|Northern Shoveler splashing it up with a Great-tailed Grackle at Freestone Park in Gilbert, January 6, 2012.|
|Lesser Scaup pair at Kiwanis Park on January 9th, 2012.|
All of the urban ponds are wheelchair friendly, but if you are wheelin' it, be sure to bring something to wipe your wheels down with when you leave. Otherwise you'll be leaving lovely duck-poop-green tire tracks wherever you go - not very attractive.
|Male Canvasback at Riverview Park in Mesa, January 6th, 2012.|
Recent urban pond duck sightings around the valley include a Eurasian Wigeon at the Biltmore Golf Course Ponds, a Mandarin Duck (and several Lesser Scaup) at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, a Eurasian Green-winged (Common) Teal in the marsh at Tempe Marketplace, very friendly Canvasbacks at Riverview Park in Mesa, Common Mergansers and American Wigeons at the McCormick Ranch ponds in Scottsdale, and a Goldeneye Pair with several Hooded Mergansers at Fountain Hills Lake.
See some amazing photos of the Mandarin Duck at Kiwanis Park taken by Laurence Butler on his blog: http://www.butlersbirdsandthings.blogspot.com/ .