Reddish Egret Mund's Park
7 Aug 2018, 10:04 AM,
Reddish Egret Mund's Park
There was a Reddish Egret at Odell Lake in Mund's Park this morning 8-7-2018. This appears to be a first Coconino County record. 

Odell Lake is on private property (Pinewood Country Club) but I've never had a problem with occasional birding here. Access from I-17 exit 322 (Mund's Park): Follow Pinewood Blvd. to the East; Turn right onto Raintree Rd. Where Raintree start to angle to the left, there is a dirt parking lot with a steep driveway on the right. If you walk out towards the lake generally to the Southwest, you will avoid people's yards but this is still private property. The Egret was in the pond that is farthest to the Southeast. There are a few little high spots that afford a decent place to set up a scope. Another observer found that good views in good morning light were attained by looking between the houses on Raintree Rd. generally south of the dirt parking area. Munds Park has a lot of people activity on Summer weekends so trespassing and peeking between houses may be more difficult then.
7 Aug 2018, 12:30 PM,
RE: Reddish Egret Mund's Park
Amazing find, Tom! I didn't even know of the existence of Odell Lake before today.

In addition to being a first Coconino County record, I think this is a first for Northern AZ and one of very few anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. BNA describes Reddish Egret as being "strictly coastal", though there are quite a few records from southern AZ - mostly juveniles, like this bird.

Bird was still present at 11am this morning:


Flagstaff, AZ
7 Aug 2018, 1:23 PM,
RE: Reddish Egret Mund's Park
A few more pics:


7 Aug 2018, 5:13 PM,
RE: Reddish Egret Mund's Park
You rock Tom!

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