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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34 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 tuate considerably from day to day, and bird- ing is very dependent on water levels. In the cooler months, check the American Pipit and Horned Lark focks in dry basins for long- spurs—these basins have yielded Lapland Longspur, one of only a few local records, and Chestnut-collared Longspur. August and September are best for shorebirding. Baird's, Pectoral, and Solitary sandpipers are regular in fall, along with Snowy Plover. From Sep- tember to November, check for vagrant gulls. Records include Heermann's, Mew, Herring, Western, Glacous-winged, and Sabine's. From Phoenix, head west on I-10 to AZ- 101. Take AZ-101 north to the Camelback Road exit and head west on Camelback Road to 107th Avenue. Go right (north) on 107th Avenue and follow the road until it ends at the ponds. You can either follow the gravel road up to the left and park on a small graffti- covered bridge, or proceed to the right (east) down the gravel road (toward the Cardinals stadium), and park in a gravel/dirt lot at the other end of the ponds. Do not leave valu- ables in your car. Birders have reported recent vehicle break-ins. Solo birders should use ap- propriate caution. #5 • Encanto Park Before Rosy-faced Lovebird was added to the ABA Area list, Encanto Park was a rarely Encanto Park. Photo © Magill Weber Gambel's Quail. Photo © Bob Gress Continued on page 36 6-Arizona2.indd 34 3/4/14 1:08 PM

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