This habitat has a variety of areas to search for all kinds of birds. It has a pond near the hatchery cement trout raising tanks that is filled with reeds and water plants that attract ducks and herons as well as the always present Black Phoebe. Oak Creek flows by the back of the hatchery attracting a whole other set of birds such as the Belted Kingfisher. There are lots of trees along the creek and around the grounds of the hatchery such as Cottonwoods and Sycamores. We were surprised on our September 29th trip to the Flagstaff Arboretum that there were still so many warblers that had not yet migrated . Hopefully there will be some hanging around still in those trees. We always seem to see Bullock’s and Hooded Oriole’s in those trees. Then there is an area of large open cement ponds lined with trees and meadow areas that we usually hike through. In the past we have seen flocks of Cedar Waxwings, Kingbirds, Flycatchers, Western Bluebirds, Hawks, and Tanagers. Being an area will lots of water (springs, ponds, creek, trout tanks) and trees along with meadows you never know what you will see.
Meeting Places: Fry’s Electronics at 31st Ave and Thunderbird(NE corner of the parking lot) at 7:00am.
Second Spot: McDonald’s at Carefree Hwy and I17(NW corner – a short way east on Carefree Hwy at 7:30am.
Bring at Lunch. Difficulty is a 2, about a mile walking. We plan on leaving around 2:00PM.