Monday, March 31, 2014
The Pigeon Guillemots were calling to each other; they have a very high pitched whistle. The water was so rough it was difficult to see them. Soon they will be nesting in the cliffs. Heard and saw several Calif. Quail. Wrentit were singing about every quarter mile.
From my observations along the trail, land birds were scarce; the on-going drought is taking its toil on our bird population. Birds that were missing, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow (always singing this time of year), Bewick's Wren (no males singing from atop a bush), Say's and Black Phoebe (no insects for them to eat), Anna's Hummer (nothing blooming), and no Hawks. Along the Bluff Trail spring was silent.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The Tres Rios Wetland is located off 91st St. across from the Phoenix waste water treatment facility. Birds of note were, Thousands of Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds nesting in the reeds; Cinnamon Teal, Ring-billed Duck, an Osprey perched in a Cottonwood, precious Verdin nesting in Palo Verde Trees, and the treat of the day, 2 soaring Black Vultures.
Estrella Park, 18 miles Southwest of Phoenix offers 33 miles of trails. On a two mile hike observed Gambels Quail, Phanopepla, Gila Woodpecker excavating a hole in a Saguaro, and the bird of the day, a first time sighting of a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. Birding was excellent in Arizona.