Zeniff Rd., Taylor-Snowflake
25 Jan 2013, 7:18 PM,
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Zeniff Rd., Taylor-Snowflake
Jan. 25, 2013
This afternoon my dad and I went birding along Zeniff Rd. (between State Route 377 and 277 northeast of Heber) and at a few spots in the sister towns of Taylor and Snowflake. Zeniff Rd. was mostly quiet with a surprising scarcity of raptors, with the best birds being a flock of 50+ Mountain Bluebirds. Arriving into Taylor, we decided to investigate the potential of the Taylor cemetery (Reed S. Hatch Memorial Cemetery, west of Hwy. 77 along Center St.) as a possible birding spot. While activity was minimal, the large, old spruces throughout the cemetery look like they would be very attractive to migrants and irruptive wintering species. The weedy farm fields surrounding the cemetery and deciduous trees along Center St. may be worth checking during migration. The adjacent Taylor rodeo grounds along Center St. also had a few large spruces, a large cottonwood, and some smaller deciduous trees that might be worth checking for migrants in spring and fall.

Along Bull Duck Ln. on the way to the Taylor wastewater ponds, we spotted at least two BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS mixed in with Red-winged Blackbirds and European Starlings in a farm field. At the one wastewater pond visible from the end of the road we had a decent assortment of waterfowl at the unfrozen portion of the pond. Driving out along Bull Duck Ln. we found one 'MEXICAN' MALLARD intergrade bird at the small stockpond and a dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk in a nearby tree. The wastewater ponds are accessed by driving east on Cattle Ln. from Hwy. 77 and then turning north (left) on 900 St., and then taking the first right (this is Bull Duck Ln., which is currently unsigned). Take the road to its end along the first wastewater pond, but DO NOT PASS through the gate. Only observe the one visible pond from the road.

On the north end of Snowflake near the confluence of Cottonwood Wash and Silver Creek, we saw the pair of BALD EAGLES and an astounding flock of 1,000+ STARLINGS going from the agricultural fields to roost up in the cottonwoods near dusk.

Here are the species lists for each location:

Zeniff Rd.
Red-tailed Hawk
Loggerhead Shrike
Common Raven (30)
Mountain Bluebird (50)
American Robin
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
Western Meadowlark
House Finch

Taylor Cemetery
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
American Robin
White-crowned Sparrow

Taylor WTP
Mallard (65, including one 'Mexican' intergrade)
Green-winged Teal (6)
Northern Shoveler (10)
Canvasback (2)
Redhead (1)
Ring-necked Duck (30)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1 dark-morph)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (30)
Northern Flicker
Loggerhead Shrike
Common Raven
Mountain Bluebird (30)
European Starling (55)
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird (120)
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (2+)

Cottonwood Wash-Silver Creek confluence (Snowflake)
Mallard (30)
Bald Eagle (2)
Red-tailed Hawk
European Starling (1,000+)
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch


Good birding!

Eric Hough
thebirdwhisperer22@yahoo.com
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