Round Cedar, Luepp and Meteor Crater: Shorebirds and other migrants
4 Aug 2018, 3:44 PM,
#1
Round Cedar, Luepp and Meteor Crater: Shorebirds and other migrants
Some interesting things are happening east of town.
Round Cedar Playa looks like it was hit pretty hard by recent rain, and has quite a bit of water. The playa itself has a thin layer of water covering about 50% of the flats, and the tanks dug into the playa are full. This should produce good conditions for shorebirds, terns, etc for quite some time. Today there was a Willet, a handful of Wilson's Phalaropes and several Western Sandpipers. Also, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal.


   

   

At the Leupp STP, there were a few Wilson's Phalaropes and a single Baird's Sandpiper.

A few migrants are trickling through Meteor Crater RV Park, including a surprising juvenile male Williamson's Sapsucker, "Western" Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, a "Red-backed" Dark-eyed Junco, and quite a few Western Tanagers. Of note is that they've recently acquired two new cats, one of which is quite a hunter (we watched it unsuccessfully stalk the junco). This could put a serious damper on the lawn-birding in back of the store that has been so productive in the past.

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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5 Aug 2018, 10:38 AM,
#2
RE: Round Cedar, Luepp and Meteor Crater: Shorebirds and other migrants
A 40 minute search of the playa produced singles of Long-billed Curlew and Lesser Yellowlegs. Still present were 1 Willet, 2 Western Sandpiper, 1/ea Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer.  The Wilson's Phalarope were gone.
Tom
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6 Aug 2018, 9:28 AM,
#3
RE: Round Cedar, Luepp and Meteor Crater: Shorebirds and other migrants
There was no curlew this morning at Round Cedar, 6 August, but the Lesser Yellowlegs and Willet continue. Also present were 41 American Avocet, 1 White-faced Ibis, and a flock of 14 Wilson's Phalaropes with 1 juvenile Red-necked Phalarope in the mix.

Red-necked Phalarope is on the right:

   

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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7 Aug 2018, 10:49 PM,
#4
RE: Round Cedar, Luepp and Meteor Crater: Shorebirds and other migrants
I checked the playa this morning before I hurried off the Odell Lake. 

Big turnover as usual, but the highlight was 103 American Avocet.  An Eared grebe was new.
Tom
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