Friday night I went on an Evening Tour at Gilbert Water Ranch - the weather was perfect, warm and breezy, and no bugs- at least not the annoying head buzzing kind. I didn't get many photos - still figuring out how to use the camera at night without blinding people and scaring away the wildlife. Cliff Swallows were swooping around eating bugs over the ponds, Canada Geese and their goslings were feeding along the shorelines, and hundreds of ducks were huddled down for the night on the mid-pond islands. The kids caught and released a young bullfrog, found a wolf spider with a load of baby spiders on her back, and encountered gobs of June-bugs around the lamposts. The GWR Observatory was open, and we all got a great view of Saturn and 3 of its moons! I lucked out again, the telescope was pointed high in the sky, and I could wheel right up to the scope. Kudos to the East Valley Astronomy Club members/volunteers who are always so helpful and willing to share their knowledge.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
NOT a Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Is it an Olive-sided Flycatcher or a dark shot of an Ash-throated Flycatcher?
The May 1st Warbler Walk at Rio Salado was not completely warblerless. We could hear them, and caught a few glimpses of a warbler butt here and there. The only halfway decent photo I got, seen above, was of a Black Phoebe. And NO, I have not resorted to birding from within the federal pen, this was taken in the parking lot at Rio Salado.
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