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Notes from the Field
Phoenix, AZ., February 13-16, 2015. We had a good group of 16 people and 89 species of birds! We had great weather for the trip.
Saturday morning we started off with a visit to Boyce Thompson Arboretum. We were lucky to have a guide (Barbara Buck), who did a fabulous job for us. We
had a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, good looks at Anna's Hummingbirds at feeders, Northern Cardinals, and a Hooded Merganser in the pond. Fay and Kathy Millett
brought sandwiches from Sack's in Tempe and we had a nice picnic under the trees. After lunch, we went to Fountain Hills Lake where there's a 500 foot
tall water fountain. We saw five pair of Hooded Mergansers, who were performing synchronized swimming and diving - it was a fun show to watch! We also saw lots
of American Coots, who were running (try to imagine a Coot running!) for food being offered. Saturday night we had our group dinner at a Thai Restaurant
called the Siamese Cat and it was very good, with a lot of great food and conversation. Sunday we went to Gilbert Water Ranch where we saw Abert's
Towhee, lots of Verdins, Belted Kingfisher, Rosy-faced Lovebirds (blue, green, yellow and red colors on that bird), Sharp-shinned Hawk and, again, more Hooded
Mergansers (you can never see too many of these!) and lots of ducks, egret and herons. We broke for lunch at Tempe Town Market, where we had a variety of
lunch places to pick from. From there we headed to the west side of Phoenix to Arlington, where we had Lesser Scaup,Burrowing Owl, White-faced Ibis, Sandhill
Cranes, and Long-Billed Curlews. Before returning to Phoenix, we stopped at the famous Thrasher Spot, where a few of us saw the Le Conte's Thrasher. On Monday
morning, we went to the Papago Park and Phoenix Botanical Garden. At Papago we had lots of Green Herons and Great Blue Herons. At the Botanical Gardens, we
had Gila Woodpeckers, Gilded Flicker, and both the Costa and Anna's Hummingbirds. We had a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Cactus Wrens. Several people had lifer's on this trip.