The star of the day was the Gilbert Water Ranch and not just because of the two Ruddy Ground-Doves we easily located. #178 for the year and the third Category 4 or higher bird of the year (photo by Barbara Amato).
The Gilbert Water Ranch Riparian Preserve is the home to Sonoran Mud Turtles, Ring-tailed Cats, around two dozen dragonfly species and lots of birds. We had over 800 Least Sandpipers, five other shorebird species and 52 bird species in all. 110 acres in size, there was some sophisticated planning in the design and construction of this jewel in the desert! The facility is open to the public dawn to dusk.
Total Species for the Year
744 Birds (743 + 1 provisional)
920 Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians
(Quest for a Thousand)
TagBarrow's Goldeneye Bean Goose Butterbredt Spring Costa Rica Dry Tortugas Ivory Gull Long-eared Owl Lower Rio Grande Valley Lower Rio Grand Valley N. Pygmy-Owl Newfoundland Northern Goshawk Red-cockaded Woodpecker Rock Dove Tours Scott Vanderpoel Texas Thayer's Gull W.G.Jones State Orest White-collared Seedeater