For two main reasons, I returned to one of the most prolific birding spots in the Phoenix area this morning. I wanted to give my new "replacement" [see yesterday's blog] Canon SX 50 HS a good work out to determine whether it would work properly. And, while there, I held out hope that I might see at least one of three potential "year" birds there.
Although I collected 47 species in three hours without covering the whole place, I ended up taking photos that would convey a little bit of what the Riparian Area at Gilbert Water Ranch looks like. As usual, some of the best birds, like the Black & White Warbler eluded the camera but I got awesome looks at it. It's very strikingly handsome.
|Cactus Garden at East walking path|
|Trail between Ponds 7 & 1; Gambel's Quail in distance|
|Two Curve-billed Thrashers|
While the Black-chinned Hummingbird below was not my first sighting of it this year, it was the first time I had seen it at the Water Ranch.
|Two Black-chinned Hummingbirds (same bird)|
|Palo Verde tree in bloom (ah-choo)|
|Blue-winged Teal (male) Pond 6|
So, I think I'll keep the replacement camera. Of the three potential year birds I might have seen, I dipped on all three: White-throated Sparrow, female Ring-necked Pheasant seen by a photographer this morning at mostly dry Pond 5; and the rare Brown Thrasher still hanging out at the south end of Trails 3 & 4. I spent 45 minutes at that location and did not find the skulking visitor from the east.
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22514196
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