The Joys of Birding

April 25, 28 & 29, 2015

Photos from some of our amazing local birding spots in the Greater Phoenix area:

At Glendale Recharge Ponds on 4/25, a migrating Willet stopped over.
Willet:  stocky shorebird I know best when in flight by its broad white wing stripes. Common on East Coast.

Spent several hours birding this Tucson hot spot on 4/28/15:

Vermilion Flycatcher - male
Vermilion Flycatcher - female

Western Kingbird
And, on my way home from Tucson, I stopped by the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch to see what might be present in the middle of the day:

Black-necked Stilt; note very slender bill and pink legs.

Long-billed Dowitchers in breeding plumage

Also at Gilbert Water ranch was this studly Gambel's Quail calling attention to himself. 

Brown-headed Cowbird, also at Gilbert Water Ranch

Still present at Lost Dutchman State Park yesterday, 4/29/15, this male Phainopepla was foraging for insects in the air from its good perch:
Phainopepla (Silky Flycatcher)
And, an Ash-throated Flycatcher was doing the same thing from a different perch:

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