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Updated on Monday, December 14 at 02:49 PM EST
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Lewiss Woodpecker,©Dan Lane

14 Dec eBird and the Christmas Bird Count [Carl Lundblad ]
7 Mar Around Reno [John Anderson ]
7 Mar Walker Lake was pretty slow, too [Rick/Meg Andrews ]
7 Mar Pretty slow at Pyramid Lake today (unless California Gulls are your favorite birds) [Martin Meyers ]
6 Mar American Tree Sparrow-Stillwater NWR Auto Loop [Rob Lowry ]
6 Mar White-winged Dove/Evening Grosbeak [Darlene Feener ]
6 Mar Stillwater NWR Auto Loop [rlowry517 ]
5 Mar Fwd: The Big Year film screening, plus live birds - Tahoe City - tonight!!! [Will Richardson ]
4 Mar Couch's Kingbird and Pahranagat [Carl Lundblad ]
2 Mar Re: Moving to Minden, NV [Paul Hurtado ]
2 Mar Idlewild Park sightings 3/1/15 & hybrid duck at Paradise Park 2/27/15 [ann murphy ]
1 Mar Spring Creek Area and Rye Patch Dam Birding [rlowry517 ]
1 Mar Copulating Red-shouldered Hawks and a Peregrine along Truckee River in Reno today [Martin Meyers ]
1 Mar Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge [Darlene Feener ]
1 Mar Diversity at Floyd Lamb Park, Las Vegas [Jeanne Tinsman ]
1 Mar Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015 [Bird Preserve ]
28 Feb Increased Access to Auk and Condor journals [Jennifer Ballard ]
27 Feb Moving to Minden, NV [Kerry Burciaga ]
27 Feb Discovery Park: Pahrump, Nv. (Nye County) [Darlene Feener ]
27 Feb Lawrence Goldfinch [Darlene Feener ]
27 Feb Owens Lake Bird Festival [Rose Strickland ]
27 Feb Arrival dates for Band-tailed Pigeons in west Reno [Kathy Oakes ]
27 Feb First of Season Band-tailed Pigeons in west Reno [Kathy Oakes ]
27 Feb Evening Grosbeaks, Oxbow, Reno (2/26/15) [Fred Petersen ]
26 Feb Pahrump: Nye County [Darlene Feener ]
25 Feb Re: A few interesting gulls at Sparks Marina, plus visits to Caughlin area and Virginia Lake [Ted Floyd ]
24 Feb Life bird joys [Sue Herrera ]
24 Feb Pine Grosbeaks, redux (Davis Creek Park) [Rick/Meg Andrews ]
23 Feb A few interesting gulls at Sparks Marina, plus visits to Caughlin area and Virginia Lake [Martin Meyers ]
23 Feb Lost Peregrine Falcon - Carson Valley [Jim Woods ]
23 Feb Hunter Creek Trail, outside of Reno [Alan de Queiroz ]
23 Feb Henderson am fall [tim almond ]
23 Feb Phainopepla on nest in Muddy Mountains in Clark County [David Syzdek ]
23 Feb Corn Creek Swamp Sparrow, February 22, 2015 [Richard And Carolyn titus ]
22 Feb Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 2/16/2015 - 2/22/2015 [Bird Preserve ]
21 Feb Oxbow, Virginia Lake, Reno (2/21/15) [Fred Petersen ]
21 Feb Carson River Park/Silver Saddle Ranch-Saturday, Feb. 21st [Rob Lowry ]
21 Feb Raptors of Verdi (Feb 14th, 2015) [Justin White ]
20 Feb Neotropic cormorant [David Henderson ]
19 Feb Couch's Kingbird [Rita S ]
18 Feb Corn Creek [Bernadine Murray ]
16 Feb Re: Some Sightings from Southern Nevada [Dennis & Becca Serdehely ]
17 Feb Dinner and a show [Scott Rudolph ]
16 Feb Some Sightings from Southern Nevada [Dennis & Becca Serdehely ]
16 Feb Sandhill Cranes-Carson Valley [Rob Lowry ]
16 Feb Carson City and Reno Area Odds and Ends [Rob Lowry ]
16 Feb pictures, American Tree Sparrow, Stillwater [susan stanton ]
16 Feb Acorn Woodpecker continues [John Hackney ]
16 Feb Sandhills [Theresa Hyde ]
16 Feb American Tree Sparrows at Stillwater [susan stanton ]
15 Feb Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 2/9/2015 - 2/15/2015 [Bird Preserve ]
14 Feb Raptors at Oxbow (Reno), Valentine's Day [Clayton Peoples ]
14 Feb First of season Turkey Vulture [Scott Rudolph ]
13 Feb Couch's Kingbird contuning at Clark County Wetlands Park [Randall Michal ]
12 Feb Varied Thrush, Rancho San Rafael (2/12/15) [Fred Petersen ]
12 Feb Long-billed Dowitcher at Lemmon Valley treatment ponds (Washoe County) [Rick/Meg Andrews ]
12 Feb Pine Grosbeak bonanza, Davis Creek Park, southern Washoe County [Alan Wallace ]
11 Feb Odds & end, Reno, Washoe Co (2/11/15) [Fred Petersen ]
11 Feb Lesser black-backed gull at Sparks Marina 2/10/15 [ann murphy ]
10 Feb Barrow's Goldeneyes, Lesser Goldfinches in Reno Feb.2015 [ann murphy ]
10 Feb Re: Peregrine Falcon Still Along Truckee River in Reno! [Paul Hurtado ]
10 Feb Peregrine Falcon Still Along Truckee River in Reno! [Clayton Peoples ]
9 Feb Spring Mountain Ranch SP, Clark Co., 4 Acorn Woodpecker Feb 7 [Andrea Wuenschel ]
8 Feb Raptors at Oxbow and Idlewild, Reno [Clayton Peoples ]
8 Feb Red-shouldered Hawks, Oxbow, Reno (2/8/15) [Fred Petersen ]
8 Feb Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 1/26/2015 - 2/1/2015 [Bird Preserve ]
8 Feb Hidden Valley Fire Station, Washoe - greater white-fronted geese [JUDY PHOENIX ]
8 Feb Paradise Park Reno [Scott Rudolph ]
7 Feb Couch's Kingbird Continues at Clark County Wetlands Park [Jim Boone ]
6 Feb White-throated Sparrow, NW Reno (1/30/15) [Fred Petersen ]
6 Feb Nevada bird listserv now working [Alan Wallace ]
4 Feb N. Saw-whet Owl in my yard (Reno) [Paul Hurtado ]
2 Feb bird results from Clark County Wetlands Park bioblitz [Debbie Van Dooremolen ]
2 Feb Yerington Area Birds-Monday, Feb. 2nd [Rob Lowry ]
2 Feb Bay-breasted Warbler [Christina Nycek ]
2 Feb Red-tailed Hawk at Wildcreek Park, Reno/Sparks 2/1/15 [ann murphy ]

Subject: eBird and the Christmas Bird Count
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:47:03 -0800
Hi Everyone,

Because CBC season is upon us, this is a good time to review best practices
for entering your CBC data into eBird.  Complete details are available at
this link:

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter-my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird- 


One important point, is that distance covered is reported differently for
CBC than eBird counts.  For the CBC, you are asked to submit the total
distance traveled, even if this includes back-tracking over the same
ground.  eBird checklists should only include the "one way" distance, so
that if the same ground is covered more that once during the count, the
distance should only be reported once on the same checklist.  This becomes
less of an issue if you split your CBC count into many separate
location-specific eBird checklists (some of which might represent multiple
stops at particularly-productive locations), which generates much
higher-quality data for eBird.

Happy Counting, Happy Holidays, and Good Luck.

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Around Reno
From: John Anderson <jga.birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:50:44 -0800
I don't have a lot to report - only two sightings that might be interesting.

