Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Riparian Reserve at Gilbert Water Ranch, Phoenix, Apr 2014

An hour of evening light allowed me the chance for a quick visit to the Riparian Reserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Such a quick visit would not usually warrant a separate post except that I managed a nice picture of a Coyote, which doesn’t happen often enough.


The reserve is a dynamic system of changing water levels and active management. The pond that had been full of waders on my last visit was nearly empty, yet a grassy meadow had turned into a marshy haven for ducks.


A shallow pond looked to have been dredged and an Osprey platform had been planted on a newly built island.


Bird list for Riparian Reserve at Gilbert Water Ranch; 33
Canada Goose 2, Gadwall 1, Mallard 18, Cinnamon Teal 2, Northern Shoveler 15, Green-winged Teal 20, Ring-necked Dick 14, Gambell’s Quail 4, Pied-billed Grebe 2, Double-crested Cormorant 20, Turkey Vultuere 1, Cooper’s Hawk 1, American Coot 15, Kildeer 4, Black-necked Stilt 4, Least Sandpiper 80, Long-billed Dowitcher 30, Eurasian Collared-Dove 1, White-winged Dove 1, Collared Dove 6, Inca Dove 3, Black-chinned Hummingbird 1, Anna’s Hummingbird 4, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6, Verdin 2, Northern Mockingbird 8, Curve-billed Thrasher 12, Abert’s Towhee 8, Song Sparrow 1, White-crowned Sparrow 4, Red-winged Blackbird 5, Great-tailed Grackle 15, House Finch 6.

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