I visited the Lemmon Valley ponds and Swan Lake this morning. As the
recent posts suggested, both were well populated with a variety of birds.
Many Bobaparte's gulls on the Lemmon Valley ponds, some black-headed and
some not. Also mallards with ducklings and Canada geese with goslings.
I didn't see the blue-winged teal, but lots of Cinnamons, ruddy ducks, and
shovelers, gadwall, a few redheads and a canvasback pair. One Wilson's
phalarope foraged on the central pond. Yellow-headed blackbirds were
active in numbers at the ponds and by the Swan Lake boardwalk, with
smaller numbers of red-wings. Cliff, barn and tree swallows were over the
ponds and the lake, often perching on the fence around the ponds. A
single white pelican flew in then departed from the southeastern-most
pond. Three eared and one western grebe were on the lake north and west
of the ponds.
I counted 25 American avocets and a smaller number of dowitchers, two
western sandpipers, two killdeer and two cinnamon teal foraging in the
inlet stream to Swan Lake above the bridge that crosses the channel at the
end of the pavement on Lear Blvd (past the warehouses). A harrier pair
foraged over the sagebrush east of the warehouses, and great-tailed
grackles sounded off in the area.
Lots of marsh wrens in the cattails and bulrushes at Swan Lake. One sora
briefly flushed, and a yellowthroat showed itself briefly but nicely in
the willows at the southern end of the boardwalk. A single male pintail
was on the open water near the lake end of the boardwalk. Two savanah
sparrows foraged by the inlet channel south of Swan Lake.