Sometimes, while waiting for the next challenge, we occupy our time with important surveys.
Over the weekend, I grabbed a golf cart and joined friends Gordon and Joe for the Greater Phoenix waterbird count. Gordon lead our team for this annual Arizona Game and Fish event.
|Gordon and Joe count waterbirds on the golf course|
I'm not a big fan of birding here in the summer though. It's really hot with a lot of roads and sidewalks absorbing the 110+ temps. At night those same roads and sidewalks keep the night temps very warm by releasing the heat. So casually walking around Phoenix in the winter is a real treat.
Our count took the full day and along the way, we saw some great birds. It was overcast, windy and COLD!
I like to help out when I can. Gordon's trek was fun and had us outdoors exploring new locations.
It also gives us something to do while we wait for our next great trek to the North.
The day after our count, we went to another watering hole and found a rare Cackling Goose(Richardson's subspecies) hanging out with some Canada Geese. Look carefully at the photo. While they all look the same, one of the geese is smaller and has a short bill.
|Cackling Goose to the lower left of this picture|
|drake Green-winged Teal|
|male Common Merganser|
A thank you to Gordon for setting up our count, leading our team and driving and to Joe for helping out. Our adventures will continue next week.......