Eastern Coconino playa check
14 Jul 2018, 2:29 PM,
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Eastern Coconino playa check
A drive east of Flagstaff this morning produced some interesting sights. Meteor Crater was totally unproductive, as might be expected for mid-summer. A lone Western Tanager was the only probable migrant, and it was very quiet overall.

Just east, at I-40 Exit 245, the borrow pit on the north side of the road was hit quite hard by monsoon in the last day or so, and has quite a bit of water. This spot is often productive for shore- and landbirds. Today it was basically bird-less, but the Mexican Spadefoot Toads were calling raucously and looking ridiculous doing it:

   

   

   

On the road to Leupp, there is a nice playa setting up southeast of town, accessible via Indian Route 2, though it likely needs a reinforcing shot or two of rainfall to be attractive to shorebirds.

At the Leupp STP there were Western, Least and Spotted Sandpipers, as well as Wilson's Phalarope.

Round Cedar Playa has missed out on rainfall so far and is bone dry.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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24 Jul 2018, 9:18 PM,
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RE: Eastern Coconino playa check
The Exit 245 Borrow Pit had two Baird's Sandpipers today. I suspect it only has a few days of water left and it was skipped by today's afternoon rains.


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