|Habitat area downstream from the new pedestrian bridge at Tempe Town Lake|
Photo by Jeff Stemshorn
The day started out as bitter-cold, then eased into frigid-cold. When the sun finally did appear, so did the high school percussion band and hundreds of demonstrators, marching the lake's perimeter! It was amazing that any birds stayed around to be counted. But my wonderful volunteers - birders from Desert Botanical Garden's Monday Morning Birdwalks - persisted and covered our entire area over the course of the day. Our area included the habitat just downstream from the new pedestrian bridge, the entire lake, and the small marsh area near Curry and Miller Roads. (A second team of birders from DBG surveyed the marsh at Tempe Marketplace - I will be posting their results soon!)
|Volunteers Anita, Ethan, and Logan surveying the habitat downstream of the west|
dam at Tempe Town Lake, Jan. 21st, 2012. Photo by Jeff Stemshorn
|Bald Eagle at Tempe Town Lake, Jan. 21st, 2012. Photo by Jeff Stemshorn|
American Coots 63
Black-necked Stilts 6
Least Sandpipers 7
Wilson's Snipe 1
Total # birds counted : 629
Thank you Ann, Anita, Logan, Ethan, and Jeff for all of your hard work! Next year let's rent a boat!!!
To see a slide show of the area surveyed, click on the image below:
If you are interested in volunteering for next year's count, contact Troy Corman at AZ Game and Fish Dept.
Avian Monitoring Coordinator
5000 W. Carefree Hwy.