Lake Havasu Bird Watching Activities
Black Meadow Landing and Lake Havasu is one of the most popular bird watching destinations in California and Arizona , with diverse desert, river/lake, marsh, and mountain terrain. The winter home for many birds, Black Meadow Landing offers bird watchers an exciting spectrum of birds of prey, open country birds, land birds, smaller woodland birds, shoreline birds, ducks, special collection birds and endangered species.
Winter Birds . . . Lake Havasu is the winter pass for many neo-tropical migratory birds, winging their way to their breeding grounds in the north. Bright colors the yellow warbler, vermillion flycatcher, and summer tanager flash in the desert sky as they flit across the riverbeds. Black Meadow Landing's most famous feathered guest is a curved billed Thrasher that wintered with us during the 2002 - 2003 season and returned for the 2003-2004 winter. This sighting has been documented by many avid birders.
Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuges. With nearby access to four National Wildlife Refuges - Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, and Imperial National Wildlife Refuge - Black Meadow Landing is an ideal destination for bird watching along the Colorado River . Explore the country's last strands of natural cottonwood-willow forests amidst native riparian habitat while observing more than 343 species of birds and river wildlife.
Rare Sightings. We are 80 miles from the Topock Gorge area of the 37,515-acre Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, home of the southwestern willow flycatcher, one of America 's rarest birds, which nest in the willow trees. E ndangered Yuma clapper rails summer in the marsh cattails of Bill Williams NWR, just 12 miles away. The riparian environment at the Rawhide Mountains Wilderness is habitat for a pair of nesting bald eagles. Great blue heron, peregrine falcon, bald eagles, mallards, blue-winged teal, merganser, shovelers, and Canadian goose winter along the Colorado River.