Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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28 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 #1 • Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch Gilbert Water Ranch, in suburban Gilbert, entered the collective consciousness of ABA birders across the country in 2005, when a Streak-backed Oriole was discov- ered here, and then hit news feeds again in December 2010, when a Baikal Teal spent nine days in the area. Due to its popularity with visiting and local birders, 273 species have been recorded at the preserve, includ- ing Cave Swallow, Elegant Tern, Groove- billed Ani, and a number of eastern war- blers. Located about 15 miles east of central Phoenix, the park includes a series of trails and native plantings around wastewater recharge ponds. Birding is good here year round. Photographers will fnd stagger- ingly close views of waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds, with diversity and numbers highest in the winter months. Neotropic Cormorant, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Cinna- Gray Vireo. Photo © Brendon Grice Map © Kei Sochi 6-Arizona2.indd 28 3/4/14 1:06 PM

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