Friday, November 22, 2013

Rarity Run

Some fantastic birds were found today in Tucson after/during a big rain storm.  First I went to Kennedy Lake to check out six Bonaparte's Gulls.  It turns out I got there just in time.  As soon as I started taking pics, they flew up high and out of sight.  They're rare here, a state bird for me.  Coincidentally, there was one at Lakeside Park today at the same time.

Bonaparte's Gulls
 CERange Map for Bonaparte's Gull

The best bird of the day and the top candidate for Pima County bird of the year was a female Black Scoter!  It was found on a concrete pond behind a police station in Reid Park.  The only other time it's been seen in the county was in 1975, with only two previous records for Southeast Arizona.  Sweet lifer!

Black Scoter
CERange Map for Black Scoter

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