Yuma’s West Wetlands Park
After finding some information on the possibility of finding some burrowing owls at the West Wetlands Park in Yuma, I arose before dawn this morning and headed into the city to check it out. The park is located just off I-8 and easy to get to. The area that supposedly houses some of these owls looks more like a construction dump site than a natural habitat for these birds. I am guessing that all the 8 inch PVC pipe sticking out of the rock rubble on the site is actually the intended homes for the burrowing owls … and they well could be in there, I just didn’t see any this particular morning. Not too sure how great a photo it would make if I did happen to catch some of these little guys hanging around the end of some white plastic pipe.
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Since I was here, and the park had some other interesting areas to explore , I walked on down to the hummingbird gardens to see if there was any activity there.
As I was walking in that direction, I saw a roadrunner come out from the bushes and hop up on a large boulder along the trail. He stood erect, hunched his shoulders forward and exposed the dark, downy feathers on his back to the rising sun … his way of warming up the engine on a very chilly morning, I guess. Intent on getting some relief from the cold, he allowed me to get fairly close for some closeups, something I haven’t been able to do before with one of these guys.
When the bushes are in bloom, the hummingbird garden must be something to see, and no doubt would be buzzing with hummers.
This morning there were only a few blossoms here and there, yet there were a fair number of Costa’s and Anna’s hummingbirds flitting about.
I also got some looks at little warblers or who knows what else hopping around in the trees overhead, but they were moving much too fast for me in the very dense foliage. I have a lot of difficulty attempting to identify this type of little bird so forgive me for not attempting to mis identify it. If you are in the area this is a park worth exploring, even if you don’t get to see the burrowing owls.
Since I was out and about, I hopped back on I-8 and headed east to Exit 30 in Wellton to check out a potential boondocking spot a neighbor in Quartzsite had mentioned to me. Heading south from Exit 30 about 4 or 5 miles, you will see several RV’s camped out on the east side of the road just before the road crosses over a water canal. Easy access, flat with lots of decent spots to park, I may head down here when I leave my present location later this week. This Cooper’s Hawk ( I think ) flew in front of me while I was checking out potential sites here.
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