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Birds we saw at a manmade* lake in Maricopa, Arizona – February 28, 2012:

great blue heron and cormorant

Great Blue Heron & Cormorant

American coots – Fulica americana
Great Blue Heron – Ardea hernias
Snowy Egret – Egretta thula
Double Crested Cormorant – Phalacrocorax auritus
Mallards – Anas platyrhynchos
Kildeer – Charadrius vociferus
Great-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus mexicanus
Ring-necked Duck – Aythya collaris
and Verdin – Auriparus flaviceps – a tiny gray bird with yellow head and brown shoulder patches.

* With rain, the desert blooms. With canals and wells, we recreate the desert landscape as lushness, another habitat.