We enjoyed a visit to the Gilbert Water Park/Riparian Reserve near the corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe. This is a great area if you enjoy birding but also for those who just enjoy a nice walk. It is in Gilbert but you feel like you have gotten away to a park outside the Greater Phoenix area. There is also a nice children’s playground and the public library is right next door. For those of you who are avid birders – here is a list of what we saw yesterday. My father did the identifications – I don’t claim to be an expert. I especially enjoyed the Stilts. There is a box with maps of the park and a list of birds you might see available in the parking lot.
Types of Birds We Saw: Mallard Ducks (no surprise there), Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Canada Goose, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Anna’s Hummingbird, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Abert’s Towhee, Brewer’s Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, and House Finch.