Hike results: 1.2 miles, 38 bird species.
We met at 8:30 AM at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch for a
beautiful morning of birding. Handouts were supplied that had a map of the
park on one side and a bird list on the reverse. The bird list included information
about season and abundance by species and served as an excellent checklist for
the types that we spotted.
This 110 acre park is a multi-use area, but is mainly for numerous water recharge
ponds that double as an excellent riparian preserve for wildlife, especially birds.
During the winter months, it is an excellent area to spot migratory and wintering
species as well as year-round residents.
Our walk began by crossing the floating bridge across the permanent lake, which
is stocked with fish for those who enjoy that sport. We proceeded directly to
Dragonfly Ramada where we met with Anne, a member of the Desert Rivers
Chapter of the Audubon Society. Randall and Anne served as guides to help with
identifying birds today.