Springtime is nesting time. Along with tons of birds, we saw plenty of nests at the Riparian Institute at Water Ranch in Gilbert.

White-Crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow



Lots of nests and lots of flora…especially orange and yellow-colored.

Yellow Flowers

Orange Flowers


Screwbean Mesquite

Screwbean Mesquite





There were perches and nesting boxes in several places over the ponds. In fact, we thought this osprey was on a perch that some human had fabricated but when I read about them later, this is exactly what their nests look like. He or she was hunting for a delicious fish. Once again, a 400mm lens would have been very handy.


For now, this ends my 3-part series on the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. It’s a beautiful place and I plan to go back again for its many photo opps. Here I thought the only cool thing in Gilbert is my favorite former boss…this place is the 2nd best thing about Gilbert.

Happy Earth Day!


9 responses to “Nesting

  1. Happy earth day to you and thanks for the “trip”!

  2. Happy Earth Day! What a lovely treat to peek at all the wonderful nests.

  3. Looks like that preserve will become a favorite place for you. It would for me!

  4. So pretty! I never made it there for a visit. I’d driven past it a handful of times. You really capture the desert in spring bloom.

  5. This is such a coincidence, Candace. My husband and I were out walking over the weekend, and notice just how many nests there were in the trees. In another few weeks (hopefully!!), they will be hidden once again by the leaves.

    Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

  6. Nice to see flowers blooming and birds getting their nests ready! So, spring is really happening elsewhere in the US 🙂 Enjoy it, Candace!
    Have a great week.

  7. A fine series on this subject. I especially liked seeing the live materials that might one day wind up in a nest. Very good picture quality.

  8. Lovely photos, Candace. 🙂

  9. Wow, that is a pretty cool place. I’ve never seen a Screwbean Mesquite before.. strange looking.

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