1. Our yard. We have a Lesser Goldfinch showing up once in a while that
looks like it is very close to the black-backed form. The back is almost
black, not completely but close to the "Texas Adult" as shown in Sibley
guides that cover the eastern US. It stands out as different from the rest
when it visits our seed sock.

2. This afternoon, we visited the Damonte Ranch Wetland. There we found 5
Wilson's Snipe feeding in the open in the pond upstream of the bridge -
first of season for us.

I have photos of both sightings, if anyone has any interest.

-- 

John Anderson
Reno, Nevada
Subject: Walker Lake was pretty slow, too
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:55:08 -0800
I stopped by Walker Lake this afternoon. Other than a couple of hundred 
Redheads, Coots, and Ruddy Ducks, there were very few birds. A few Bufflehead, 
one Double-crested Cormorant, a dozen or so California Gulls. No Eared Grebes 
or Pelicans (I forgot to check the beach in Walker, though). There were 2 adult 
Bald Eagles sitting together at the south end of the lake, and an immature Bald 
Eagle being harassed by a couple of Ravens at the north end. Rock Wrens were 
singing in several places. I did have a good mammal sighting. After years 
(well, decades) of looking for Desert Bighorn Sheep in Mineral County, I 
finally saw two today. They were really close to Hwy. 95--one was just a few 
feet off of the shoulder, and the other one was several feet higher. This was 
about 1/4 mile south of Nevada Beach. 


I stopped by the mini-mart outside of Schurz, and got a day use permit for 
Weber Reservoir (located on Walker River Paiute land). As always, the entrance 
road was good for Sagebrush Sparrow, and one was singing a lovely song. The 
reservoir didn't have too many birds--Redheads, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, and 
Ring-neck Ducks. Along the river, I saw a splendid looking drake Wood Duck with 
two females. Also spotted a Prairie Falcon and a pair of American Kestrels. By 
the way, in the summer, the cottonwood trees below the dam are a favorite 
roosting site for Common Nighthawks. 


Meg Andrews
Reno, NV
Subject: Pretty slow at Pyramid Lake today (unless California Gulls are your favorite birds)
From: Martin Meyers <Martin AT SIERRABIRDBUM.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:31:50 -0700
Spent much of the day at Pyramid Lake today.  As has been the case for
awhile now, it was not all that exciting.

The Willows had quite a few birds and lots of bird songs, but nothing
out of the ordinary. The many Starlings were coming up with an amazing
variety of vocalizations! There's a list of birds from the Willows at
the end of this post.

Waterbirds were very few and very far between.  Off the Willows
(Thunderbolt Bay), there were 8 Greater Scaup, several Buffleheads, some
Coots, and a few Gadwall.  At various stops along the shore, there was
very little. A few Eared Grebes, one Horned Grebe, and a total of two
Western Grebes. (Two, really, that's all I saw. I'm sure there were more
somewhere out there.). Cormorant numbers were very low.  Lots of Coots
(although nothing like the numbers you see there sometimes.

The south end would have been termed "really quiet" if not for gulls and
pelicans. There were about 1500 gulls (all Californias except a handful
of Ring-bills) right at the south end.  Then another 500 or so a bit up
the east shore.  And then another 1,000 at the Truckee mouth, where I
saw a dozen Herring Gulls, maybe 20 Ring-bills, the rest Cailfornia.
Also at the river mouth were about 45 American White Pelicans.

The rest of the walk up the east side to the river yielded about 80
American Coots, 15 Killdeer, a few dozen Buffleheads, and single-digit
Mallards, Canvasbacks, Gadwalls, Cinnamon Teal, and Green-winged Teal.

The walk from the usual parking area at the south end out to the water
has gotten VERY long.  Next time, I'm going to try starting from Popcorn
Beach and see how that works out. I expect it's shorter, but I'm not
sure about getting around the mud.


The Willows:

California Quail	
Northern Flicker	2
American Kestrel	2
Common Raven	
Bewick's Wren	        8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet	2
American Robin	
European Starling	
Spotted Towhee	        1
White-crowned Sparrow	4
Dark-eyed Junco	       16
Western Meadowlark	4

Thunderbolt Bay (off The Willows):

Gadwall	        6
Greater Scaup	8
Bufflehead	12
American Coot	
California Gull	1


South end to Truckee River mouth:

Gadwall	        5
Mallard	        4
Cinnamon Teal	4
Green-winged Teal	1
Canvasback	8
Bufflehead	35
American White Pelican	45
American Coot	80
Killdeer	15
Ring-billed Gull	30
California Gull	3000
Herring Gull	12

Martin
---------------
 Martin Meyers
 email: Martin  (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
 Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
 Truckee, CA

Subject: American Tree Sparrow-Stillwater NWR Auto Loop
From: Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 23:25:56 -0500
Here is a link to the "best of the worst" documentation photo that I was able 
to take today (Friday, March 6th) of the referenced bird: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/tecumseh517/16551585050/

Rob Lowry
Carson City
Subject: White-winged Dove/Evening Grosbeak
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:16:41 -0500
This morning in Pahrump, while I was out birding, I saw 3 Evening Grosbeak's 
and two White-winged Doves. The Evening Grosbeak's were in a private yard. They 
were flying between the budding trees and the Fir trees with cones on them. The 
two White-winged Dove's were calling to each other. 


They are off Calvada. Stay on Calvada crossing Blagg road. Continue on Calvada 
until you come to Platense. Turn left here. There are firs trees along the side 
of the road where I saw the Evening Grosbeak's. The White-winged Dove's are in 
the same area but they are hanging out on the telephone wires and in the 
budding trees inside the yard of a private residence. A photo was taken of each 
bird and has been posted to my Flicker sight. 


Submitted by
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada
Subject: Stillwater NWR Auto Loop
From: rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:53:31 -0800
Hello!

Earlier today, 2 American Tree Sparrows were observed in the area reported by 
Susan Stratton about 3 weeks ago.  On the northeast end of Upper Foxtail Lake, 
there is a shelter with picnic tables under it.  Across the auto loop road and 
to the west a little bit is the beginning of a short nature trail that goes 
upslope for about one-quarter mile.  There is a nice bench there at the end of 
the trail.  Sitting on the bench, look north and the ATSPs were in the area 
between the bench and Foxtail Lake flycatching and picking flying insects out 
of the swarms.  Got great looks through the binocs but could not get a decent 
photo as they were skittish.   


Also heard an American Bittern calling at Upper Foxtail Lake.

Rob Lowry
Carson City


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Fwd: The Big Year film screening, plus live birds - Tahoe City - tonight!!!
From: Will Richardson <will AT TINSWEB.ORG>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:56:15 -0800
Just in case anybody wants to come up to Tahoe City tonight - should be a 
really fun event!! 


Begin forwarded message:

> 
> Just a reminder about tonight's event in Tahoe City. We hope to see many of 
you there, as it should be a really fun event. The live birds have been 
confirmed: a Rose-breasted Cockatoo that'll fly around over the crowd, a big 
and beautiful King Vulture from Central America, and Great Horned Owl. I'm 
particularly excited to see the two big ones up close. Doors open at 6:30, and 
I'm pretty sure the birds will be out for everybody to see. Program starts at 
7. Here's last week's press release: 

> 
> Squaw Valley Institute and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science present 
The Big Year at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema 

> 
> March 5, 2015
> 
>  
> 
> TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif.  Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) and the Tahoe Institute 
for Natural Sciences (TINS) are pleased to present The Big Year. This feature 
film presentation is part of the SVI Monthly Movie Night Series at the Tahoe 
Art Haus & Cinema and part of the Tahoe Big Year, hosted by the Tahoe Institute 
for Natural Sciences. 

> 
> The Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that visit or 
reside in the Tahoe region. Beginning January 1, 2015, Tahoe Big Year 
participants began exploring the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species 
of birds as they can find during 2015. This event is not strictly a 
competition, but an opportunity to learn about the Tahoe region's diverse bird 
community. The Tahoe Big Year will be a gateway into the world of birding 
itself and a deeper appreciation of the region's natural history. Participation 
is free and open to anyone, though TINS members benefit from additional perks 
such as member-only guided outings. For more information about the Tahoe Big 
Year, visit www.TahoeBigYear.org. 

