So, if came as a bit of a surprise that I ended up at a large wetland complex on my day of bird watching. I was lucky enough to be able to get a professional guide to drive me around locations - and possibly more important, identify the birds I had never seen before. (If you are ever looking for a guide in Arizona, especially the South West region, let me know and I will give you a recommendation).
The other thing about this location that made me laugh was that it was a waste water treatment plant! Just like Werribee, a very well known birding location west of Melbourne, the nutrient rich water we produce attracts birds by the dozen. To put it another way, I had flown for the best part of day, landed in a desert and was bird watching at a sewage works!
Birders are a strange lot!
If you get a chance to go to the Gilbert Water Ranch, I would recommend it. (I would also recommend Werribee as well, but its a very long walk between the two.)
Almost as soon as we walked into the reserve we were seeing birds - some of which actually walked towards, rather than away from, us. Stranger still.
Now for the harder bit - please, please, please can you just include a name and short location in the title for the links - Stewart M - Australia, Fred Flintstone, AZ, B. Potter, Cumbria - in the link ups.
Now for the even harder bit - after 88 weeks of Wild Bird Wednesday, I have received my first grumpy email from a WBWer about a lack of comments from me and others on their blog. Last week I was suffering from near terminal jet-lag and may have been "off my game". But, please remember that I am a husband, Dad to two primary aged kids, human being and research worker before I am the host of WBW. Clearly, this comment is not directed at the vast majority of people who link up, comment on or just view WBW, and for that I apologise. But I really don't need to check my mail in the mornings to find the people think I am the "victim of my own success". As I said birders, and possibly more so, bloggers, are strange lot!
Now, its back to the normal format - it's your turn to join in. Just click on the link below and off you go (but remember to keep the label short!!) Cheers, and thanks to everyone who makes this whole WBW thing work! SM