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Sweetwater Wetlands - 2 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 31 2018
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50 female
 Joined Oct 15 2002
 
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Jul 31 2018
cactuscatTriplogs 416
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles
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I had a training class at Picacho Peak State Park today, so of course I stayed in Tucson afterwards to bird the 4th best spot in the state - there have been 301 bird species seen here! (I got 14 bird species on my little walk today - plus mammals, reptiles, and amphibians)
First time at Sweetwater Wetlands - the second time will probably be tomorrow morning, hopefully for the Wednesday morning Tucson Audubon Society bird walk ... if I manage to get there by 6am!
Really amazing bird spot, and despite the fact that you never really escape freeway noise, the squirrels, lizards, turtles, raccoons, bunnies,and frogs seem to find it more than satisfactory as well.
I would be here at least a couple times a week if I lived nearby.
Added 3 new birds to my life-list! :y:
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Apr 22 2016
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding avatar Apr 22 2016
Charger55Triplogs 573
Birding2.00 Miles
Birding2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
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This is such a convenient place to stop if you're passing through Tucson and want to break up the monotony of interstate driving. This place is overflowing with springtime nature. Even being there in the late morning on a warm day didn't disappoint.
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Nov 10 2015
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59 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Shooting Southern Birds, AZ 
Shooting Southern Birds, AZ
 
Birding avatar Nov 10 2015
outdoor_loverTriplogs 577
Birding2.00 Miles 50 AEG
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This was Part of Day 1 of an 8 Day Camping Trip to Chase Fall Colors...I wanted to stop in Tucson and hit a few Birding Spots on the way down to my Destination. I hadn't hit any of these Spots before, so it was all New... :)

Coachline Gravel Pit - A little History here. This is Owned by the Town of Marana and a few Years ago, a local Disc Golf Club got Permission to build a Course in there. It became a World Class Course and they were actually looking forward to Hosting a National Event there soon. Then the heavier than normal Rains happened earlier this Year, the Santa Cruz River breached a Dike and the Pit filled up with Water and became a Lake. Then, in Short Order, the Birds moved in and there were some pretty Special Ones. The Pit now became quite the little Birding Destination. The Site is still in Limbo somewhat, but the Pit still has Water and the Town is trying to find the Frisbee Fanatics a new Home. They are leaning towards allowing the Water to stay and making the Area a Preserve...

The Water was a little Low compared to Photos I've seen, but there were a couple of Birds worthy of trying to get a Lens on, including a Lone Pelican on an Old Tire... :lol: Apparently there's a Sparrow in there that Birders are after, but I'm not too excited about Sparrows so much, so I didn't spend much time on that one... ;)

Sweetwater Wetlands - Tucson's Equivalent to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Hoofed around some Trails in there for a couple of Hours, but things were slow in the late Morning/Early Afternoon. Nice Place though. Was hoping to see the Local Bobcat, but it was not to be on this Day... :(

Reid Park - Kind of a small Version of Papago Park. City Park adjacent to a City Zoo. Really only 1 Reason for an Out-of-Towner to hit this Park and that's for the Wood Duck Pair that call these two Small Ponds Home most of the Time. I was disappointed as they simply were not there. They must have decided to go visit some Buddies at the Zoo... :( I did get to see Nemo though... :)

Not a bad way to start a very Sweet Roadtrip... :D
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May 09 2015
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Road Biking avatar May 09 2015
PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Road Biking20.00 Miles 227 AEG
Road Biking20.00 Miles
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Rode our bikes west along the Rillito River Path from Stone Avenue and then turned south, ending up at Sweetwater Wetlands. Beautiful oasis in the desert, full of wildlife, birds, birders, pterodactyls, and reclaimed water/turds. Startled a raccoon and then a coyote before heading back. The Santa Cruz River was flowing a bit.
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Nov 29 2014
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 Joined Feb 10 2012
 Arizona
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Nov 29 2014
whaTriplogs 338
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Nov 14 2014
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Charger55Triplogs 573
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In just under an hour of birding I spotted two Common Moorhens, two Cinammon Teals and one mischievous raccoon along with the usual assortment of ducks, coots and sparrows.
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Dec 04 2012
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Dec 04 2012
Charger55Triplogs 573
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles      40 Mns   3.00 mph
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Without my camera I didn't spend too much time here, just long enough to stretch my legs before heading off to hike Keystone Peak.
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Nov 21 2012
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51 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding avatar Nov 21 2012
burntlizardTriplogs 219
Birding4.00 Miles
Birding4.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.67 mph
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Spend two separate days here and got lots of great photos. The bobcat was my highlight though. The Solitary Sandpiper is a uncommon visitor, I was glad to see him. The yellow-headed Blackbirds are fun to watch, they a much less noisy than their red-winged cousins, this entire area is saturated with wood Warblers and Kinglets. Fun to be had by all, c'mon down!
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Sep 22 2012
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38 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Sep 22 2012
jochalTriplogs 570
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Quick stop to see what its like. Nice place to walk around, but I didn't see much besides ducks.
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Apr 22 2012
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sweetwater WetlandsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2012
burntlizardTriplogs 219
Hiking3.35 Miles
Hiking3.35 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   0.98 mph
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What a cool find, I saw it on the Tucson Audubon website. This weekend my nephew was going back to Afghanistan and we were moving half of my daughters items from her dorm at U of A. So we did a Saturday night Oro Valley party for his send off, only 2 months left in the war zone - God's speed brave soldier!

Sunday morning I woke at 0600 and headed over to the Wetlands. Boy Gummo was right.... those Red Winged Blackbirds don't shut up :lol: I saw many varieties of birds, although none of the tropical varieties I was hoping for, many have migrated out already. 2 Belted Kingfishers were flying about, but they were always on the sunny side and I could not get a photo. There are many types of large lizards running around, at almost every footstep, brown rats abound as well as bunnies and coyotes. The highlight was a large Great Horned Owl nest in a Eucalyptus tree, she had 3 visible babies and 2 hawks were building their own nest as well. Many varieties of ducks are still around the pond areas, such as the the Ruddy duck A.K.A "Blue billed duck" and many Cinnamon colored ducks.

Around 0945 my wife was texting and nagging me to return to the hotel and go to breakfast [-( enough said, so my days was done. This area is comparable to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, but it has much more shoreline access and the ponds are all full of water - no mud running :)
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