> 
> The March 5 event will begin with a brief overview of the Tahoe Big Year, 
including an update from the first two months of the Tahoe Big Year competition 
and discussion of how people can participate during the remainder of the year. 
A live bird program at the Tahoe Art Haus will allow attendees to see owls and 
other species up close. Raffle prizes from Northstar California, Patagonia, and 
Squaw Valley Institute will be given out. The evening will culminate with a 
screening of The Big Year, a feature film starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, 
and Owen Wilson. In the movie, their characters are at crossroads, and all 
three dedicate a year of their lives to following their birding dreams. Their 
big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing 
adventures. 

> 
> For details and tickets please visit: http://tahoearthauscinema.com.
> The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, Tahoe/Truckees only cinema drafthouse, offers 
major motion pictures, independent films, action sports movies, a popcorn spice 
bar, and seven taps of beer and cider along with premium-bottled beer. 

> TINS is a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the 
advancement of natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the 
Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach. TINS has a long-term 
goal of bringing a world class interpretive nature center and educational 
facility to the Tahoe area. For more information, visit www.tinsweb.org. 

> 
> SVI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs that 
span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; 
education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports. Our 
goal is to bring intellectually provocative programs to the region that will 
inspire uncommon conversations. Memberships are available that include 
admission to most events. For SVI event details, event tickets and membership 
information visit www.squawvalleyinstitute.org. 

> 
> Will Richardson
> Truckee, CA
> 
> 

____________________
T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director,
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
530.412.2792
www.tinsweb.org
Subject: Couch's Kingbird and Pahranagat
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:55:30 -0800
Dylan Hopkins and I birded Pahranagat NWR this morning en route from Idaho
to California. Highlights were 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, 1-2 PACIFIC
WRENS, dozens of TREE SWALLOWS, a handful of NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED
SWALLOWS, and a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW.  About 10 AMERICAN WHITE-PELICANS
were the only other migrants.  In the afternoon, the continuing COUCH'S
KINGBIRD was easy to see and occasionally vocal at Clark Co. Wetlands Park,
usually north of the Turtle Pond.  One each PEREGRINE FALCON and TURKEY
VULTURE flew over.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: Re: Moving to Minden, NV
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:14:13 -0800
Hi Kerry (and everyone else),

This issue of book recommendations came up recently on the Birding Nevada
facebook group, and the comments on this thread include a number of books
you might be interested in:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingNevada/permalink/854670854598588/

Also, this was not mentioned in that thread, but I recently purchased the
two volumes by the late Jack Walters from the Nevada State Museum in Carson
City. There were multiple copies left on their shelves.

From what I hear, there are a lot of copies of these books sitting in
storage, so hopefully they find their ways to bookshelves elsewhere in
Nevada at some point.

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Reno, NV




On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM, Kerry Burciaga <
00000089a89c9bcc-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> Hello! My husband and I are moving to Minden, NV and wondered if you had
> any books to recommend for the area? Thanks!
>
> Kerry Burciaga
> Minden, NV
> zinxphem  AT  yahoo . com
>



-- 
Paul J. Hurtado
Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Nevada, Reno
http://www.pauljhurtado.com/
Subject: Idlewild Park sightings 3/1/15 & hybrid duck at Paradise Park 2/27/15
From: ann murphy <soicanpost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:11:52 -0500
At Idlewild Park on 3/1/15 there were 3 Bushtitis, 1 Downy Woodpecker, and
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet present.
At Paradise Park on 2/27/15 there was a Mexican Duck-Mallard hybrid. The
head was green all the way down the back of the neck, black eyeline, green
patches on its face.

Submitted on behalf of Ed Kurtz
Subject: Spring Creek Area and Rye Patch Dam Birding
From: rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:57:02 -0800
Hello!

My wife and I took a "spur of the moment" trip to the Elko area this past 
weekend where we again had another relaxing and comfortable stay at the 
Lamoille Hotel, and a great (but a tad expensive) dinner at the Pine Lodge next 
to the hotel.    


Yesterday morning,  we drove the streets through the Spring Creek residential 
area where in one tree, we saw a huge flock of Gray-Crowned Rosy Finches and 
Black Rosy Finches.  We got out of our car, set up the scope, and proceeded to 
attempt a count of the flock size.  Based on a partial count,  we estimated 
the flock size to be a minimum of 400, with the Gray-Crowned outnumbering the 
Black Rosy Finches between a 2 and 3 to 1 ratio.  We were fortunate in the 
timing of our trip as the adjacent Ruby Mountains were coated with fresh snow 
from the Friday evening storm that lingered into Saturday morning, which likely 
drove the large number of finches down to the lower elevation of the valley 
floor.  While observing/counting the finches, we also heard the distinct 
calling of a Sandhill Crane (but couldn't get a visual on it). 


In the fields adjacent to Pleasant Valley Road, we observed a Rough-Legged 
Hawk, a Prairie Falcon,  and a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk.  At South Fork 
Reservoir,  large numbers of waterfowl were observed along the south end, with 
no unusual species.  Continuing our drive along the Hastings Cutoff, a mature 
Golden Eagle,  a mature Bald Eagle, and one of the bluest male Mountain 
Bluebirds I have ever seen were observed.  


During our drive back home today, we thought we'd take a quick stop at Rye 
Patch Dam (Exit 129 off of I-80).  We pulled into the vacant campground area 
and exited the car into utter chaos.  It was like walking into a warbler 
fallout in May at Magee Marsh in Ohio!  Cedar Waxwings and Robins were 
literally everywhere, with the Waxwings fly catching from various perches and 
the Robins feeding on the still abundant Russian Olive "fruit".  Looking 
downriver and across the river from the campground,  the Waxwings and Robins 
were abundant in those areas too.  After leaving the campground area, we hiked 
the nature trail and farther downstream on the opposite side of the river. 


Try as we did,  we could not find one Waxwing with cinnamon undertail coverts. 
 At about 4:30 PM, the Waxwings and Robins started congregating in the tree 
tops along the bluff and along the river.  Sporadically,  flocks ranging 
between 20 to 100 would suddenly fly off up over the bluff towards the 
direction of I-80 and out of sight.  Based on counts of the flock segments as 
they sat perched or flew off, our conservative estimates of total numbers were 
a minimum of 500 Robins and a minimum of 350 Cedar Waxwings. In one tree, we 
counted about 60 Waxwings and in two adjacent trees, we counted a little more 
than 200 Robins. 


Other birds observed at Rye Patch Dam included a Juniper Titmouse, a Greater 
Yellowlegs, a Hermit Thrush, and a pair of calling Great-Horned Owls. 


We're still driving west on I-80 as I attempt to type this message.  A 
beautiful sunset caps off a great weekend!   We here in Nevada are very 
fortunate to live in such a beautiful state!  Please don't take it for 
granted, and get out and enjoy! 


Rob Lowry
Carson City


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Copulating Red-shouldered Hawks and a Peregrine along Truckee River in Reno today
From: Martin Meyers <Martin AT SIERRABIRDBUM.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:57:07 -0700
I took a walk today upstream along the Truckee from Idlewild Park to the
end of the "Crooked Mile" at the Riverfront Condos.  About 1/4 mile
downstream from the start of the condos, a (the?) PEREGRINE FALCON was
in a cottonwood along the north bank of the river. And a pair of
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were copulating in a tree in Oxbow Park. 

Otherwise nothing particularly out of the ordinary but a nice assortment
of birds. A complete list from that walk is below.

Other walks today included once around Sparks Marina and once around
Virginia Lake.  Neither produced much of interest.  Sparks Marina was
particularly disappointing. There were lots of gulls close to or on the
shore at the north end.  I was unable to find a single gull that wasn't
a California or Ring-billed.  The cormorants nesting on the island at
Virginia Lake were fun to watch but duck diversity was very low.

