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Yuma West Wetlands


Common Merganser in Lower Pond

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DESCRIPTION

Once the site of the city landfill, this newly evolving park will soon be an environmental jewel, to be enjoyed by nature lovers, picnickers, canoeists, and walkers.  As part of the Yuma Heritage Area, this park has received a heartening influx of federal, state, and private funds.  The west end of the park has a large planted mesquite/acacia/palo verde grove and the portions along the river have many cottonwoods.  Close to the main entrance off 12th Ave. are two restrooms, parking lots, a small lake that is regularly stocked with fish, a great playground, a boat launch on the Colorado River.  A hummingbird garden with numerous desert flowers and a ramada are on a low bluff overlooking two small ponds. The east end of the park has a large area of mixed shrubs and mesquites, and large cottonwoods and willows form a grove closer to the Colorado River.


Cottonwood at Yuma West Wetlands

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Site #6 on Yuma East Overview Map

Getting there from the intersection of I-8 and 4th Ave takes about 5 minutes:

- From I-8, exit south onto 4th Ave
- Drive south one short block until you reach 1st Street (first stoplight).  Turn right (west) onto 1st Street.
- Drive several blocks west.  You'll pass Ave A (a stop sign).  The first street past Ave A is 12th Ave.  Turn right (north) onto 12th Ave.
- Drive north 1/8 mile over the rail-road tracks into the park.

- You can reach the west end of the park by continuing on 1st Street until you reach 22nd Ave, and then turning north there.


Costa's Hummingbird in the Hummingbird Garden

 Yuma West Wetlands
 
R = rest room
P = parking lot
M = mesquite grove
H = hummingbird garden

American Rubyspot (Damselfly)
   


American Kestrel
   


Roger Blakely working on Burrowing Owl habitat

POSSIBLE SIGHTINGS

During the winter, look for the following birds around the small ponds on a regular basis:

- Hooded & Common Mergansers (if there's enough water)
- Great & Snowy Egrets
- Green Heron
- Sharp-shinned & Cooper's Hawks
- Belted Kingfisher
- Black & Say's Phoebes

Expected migrants & seasonal residents:

Warblers
-with the great habitat here, all the western warblers are possible during the right season: Wilson's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned Warbler, Hermit, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat (summer)

Flycatchers
- look for Western Kingbird (summer), Western Wood Pewee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher (summer)

Year-round residents & winter visitors to the park include:

- Osprey (winter)
- Greater Roadrunner (resident)
- Gambel's Quail (resident)
- Ladder-backed & Gila Woodpeckers (residents)
- Crissal Thrasher (resident)
- Great-tailed Grackle
- Verdin (resident)
- Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (resident)
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (winter)
- Common Yellowthroat (resident)
- Song (resident) & Lincoln's (winter) Sparrow
s

Recent  Unusual Birds/Rarities

- Northern Parula (fall 2012)
- Red-naped & Red-breasted hybrid Sapsucker (fall 2012)
- Black and White Warbler (fall 2012)
- Eastern Phoebe (fall 2012)
- Virginia's Warbler (Sep 2012)
- Summer Tanagers (Nov 2012)


Mourning Doves


Caterpillar


Gaby, Suzanne, & Adriana


Osprey

     
Photos Henry D. Detwiler
Last Update: 20 Dec 2012