Sweetwater Wetlands: One of the few spots in Tucson to see water fowl. I've written about the facility before so a brief recap is all I'll post now. The place has lots of water and birds. The end. Just kidding. I'll give you a link to review, http://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater. Also, here is their bird link, http://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/water/docs/swabfg10.pdf.
Anyway, I left the house really early to get a parking spot and much to my surprise they've opened a new one across the street from the facility. The additional parking spaces (for cars and school buses) should reduce the need for parking along Sweetwater Drive, which will also be marked appropriately with necessary crosswalk markings, a much needed improvement.
Typically, I love to go hang around the "observation decks" and meet fellow birders. I don't recommend weekdays during school hours as it can get really frustrating trying to bird around masses of chatting children. Okay, enough about parking and buses, the important thing here is the SORA RAIL!
Fortunately, the Sora can be heard and possibly spotted any time (but June) if you haven't seen one yet. I say go now while the water is low!
Joyfully I stayed on the deck from 7:30 am until Noon. Every time I went to leave more 'snowbirds' would come and I just had to share the Sora. Personally, I'm responsible for helping 5 other's tick lifer lists Saturday. For me, it's all about passing it on. Now if someone would show me a Virginia Rail I will be eternally grateful.
Until then...happy birding!