Here's a list of all species seen on the Idlewild walk:

Canada Goose	
American Wigeon	
Mallard	
Common Goldeneye	3
Hooded Merganser	4
Common Merganser	8
Red-shouldered Hawk	2
Ring-billed Gull	
Rock Pigeon	
Mourning Dove	
Northern Flicker	3
Peregrine Falcon	1
Steller's Jay	
Western Scrub-Jay	
American Crow	
Bushtit			1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet	1
Hermit Thrush		2
American Robin	
European Starling	
Yellow-rumped Warbler	4
Dark-eyed Junco	
Brewer's Blackbird	
House Finch	
House Sparrow	

Martin

---------------
 Martin Meyers
 email: Martin  (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
 Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
 Truckee, CA

Subject: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:15:49 -0500
Will Thomas of the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge led us through Ash 
Meadows this morning. We visited Peterson Reservoir, the back road with open 
meadows on the way to Crystal Reservoir. We also visited Bradford Springs. A 
group of 8 started off with one member having to leave early. It was a great to 
be outside with other birders. My list had 26 species seen and one species 
heard that we could identify by sound. 


Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk (seen first by Carol Cantino)
Ferruginous Hawk
American Coot
Virginia Rail (two of them calling to each other) We did not see these birds.
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Say's Phoebe
Common Raven
Tree Swallow (seen first by Viki Calazisca)
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (seen by Will Thomas and Doug Chang)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Pipit
Phainopepla
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark

Submitted by
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada
Subject: Diversity at Floyd Lamb Park, Las Vegas
From: Jeanne Tinsman <philohela AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:12:02 -0800
Greetings:

There were a nice mix of bird species at Floyd Lamb Park, Las Vegas, Clark 
County, this morning: 

  a.. Canada Goose 
  b.. Wood Duck (single male) 
  c.. Mallard 
  d.. Northern Shoveler 
  e.. Common Merganser (one of each, female and male) 
  f.. Ruddy Duck 
  g.. Gambel’s Quail 
  h.. Pied-billed Grebe 
  i.. Double-crested Cormorant (50+; no sign of a Neotropic) 
  j.. Great Blue Heron 
  k.. Great Egret 
  l.. Green Heron 
  m.. Black-crowned Night-Heron 
  n.. Red-shouldered Hawk 
  o.. Red-tailed Hawk 
  p.. American Coot 
  q.. Rock Pigeon 
  r.. Eurasian Collared-Dove 
  s.. Black Phoebe 
  t.. Western Scrub-Jay 
  u.. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 
  v.. Verdin 
  w.. Red-breasted Nuthatch 
  x.. Brown Creeper 
  y.. Bewick’s Wren 
  z.. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
  aa.. American Robin 
  ab.. Northern Mockingbird 
  ac.. Phainopepla 
  ad.. Yellow-rumped Warbler 
  ae.. Abert’s Towhee 
  af.. Song Sparrow 
  ag.. White-crowned Sparrow 
  ah.. Dark-eyed Junco 
  ai.. Red-winged Blackbird 
  aj.. Great-tailed Grackle 
  ak.. House Finch 
  al.. Lesser Goldfinch 
  am.. American Goldfinch
Jeanne Tinsman
Las Vegas, NV
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Subject: Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015
From: Bird Preserve <Bird.Preserve AT CITYOFHENDERSON.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:15:56 +0000
Our hours will be 6:00 AM through 2:00 PM through the end of May. LAST ENTRY IS 
1:30 PM. 

The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. Take 
the US95/I515 freeway to the Galleria exit 64B, go east and cross Boulder 
Highway. The Preserve entrance will be on the north side of the road, follow 
the driveway and signs to the parking lot and Visitors Center. The physical 
address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our 
phone number is 702-267-4180. 


We had sixty-six (66) species observed during the week of February 23, 2015 
through March 1, 2015. 


The following birds were seen and/or heard (H) by staff and visitors and 
confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas: 


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Golden-eye
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Sora (H)
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Killdeer
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Long-bill Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Peregrine Falcon
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Verdin
Marsh Wren (H)
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Crissal Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Audubon's)
(Myrtle)
Abert's Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle

Happy Birding!
JC Taylor
Subject: Increased Access to Auk and Condor journals
From: Jennifer Ballard <ballard AT GBBO.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:56:38 -0800
Hi all, I just wanted to let you know that I've heard that Auk and Condor,
two of the premier ornithology journals in North America, will be making
available their articles through 2013.  If you're wanting to learn more
about some aspects of ornithology and species, this is a great opportunity
to trawl through their archives (the older articles from most North American
ornithological journals are available free on SORA).  Here's a link talking
about it:

 

http://blog.aba.org/2015/02/the-auk-and-the-condor-expanding-access.html

 

Happy reading,

 

Jen

 

********************************************

Jennifer Ballard, 

Monitoring Coordinator

Great Basin Bird Observatory

********************************************

 

 
Subject: Moving to Minden, NV
From: Kerry Burciaga <00000089a89c9bcc-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:48:39 -0500
Hello! My husband and I are moving to Minden, NV and wondered if you had any 
books to recommend for the area? Thanks! 


Kerry Burciaga
Minden, NV
zinxphem  AT  yahoo . com
Subject: Discovery Park: Pahrump, Nv. (Nye County)
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:25:07 -0500
Birding on a beautiful morning at Discovery Park. Below are the species of 
birds seen this morning. There were 34 species. The Lawrence Goldfinch male was 
the highlight of my morning. I also saw a Cooper's Hawk carrying nesting 
material. I followed him to the tree I saw him fly into and got a photo of him. 
The nest was above him. 


Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Egret
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Verdin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lawrence Goldfinch (1) adult male
House Sparrow

Submitted by 
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada
Subject: Lawrence Goldfinch
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:38:03 -0500
A adult Lawrence Goldfinch male was seen this morning at 7:53 a.m. at Discovery 
Park(use to be called Willow Creek which is located in Pahrump, Nevada) The 
bird was seen off the path in a small tree. It was directly across from a large 
block of duplex apartments. You can drive to the end of Daytona street and then 
walk out to your right to the path on Discovery Park. Go about 150 feet. The 
bird was feeding on the tall grass at times in this area. 


It had a black cap, black throat. Gray cheeks and nape. The mantle was also 
gray. A bright yellow breast and bright yellow wingbars.White underparts. White 
undertail coverts. I spent 20 minutes with this bird looking for other 
Goldfinch but there was none. When I first saw it in the small tree, it was 
hanging out with White-crowned Sparrows. 


This is a lifebird for me and a new bird species to add to my Pahrump life 
list. 


Submitted by
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada
Subject: Owens Lake Bird Festival
From: Rose Strickland <rosenreno AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:07:57 -0800
Begin forwarded message:

From: Rose Strickland 
Subject: Owens Lake Bird Festival
Date: February 27, 2015 at 1:00:57 PM PST
To: Nevada 

Nevada birders,

a new bird festival in the Eastern Sierra debuts this April - a celebration of 
shorebirds migrating between between hemispheres. It will be held out of Lone 
Pine, CA, just a short drive down Hwy. 395 from No. Nevada and across Death 
Valley NP for So. Nevada. It will be held on Friday, April 24 through Saturday 
April 25, 2015. The festival features films, talks, and field trips on this 
historic and recently restored Owens Lake and its hundreds of thousands of 
shorebird visitors during migrations. 


Ill paste in the press release below, but Im not sure the beautiful poster of 
avocets attachment will work on our server. Ill be glad to send it directly to 
anyone who contacts me (off-linel). 


Thanks.

