Veteran’s Oasis Park

Western Wood-Pewee

On another recent day when we had a reprieve from Phoenix’s heat, we headed to a destination about 30 miles away…Chandler, AZ…and Veteran’s Oasis Park, a new-to-us park. It’s a Chandler City Park with a community fishing lake but it also has several recharge (water treatment) ponds that are very wild. In fact, they are almost too wild to be able to see much wildlife but I’m sure the animals appreciate it. This is a very pretty park.

Black-tailed Jackrabbits galore

Turkey Vultures galore

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

Desert Cottontail

San Tan Mountains

Killdeer

Great Blue Heron

Common Gallinule

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

They have blinds scattered around to observe/photograph the wildlife but the reeds and other plants are so overgrown that there isn’t much of a view.

From the recharge ponds, you can look out over farmland…from arid desert to green crops.

Homes with a farm view

Papago Winter

Snowy 1

Snowy 2Snowy Egret

These photos were from a recent late afternoon visit to Papago Park in Phoenix.

PhoebeBlack Phoebe

Ring-necked Duck Head

Ring-necked DuckRing-Necked Duck Drake

CormorantNeotropic Cormorant

Snowy 3Snowy and Cormy

Shoveler ReedsNorthern Shoveler

Papago has a lot of reeds which can make for interesting patterns on the water.

GallinuleCommon Gallinule, immature

GrebePied-Billed Grebe

I went there in search of these lifers, Northern Pintails, and I found them. There were 3 drakes and a popular hen.

Pintail 5

Pintail 1

Pintail Couple

Pintail 4

Pintail 3

Pintail 2

After posing nicely, they swam off into the sunset.

4 Pintails

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Summer at Papago

Grebe Foot

Aren’t these the cutest things? They are Pied-billed Grebe babies. They look like something you’d see in the Galapagos instead of Papago Park Ponds, where they actually were. So here’s a few too many photos I took of them a couple days ago.

Grebe Adult

This is an adult, above. The males and females are indistinguishable.

2 Grebes

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Grebe Babe Water

Grebe Eat

Catching lunch with parental supervision

Grebe Ma and Babe

Grebe Nest

There are actually 2 sets of babies. One has 3 babies and they are a little older than another group of 2 babies. Unfortunately, in that group, there were 4 babies until the other day…No one knows what happened.

Grebe Rock

Grebe Walking

“I can swim, I can walk, when can I fly?”

Grebe Water Foot

Ma and Baby

Entertaining as these guys were, and as many local bird photographers who have gathered there over the last couple weeks to see them, there were some other fun birds to see, too.

I never get tired of spotting Green Herons, much smaller birds than you would think.

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There were many punk juveniles there with their little spiked head feathers.

Gallinule 4

Common Gallinule

He/she felt like dancing. I also saw a chick with her but it scampered into the reeds before I could get a shot.

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Killdeer

Flameskimmer

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

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Spring at Papago

Green Heron 2

Green Heron

Cooper's 2

Cooper's 6

Cooper's

Sharp-Shinned or Cooper’s Hawk (hard to distinguish)

Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Pond Slider

Red-Eared Pond Slider

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Egret 2

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Great Egret

Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

Grebe 3

Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe

Flicker 2

Northern Flicker

Cactus Flower

Green Heron

I spent the first day of spring at Papago Park and made a brief visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, which is in the park. Not much luck there as it was later in the day and packed with people but the ponds at the park made for a decent day of birding. I have a 3-day weekend and I’m planning to go shooting somewhere everyday. More photos to come, I hope…

Happy Spring!

Winter at Papago Ponds

Shoveler Girl

Northern Shoveler, female

Shoveler Boy 2

Northern Shoveler, male

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This is what winter looks like in Phoenix, specifically the ponds at Papago Park, a Phoenix Point of Pride. (Click on photos for more detail.)

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck, male

Wigeons

American Wigeons, male and female

Do you wonder where your waterfowl went? They’re here with more arriving daily!!!

Dock View

Coot

American Coot

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Common Gallinule

Green Heron

Green Heron, the American Birding Association’s Bird of the Year 2015!

Green Heron Stand

Trees on Path

Canvasback

Canvasback, female

Cormorants

Neotropic Cormorants

C77

Canada Goose, C77, with American Wigeon and Ring-Necked Duck

Butte

Gadwall Female

Gadwall, female

Gadwall Drops 2

Gadwall, male

Gadwall male

Palm Island

Grebe 2

Pied-Billed Grebe

Grebe

Lesser Scaups 2

Lesser Scaups

Girls

And some girls out having a good time…

Reeds

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