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The Glendale Recharge Ponds attract all kinds of Ducks, Shore Birds and Wading Birds and even Sea Gulls this time of year. The last time I was there last year there were massive flocks of Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeons, Ring-necked and Northern Pintails. There were also American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Long-billed Dowitchers and Greater Yellowlegs.Then there are always flocks of Least Sandpipers swooping around in fairly large numbers. You just never know what might show up.
There has also been a Bald Eagle that was hanging around the last several times that I was there. I hear from several friends that a flock of White Pelicans has also been seen lately. So come and join us to find out what birds have decided to forsake the Pacific Ocean beach life for the winter time basking in the desert sun ponds of Arizona.
Meeting Place: A Glendale City Park on the south side of Camelback Road near 107th Ave. The ponds are part of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and are located due west of the Arizona Cardinals- Phoenix Stadium on Loop 101. Take the Camelback Rd. exit off of Loop 101 and head west on Camelback Rd to the third traffic light.
Time: 8:00 am
Equipment: Bring a scope or a powerful set of binoculars
Difficulty Rating: 2 , One mile of walking