Male Eurasian Wigeon 


Phoenix Area
Mar 7-11, 2002 - 55-85 degrees

On the way to and from Luke AFB, during lunch hours, and after work, I went exploring and snapped some bird photos.  
species (list follows at end of page)

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My first stop was in the alfalfa fields east of Tacna, where the wintering Ferruginous Hawk and large sparrow flocks were still present.   The Brewer's and White-crowned Sparrows were singing away, as was the Say's Phoebe.  Farther east, off of 45E, a solitary LeConte's Thrasher popped up to see who was whistling for him.  Alas, 15 minutes of walking through the saltbush failed to turn up any Sage Sparrows (for the first time this season).

At the rookery on the west edge of the Paloma Ranch, just south of the Painted Rock Road exit, there were over 55 Black-crowned Night Herons, and a wide variety of other waders and passerines.  My first two Wilson's Warblers of the year flitted around.  It was a wonderful morning, both weatherwise and birdwise!

Male Eurasian Wigeon 

Unfortunately I left my Sony digital camera in Yuma, so I tried out two new digitals to see how much technology has progressed over the past two years.  Both the JVC and Canon models had good points, but neither was better overall than my Sony DSC 70.  After work on Thursday I rushed into town to see the world's most photographed  Eurasian Wigeon, and to try my hand at it using the JVC camera.
On Friday after work I tried out the super-compact Canon Optio 100 digital camera.  The camera lens didn't mate well with my scope eyepiece; I only got a few good pics over the weekend.  Saturday I was working out at Gila Bend Auxiliary Field all day, where I watched a nice pair of Crissal Thrashers.

Female Mallard - Litchfield Park Lake


Cobble Ponds

The Tres Rios Experimental Wetlands off of 91st Ave includes the Cobble Ponds, which are on the east side of 91st Ave, across from the treatment plant. 
It was very birdy on Sunday noon, and I saw my first Yellow Warbler of the season, plus dozens of Yellow-rumpeds and several Orange-crowneds.  There are always good numbers of waders at the Cobble Ponds, like this patient Green Heron     

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
While watching the warblers, this Black-crowned Night Heron in breeding regalia flew into a tree on the opposite side of the creek.

On Sunday afternoon I drove over to the north side of the White Tanks and wandered about the chollas and saguaros.  Spectacular scenery and a pair of Gilded Flickers greeted me.

White Tanks at sunset


On Monday afternoon I stopped at the Estrella Parkway bridge over the Gila River.  There was a fine selection and excellent numbers of  waterfowl: Cinnamon & Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Gadwall, Mallards, Pintails, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, and American Wigeon.  At the Gila Bend Sewage Ponds was a Dunlin, and across from it in the drainage ditch was my first Lucy's Warbler of the year.

Yuma - Phoenix, 7-11 Mar 2002
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Neotropic Cormorant
4 Green Heron
5 Snowy Egret
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Great Egret
8 Cattle Egret
9 Black-crowned Night Heron
10 White-faced Ibis
11 American Wigeon
12 Mallard
13 Ruddy Duck
14 Ring-necked Duck
15 Redhead
16 Northern Pintail
17 Lesser Scaup
18 Green-winged Teal
19 Gadwall
20 Cinnamon Teal
21 Eurasian Wigeon
22 Northern Shoveler
23 Canvasback
24 American Coot
25 Common Moorhen
26 Black-necked Stilt
27 Killdeer
28 Dunlin
29 Greater Yellowlegs
30 Least Sandpiper
31 Spotted Sandpiper
32 Turkey Vulture
33 Northern Harrier
34 Red-tailed Hawk
35 Ferruginous Hawk
36 Cooper's Hawk
37 Sharp-shinned Hawk
38 American Kestrel
39 Gambel's Quail
40 Inca Dove
41 Mourning Dove
42 Rock Dove
43 Greater Roadrunner
44 Great Horned Owl
45 Anna's Hummingbird
46 Belted Kingfisher
47 Northern Flicker


# Species
48 Gila Woodpecker
49 Gilded Flicker
50 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
51 Say's Phoebe
52 Ash-throated Flycatcher
53 Black Phoebe
54 Horned Lark
55 Cliff Swallow
56 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
57 Common Raven
58 Verdin
59 House Wren
60 Marsh Wren
61 Cactus Wren
62 Rock Wren
63 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
64 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
65 Loggerhead Shrike
66 Crissal Thrasher
67 Leconte's Thrasher
68 Curve-billed Thrasher
69 Northern Mockingbird
70 Phainopepla
71 European Starling
72 Yellow Warbler
73 Yellow-rumped Warbler
74 Common Yellowthroat
75 Lucy's Warbler
76 Orange-crowned Warbler
77 Wilson's Warbler
78 Yellow-headed Blackbird
79 Western Meadowlark
80 Red-winged Blackbird
81 Great-tailed Grackle
82 Brown-headed Cowbird
83 House Sparrow
84 Grasshopper Sparrow
85 White-crowned Sparrow
86 Vesper Sparrow
87 Savannah Sparrow
88 Chipping Sparrow
89 Black-throated Sparrow
90 Lincoln's Sparrow
91 Brewer's Sparrow
92 Abert's Towhee
93 Song Sparrow
94 Cardinal
95 House Finch

Photos Henry D. Detwiler