Date: 11/27/19 10:39 pm
From: Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] 200 White Pelicans and 1 Brown continue ~8 miles west of Buckeye at Lower River Road Ponds and 309th Ave Ponds
P.S. I forgot to mention I also saw 2 Black Necked Stilts, a Redhead duck
and the fact that there appear to be no public bathrooms anywhere near
these locations; esp. none shown on-line at Arlington Wildlife Area, though
there is a restaurant, the Co-op Grill in planning / potty
options needed...specific comments not an appropriate topic for this
listserv. :-)

On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 10:56 PM Michael Terenzoni <mikeetee1...>

> Some 200 American White Pelicans, 1 Brown Pelican (immature), 3 Snow Geese
> and about 80 cormorants (+ some usual suspects, usual suspect ducks, etc.
> and some gulls-sorry did not identify) continue on Lower River Road Ponds
> and 309th Ave ponds on Lower River Road in the huge agricultural area
> some 8 miles approx. west of Buckeye (which is also about a 2 hour drive
> from the center of Tucson and well worth the drive). Some birds were a
> flock of Dunlin, a Greater Yellowlegs, and an unidentified sandpiper
> catching gnats out of the air (I need to examine my pictures to identify)
> and, perhaps, 2 longspurs (had a short view). The 3 Snow Geese, the many
> cormorants and 15 White Pelicans were at the Lower River Road Ponds just
> east of the intersection of S. Bruner Road and Lower River Rd. A couple of
> locals were kind enough early to let me know of the 200 hundred or so
> Pelicans just about 0.75 west on River Road at the 309th Ave ponds (on
> EBird this site shows up as 'Buckeye Canal & 309th Ave ponds'). The one
> immature brown Pelican was at this location. Very interesting to watch all
> these birds fish/feed in groups and the interaction between the Brown
> Pelican with the other birds. 3 Local children riding dirt bikes and ATVs
> scared many of the birds from the Lower River Road Ponds late in the day
> today, but the birds are much closer at the 309th Ave ponds and tolerant of
> people making for fantastic viewing. Never made it due to time before
> sunset to the Arlington Wildlife Area which has to be accessed via a farm
> road and not all that easy to find at least for me (I botched finding it,
> being rushed, so need to go back!). Great general location for birding! A
> scope is useful esp. at the Lower River Road Ponds.

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