Rose Strickland
Reno, NV

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WINGS OF CHANGE
Friends of the Inyo to Celebrate First-ever Owens Lake Bird Festival 
April 24 and 25, 2015

Contact: 
Laura Beardsley, Executive Director, 760-873-6500, laura AT friendsoftheinyo.org

Lone Pine, CA - Each year in spring and fall Owens Lake, at the terminus of the 
Owens River near Lone Pine, CA, supports hundreds of thousands of shorebirds 
during their annual migrations between continents. Dried by drastic diversions 
to bring water to the people of Los Angeles, today dust mitigation and 
restoration efforts have returned water, creating habitat and attracting birds 
to the lake once again. Designated as an Important Bird Area by the National 
Audubon Society in 2001, it is the largest and richest wildlife area in Inyo 
County. 


This April, Friends of the Inyo invites all birders and lovers of wildlife to 
celebrate the spring migration during the Owens Lake Bird Festival, April 24th 
and 25th. In its first year, the Owens Lake Bird Festival promises to honor 
this extraordinary place and the huge migrating flocks of birds that depend on 
it for rest and nourishment. It will also celebrate the communities of the 
Southern Owens Valley and their ties, through the watershed, to Los Angeles. 


The festival begins Friday evening with a reception at the Lone Pine Film 
History Museum featuring the Audubon-Californias short film The Legacy of 
Owens Lake. On Saturday, expert guides will lead morning and afternoon field 
trips to Owens Lake with explorations for beginners through experts in bird 
identification, avian photography, a tour of the invertebrate food web, 
discussions of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Master Project 
(dust control and wildlife), and the wonders of migration. Lunch will include 
several short talks about the lake including Owens Lake Master Project by 
Jeff Nordin of LADWP, Audubons Important Bird Areas by Andrea Jones of 
Audubon-California, Why is that Lake Red? by Dave Herbst, PhD of the Sierra 
Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, and The Magic and Wonder of Owens Lake by 
influential friend of the lake, Michael Prather. The festival will close with a 
reception at the Interagency Visitor Center featuring the photography exhibit 
The Owens Lake Project by Robin Black. 


This will be a brand new bird festival in a spectacular, world-class 
location," promises organizer and speaker Michael Prather. "Birds from as far 
away as South America will be coming through to see us." 


Friends of the Inyo is honored to be working with several supporters and 
partners to host the Owens Lake Bird Festival including The Metabolic Studio, 
Inyo County, Audubon- California, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, 
Eastern Sierra Audubon, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power among 
others. 


Hosting the Owens Lake Bird Festival is a natural extension of our work to 
inspire people to care for and preserve the outstanding beauty, recreation 
opportunities, and natural resources of the Eastern Sierras public lands, 
says Friends of the Inyos Executive Director Laura Beardsley. Were excited 
to kick off what we hope will become an annual festival. 


EVENT DETAILS:
Friday, April 24 through Saturday, April 25, 2015
Tickets  $35; Students  $20; Children under 12  free with an adult
Registration includes evening receptions, a continental breakfast, lunch with 
inspiring speakers, and in-depth tours with expert guides. 


For more information or to register, visit 
www.friendsoftheinyo.org/foiD7/owenslakefestival or call (760) 873-6500. 

Subject: Arrival dates for Band-tailed Pigeons in west Reno
From: Kathy Oakes <oakesy AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:40:35 -0800
Hi all,

Earlier I sent an email about the arrival of Band-tails in our west Reno yard, 
saying that it is the earliest that we have seen them. I should I have looked 
more closely at our records for the last ten years before hitting SEND. It 
looks like the earliest arrival for them was Feb. 24 back in 2008. below are 
the FOS dates for the last ten years: 


March 5, 2014; March 6, 2013; March 16, 2012; in 2011 we saw them first on 
March 21, but had been away from March 13 to 21, so they could have been there 
as early as March 14; March 1, 2010; March 15, 2009; Feb. 24, 2008; March 10, 
2007; April 1, 2006; April 5, 2005. Before then, we had only seen them a few 
times from 1996 to 2005 and always right around mid-April. 


Kathy Oakes
Subject: First of Season Band-tailed Pigeons in west Reno
From: Kathy Oakes <oakesy AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:59:24 -0800
Hello all,

The Band-tails have arrived at our house in the Caughlin Ranch area. Three were 
eating cracked corn this morning. This is the earliest arrival for them at our 
house. In previous years, they have usually arrived toward the end of the first 
week of March. 


Kathy Oakes
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks, Oxbow, Reno (2/26/15)
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:22:23 -0500
Oxbow Park, Reno, Washoe Co (2/26/15)

There was a flock of 8 (or so) Evening Grosbeaks at Oxbow this morning, first 
high up in a tall cottonwood along the river, later in the Russian olives along 
the main path where they were presumably feeding on the pits rather than the 
fruit. There was a big influx of visitors moving along the path at the time and 
I was hungry for lunch so I didn't stay to confirm what exactly the grosbeaks 
were up to. 


Other birds--

Sharp-shinned Hawk--1
Red-shouldered Hawk--1 ad
Merlin-1

The Merlin was perched near the top of the big cottonwood at the upstream end 
of the park where the Peregrine can often be found (though I didn't see it 
today) 


Also, a Red-shafted/Yellow-shafted intergrade flicker which I had first seen 
and photographed at the park last week. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/16565555382/ (intergrade flicker)

--Fred Petersen, Reno
Subject: Pahrump: Nye County
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:33:20 -0500
This morning I did some birding. The best part for me was seeing the 
Ring-billed Gulls feeding in the green of the agricultural field. White crowns 
of their heads could be seen just above the grass. Watching the Burrowing Owls 
that have paired up. 


The following birds were seen this morning in Pahrump.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Eurasian-Collared Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Burrowing Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Common Raven
American Crow
Horned Lark
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Phainopepla
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Great-tailed Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
House Finch

Submitted by
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada
Subject: Re: A few interesting gulls at Sparks Marina, plus visits to Caughlin area and Virginia Lake
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:27:19 -0800
> Virginia Lake was not overly exciting. There were eight Hooded> Mergansers (a 
pair of which posed for really cute photos). Tons of Ruddy> Ducks. (How many 
Ruddy Ducks would it take to make a ton?) - 


Around 1,700.

Ted FloydLafayette, Boulder County, Colorado


 		 	   		  
Subject: Life bird joys
From: Sue Herrera <trubrit AT WMCA.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:41:12 -0500
Last week, I was up Water Canyon, Winnemucca, when I heard a bird that I did 
not recognise. After a birding friend on FB told me what it might be, I went 
looking for it today. After a good half hour or more of listening to its song, 
and scanning the rocks, I found it. A Canyon Wren.This is a life bird for me. 


Other birds up Water Canyon today were two Prairie Falcon's together. 
Townsend's Solitaire. Many, many Bushtits and Dark-eyed Juncos. One Red-tailed 
Hawk (Two last week, doing the air dance). 


Also watched two Yellow-bellied Marmots on the rocks just up from the Falcons. 
I'm guessing the Falcons were no threat, though i'm thinking maybe the Red-tail 
might be. 


The canyon was chilly but sunny. Ice on the creek. 

Sue Herrera
Winnemucca, NV
Subject: Pine Grosbeaks, redux (Davis Creek Park)
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:29:49 -0800
I stopped by Davis Creek Park in Washoe Valley today, mostly just for a brief 
hike. After returning to my car, but just before I drove off, a tight flock of 
about 16 birds flew overhead, and then they all landed in the top of a tall 
pine behind the maintenance building. I walked over to the tree, and while I 
couldn't get a great view of the birds, I saw that they were, in fact, Pine 
Grosbeaks. I listened to them softly call to each other while foraging for 
food. Probably the same flock that Alan Wallace saw there on the 12th. After 
several minutes, they flew off, again in a tight flock, headed towards the 
Ophir Creek trail area. I don't know what is more strange--seeing so many 
together, or seeing them at such a low altitude. 


