|White Horse Lake - Pine Flat Route|
This 50-mile auto loop through ponderosa pine and oak habitat has several wildlife viewing areas, and two lakes – White Horse and J.D. Lakes--where wildlife can be seen. White Horse Lake is a popular recreation area with all facilities.
Sunflower Flat Wildlife Area
|Description: This beautiful 160 acre marsh offers the opportunity to see waterfowl and shorebirds in wet years. This currently undeveloped site is close to Garland Prairie and White Horse Lake. |
Wildlife to Watch: In spring, summer, and fall of years with abundant rainfall, you may see a variety of waterfowl and shore birds. Also, elk and deer are present. This site is an ephemeral wetland, and wildlife species present vary based on water levels. In years with abundant water the area resembles a shallow lake, and ducks such as bufflehead, mallard, ruddy duck, and common merganser can be found during spring, summer, and fall months. Osprey and other birds of prey frequent the area during these months. Bald eagles can be found at the site during winter months. During times with less precipitation when the area is more of a marshland, dabbling ducks such as northern shoveler, northern pintail, gadwall, and cinnamon teal, and waterbirds such as great blue heron, white-faced ibis, and American avocet frequent the area. In drier times when the area reverts to grassland habitat, birds of prey such as red-tailed hawk and northern harrier can be found, as well as elk, pronghorn, and mule deer. Reptiles and amphibians that may be encountered during the warmer months include greater short-horned and plateau lizards, gophersnake, terrestrial gartersnake, Arizona black rattlesnake, Arizona toad, canyon and Arizona treefrogs.
Special Tips: No facilities on site.
Ownership: Arizona Game & Fish Department
Size: 160 acres
Closest Town: Williams
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