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Say's Phoebe - There was a Vermilion Flycatcher hanging around the southern canal too, but it stayed too far away for me to get a clear shot.

At Glendale Recharge pond

I kept my distance, but guess he got tired of me stalking him.

 

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) at the Glendale Recharge Ponds.

We watched this Green Heron (Butorides virescens) for quite a while. He didn't seem to mind us watching as he looked up at us a couple times. Although I think I heard him grumble something about annoying birders - lol!

 

Glendale Recharge Ponds

Osprey - There was also a Bald Eagle eating a fish on top of a utility pole about a quarter of a mile away. This Osprey was harassing it trying to steal it's fish until a jogger scared the Eagle away.

Say's Phoebe - There was a Vermilion Flycatcher hanging around the southern canal too, but it stayed too far away for me to get a clear shot.

Exciting news, but first this. BiF shots are a huge challenge for me, but I'm okay with this one of a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) that I took at the Glendale Recharge Ponds.

 

Okay, now the exciting news! This morning I started my volunteer work at Fallen Feathers! They are a rescue and rehabilitation facility for wild and exotic birds... and literally right down the road from me. For now it's just one day a week, but it will be a very rewarding day! I could go on and on, but I'll leave you with the highlight of today... giving an emu a shower!

Who, who, who, who? (big cheezy grin)

 

I finally got my Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) and I can't stop smiling!

 

This adorable owlet was babysitting his/her twin who kept peeking out, it was too cute! The adults were not present this morning - most likely getting breakfast for them. Hopefully they'll be there on my next visit to the Glendale Recharge Ponds.

Glendale Recharge Ponds - one more from the ponds a few weeks ago. This one with wings up; just needed a little sun!

Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs

Update: December 15, 2015 this was on Explore - thank you all so much!!

 

Not sure if this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is practicing his morning yoga or pretending to be a helicopter.

 

Glendale Recharge Ponds.

Canada Geese, White-faces Ibis, and Black-necked Stilts

Here's the other Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) that I saw a few days ago in the nest. I went back to the Glendale Recharge Ponds again and was able to get a shot of him peeking at me.

There were 3 adorable Killdeer chicks (Charadrius vociferus), one is behind the rock. I wanted to tread across the water, scoop'em up and cuddle them, but figured I'd forever be known as Crazy Bird Lady! This was the highlight of my day... and I can't stop smiling!

 

This was yesterday morning at the Glendale Recharge Ponds.

There were over 80 Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) at the Glendale Recharge Ponds last weekend. Trying to get a shot of just one by itself was a challenge, let alone trying to get his entire bill in the shot too... they're like sewing machines while feeding.

White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, and American Avocet

It was a bit windy on Sunday, so we watched this Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) practicing for the World Cup Surfing event. At times the waves were pretty big, but I couldn't stand still enough to take a shot.

Glaucous-winged Gull - A rarity in Arizona

My favorite Falcon of all, the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). I followed him for a long time yesterday at the Glendale Recharge Ponds. He even stopped and posed for me.

Glendale Recharge Ponds - A rare bird for AZ and a real treat to see and photograph!

Cliff Swallow - Building their nests under a bridge.

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