by Jim Nelson
Photos by Jim Nelson
One of our favorite birding areas is Lynx Lake just outside Prescott, AZ. It is at 5,530 foot elevation, in the pines, a 55 acre reservoir.
The lake has a paved walkway on the west side from the north to the south end, and the east side is an easily navigated dirt trail. The total distance around the lake is about 2.5 miles.
We have counted several varieties of woodpeckers, osprey, double-crested cormorants, great blue herons, and other species in various visits, mostly in late fall and early winter. There is a bald eagle nest somewhere on the south side, which we have not seen, but the eagles in early mornings put on a good fishing display over the lake. Likewise, an osprey that we spotted in late fall was busily diving for fish on the south side oblivious to swimmers and waders relatively close.
Prescott is a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas via Highway I-40 and US-93 South. It would be a nice respite from our upcoming Las Vegas summer heat.