Western Grebe (see the distinct black line below the eye)
Proud Ruddy Duck strutting its junk!
Crazy as a Coot!
After spending just a short period of time at the Tempe Reservoir, we cruised over to PBG to check out the gardens and look for some cool birds. We weren't disappointed by either. The gardens were being prepared for a luminary show so they were primping the walkways for a huge tadoo! Most birds I saw were lifers and fortunately it was Saturday morning so we ran in to a Bird group on their weekly bird walk. I was fortunate as they pointed out several birds that I would have misidentified. Take the blue-gray gnatcatcher and the black tailed gnatcatcher. Winter black tailed sure looks like a BGG to me. New bird, yay!
Black tailed gnatcatcher
Gambrel's Quail (tons of these birds)
I remember Northern Bobwhites in these numbers
on Cape Cod when I was growing up. Days gone by.
I was excited to get my first Verdin, but man by the end I was sick of this excited little bird.
Clearly a very abundant species.
Lesser Goldfinch (female)
I'm all ears!
Rosy cheeked Luv Birds
I had to stand on my head in the brush for this pic hence the angle.
Great time in Phoenix with some great birders.