A "common crane" normally found in Siberia during the summer has been recently seen on Mormon Lake On May 11th it was feeding in the grassland within the lake bed between Dairy Springs and the church camp. We spotted it, with a little help from a Tempe bird watcher, from the pullout near Dairy Springs. We also saw cattle egrets (see photo) and snowy egrets, a bald eagle plus lots of ducks and geese and some deer. Lower Lake Mary is also full of birds. - RM
Had a good drive along FH3 (Lake Mary Road) today. We saw two eagles at Lower Lake Mary both probably golden eagles and six great blue herons and two turkey vultures. So it seems our summer birds are returning. We saw lots of ducks too but mostly in the glare so we identified very few.
On Upper Lake Mary there was an osprey very low in the nest across from the osprey overlook with a head just barely visible through a spotting scope.
The north overlook at Mormon Lake was very productive. We saw one mature bald eagle and one mature golden eagle, lots of ducks and geese. The eagles were in the flat between Mormon Lake and Little Mormon Lake. A herd of about 18 elk were bedded or grazing on the bench above and between Mormon and Little Mormon and herd of six pronghorn were under the power line on the flat between the two lakes. At the south end of Mormon Lake we saw two more turkey vultures and more ducks and geese. Besides all that, it was a beautiful spring afternoon after the previous evening's quick moving snow storm..
For over a week now Upper Lake Mary has been spilling over the dam and into Lower Lake Mary. Lower Lake is nearly full. There are still lots of ducks and some geese on Lower Lake Mary and Mormon Lake. A golden eagle and several bald eagles have been seen off and on at Mormon Lake and Lower Lake Mary. Two pronghorn were seen yesterday (March 13th) on the mesa across from the north overlook at Mormon Lake.
As of Wednesday morning, February 15th, the spring 2017 waterfowl migration appears to have started with a lots of ducks and geese at Mormon Lake. At least two bald eagles (one mature and one immature) were there as well, with a few hawks thrown in for good measure. Most of the birds including the eagles and hawks were near flooded ground on the north end of Mormon Lake between there and Little Mormon Lake. The eagles were sitting on fence posts close to where the geese were feeding. Some geese and duck were seen at Lower Lake Mary and a few on Upper Lake Mary but by far the most were at Mormon Lake. An eagle has also been seen fairly often at Pumphouse Wash recently.