Western birds flock to the poopy ponds. I first realized this 15 years ago when I went to Dallas on a business trip and hooked up with the local Audubon chapter for a field trip. We went to the waste water treatment plant. I got many life birds. I experienced using binoculars while holding my breath in a few places. I also got to experience sweat in places that I didn't know I had glands. But it was fantastic.
The same thing held true on our trip to Phoenix this past week. The best birding was at the Glendale Recharge Ponds. Our friend Sarah never heard of it before we arrived, but then did some research that said the location was in the top ten hotspots for Phoenix area. I went twice. I already shared photos from the first trip. Here are some highlights from the second trip when I dragged Connie and Sarah with me.
|American Kestral - perched
|American Kestral - scanning ponds for a quick meal
|Belted Kingfisher - perched
|Say's Phoebe (left), Western Meadowlark (right)
|American White Pelicans