Today, January 8th, marked the 2nd anniversary of Gabby Giffords's shooting. It was a hard day for many residents of Tucson in particular, myself included. The incident occurred just a few miles from where we live and I drive by that corner several times a week. Remembering the tragic events of that horrific day makes me very sad, so I went outside in my yard to meditate and pray for healing.
Anyone who is a birder and lives in Tucson area has surely been to Sweetwater, right? Truthfully, it was years after I started birding before I got over there to check it out. Boy was I sure missing out on some fun birds. I love it there so much I went 3 times this week and it's about 1/2 hour drive from my house.
Map to Sweetwater Wetlands
Another reason I went so many times...was to see if I could capture a photo of the Groove-billed Ani. No such luck. However, I did see my first Northern Harrier Hawk, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Western Tanager female, some Northern Flickers (which I love) and two baby ducks wrestling like puppies.
A real eye catcher was a Grebe so full of energy. It was diving, fluffing, and carrying on. It makes sense that its other names include American dabchick, Carolina grebe, devil-diver, dive-dapper, dipper, hell-diver, pied-billed dabchick, thick-billed grebe, and water witch!
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