s head and back colors, along with duck curl tail. It did not have chestnut on its chest (Mallard) or belly (Shoveler). Rather the color was a lighter gray or grayish brown tone. Legs were orange and the bill was a very dusky yellow or yellow-green. It was the the large bill that caught my attention. The bill angled towards the top of the head, similar to a Shoveler, rather than creating a domed junction more common to Mallards. I couldn’t see the shape of the bill’s tip. It is also possible this was a Mallard x Domestic Mallard mix.

  2. Number observed: 5
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  3. Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 7
  5. Number observed: 5
  6. Number observed: 16
  7. Number observed: 4
  8. Number observed: 18

    Comments: sod farm pond on Tweedy (N of Pretzer)

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  9. Number observed: 3
  10. Number observed: 7
  11. Number observed: 2
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  12. hawk sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: on Pretzer, W of Sunshine // If not for the time of year, I would have said the rather distant, flying hawk was a female Northern Harrier. The quick look suggested pug-nose face and white rump.

  13. Number observed: 1

    Comments: at shed just W of Pretzer & Toltec jct // nice to have big zooms when they are needed

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  14. Number observed: 1

    Comments: on Tweedy, a little N of the sod farm pond that is itself N of Pretzer // The owl was by the galvanized stop for the sprinkler system (looks like a small football goal post).

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  15. Number observed: 1
  16. Number observed: 2

    Comments: had 1F on Pretzer (a bit west of Curry); 1M on Picacho Hwy between Pretzer & Greene Reservoir)

  17. Number observed: 1

    Comments: row of Picacho Hwy pecan trees that begin just S of Greene Reservoir jct

  18. Number observed: 2
  19. Number observed: 1

    Comments: 1F -Pretzer (W of Sunshine)

  20. Number observed: 3

    Comments: Picacho Hwy (1 at jct with Pretzer; 2 in row of Picacho Hwy pecan trees that begin just S of Greene Reservoir jct)

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  21. Number observed: 2

    Comments: continuing; row of Picacho Hwy pecan trees that begin just S of Greene Reservoir jct // bright yellow belly, yellow extends into upper chest, paler gray head than Western Kingbird and more white on throat patch, notched tail // Photos have odd shadowing that hides features. However, we later got good pictures of a Tropical Kingbird on our “Santa Cruz Flats—Baumgartner/Wheeler” run (see separately). This later bird was on Greene Reservoir, not a long distance E of its Picacho Hwy jct. The two locations are quite close and may reflect birds in the same group or even the same birds.

  22. Number observed: 12

    Comments: had 1 near small pond just W of Picacho Hwy & Greene Reservoir; other 11 in row of Picacho Hwy pecan trees that begin just S of Greene Reservoir jct

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  23. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Sunland Gin (a little north of Pretzer)

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  24. Number observed: 7
  25. Number observed: 7

    Comments: had 5 on Pretzer (3 opposite pecan grove, 2 at sod farm) & 2 on Tweedy by sod farm

  26. swallow sp.

    Number observed: 6

    Comments: had 4 at sod farm pond on Tweedy (N of Pretzer), 2 on Pretzer (W of Sunshine)

  27. Number observed: 2
  28. Number observed: 1
  29. Number observed: 13
  30. Number observed: 20
  31. Number observed: 1
  32. Number observed: 1

    Comments: small pond just W of Picacho Hwy & Greene Reservoir; nearly the only bird at the pond

  33. Number observed: 2

    Comments: 1M & 1F -row of Picacho Hwy pecan trees that begin just S of Greene Reservoir jct

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  34. Number observed: 73

    Comments: mainly at sod farm and in flock near Pretzer & Sunshine

  35. Number observed: 2
  36. Number observed: 12
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