On Thursday we joined up with my aunt and her bf! We headed over to Sweetwater Wetlands and the bird activity was down a little bit probably from the burn the day before.
|Northern Shoveler Male|
A close relative of the American Coot is the Common Gallinule, its biggest field mark is the red shield and beak instead of white beak on the American Coot. We hardly ever see this species so it was a delight to see so many yesterday.
Next we came to another pond and spotted some Blue-winged Teals, American Wigeons (Doing a breeding bobbing of their heads), and a Pied-billed Grebe preening.
The next birds we found were a Black Phoebe and Ruddy Ducks. One Ruddy Duck in particular was protecting a female from all the other males and another female, whenever they got too close. It was very interesting to see him charge the others in the water.
After leaving there we headed to Saguaro National Park just east of Tuscon. Sadly I didn't bring my short lens to take llandscape shots just had my 500mm lens. We saw a few birds there too, not as many as I thought would be there. Gila Woodpecker was plentiful. Also saw Cactus Wren, Pyrrhuloxia and my husband almost stepped on a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. It hissed and slithered away rattling its tail. Couldn't find it again after it went under a bush.