Meg Andrews
Reno, NV
Subject: A few interesting gulls at Sparks Marina, plus visits to Caughlin area and Virginia Lake
From: Martin Meyers <Martin AT SIERRABIRDBUM.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:35:39 -0700
The only excitement today was a strange-looking gull on the floats at
Sparks Marina. Herring Gull size, first cycle. Lots of feather wear and
bleaching gave the bird an unusual look. Bill mostly dark.
Unfortunately, I never got to see it fly so I don't know what the open
wings would have looked like. (It flew during a moment when I was
distracted looking at a nice first-cycle Thayer's.)  There were also
several Herring Gulls around -- most were adults but there was a
third-cycle bird, too.  I'll probably have to come down again in the
next couple of days and see if I can re-find the oddball gull. It would
be good to get it a bit closer for photos, and I'd love to see what the
spread wings look like. (And considering how bad the skiing is, I'll
certainly have time for some more birding.)

If any of you would like to see a couple of not very good photos of the
oddball gull, send me an email. (I'm not putting them up on my website.)

Virginia Lake was not overly exciting.  There were eight Hooded
Mergansers (a pair of which posed for really cute photos). Tons of Ruddy
Ducks. (How many Ruddy Ducks would it take to make a ton?)  Nothing
unusual in the gull flock.  Fun to watch the Double-crested Cormorants
on the island!  The Mute Swan was sitting up on shore -- not sure I
remember seeing that happen before.

A walk up the path at Caughlin Ranch did not produce any Acorn
Woodpeckers. There were a couple of Downy Woodpeckers, plus one adult
Red-shouldered Hawk and one Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Perhaps a few more
Western Scrub-Jays than usual. The only sparrows were juncos and
White-crowns.  American Robin numbers seemed lower than usual.

Martin

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 email: Martin  (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
 Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
 Truckee, CA

Subject: Lost Peregrine Falcon - Carson Valley
From: Jim Woods <jim.woods AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:40:29 -0800
"Hiccup" took off from a field demonstration during Eagles and AG Festival
this weekend in Carson Valley. He was last seen on Muller Land west of Hwy
395.  He is a near black male imprint, which will make him tame to approach.
He is wearing anklets  and a leg radio transmitter.  If sighted call Cory
Dalton, 219-8724  or Jim Woods, 775-729-7009.  thank you    

 

Jim Woods, Owner

Birding Under Nevada Skies

jim.woods AT charter.net

775-720-7009 (c)  

775-265-3914 (r)

 
Subject: Hunter Creek Trail, outside of Reno
From: Alan de Queiroz <dqalan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:35:44 -0800
I hiked the Hunter Creek Trail today from the Thompson trailhead to the
waterfall and back. On the first substantial outcrop on the right hand side
of the trail (as you go up) past the wilderness boundary there was a pair
of Canyon Wrens, giving buzzy calls but not the cascading song. I might
have heard a couple more Canyon Wrens (also calling, not singing) farther
up the trail, but not sure about those. In the wooded area that starts 2
miles or so up the trail, there were some nice feeding flocks of small
birds, including many Golden-crowned Kinglets and Pygmy Nuthatches.

I was surprised to see a Western Fence Lizard out, with air temp probably
in the 30s. The ground under the lizard was in the sun and pretty warm
though. The waterfall was quite a sight, with ice all around it and
covering the log that's leaning in the falls.

Alan de Queiroz
Reno

Hunter Creek Trail, Washoe, US-NV
Feb 23, 2015 9:50 AM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Hiked from Michael D. Thompson trailhead to the waterfall and
back.
16 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Steller's Jay  2
Western Scrub-Jay  1
Clark's Nutcracker  1
Mountain Chickadee  5
Bushtit  15
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Pygmy Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  1
Canyon Wren  2
Bewick's Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  8
Dark-eyed Junco  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22046658

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Henderson am fall
From: tim almond <tralmond702 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:07:09 -0800
As I left the house this morning at about 7, I was greeted by a chorus of
about 100 american Robin. Usual neighborhood count us about 5 or so a year.
I'm guessing the snow and rain storm we had overnight in so Nevada pushed
them into the valley. Also in the flock were a handful of cedar waxwing,
folding on the palm berries. A garden first!

Wish I could stick around and see what else the storm brought in.

Tim Almond.
Green Valley, Henderson.
Subject: Phainopepla on nest in Muddy Mountains in Clark County
From: David Syzdek <dsyzdek AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:41:15 -0800
I saw a male phainopepla on a nest in an acacia tree in the Muddy Mountains
in eastern Clark County on February 22. The Atlas of Breeding Birds of
Nevada reports that phainopepla begin nesting in February.

Other than a pair of ravens, and handful of other phainopeplas, the Bitter
Springs Back Country Byway near Valley of Fire was pretty birdless.

Dave Syzdek


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a world where an art museum burns to the ground every year." — Alex Wild
Subject: Corn Creek Swamp Sparrow, February 22, 2015
From: Richard And Carolyn titus <titusrica AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:57:18 -0500
Rita Schlageter has asked that I post the following for her:

She, her sister and nephew, who are visiting from Oregon, observed a Swamp 
Sparrow about mid-afternoon at the concrete lined pond at Corn Creek Field 
Station, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Nevada, on Sunday, 
February 22, 2015. 


Enjoy Nevada's birds!
Carolyn Titus
Las Vegas NV
Subject: Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 2/16/2015 - 2/22/2015
From: Bird Preserve <Bird.Preserve AT CITYOFHENDERSON.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:21:26 +0000
Our hours will be 7:00 AM through 2:00 PM through the end of February. March 
1st our hours will be from 6AM to 2PM. LAST ENTRY IS 1:30 PM. 

The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. Take 
the US95/I515 freeway to the Galleria exit 64B, go east and cross Boulder 
Highway. The Preserve entrance will be on the north side of the road, follow 
the driveway and signs to the parking lot and Visitors Center. The physical 
address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our 
phone number is 702-267-4180. 


We had sixty-six (66) species observed during the week of February 9, 2015 
through February 15, 2015. 


The following birds were seen and/or heard (H) by staff and visitors and 
confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas: 


Snow goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Golden-eye
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern (H)
Great blue heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sora (H)
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Killdeer
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Long-bill Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Costa's Hummingbird
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Verdin
Marsh Wren (H)
Bewick's Wren
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Crissal Thrasher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Audubon's)
(Myrtle)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle

Happy Birding!
JC Taylor
Subject: Oxbow, Virginia Lake, Reno (2/21/15)
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:32:55 -0500
Reno, Washoe Co (2/21/15)

Oxbow--

An adult Red-shouldered Hawk was circling over the river just upstream of the 
park boundary this morning. As for the pair frequenting Oxbow earlier in the 
year, I think it may have moved its headquarters elsewhere as I haven't seen it 
for a while. 


The Red-tailed nest in the big conifer adjoining the downstream end of the park 
keeps growing in size though I didn't see any activity in or around it today. 


A couple of non-avian highlights--

Western Pond Turtle--1 in the pond where I first spotted it on the 15th & saw 
it again today. It's presumably the same individual I photographed at the pond 
last April. 


Western Gray Squirrel--1 in the trees & snags in the burnt-off area. There was 
a Western Gray Squirrel at Oxbow in 2001-2005 & this is the first I've seen 
there since then. With the one currently at Rancho San Rafael, this makes 2 of 
them currently in town. First Acorn Woodpeckers & Varied Thrushes in 
unprecedented numbers, now Western Gray Squirrels. What's going on I wonder? 


Virginia Lake--

There were 15 cormorants occupying territories on the island today, up from 2 
on the 10th when the species first turned up for the season. California Gulls 
have been sporadically on territory since January & are now really settling in, 
there being hundreds on the island this afternoon. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/13786833895/in/set-72157594564570716 
(Western Pond Turtle, April 2014) 


--Fred Petersen, Reno
Subject: Carson River Park/Silver Saddle Ranch-Saturday, Feb. 21st
From: Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:36:24 -0500
Hello!

