Today it was finally cool enough that I was able to take my 5 1/2 month old son to the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. I was expecting a day of missed shots and ‘stroller frustration’… but suprisingly Finn remained in good spirits the whole morning and I was able to stash some of my kit in the bottom of the Finn-mobile. A couple of other birders asked how I managed to keep a baby so quiet… I replied that Finn is always as good as gold!
As you can see by the photograph below, he became a very good bird id’er!
As far as the birds were concerned I saw more warblers than at any other time. I even found a spot that I can stake out that should give me some good results next time I travel out to Gilbert. I am not seeing as many waterbirds as I have been expecting, but I am sure that they will arrive as the weather cools even more. There were more dragonflies and butterflies than last time and the pond sliders were sunning themselves on the banks.
Here is a selection from today:
White-crowned Sparrow (Juvenile).