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2020-01-22  
Tres Rios Birding, AZ
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Tres Rios Birding, AZ 
Tres Rios Birding, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2020
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Hiking5.10 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles
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A Friend has been in town for the last 3 weeks performing at the Herberger Theater. He'd been around to the more classic Phoenix area Birding Spots and wanted to do something different, so I chose Tres Rios. It's been several years since either of us had been there.

Heavy Fog was actually predicted on this day, but was supposed to burn off by 9:00 A.M. "Supposed" being the operative word there. When I left the house at 5:45 and drove out I-10, it seemed to be not too bad. That changed drastically by 67th Avenue. Visibility was down to 100 feet or less. The further south and west I went the worse it got. I picked up my friend at the QT on 83rd Ave/Buckeye and we headed the rest of the way down. By the time we got to the Tres Rios area, visibility was less than 20 feet. I passed the small unsigned turnoff to the parking lot twice, before pulling up the GPS on my phone to pinpoint it exactly.

It was still dark, but the eastern sky was starting to lighten up. We had hoped to witness the departure of the Blackbirds and Ibis at dawn, but it just wasn't going to happen. I think the Birds were staying hunkered down due to the fog. A few went, but you could barely see them anyway, much less photograph them. The Fog made for some interesting Photos, and there were a few birds, but it was difficult for any kind of focal length. As the morning continued, the Fog pretty much stayed. It didn't start even lifting off the ground until about 10:30 and even as we reached the Car at a little after 11:00, the clouds/fog was still pretty low. We drove for about 5 minutes and hit some blue skies and sun. Interesting day, not very productive for Birding Photos, but we both enjoyed getting out and also visiting, since it had been a few years since we Birded together. I enjoyed the Fog as well, simply because it's pretty rare to have such a dense blanket of it down here in the valley.

Tres Rios has changed somewhat since the last time I was there. Some of the Ponds are completely covered in invasive Aquatic Plants now and the vegetation has gotten pretty thick in places. But it looks like they've cleaned up a lot of the trash and they are locking some of the gates along the roads to keep vehicles from driving around in there. Much "cleaner" than in visits in the past.
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