Snowflake/Taylor (12/10)
11 Dec 2012, 8:57 PM,
Snowflake/Taylor (12/10)
Yesterday (Dec. 10, 2012) my dad and I stopped to bird in the late afternoon at the sister towns of Taylor and Snowflake in southern Navajo County. Along Bull Duck Ln. on the way to the Taylor wastewater ponds, we were surprised to find at least 75 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES. In recent years we have not had these doves in our yard in Heber and they seem to have declined in numbers in some other areas of Navajo County. It's hard to say if all these birds that we saw in Taylor are year-round residents, or if they are congregating from other areas in the region in these bigger flocks. At the wastewater ponds, we couldn't see birds on the water, but we didn't stay there too long as workers were nearby.

Near the confluence of Cottonwood Wash and Silver Creek on the northern outskirts of Snowflake, highlights included two BALD EAGLES, a briefly calling GREAT HORNED OWL, and 800+ RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS streaming by towards their nightly roost sites.

Here is the full list of birds at the two sites:

Taylor WTP
Northern Harrier (1)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (~75)
Northern Flicker (1)
Loggerhead Shrike (1)
American Robin (2)
White-crowned Sparrow (5)
Red-winged Blackbird (~50)

Snowflake (confluence of Cottonwood Wash/Silver Creek)
Mallard (20+)
American Coot (1)
Bald Eagle (2)
Northern Harrier (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Great Horned Owl (1)
Northern Flicker (1)
European Starling (10+)
Song Sparrow (4)
White-crowned Sparrow (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (800+)

Good birding,

Eric Hough

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