This morning I did a thorough scanning of the Glendale Recharge Ponds. Basin 1 (northeast basin) was full of water and grass holding a few calling Soras and dabblers, Basin 2 (north-central) is currently being filled and is starting to hold some good shorebird habitat. In this basin there were a heck of a lot of peeps and a Long-billed Curlew but nothing of real interest. Basin 3 (northwestern basin) is starting to fill up and lose it's shorebird habitat but nonetheless it still holds numbers of both yellowlegs, some Solitary Sandpipers, etc... For the first half hour after sunrise the continuing Tricolored (sexy) Heron hunted before taking off to the river. Basin 4 (southwest) is slowly loosing water and is now providing some good shorebird habitat along the edges of the basin, before long this basin will likely be full of shorbs! Today, however, of some note it held both a Semipalmated Sandpiper and Plover, along with good numbers of other shorbs and dabbling ducks (including all three species of teal). Basin 5 (south-central) is full and holds some numbers of dabblers but today it had a basic-plumaged Black Tern feeding over it throughout most of the morning. And last, and certainly least, basin 6 (I'm sure by now you can guess where this basin is) had no water.
This certainly is an exciting time of year and in the next couple weeks some good shorbs should be rolling in! Can't wait!
Here's my list from the morning: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38525739 God Bless you all and as the boy once said, BIRD HARD!!!!
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