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Checklist S40381821

 
Location
San Pedro RNCA--San Pedro House and trails, Cochise County, Arizona, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:10 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
14
Duration:
3 hour(s), 20 minute(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Diana Doyle
Comments:
With regular Wednesday walk, except I fell behind the group at about 11:00, distracted by the empid. 55f-65f, clear with a few distant clouds and distant dense low fog banks (sunrise was dense fog along river, less than 25 yards visibility, after about 1/2" of rain falling overnight, from 2100-2330 hrs), calm. Also 1 ornate box turtle!
Species
35 species total
2
Mourning Dove
1
Sora

heard

1
Great Blue Heron
1
Northern Harrier

rufous immature

1
Cooper's Hawk
1
Red-tailed Hawk

heard, then seen

3
Gila Woodpecker
1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Audible

1
Northern Flicker

Audible

1
American Kestrel
1
Dusky Flycatcher

Went around and around on this empid. Thanks group for the interesting discussion! I'm finally settling on DUFL. Field marks in favor of DUFL: short primary projection, long notched tail, wing bars, white loral, some photos show a rounded-looking head, slight eye ring but not as large and tear-dropped as a western flycatcher. Also consistent with DUFL: "whit" call (according to Sibley) (audio attached). One field mark that isn't perfectly consistent is the light-colored lower mandible, but Sibley says that *usually* (but not always) a mostly dark bill. So of all the field marks, no single species is a perfect fit and something has to give, this leaves the one "usually" field mark as the sacrifice. The "whit" call rules out Western and Hammond's. I don't think it was a Gray Flycatcher because the color was too dark above and too yellow below, and the photos don't show any white edges on the tail, and it didn't tail dip (only a little bit of nervous tail jerking at the 1st sighting, when it was calling, and no tail movement the other two sightings). And the long notched tail rules out Willow Flycatcher. So DUFL is where I ended up... Photos and audio attached. If I'm wrong please let me know and I'll correct this ID.

© Diana Doyle

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© Diana Doyle

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© Diana Doyle

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© Diana Doyle

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Another view of lower mandible

© Diana Doyle

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Shows lower mandible

© Diana Doyle

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Light glare on this one.

© Diana Doyle

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© Diana Doyle

Behaviors:
call
Age:
Unknown
Sex:
Sex Unknown
Playback:
Not used
Recorder:
iPhone 6
Microphone:
Internal
Accessories:
n/a
2
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
1
Bridled Titmouse

in mixed flock with BTGW and NOPA

2
White-breasted Nuthatch
2
Bewick's Wren
3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2
Curve-billed Thrasher
1
Crissal Thrasher
1
House Finch
3
Lesser Goldfinch
1
Rufous-winged Sparrow

Singing early morning, heard by entire group. Very distinctive accelerating bouncing: tip, tip, tip-tip-tip-tp-tp-tp.

4
Chipping Sparrow
5
Black-throated Sparrow
10
White-crowned Sparrow
2
Savannah Sparrow
4
Song Sparrow
3
Lincoln's Sparrow
5
Canyon Towhee
6
Abert's Towhee
3
Green-tailed Towhee
1
Northern Parula

Foraging high in a cottonwood tree over the water, with mixed flock comprised of BTGW, BRTI and WBNU. Small stubby-tailed mite of a warbler, I saw the yellow throat and breast with the rufous band midway across the yellow, and clean white belly. I used to live where this species was a common breeder, so I'm familiar with spotting this species. The bird was seen on the east side of the river, south of marker #6 (I couldn't find #7), viewed from a prominent mud mound viewing spot along the river. It was high in a cottonwood on the east side of the river. The time was late, after I had fallen far behind the group, at about 11:15-ish.

1
Black-throated Gray Warbler
4
Pyrrhuloxia
1
Blue Grosbeak

Photo attached. First-year female.

© Diana Doyle

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Just came up from water bathing, difficult to see plumage, but reddish-brown cast and huge bill.

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes