My alarm clock, aka my 4 month old baby, woke me at 5:30 am today – perfect timing for a few hours driving the quiet roads along the US 80 west of Phoenix. The weather was mild and the birds were somewhat cooperative. First stop – Palo Verde to see the owls and the spoonbill (who remained elusive today), then a drive to the ponds north of Palo Verde School and west to Arlington. Not many birds of prey today except for a very patient Osprey who posed for about 10 minutes for me! The owls were out and about as were the Kingbirds, albeit high on the power lines. The ponds provided me with Killdeer and Black-necked Stilts… and the ever present Snowy and Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.
A fruitful day all in all – and from the comfort of an air-conditioned car!