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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36 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 birded urban park in central Phoenix. Now, with birder visits on the rise, oth- er decent birds have been detected (a Lewis's Woodpecker recently spent the winter here), but the Rosy-faced Love- birds remain the primary draw. Desert species like Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Anna's Hummingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Abert's Towhee are com- mon residents. From Interstate 10, exit 7th Avenue and head north to Encanto Boulevard. Take a left on Encanto Boulevard and proceed west eight blocks to 15th Av- enue. Take a right on 15th Avenue and head a few blocks north to the park en- trance near Wilshire Drive. Keep your vehicle windows down along the en- trance road to listen for these noisy ex- otics. Rosy-faced Lovebirds are generally found around the parking lots bordered by the playground, 15th Avenue, the golf course pro shop, and the City of Phoe- nix Parks and Recreation Department buildings. Look and listen for Rosy-faced Lovebirds in palms (where they breed), other exotic trees, and mesquites. The palm trees on Amp Island, on the other side of the park off Encanto Boulevard, are also good places to look. Parking is free and generally easy, but this park is well-loved by the public for its golf course, Enchanted Island amuse- ment park, fshing lake, and sports com- plex, so it is extremely busy on week- ends. Get there early for the best viewing. If you can't fnd Rosy-faced Lovebirds in the park, you can always walk the streets of the Encanto–Palmcroft neighborhood (between 15th Avenue and 7th Avenue) south of the park and the Willo neigh- borhood (between Central Avenue and 7th Avenue) east and south of the park. These neighborhoods are safe at all times of the day, although the same cannot be said of neighborhoods west of the park. More up-to-date information on Rosy- faced Lovebirds can be found at . Continued from page 34 6-Arizona2.indd 36 3/4/14 1:08 PM

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