|Feedlots have some amazing birds. Keep out of the way of workers and look for great birds in the Santa Cruz Flats!|
|The nuclear wasteland known as the Thrasher Spot|
|The first and last time I've gone after a LeConte's Thrasher. Beautiful bird in a very ugly habitat.|
|A "secretive" Crissal Thrasher|
|the near threatened Bendire's Thrasher|
|Burros are commonplace in the Lake Pleasant. Be careful driving the highways there|
Back to our challenge at hand. So we went to this Lake Pleasant to find the Barrow's Goldeneye. If you are new to this hotspot, I'd recommend a scope. Many of the birds are often far out in the lake and require a scope to find them. There are several points all around the park for a person to bird. There's even burros:)
|female Common Goldeneye|
|Barrow's Goldeneyes are common in winter further north of the state. To have one in the Phoenix area was nice|
It was an easy add and a new bird for my Maricopa list and a state bird for Steve.
|Easiest Barrow's Goldeneye ever near Scorpion Point at Lake Pleasant|
Steve needed Ruddy Ground-Doves which are very common in Mexico but rare for Arizona. They can show up anywhere but they seem to like garbage areas around the state that don't have the most "scenic" habitat. We made an educated guess and found the doves hanging out with cattle.
So for every dirty stinky birding trek, I have to balance it out with some beautiful and scenic Arizona scenery. And that's just what I did. Either way, it was a fun bird outing with Steve. Until next time....