Elk back in Mormon Lake Basin and Osprey Update

Herds of elk are back in Mormon Lake basin.  There have been several hundred elk in the basin.  They are usually visible from both overlooks and from Dairy Springs pullout.  When we were out best viewing was from the north overlook on Lake Mary Road (Coconino County 3).  Hawks and vultures were soaring along the ridge between the two overlooks.  Ducks and geese were also visible from the overlook and would have been identifiable if sun was not behind them.


Adult osprey were on the nest at the osprey pullout (the only paved pull out) on Upper Lake Mary.  The adult seemed to be shading the nest so maybe there are chicks present.  Another adult was soaring in the vicinity of the nest.

RM 6/22/17