Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Local Birding Channel

Most birders have a local hotspot they visit more than often.  I sure do.  It's like our local television stations in a way!  In this case, it's Tres Rios Wetlands and Glendale Recharge Ponds for me.

Let's start with a few highlights I've had at Tres Rios as of late!  Here's the latest from my "Local Birding Channel".

Northern Harriers are starting to increase in numbers...

Despite it's name, this Night-Heron is flying during the day.  Would that make him a hypocrite?

The most amazing show of sight are the Yellow-headed Blackbird flocks.  Come extra early so you won't miss it!

Ospreys have increased in numbers also.  Watch for them where there are any bodies of water.

A Greater Roadrunner was seen perched on a fence.  How odd is that?

Casual at Tres Rios, this Rock Wren was found at Tres Rios's only formation of rocks.  You can't miss the rock peninsula!

The Peregrine Falcons are cool as ever.  Keep your eyes peeled overhead!

Black Vultures are abound in large numbers!  Keep an eye out for them in the farm area just northeast of Tres Rios.  

To change the channel from 3.1 to 3.2, we now stop at the Glendale Recharge Ponds..a rather ugly but mecca of a birding location.  Large bird numbers congregate whenever these large basins carry water.

The Least Sandpipers are lining the ponds right now.  Despite it's name, the Sandpiper itself doesn't feel like it's the Least.  It's the smallest sandpiper in the world, and they are certainly one of the most common in Arizona.

A lone Western Grebe has been chillin at the ponds.  He is bigger than most.  Here, he is joined by a female Cinnamon Teal. 

Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets are both around---you can't miss em!

The Avocets are especially cool!

Don't forget to tune into your Local Birding Channel!  In other words, don't forget to go birding at the awesome locations near you.  Tommy D..out.

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