Although we visit the Valley of the Sun yearly, we had only once explored the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ. A 110-acre nature preserve and educational facility, the Riparian Preserve has several shallow basins that attract all sorts of wildlife.
This year, it was time for a second visit.
In February, the waders and waterfowl created one group of birds. The others were “land-aves,” or birds that prefer drinking water over getting wet. These photos are of the later.
We found the ever-popular Verdin.
Black-chinned Hummingbirds seemed quite fond of the area.
Sparrows and their relatives were abundant. These included Albert’s Towhees…
As well as White-crowned Sparrows, usually in pairs.
Gamble’s Quail are a personal favorite in the desert. Highly social, very colorful and rather talkative, I’m amazed at the patches of desert where Gamble’s thrive.
Eurasian Collard Dove are now rather common in the desert.
But not as common as it’s cousin, the Mourning Dove.