I spent much of the morning birding with Tyler Loomis, Sean Fitzgerald, and Darrell Wilder, and saw many other cool birders I know. Tyler discovered a second cool bird of the morning, a Sanderling. Sanderlings are rare but annual in Arizona and are another bird that are found specifically along coasts. It was neat to get this bird, and looking at my Glendale Recharge Pond records, this was the 3rd Sanderling I've had for the location. Cool beans. These pictures show the Sanderling as well as a nearby Western Sandpiper for comparison.
Tyler and I stayed at the ponds longer than others and we covered a lot of the area. Both of us tallied over 70 species. I even got two new birds for Glendale in the riparian area to add to my patch, a Summer Tanager and Black-throated Gray Warbler. That wasn't realized until I got home. My Glendale Recharge Pond bird list now stands at 204 species, and there is a lot of potential for me to add much more in the songbird department in the riparian area that borders the ponds on the western perimeter of the area. Another great day in the field to enjoy birding..