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9 by photographer avatarazbackpackr
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Havasu National Wildlife RefugeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 08 2016
azbackpackr
Mtn Biking15.07 Miles 105 AEG
Mtn Biking15.07 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   5.83 mph
105 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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This is in the Pintail Slough section of the refuge. I rode pretty much all the roads separating the fields and the swampy areas. It's flat, and most of the roads are hard-packed dirt. Some are a little sandy but not bad.

Wildlife:

A trumpeter swan (or tundra swan, not sure which) was swimming in one of the ponds, and flew away. Enormous bird! It's the largest of waterfowl, and has a 10 foot wingspan, according to the info online.

Two coyotes, remarkable because they were kind of blasé about my presence. When I took a lunch break nearby they lay down in the sun on the road and rested, about 200 feet away. Since I made more than one loop through that area, I saw them several times.

A turkey vulture on its meal, which was a freshly killed snow goose in the road. (It's hunting season, and maybe a hunter didn't find it.) The vulture flew away when I rode by. Vultures don't kill, they scavenge.

A big flock of snow geese, which took off from a field, with much honking and bleating.

Roadrunners, quail, various tweety birds, a woodpecker of some kind, and various ducks. I'm not a very good birder, am I?

It turned out to be a really nice day, fairly warm and sunny, and almost no wind.
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