Date: 12/21/20 4:58 pm From: cjbabbitt cjbabbitt <cjbabbitt...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Gila Bend - Paloma Area
I birded the Gila Bend - Paloma area today. The highlights were two Tundra Swans at Gila Bend Sewage Ponds and impressive concentrations of birds on the Paloma Ranch. They included a flock of over (140) Black Vultures (the largest number I have seen in Arizona), a field with over (150) Mountain Bluebirds (forming a blue wall when they flew up), and two flocks of (30) and (50) Western Bluebirds. In the same area I counted close to 400 Sandhill Cranes. In another nearby field there were (350) Mallard Ducks eighty percent of which were males with a few American Wigeons and a single Northern Pintail mixed in. Nearby there were (40) Greater Yellowlegs and (20) Long-billed Dowitchers.
Other locations visited and birds of interest included:
Gila Bend Power Plant Ponds
Here there were (15) Eared Grebes, a Ferruginous Hawk, and a Prairie Falcon.
Gila Bend Sewage Ponds
Besides the Swans there a good variety of ducks including a male Wood Duck, (4) Gadwalls as well as (1) Lesser Scaup, (1) Ring-necked Duck, (2) Tree Swallows and a Vermilion Flycatcher.
Paloma Ranch Headquarters
Here there were both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawk, (4) Oregon Juncos, (5) Long-billed Curlews and (6) Cattle Egrets.
River Road Ponds
Here there were (4) Snow Geese and (1) Ross’s Goose.