Twin Arrows PJ Oasis
23 May 2018, 10:20 PM,
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Twin Arrows PJ Oasis
I just want to clarify that there are a couple of birding options at the Twin Arrows Casino east of Flagstaff. There is a pond in the Northeast corner of the parking lot (the red arrow in my photo.) The water level has fluctuated over the past year but it is very full right now. The other area is about 1/3 mile to the Northeast of the pond. If you drive along the perimeter road, the pavement ends and you will pass the Police/Fire Station, a sewage treatment plant and a large water tank. You can pull off on the right side of the road (purple arrow on my photo) and walk down into the drainage that is indicated by the purple line. There is a tiny little marshy spot at the beginning with rushes or cattails, and the water flows about 1/3 mile until it is dammed by the road you drove in on, and forms a little pool. This evening the stream ended before it hit the pool but it's the most water you'll ever see flowing through Pinon-Juniper. As far as I know, Brooks Hart discovered this area last year but I just learned that not everyone knows about it. As far as Ebird goes, it might be useful to separate these into two different Hotspots since they are quite different habitats even though they are close together.
Since this is the "sightings" thread, I saw two Lesser Nighthawks foraging and occasionally landing on the pavement near the parking lot pond this evening.
   
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24 May 2018, 12:50 PM,
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RE: Twin Arrows PJ Oasis
Ron Auler and I visited this site yesterday. It is a very cool little spot that Brooks first posted about.

We got there a little later in the morning but still found 2 calling Willow Flycatcher along the stream, and at the pool that Tom references, Brewers and black-throated Sparrow and other species.

I'll have to get here very early in the morning sometime, I'll bet it's fantastic.
Tom
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24 May 2018, 7:23 PM,
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RE: Twin Arrows PJ Oasis
If you head out in the evening to look for nighthawks, it's worth visiting the pool at the end of the stream to watch bats. They were active before sunset and it was light enough to make out color and facial pattern detail as they fluttered over the pool. Probably the best view of free flying bats I've ever had.
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