I took a trip out to Gilbert on Thursday of this week to see what birds are about. I wanted to scope out some areas of interest for a visiting photographer that I am meeting up with on Monday. Surprisingly I saw fewer Hummingbirds than I have ever seen before, but the Yellow-rumped Warblers seemed to occupy every hedgerow along the paths. It was nice to see that the Avocets, which returned recently, are getting used to a human presence. This allowed me to get some reasonably close shots. The Dowitchers and Least Sandpipers are doing their usual thing – head dipping along the shallows. They don’t seem bothered by humans at all! Lastly, it must be getting closer to Easter because all the Cottontails were hopping around the preserve. If I get my hands on one I’ll make a rabbit stew – just kidding. The fellow below posed for a good 20 shots before he hopped off.
The Gilbert Water Ranch 3.10.11