Today on October 31st, 2013, for my Trick-or-Treating I headed out to the Glendale Recharge Ponds and Lake Pleasant in hopes of finding a Heermann's Gull. When Monday's outbreak occurred at Glendale, I was stuck at work for the entire day. It was heartbreaking, and I was even thinking about going out to Glendale that night with a spotlight to try and see that Gull. I didn't want to get in any trouble, so I didn't.
At Glendale today, no gulls were present. I did see the Heermann's Gull's footprint, however. Can I count that somewhat? The best bird at Glendale was the DUNLIN that has been present. I located it by it's call note, which helps a lot of times with shorebirds as they make their way across these ponds. Also present were three BUFFLEHEADS, a stunning drake and two hens. I also had 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS and 1 PRAIRIE FALCON at Glendale. As I made my way out of the basins, one of the Peregrines sat on a lower power pole and was fearless of me! It was cool to see.
I looked on the Yavapai County list and I didn't see Mew Gull on it, so it may be a new Yavapai bird.
It's an Eastern Meadowlark-I swear!
The Stand Off at Lake Pleasant-I had to eventually back off