Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hoodies in Arizona 12/19/07

Spent the morning doing point counts around northern Scottsdale and Carefree swinging by Fountain Lake in Fountain Hills on the way home. The lake was loaded with waterfowl, nothing rare, but lots of birds to look at - American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common and Hooded Mergansers (3). Some 45 plus Eared Grebes were present and literally hundreds of American Coot. On the banks, a single Great Egret, 4 Least and 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 3 Western Meadowlark and an American Pipit. This male Hooded Merganser put on a nice display to two females in the short time that I was there around noon.

Least Sandpipers

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