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Jan 20 2021
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Reach 11 Recreation AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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With the day turning out nicer than I thought it would I grabbed my camera and headed to Reach 11 looking for some bird pictures. Managed to get a few with a Red Tail Hawk being a plus.
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Jan 17 2021
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 Phoenix, Az
Slate Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
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Hiking2.20 Miles 285 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.06 mph
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Headed out to Cave Creek Park for a trek along the Slate Trail first stopping to get some pictures of the colorful balloons overhead. got underway about 8:55 with temps in the upper fifties. Even though I tried not to I still missed the turnoff to the Michelin Man. I would find it on my way back as the cactus is visible as you come back down the trail. Anyway I trekked a short distance past the Quartz Trail intersection. Coming back I took a break at the memorial bench. it was so quiet and such a beautiful day. So back down the trail I went stopping to pay my respects to "The Man". It was a moderately busy morning as far as hikers and bike riders go. It was good to get back to the area.
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Jan 02 2021
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Glendale Recharge Ponds, AZ 
Glendale Recharge Ponds, AZ
 
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Have not visited here in a while so it was time for a trip out west on a cold partly cloudy morning. There were various photographers and birders looking for the Bald Eagle that sometimes stops by. No joy there for me. I got some ok pictures and a little walking in so it was a good morning.
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Dec 24 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Scottsdale Sightings, AZ 
Scottsdale Sightings, AZ
 
Birding avatar Dec 24 2020
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I had heard that there were Harris Hawks that frequented the intersection of Scottsdale road and Shea so I headed over there this morning. I parked in the shopping center on the NE corner and saw one right away on a pole along Shea. It was not sitting at a good enough angle to get a good shot. It flew off a few minutes later. I walked around for a few minutes trying to stay warm on this cold cloudy morning. Then heading back toward Shea two more were sitting on another pole. one flew off but I was able to get some good shots of the one left before it flew off. Then I drove down to Mccormick Ranch and checked out the action there. Despite the weather it was a productive day.
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Dec 20 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Chapparal Park Scottsdale, AZ 
Chapparal Park Scottsdale, AZ
 
Birding avatar Dec 20 2020
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Back out to Chapparal Park hoping to see one or both of the eagle pair. Arrived there and headed for the Hayden road side of the park where sure enough one was sitting one a telephone pole. He flew off across the lake a few seconds later. right after that I spotted another photographer and then Mark Koster who takes great pics of the eagles and other bird shows up. He lets us know that "Bandit" the male had snatched up a fish and was a few poles down, by then he returned to the pole directly across from us.
We spent a couple of hours waiting to see if the female would show up. She never did but it was a great morning watching the magnificent eagle and talking to passersby as they spotted the eagle.
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Great Blue Heron
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Dec 18 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Rio Vista ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Dec 18 2020
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Driving back from my wife's doctors appointment on Thursday I noticed some color in Skunk Creek at Thunderbird Rd. So this morning after work I drove over to Rio Vista Park Enjoyed some nice Fall color in the park and in Skunk Creek itself. Nothing notable in duckland.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Dec 13 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Metate Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2020
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Headed up to Spur Cross this morning for a trek on the Metate/Spur Cross loop. It was in the mid 40's when I got underway about 8:30. I met very few hikers during the morning and while I was hoping for bird pictures it was a very quiet morning bird wise. The gloves came off about halfway through but my long sleeve shirt stayed on the whole way. The views were beautiful in the clear air. Looking forward to my next visit already.
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Nov 28 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Chapparal Park, AZ 
Chapparal Park, AZ
 
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A trip to Scottsdale resulted in no sightings of the Eagles for me. However the morning was not without it's rewards as I managed to get some good pictures of a male Vermillion Flycatcher at the park and later up at McCormick Ranch.
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Nov 21 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
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Hiking1.93 Miles 996 AEG
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This looked like a good morning to start hiking again so it was off to the Apache Wash Trailhead. As I started driving I noticed that the sky was full of balloons. I pulled off at the Dixileta overpass to get some pictures and was soon joined by a few other cars with people doing the same. I left then stopped at the Circle K on Sonoran Desert Drive to get more pictures. That done I headed for the trailhead. I was headed for my favorite little loop, Sidewinder to Apache Wash to Ocotillo and back to the trailhead. The parking lot was pretty full when I arrived which accounted for all of the hikers and bikers that I would encounter on my way. I got a hello from most everybody, it was a beautiful morning and great to be back on the trails. No critters seen and the few birds that I saw were not cooperative in sitting long enough for a picture,
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Nov 20 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Cortez Park Phoenix, AZ 
Cortez Park Phoenix, AZ
 
Birding avatar Nov 20 2020
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After work this morning drove down to Cortez Park to see if anything was happening. Not much until the Night Heron showed up and made the morning worthwhile.
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Nov 07 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Chapparal Park, AZ 
Chapparal Park, AZ
 
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A trip from north Phoenix to Scottsdale proved rewarding this morning as I got to see both of the local Bald Eagles.
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Oct 24 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Gilbert Riparian Area, AZ 
Gilbert Riparian Area, AZ
 
