Updates – Birding Sedona and the Verde Valley

Please print this page and insert into your book, Birding Sedona and the Verde Valley:

1. UVX road is now gated and is not accessable
2. Bates Road (just north of UVX) is a 1/2 mile long road with nesting Vermillion Flycatchers and Western Kingbirds at the end. And the fileds in winter can have geese and Wilson’s Snipes.
3. Quail Springs – the road now ends about mile marker 3, but you can walk from there. Ogden Ranch Road is excellent in winter for sparrows – Brewer’s & White-crowned low, Sagebrush & Vesper middle, Black-throated a little higher, and in the canyon to left of the end there are Black-chinned, Rufous-crowned, and Chipping.
4. Chuckwalla Road is a 2 block road at the top of Fir Street in Cottonwood. It is the best place in the Verde Valley for Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, and White-winged Dove.
1. The wide pullout on left 1/2 mile above Jerome is very good for Black-chinned& Rufous-crowned Sparrows in spring.
2. On FR104 the water impoundment (small dam on left at hairpin turn) is the best trail on Mingus. Walk above the dam on easy trail for Red-faced, Virginia’s, Grace’s Warblers, Painted Redstarts, Plumbeous Vireos, Cordilleran Flycatchers, and in migration Hermit & Townsend’s Warblers. About .4 miles up you reach mixed Doug Fir forest where Red-breasted Nuthatches become common.
1. Peck’s Lake is closed completely
2. Tavasci Marsh is now completely overgrown with cattails and not very good for birders
3. Dead Horse State Park is the center of the Verde Birding Festival. March-May the feeders on canopy trail from Owl Loop are birdy. Least Bittern have nested in cattails of last lake. Vermillion Flycatchers nest around the 1st lake.
1. Sycamore Canyon Road has nesting Common Gallinules at the beginning of the river on the left and Common Black Hawks along the river. Also Yellow-billed Cuckoos have been seen along the river further out.
1. Just before the restaurant on Page Springs Road in the Audubon Bubbling Ponds. There are about 11 ponds with wintering ducks, rails in the marsh area, and there is a 1.5 mile Black Hawk Trail through a variety of habitat.
2. Common Black Hawks nest every year in the Fish Hatchery and across from the Bubbling Ponds.
1. The access road to Juniper Tank is now closed. Hoever, it is an easy .2 mile walk to get to it.
2. The Sedona Waste Water Plant now has the Sedona Wetlands. There are 6 ponds and a large pond with a viewing platform. Audubon has field trips every Sunday from January through April. Many species of ducks in winter including Common Goldeneye. In Spring there can be many species of shorebirds, 6 species of swallows, and even passerines. Nesting birds include Yellow-headed blackbird, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Common Yellow-throat, Yellow & Lucy’s Warblers, Song Sparrows. It has been best spot in Verde Valley for rarities. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, and easy walking.
3. Red Rock loop is now completely paved.
1. Pacific Wrens have been regular in West Fork area.
1. Forest Service Visitor Center – About 1 mile south of the Village of Oak Creek (VOC) on Hwy #179. Riparian area has a good variety of birds. If you include the drier area east of the riparian over 150 species have been recorded, including twenty species of sparrows/towhees.  Winter and migration are the best times, but summer and fall also have a good mix of birds. Park at the south end of the Forest Service Admin.building and access the area via the Woods Canyon Trail.
2. Dry Beaver Creek – Stagestop Riparian. Parking area 5 miles south of VOC on Hwy #179. Trail at north end leads to creek. No official trails be careful. Dry Beaver Creek has a series of permanent waterholes in this area attracting a variety of birds all year. 139 species have been seen in this area including a Rufous-backed Robin November 2014.
3. Beaverhead Flats Road – 3 tanks (waterholes for cattle and wildlife) are located on forest service roads off of  Beaverhead Flats Road which goes between Hwy #179 and Cornville Road. Use your car as a blind while observing these tanks. 108 species of birds have been seen at and around these tanks including many Western and Mountain Bluebirds some winters. Loggerhead shrikes are permanent residents. Grasshopper Sparrows have been seen at several grassy areas along Beaverhead Flats, especially on FS Road #9952. Winter is the best time. Roads can be impassible in wet weather.
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1. The area on FR618 from about mile 5 to mile 10 has been found to have many wintering Grasshopper Sparrows
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1. Dugas Road – top of page 47 is says “The Pine Mountain Wilderness Area lies 5.0 miles beyond the rim”. There are picnic tables and across the draw is a trail that is excellent for 1st mile. This is only place in Yavapai County to find Mexican Jays and Dusky Capped Flycatchers. Also Grace’s Warblers, Painted Redstarts, Band-tailed Pigeons, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, and maybe more in this unexplored area