Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This spot along the Rio Salado is great for people of all levels of disability - you can practicaly bird right in the parking lot. If you don't want to venture out on the trail, just sit by the observation pond and just wait to see who flies in, or overhead. You're bound to see Cormorants, Herons and Egrets fly overhead, and a few Coots, Grebes, and a variety of ducks in the pond. There are plenty of sidewalks, paved trails, shaded areas, and hard-packed dirt trails. I only encountered one trail (after the Hummingbird Walk was over) that became inaccessible halfway through - a set of artsy hand made pavers jutting 4 inches out of the ground made the trail impassable.
Tom Gaskill led the walk and gave great advice about identifying Hummers - look at COLOR LAST - first look at FORM, SIZE, BEHAVIOR, and HABITAT. I saw mainly Anna's, but there was one Broad-tailed near the demonstration wetlands.
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Monday, March 8, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
If you're an outdoorsman and compulsive multi-tasker, this is the place for you. Just kick back with your binocs, fishing pole, camera, sunscreen and you can bird, fish, snap some great wildlife photos, and get a tan all in one place! Red Mountain Lake has to be the nicest urban lake in Mesa, and the most wheelchair accessible. Just southeast of Brown & Power Roads, you could easily stop here enroute to birding along Bush Highway. Aside from the assortment of birds, this park is also loaded with Rock Squirrels, Round-tailed Squirrels and Cottontail Rabbits. Birds seen included Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Aberts Towees, Gambels Quail, American Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Cormorants, Red Head Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, Canada Geese, and Cactus Wren.
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