Date: 8/1/17 8:21 pm From: Arlene Ripley <arleneripley...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Lake Cochise, some water
Yesterday I made a quick trip to Lake Cochise and was surprised to find water present in the lake. It was mainly in the east end of the lake and I suspect it is the result of monsoon rains and not from any pumping. I'd say it was about 1/4 full but even this little amount of water has already attracted some shorebirds and waders. Seen were Killdeer, Black-necked Stilts, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Least Sandpipers. A scope is mandatory at this time as the birds and the water are far from the road. There was a lot of water in the surrounding temporal ponds which held a few Mallards and a small flock of Cinnamon Teal but these ponds are distant and not very conducive to shorebirding as the water goes right up to the surrounding grassland.