Birding avatar Oct 24 2020
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A long awaited trip to the Gilbert Riparian Area was finally on the schedule. My wife and mother in law headed out shortly after 7. We were greeted by a host of hot air balloons just north of Jomax along the 17. We arrived there about 8:15. Leaving Mom to sit and watch the ducks we headed out. We walked for a while then headed back for a rest before I headed out solo.I had not seen anything noteworthy except a Great Egret up until now. However I managed to hit the jackpot with getting a shot of the Blue Throated Black Warbler that was causing a stir and the Roseate Spoonbill. I also got a Yellow Rumped Warbler another new bird for me. Return visits will definitely be in order!
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Oct 16 2020
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62 male
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 Phoenix, Az
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2020
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Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   0.57 mph
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It was time for Fall Colors Hike 2020. Yesterday I headed up to the West Fork Trail. I headed out in the dark and got to enjoy the sunrise hitting the red rocks. What a sight! I got to Call of the Canyon shortly after 7:30 and waited in a short line to park. I was ready, a new camera, a new portable sitting stool and a new backpack to carry it. got underway a little before 8 with the temp about 55. I headed up the trail, as usual the canyon presents lighting challenges that I have not quite figured out yet. Then the reds began to appear. The usual spots were involved. They are like old friends that you are happy to see again. Some yellows and oranges showed up. Overall I would say that this may not be the best year for color that I have seen. Maybe it will get better over the next few weeks. Those of you with better knowledge of such things please feel free to chime in. Anyway I took a break at the third creek crossing. I went to the fourth and that is where I turned around. I know that I take shorter hikes that just about everybody on this trail (I really need to get in better shape) but any time spent on this trail is always enjoyable. As always it is also fun to see the variety of people out on the trail at this time. and there was a lot of variety!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Oct 10 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Hart Prarie Road, AZ 
Hart Prarie Road, AZ
 
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Our family trekked up I 17 to get in some fall scenery. After a stop at Coco's in Flagstaff we headed up to Hart Prarie Road. We stopped at the pullout where other cars were parked and I walked around with my camera. It seemed evident that we were about a week late. Many trees had dropped all of their leaves already. so I had to work hard to come up with some decent pictures. We started further along the road and the areas where there would be aspen with leaves lining the road were not there. shortly afterward we turned around as the road became to rough for our sedan. We went back to 180 and headed up the road to Snow Bowl. Aspen Corner looked like it had some good spots but there was no way I was going to try to park in that mess on a Saturday. We turned around at the entrance to the Snow Bowl and headed back down. We had lunch in Williams then headed home with a short stop at the Pumphouse county Nature Area to satisfy my curiosity as to what it was. Not Much.
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Western Bluebird
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Oct 09 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Pioneer Community Park - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Earlier this week I checked out the new Paloma Park in North Peoria, very nice. today I ventured over to Pioneer Community Park in the heart of Peoria. Another nice park with a small fishing lake. My time was rewarded with watching a Great Blue Heron for a while as I walked around the lake. Otherwise no great shakes as far as bird sightings go but I will check back from time to time.
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Sep 26 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Anthem Community Park, AZ 
Anthem Community Park, AZ
 
Birding avatar Sep 26 2020
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A quick trip to Anthem this morning resulted in my first ever sighting of a Western Grebe. The other usual suspects were present on a beautiful if tad warm Fall morning.
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Sep 19 2020
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62 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Glendale Recharge Ponds, AZ 
Glendale Recharge Ponds, AZ
 
Birding avatar Sep 19 2020
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Now that cooler mornings are here a return trip to the Glendale Recharge Ponds was in order. Saw an awesome looking smoke filtered sun in my rearview mirror as I headed down the 101. As I walked around I discovered that there were some serious birders out. I counted 4 guys armed with spotting scopes on tripods and serious camera outfits. When I queried them they said that nothing noteworthy was about. But they did mention some Sanderlings were present. I walked around for almost 2 hours and enjoyed the time.
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Sep 13 2020
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62 male
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 Phoenix, Az
Rio Vista Park, AZ 
Rio Vista Park, AZ
 
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Drove over to Rio Vista Park this morning. First order of business was a little exercise, starting at the bridge over Skunk Creek I walked along the New River Trail, crossed over at Thunderbird and back to where I started. Met quite a few walkers and bike riders along the way. Then after a short break I walked around the lake taking pictures of the locals. On the way home I chanced upon a coyote near the Happy Valley Walmart.
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Sep 06 2020
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62 male
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 Phoenix, Az
Spur Cross Conservation Area, AZ 
Spur Cross Conservation Area, AZ
 
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Still getting used to my new Canon DSLR I took a drive this morning out to Spur Cross to get some landscape photos. It is still too warm to do any hiking in rattlesnake country so I just ventured around the trailhead a little. Afterward I made a few stops along the way and in town to capture things that caught my eye.
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Bougainvillea
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Aug 24 2020
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62 male
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 Phoenix, Az
Sedona/Williams AZ, AZ 
Sedona/Williams AZ, AZ
 
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My wife and I enjoyed an overnight visit to Williams, AZ. We drove up through Sedona stopping so I could snap some pictures then it was up 89A. What a zoo that was! Slide Rock was full and it wasn't even 9am. People were parking everywhere along the road and heading down to the creek wherever they could, making life dangerous for those driving by. We finally made it to Flagstaff where we stopped for an early lunch. Then it was on to Williams. We could not check in yet so we headed for Dogtown Lake. It was at the end of a bumpy but scenic road. I was thrilled to observe two Bald Eagles flying above the lake while we were there! We went back to town and spent some time looking around then it was to our room for the evening. In the morning it was off to Bearizona. My wife had suffered a sprained ankle the day before so we would not be doing any walking. We did however enjoyed the driving tour with me snapping a few photos on my phone. After that it was onto Flagstaff for lunch and then home. But first a side trip was in order! The gal at the visitor center suggested Lake Mary Road. We did so enjoying the scenery and then started home. Traveling back down the 17 was an exercise in patience and that's all I am going to say.
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