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Birding the Lake Havasu area, Day 2
Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge

November 20 -- Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. Up and out in the dark, we drove south 30 minutes to Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge. Arriving at Mosquito Flat (mile 2.1, Planet Ranch Road) at dawn, we heard then saw the Nutting's Flycatcher early, but kept at it. We worked our way down into the bush hoping to reach the river, but the trails peter out in the dense brush, making travel difficult and the views short. It also turns out that there isn't much of a river at that point. Eventually we drove to the Refuge headquarters area where we saw lots of Common Goldeneye and three male Barrow's Goldeneyes in Lake Havasu. We also had he good fortune to see a juvenile Blue-footed Booby fishing. We left about noon, and on the way home, we stopped at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder Beach, to look for a reported Lapland Longspur, but never saw it.

Bill Williams River NWR
Arriving at Mosquito Flat before sunrise
Bill Williams River NWR
Look ... a binocular sign, this must be the place!
Bill Williams River NWR
Checking it once ...
Bill Williams River NWR
Checking it twice ...
Bill Williams River NWR
Is that it?
Bill Williams River NWR
Nope, but a female Phainopepla puffed up in the morning cold
Bill Williams River NWR
There it is -- Nutting's Flycatcher!!
Bill Williams River NWR
What are you look at?
Bill Williams River NWR
Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, Headquarters area
Bill Williams River NWR
Male Costa's Hummingbird
Bill Williams River NWR
Lake Havasu overlook
Bill Williams River NWR
Lake Havasu overlook
Bill Williams River NWR
Common Goldeneye and Barrow's Goldeneye on the lake
Bill Williams River NWR
Common Goldeneye and Barrow's Goldeneye on the lake
Bill Williams River NWR
Liz out at a point overlooking the Bill Williams River Delta
Bill Williams River NWR
Liz out at a point overlooking the Bill Williams River Delta

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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