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4468Red-breasted Merganser, Bonaparte's Gull, Violet-green Swallow

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  • Brenda Wright
    Apr 1, 2010
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      Went to the Nucla Town Reservoir this AM to check on the Common Loon. Much to my surprise not only was the loon present but two pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and one Bonaparte's Gull. Most common duck species are also present.
      At the Nucla sewer were a few swallows feeding low over the ponds. Upon a close inspection of the Tree Swallows there was one Violet-green Swallow. This is a record early date for the species, breaking the old record of 2 April. There is some sort of work being done to Calamity Creek on the south side of the lagoons so most ducks have been scared off except on the weekends.
      I expect few record early dates this spring. A wet Arizona and a snowy Colorado may just put birds back into a normal migration pattern.
      Coen and Brenda