If you think you won't see a variety of birds at the Glendale Recharge Ponds, trust me you will. Although the adorable Black Phoebe has reclaimed the area, don't worry - he'll let you pass.
The past two weekends Mark and I ventured out there in the early morning to do a little birding before the heat kicked in. Watching the shorebirds enjoy the water made me want to jump in. Okay, not really, but gosh I can hardly wait until it cools off here... makes me itch like crazy not birding. Anyway, here's a few photos I took from both Saturday adventures there.
This is the Great Egret that I was taking photos of when I noticed a large bird in the background in the dry area. After closer inspection, I realized it was a falcon - which we later identified as a Peregrine Falcon. You can see him and his parent in my previous post here.
This inconspicuous Green Heron tried to be sneaky and camouflage himself, but I found him. Then he decided to have a stare down contest with me. Not sure who won, but it was fun while it lasted.
To back up a little, we parked on the bridge near the riparian area. I was eager to walk over to the basins, but decided to look into the riparian while getting our birding gear out. There he was, standing tall and proud. That was the first time I've seen this bird's neck all stretched out. I've only seen him crouched, so it was a pretty cool sight!
One of my favorite birds is the Killdeer. They are entertaining, a joy to watch so cute!
This is the same Osprey from my Eagle post. He was such a massive sized bird and this shot does not do him justice, but it's okay.
To some it up, in the two days we went (3 hours total) we identified 35 species, saw over 260 birds, and added 11 lifers. Not too shabby for 3 hours of fun birding.
Looking forward to our Prescott trip in October, but in the meantime I still have more birding adventures to share. And I'm sure we'll be making regular trips to the Glendale Recharge Ponds.
Peace and happy birding!