Greetings everyone! With fall migration upon us and wintering birds arriving, I'll be writing a series of posts on Arizona birds. I'll discuss the common or rare occurrences of these birds in the state of Arizona. So if you come to Arizona, what should you expect to find as a birder? Part one of this blog series focuses the AZ waterfowl.
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks. While not a super rare duck for the lower half of the US, one needs to be in the right areas to find them. In Texas, they are everywhere. But if you're in Arizona, where and when can you expect to find them? They are really common during our summer months here in Southern Arizona during monsoon season. In places like Rio Rico or Amado, you'll often find them with little babies. Phoenix has a small population that lives there year round. During our winter months, they are difficult to find as they do slightly migrate south into Mexico. On occasion, I have seen a group in February or March when they are considered "rare" for the state. This is often a duck birders search for here in Arizona.
|My first record of Fulvous Whistling-Ducks in Costa Rica|
|A Long-tailed Duck shows up at the Glendale Recharge Pond in Phoenix and stays for quite awhile!|
|Domestic Muscovy Ducks and Muscovy Hybrids are seen occasionally in Arizona|
|A female Greater Scaup|
Wigeons. And finally, let's talk about our wigeon crew. American Wigeons flock to Arizona in the THOUSANDS during the winter months. A few do stay during our summer months. American Wigeons are easily found around our area but it's the Eurasian Wigeon that everyone hopes to spy. Over the past several years, a Phoenix park and a lake in Willcox have been home to several Eurasian Wigeons. They can be a regular "rarity" among the thousands of American Wigeons. The trick here is having a little patience and picking one out from the crowd:)
|American and Eurasian Wigeon side by side|