Just returned from a late afternoon to dusk hike at the referenced location 
where the following miscellaneous birds were observed: 


Great-Horned Owl-3 total with 2 on nests
Western Screech Owl
Pinyon Jay-several making a ruckus along the river
Varied Thrush-presumably same female seen since December; in low wet area on 
the left side of trail just past the footbridge 

Wood Duck-3 pairs just above the Mexican Dam

On a non-avian note (but still with wings), a few very small bats have been 
observed at dusk in the area above the Mexican Dam the past week. 


The parking lot for Carson River Park is on the right side of Carson River Road 
just before the bridge over the Carson River in east Carson City. 


Rob Lowry
Carson City

Subject: Raptors of Verdi (Feb 14th, 2015)
From: Justin White <justin7 AT VT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:47:51 -0500
Greetings All,

While out observing the spring time raptor interactions in Verdi last weekend I 
observed: 


1 Golden Eagle
1 Bald Eagle
2 Cooper's Hawks (seemingly unaffiliated: about 6 miles away from each other)
5 Red-tailed Hawks (3 regularly flying together and two individuals soaring 
across the California border but not together) 


I was out from 9-3 and the weather was unusually warm with a slight wind. No 
clouds. This was my third time out there in ~1 month and the Red-tails have 
been seen each time in similar regions. 


Thanks,

Justin
Subject: Neotropic cormorant
From: David Henderson <00000087a1abc5b8-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:29:59 -0500
Hi all!
While doing my bi-monthly bird survey for GBBO (and SNWA) at Las Vegas Wash, I 
detected a Neotropic Cormorant. I've been sort of expecting them for awhile, 
but this was the first actual sighting at the Wash. It was detected just 
northeast of Sam Boyd Stadium in the middle of the rushing creek (Las Vegas 
Wash) standing by itself on a small rock. Excellent looks. 


David Henderson 
Meadview, AZ
Subject: Couch's Kingbird
From: Rita S <ritamschlag AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:47:18 -0800
Still at the clark county wetlands as of yesterday the 18th.

Rita Schlageter
Subject: Corn Creek
From: Bernadine Murray <bernadine.d.murray AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:35:56 -0800
On 3 separate occasions (2.12,15,18.2015) I birded the Corn Creek area.  On
these three trips I found a nesting pair of Le Conte's Thrashers on the
road leading to Desert National Wildlife Refuge.  On Feb 12, I also
discovered 10-12 Western Meadowlarks, 4 Savannah Sparrows, numerous Sage
Sparrows, White-crowns and Horned Larks along the same road.  There was
also a Northern Harrier on the first two visits.

While visiting the orchard area at DNWR on the 12th and 15th I also found a
male Varied Thrush.  When looking at Sibley's it states that it is a rare
find for the area, not sure if this is correct but wanted to let other
birders know if in fact it (Sibley's) is true.

Bernadine Murray
North Las Vegas
Subject: Re: Some Sightings from Southern Nevada
From: Dennis & Becca Serdehely <birders AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:21:11 -0800
In my haste to get this message out I forgot to mention the dates. The
thrashers were seen on February 13 and the Cackling Goose was seen on
February 14. Here is a link to the thrasher photos I took:
http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-KxXNm/

 

Dennis Serdehely

Fernley, NV

 

From: Dennis & Becca Serdehely [mailto:birders AT att.net] 
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 6:20 PM
To: 'NVBIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG'
Subject: Some Sightings from Southern Nevada

 

Returning home through southern Nevada after our month and a half trip
through Arizona and New Mexico we made the following observations:

 

Searchlight - 2 Curve-billed Thrashers along Cottonwood Cove Drive between
Main Street and Lincoln. They were calling back and forth with their
whit-wheet call. One was perched on a telephone wire and then was joined by
the second bird, both posing for great pictures.

 

Pahranagat NWR - A single Cackling Goose in a small flock of Canada Geese at
the Upper Lake.

 

Dennis and Becca Serdehely
Subject: Dinner and a show
From: Scott Rudolph <0000003f8b216fc4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 03:13:35 +0000
LeAnna texted me this morning that there was an Evening Grosbeak at our 
backyard feeder in SE Carson, among the usual House Sparrows and House Finches. 
The most exciting bird in our yard yet! UNTIL... after I got home around 4pm 
there was a male Sharp Shinned Hawk dining on a mouse in a tree in our 
neighbor's back yard. Quite a satisfying day for Mrs. Rudolph, but I am jealous 
of the Evening Grosbeak. This will be our first Spring this far from the 
foothills, so hopefully, we will see more visitors (as opposed to residents) in 
the coming weeks.     

Subject: Some Sightings from Southern Nevada
From: Dennis & Becca Serdehely <birders AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:19:40 -0800
Returning home through southern Nevada after our month and a half trip
through Arizona and New Mexico we made the following observations:

 

Searchlight - 2 Curve-billed Thrashers along Cottonwood Cove Drive between
Main Street and Lincoln. They were calling back and forth with their
whit-wheet call. One was perched on a telephone wire and then was joined by
the second bird, both posing for great pictures.

 

Pahranagat NWR - A single Cackling Goose in a small flock of Canada Geese at
the Upper Lake.

 

Dennis and Becca Serdehely
Subject: Sandhill Cranes-Carson Valley
From: Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:38:23 -0500
Hello!

This afternoon at about 2:30 PM, I drove along essentially the same route that 
I did this past Saturday in Carson Valley (Rte. 395 south of Carson City, Genoa 
Lane, Muller Lane, Rte.88 from Minden to Centerville Lane, along Centerville 
Lane to Foothill Drive, and back along Mottsville Lane) to see if any Sandhill 
Cranes may be around, spurred on by the recent sightings in southern Nevada. 
After completing that route without finding any Cranes, despite a thorough scan 
of the fields along that route, I was heading back home north on Rte. 395 when 
I noticed out of the corner of my eye, a pair of Sandhill Cranes feeding in the 
middle of a field that I just checked about 75 minutes before that. I turned 
around and pulled off the road and watched the pair for several minutes as they 
probed into the ground feeding. This field is part of the Gardnerville Gun Club 
property and is on the west side of Rte. 395 just north of Johnson Lane. In my 
six Springs living in the area, this is the earliest that I have seen Sandhill 
Cranes in Carson Valley by six days (last year previously was the earliest on 
Feb. 22nd). 


Rob Lowry
Carson City

Subject: Carson City and Reno Area Odds and Ends
From: Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:32:19 -0500
Hello!

During the past few days, the following miscellaneous birds have been observed 
in the Carson City and Reno areas: 


CARSON VALLEY (Saturday, Feb. 14th)

I drove along Rte. 395 between Carson City and Minden, Genoa Lane, Muller Lane, 
Rte. 88 south from Minden down to Centerville Lane, and Centerville Lane proper 
to see if perhaps early Sandhill Cranes were present but no such luck. Along 
Genoa Lane, there were a Rough-Legged Hawk and Ferruginous Hawk soaring 
overhead, and the Bald Eagle pair were perched by their "traditional" nest area 
on the south side of Genoa Lane, just west of the Nature Conservancy's River 
Fork Ranch before you reach Genoa. 


The pond and wetlands (aka the "Centerville Marsh") on the southwest corner of 
Rte. 88 and Centerville Lane were drained, "cleaned out", and apparently graded 
this past winter, but the pond is now full of water again. No cattails yet but 
the cattail area just south of the southeast corner of the intersection is 
still present, so that area may be good to check for Tri-Colored Blackbirds 
when they arrive in April. 


CARSON RIVER PARK/SILVER SADDLE RANCH (Saturday, Feb. 14th)

Great-Horned Owl-two were observed with one apparently taking over the nest in 
the hollow trunk of the cottonwood tree used by Barn Owls last year. It has 
been observed in this trunk the last few visits over the past week or so. 

Varied Thrush-one female was observed in the same general area where observed 
the past two months 

Barrow's Goldeneye-one female in with a group of Common Goldeneyes upstream of 
the Mexican Dam 


ALUM CANYON (Sunday, Feb. 15th)  

My wife and I hiked about two miles up the canyon hoping that we may run into a 
Black-Backed Woodpecker, as we did last year. No luck there either but we did 
see a Peregrine Falcon and 7-8 Western Bluebirds, with two pairs going in and 
out of presumed nest holes in the burnt trees. 


