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2014 Awards Dinner
Dr. Fay Millett Receiving the Meritorious Service Award
Dr. Richard Bonart Receiving the Conservation Award
Notes from the Field
Birding Phoenix, January 17-20, 2014. Our annual winter Arizona trip was to the Phoenix area again this year. We had 20 participants. We had very pleasant weather, highs in the 70's, no wind or rain. That's why we go there in January! Our first birding adventure was on Saturday morning at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. We were fortunate to have as our guide, Jim Burns, a well known outdoor writer and photographer from the Phoenix area. Jim is an author of several books on Arizona birds. At Boyce Thompson we had the Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Mountain Chickadee, Sora, Hooded Merganser, among others. We also saw a Gray Fox. After birding, we had a picnic lunch at Boyce Thompson. Fay and Kathy Millett brought sandwiches and other picnic goodies. After lunch, we went up the Verde and Salt River area. Our first stop was Granite Reef, where we saw Bald Eagles, Bufflehead, Common Mergansers, Black Vulture and a Common Golden Eye, among others. Our next stop was Coon's Bluff, where we had good looks at a Belted Kingfisher, Black Phoebe and Phainopepla. We ended our day at Butcher Jones at Saguaro Lake, where we had Bufflehead and other waterfowl. We had a group dinner at the Landmark, a converted Mormon Church. We were up early Sunday to go to Gilbert Water Ranch, Phoenix's number one birding spot, where we saw Black-Crowned Night-Herons, Green Herons, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Abert's Towhee, Cinnamon Teal, Osprey, Spotted Towhee, American Kestrel, among others. We also watched a Coyote try to sneak up on the multitude of ducks. It looked very well fed. For lunch, we went to the Tempe Marketplace, where we had soups, salads and sandwiches at...