Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rainbow Lake

1. baby coot-kab Juvenile American Coot 8-2-2013

As rain chased us west out of Greer, Arizona we looked desperately for someplace to bird. Chris used his Smartphone to locate a few eBird Hotspots and we chose one close to the highway in Lakeside. With the sky as gray as the inside of s stainless steel pot we got out to count birds. At first I did not recognize this small funny colored bird. I thought at first that it was some odd kind of grebe, but a quick look at the beak helped me figure out that it was a juvenile coot in transitional plumage! I had never seen one in this stage of molt before, going form the stripy chick to the full black adult! It truly was a cute coot!

2. rainbow lake-kab Apparently school had just gotten out because a bunch of teens were hanging out in the  parking lot of this lake, but we did not let that stop us from counting birds as storm clouds gathered!

3. osprey-kab One of two osprey we saw at this location.


4. Lewis woodpecker-kab To our amazement we found more Lewis’ woodpeckers high on the utility poles!


4a. Chris in action-kab And while Chris snapped more photos…


5. storm clouds-kab The storm clouds gathered and let loose!

We jumped in the car and headed into town for something to eat after this. While sitting in Subway the rain came down in sheets and it looked like we were going to need an ark to get home. I was exhausted from getting only a few hours sleep the night before and the night before that, so Chris took over driving as we headed down out of the White Mountains and off the Mogollon Rim!


Note: Chris and I counted 14 species in 1/2 hour at this location.


  1. What a pity about the weather. It's interesting about the Coot. I don't think ours have a stripey stage, but are always black, but now I'll have to check to be certain - they're not something I see every week, but are common, and Spring is nearly here so chicks will be around.

    1. Happy Wanderer, if you do see the chicks they are so cute! I hope you can find some!

  2. Sorry, sometimes the weather and rain is a real drag. The Coot is cute, great shots. Congrats on the woodpecker sighting. Glad you made the best of your outing. Great post. Happy Birding!

    1. Eileen, thank you as well! BTW, it gets even better tomorrow!


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.