Glendale Recharge Ponds 5.15.20

     These ponds are actually surprisingly diverse in waterfowl and birds. And I said surprisingly because they're actually SRP water treatment plants. With a species list of over 279 species, this makes it one of the prime birding spots in Maricopa County. In fact, other than Wilcox, it's one of the best places to view waterfowl and shorebirds... and it's right in the heart of Arizona! They may look bland and dull at first but once you see terns, gulls, heron, ibises, and plovers, your mind changes instantly. Before coming here, you need to be prepared with water and head covering (especially when your in the middle of the az heat.) Revise a map (i have one posted below with the photos) and check out every nook and cranny of this place (even though it's so extensive) because a lifer could be awaiting you at any part or any pond. In total there are 6 basins that vary in water level. Some may be completely filled at the time while some may be completely empty. For the tw

Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lake 5.20

This past few weeks, I had the chance of going to a few lakes nearby Payson. And boy, I was missing out before that. The first day I headed to Willow Springs Lake and the second day I headed to the nearby Woods Canyon Lake. I loved it... not only because of the great weather but because of how different the wildlife was, compared to the usual desert life. From north american rarities to woodland classics... the birds never ceased to amaze me. Putting that aside, I think I'll start off with Willow Springs Lake, a beautiful lake nestled right between Payson and Overgaard. I started the day bright and early... waking up at 3:30 so that we can arrive there right and dawn. Not only is this the best time for birdwatching but also for fishing. The drive was the usual, we parked and the moment I stepped out of the car I heard an array of birds pouring out their hearts. As I headed near the shore there was a male HOUSE WREN singing to the top of his little lungs. He was protecting his terri