I headed over to Chapparal Park on what was a gorgeous morning today. got to say hi to a fabulous photog Mark Koster and Happy Birthday to me my first Scottsdale eagle sighting in a great while. I got pictures of him in one of the trees on the island then on one of the poles along Hayden Road. Along the way I got some shots of Wigeons, a Green Heron and a Vermillion Flycatcher. No. 63 was a good day!
Beautiful early morning at Chapparal Park today, no eagles though. Captured shots of a Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret and some Wigeons before heading over to SCC to check in on the Burrowing Owls.
My morning was busy with family matters otherwise I would have gone out to Scottsdale (I'll do that tomorrow). so an afternoon trip to Anthem was a good idea. I had a nice time walking around. I enjoyed watching a Heron scoping out the big waterfall. And the lone male Wigeon is still a solitary man.
Made an early morning stop at Chapparal Park then over to SCC to check on the burrowing owls. Nothing going on. so it was on down Chapparal road to Dobson where not soon after I started down it I was rewarded with the sight of an Osprey sitting on the wires. I was able to shoot several pictures from my car. I continued down to McKellips and over to Vista Del Camino Park where I got some egret and heron shots along with the ducks. Then it was back up Dobson where I did see a Killdeer by the road. A good morning.
Set out this morning with the main goal being of getting some shots of Cave Creek with some water in it. Balloons were rising in the west as I headed to the Carefree Highway. It was a beautiful morning to be out and I arrived at about ten to seven. The parking area had been improved since I was there last, very nice. The area looked wonderful! I made my way down to the creek and took some pictures fighting off all the flying bugs all the while. I then hopped on the Metate Trail and stopped at the Solar Oasis where I sat for a few before heading back it still being too warm for a full hike just yet for me. A short visit to Spur Cross is just as good as a long one.
Seeing that some Spoonbills had been spotted at the ponds I drove out this morning to try my luck. Well no luck and practically no ponds either. So it was a short visit but seeing a Bald Eagle flying overhead made my morning.
Made the drive down to Chandler for a return visit to Veterans Oasis Park. I had a cloudy and humid walk through the area though the sun did break through a little toward the end of my visit. The cloudy skies did make for some tricky lighting situations when it came time to take photos. However I managed to get some decent pics.
Noting that the Roseate Spoonbill was still showing up at the GRP I made the drive down from north Phoenix early this morning. After walking around for two hours with no sign I by chance spotted some photographers with their cameras trained on a spot. I went over to see what they were looking at and there it was! What a thrill to see this unique bird again.
This morning was the perfect time for a return trip to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. I was hoping to see the Roseate Spoonbill that has returned to the area. Unfortunately that did not happen, but it was an enjoyable morning walking along the various trails.
Having not done any hiking this spring and with the scarcity of flowers about I figured a good way to get a little exercise and see some flowers would be to head to the Desert Botanical Garden. So I bought my ticket online and arrived at the park at 8am. Over the next 4 hours I totally enjoyed myself walking the various trails. It was a busy day at the garden, masks being required to enjoy the area. A visit to the DBG is a must for anyone living in or visiting Phoenix.
I had not been to Rio Vista in a while and since it was such a beautiful day a trip out was in order. I walked around the lake then strolled down the New River Trail for a bit to stretch my legs some. A nice sunny day with a beautiful blue sky, nothing better.
Needing to get out and exercise I headed for the Apache Wash Trailhead and the Apache Wash Trail this afternoon. Arrived at a half full parking area about 2pm. Headed out with a little bit of a breeze going. As I went along I met quite a few bike riders and not so many hikers. It was a beautiful afternoon. What birds I saw would not come out into the open and a lone hawk in the sky was to far away for a shot. no flowers, zilch, nada. I still managed to take a lot of pictures and enjoyed my time immensely.
Drove over to Chapparal Park this morning to see what might be happening. Right away I got pictures of the lone Pelican that has been hanging out at the lake. Then I met up with Mark Koster, Pam Sutton and others. Mark showed me where an Osprey was perched in a palm tree at one end of the lake, I got several shots of it. I spent the rest of the morning getting shots of the Pelican as it flew around, a Great White Egret and was lucky enough to get a shot of the Osprey as it flew overhead. The great weather made for a great morning.
A quick hike was in order this afternoon so I headed for the trailhead nearest me which was the Deem Hills East. I was going to do a portion of the Circumference trail. The parking area was full but I only had to wait a few minutes before someone pulled out. The sun was out when I started in the CCW direction making for a warm beginning. There was a little bit of up and down to help make the short hike worthwhile. I went about a mile then headed back. The clouds had increased and there was a breeze to make it a comfortable return. Nice way to stretch my legs today.
After several days of cloudy skies a trip to Scottsdale was in order. At Scottsdale Rd and Shea I spotted a Harris Hawk and quickly stopped to snap a few shots. I got to the park as Mark Koster was leaving having decided that no eagles would be showing up, they are most likely staying close to their nest. I walked around for a while getting some shots of the local birds. I also went up to the McCormack Ranch area also.
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.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.