Flagstaff 'M' Lakes
28 Mar 2019, 12:03 PM,
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Flagstaff 'M' Lakes
I drove out past Lakes Mary and Mormon this morning, as much to see the water levels as to look for birds. Upper and Lower Lake Mary are both higher than I've ever seen them before (so, going back to 2008), and water is still flowing over the dam from the Upper Lake into the Lower. Mormon Lake is huge, though not (yet) filling the entire Grass Flat basin, which I've seen at least once before. There is still quite a bit of snow left to melt out that way, so I expect water levels will climb a bit more.

All the expected ducks were present in good numbers on Lower Lake Mary and Mormon Lake (Upper Lake Mary was oddly devoid of birds). Mormon Lake also had a good number of Eared Grebes and two separate flocks of Double-crested Cormorants were on Lower Lake Mary. There were two very distant gulls on Mormon Lake...I'm guessing Ring-billed or California. Bald Eagles put on a good show, and a Peregrine Falcon did a spectacular flyby past the Mormon Lake overlook. I pulled over to a screeching stop just south of the overlook for a shrike sitting on the fence wire hopeful that it could be the Northern spotted out there several weeks ago, but it turned out to be a Loggerhead. As far as singing birds, Western Meadowlarks and Horned Larks are completely owning Mormon Lake.

All in all, a nice early morning outing. Mormon Lake will have an huge amount of exposed shoreline habitat as gull, tern and shorebird migration picks up. I always find it a frustratingly huge landscape to bird effectively, but it definitely may attract some good visitors in the next couple months!

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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11 Apr 2019, 9:28 AM,
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RE: Flagstaff 'M' Lakes
Some observations from early this morning, 11 April:
8 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Franklin's Gulls and 3 American Avocets on Lower Lake Mary, plus assorted ducks
16 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 American Avocets on Upper Lake Mary
1 Red-breasted Merganser on Ashurst Lake
38 White-faced Ibis and about 15 American Avocets on Mormon Lake

Anderson Mesa is as water-covered as I've ever seen it.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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