WASHOE LAKE WEST SHORE (Sunday, Feb. 15th)

On our drive back into Carson City from Reno, we noted several thousand birds 
along the shoreline of what is left of the lake. So we exited I-580/Rte. 395 
and drove north along the lake shore a mile or so and while there were no 
uncommon birds, the numbers were somewhat impressive: 


California Gull-a conservative estimate of 2500 based on a partial count (they 
were literally everywhere along the west shore) 

Tundra Swan-20
Snow Goose-3
Bald Eagle-an adult pair and an immature feeding on something together along 
the shoreline 

Northern Pintail-a minimum of 1000 based on a partial count (likely many more), 
as the flock was continuously stretched along the north-south axis of the lake 
from Bellevue Road to the north end 

Mallard/American Wigeon-sprinkled in with the Pintails. A few hundred of each 
species. 


BRUNSWICK CANYON ROAD-SUNRISE PASS ROAD-ELDORADO CANYON AREA (Sunday, Feb. 
15th) 


Once we arrived back into Carson City, we drove up along Brunswick Canyon Road 
to Sunrise Pass Road and into the Eldorado Canyon area. Overall, the road was 
quite bumpy and in need of some grading by BLM. 


At the beginning of Brunswick Canyon Road, there were about 50 Pinyon Jays. 
Once near a seep in Eldorado Canyon, three male Varied Thrushes popped up from 
the ground into one of the bare trees and just stared at us. Also, saw a 
Pacific Wren who chided us when we first arrived but gave us great views, heard 
three Mountain Quail calling at dusk, and then heard and got a glimpse of a 
Northern Pygmy Owl. 


DEADMAN"S CREEK TRAIL (Monday, Feb. 16th)

Just returned from a quick lunch-time hike where a Long-Eared Owl flew out of 
the willows and perched on a branch affording good views. Also, observed 3 
Red-Tailed Hawks soaring overhead with a Golden Eagle. 


Rob Lowry
Carson City

Subject: pictures, American Tree Sparrow, Stillwater
From: susan stanton <000000841b32ed23-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:40:46 +0000
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65562367 AT N02/15931946663/in/photostream/

Pictures (hopefully, if this works)
Sue Stanton
Subject: Acorn Woodpecker continues
From: John Hackney <00000009fffc2189-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:36:42 -0500
I saw the Acorn Woodpecker this morning in the Cottonwood tree at Caughlin 
Ranch. 


John Hackney
Subject: Sandhills
From: Theresa Hyde <thyde505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:44:38 -0800
Greetings,
Eleven Sandhills Cranes were just spotted near Primm, NV. The group was flying 
north. Also, a couple of Sage Thrashers were seen passing through. Things are 
getting exciting again. 


Cheers,
Theresa Hyde 
Subject: American Tree Sparrows at Stillwater
From: susan stanton <000000841b32ed23-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:06:14 +0000
While visiting Stillwater NWR on Saturday 2/14, I found a small flock of 
American Tree Sparrows.  They were mixed in with White Crown Sparrows and 
possibly some other sparrows as well, so it was hard to get a good count. 

Location:  There is a short hiking trail where the Stillwater Auto Tour Loop 
crosses between Foxtail Lake and Upper Foxtail Lake.  The hiking trail goes to 
the top of a small hill, and the birds were in the vegetation on the north and 
west side of this hill. 

I attempted to attach photos, no luck with that.
Good Birding,

Sue Stanton
Subject: Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 2/9/2015 - 2/15/2015
From: Bird Preserve <Bird.Preserve AT CITYOFHENDERSON.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:57:45 +0000
Our hours will be 7:00 AM through 2:00 PM through the end of February. March 
1st our hours will be from 6AM to 2PM. LAST ENTRY IS 1:30 PM. 

The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. Take 
the US95/I515 freeway to the Galleria exit 64B, go east and cross Boulder 
Highway. The Preserve entrance will be on the north side of the road, follow 
the driveway and signs to the parking lot and Visitors Center. The physical 
address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our 
phone number is 702-267-4180. 


We had sixty-five (65) species observed during the week of February 9, 2015 
through February 15, 2015. 


The following birds were seen and/or heard (H) by staff and visitors and 
confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas: 


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Golden-eye
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern (H)
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail (H)
Sora (H)
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Long-bill Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Verdin
Marsh Wren (H)
Bewick's Wren
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Crissal Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Audubon's)
Abert's Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle

Happy Birding!
JC Taylor
Subject: Raptors at Oxbow (Reno), Valentine's Day
From: Clayton Peoples <claypeoples AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:39:36 -0800
Went to Oxbow Nature Reserve today. Didnt see the raptors
we saw earlier in the week, such as the red-shouldered hawk and peregrine
falcon, but did see a merlin and a likely sharp-shinned hawk (not sure on that
one--small size and medium-length tail would indicated sharp-shinned, but could
also be a male coopers hawk). Pics can be found below at my Flickr account:


Merlin:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16346005560/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16531750711/


Sharp-Shinned Hawk:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/15910896964/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16347194789/ 		 	   		  
Subject: First of season Turkey Vulture
From: Scott Rudolph <0000003f8b216fc4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 03:54:56 +0000
My first turkey vulture of the year circling the STOLport/ V&T station area S 
of HWY 50 on the east side of CC. Also Several Canvasbacks mingling with the 
Ring Necked Ducks, Coots, Mallards and Common Mergansers at the lakes blvd.pond 
in Dayton. Just after sundown, I stopped at the CCWWTP and spotted a pair (M 
and F)of Cinnamon Teals among the dozens of Mallards just north of the paved 
trail. 

Subject: Couch's Kingbird contuning at Clark County Wetlands Park
From: Randall Michal <00000042c3caa2e8-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:57:07 -0500
Hello all,

I had a meeting to attend at Clark County Wetlands Park in southern Nevada this 
morning. After the meeting I went to see if I could locate the Couch's 
Kingbird. It is still present in the same area, staying roughly between the 
turtle pond and an area about 50 metres north of the entrance road to the park. 


Randy Michal
Subject: Varied Thrush, Rancho San Rafael (2/12/15)
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:39:00 -0500
Rancho San Rafael, Reno, Washoe Co (2/15/15)

I caught a glimpse of "the" Varied Thrush (a male) at RSR this morning. I 
hadn't seen it for several weeks & thought it had probably left. It was in the 
NW corner of the botanical gardens near where I've enountered it before. 


Also, to my surprise, the Western Gray Squirrel which I saw for the first time 
last December & haven't seen since (though I believe others have). It was in 
the Kleiner Oak Grove near where I saw it before. It was busy with the acorn 
crop, caching them in the flower beds & lawns. 


A drake Lesser Scaup was on Herman's Pond, hanging out with the wintering flock 
of Ring-necked Ducks 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/16327937218 (Lesser Scaup)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/16327835118 (Western Gray Squirrel)

--Fred Petersen, Reno
Subject: Long-billed Dowitcher at Lemmon Valley treatment ponds (Washoe County)
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:11:58 -0800
I just returned from Lemmon Valley, where I saw a lone Long-billed Dowitcher at 
the treatment ponds. Out on Swan Lake (which has water!) there were over 500 
Canvasback, about 100 Redheads, and over 1,000 gulls (too far away to ID). No 
swans, though. 


Meg Andrews
Reno, NV
Subject: Pine Grosbeak bonanza, Davis Creek Park, southern Washoe County
From: Alan Wallace <wallacealan AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:54 -0800
I hiked up the Ophir Creek trail above Davis Creek Regional Park this
afternoon.  I came across a feeding flock of about 14 Pine Grosbeaks in the
dense pine trees about a half mile up the trail.  The birds were fairly
kinetic and feeding as a group that remained fairly stationary in a deep
northeast-facing pine forest (envision a stationary Bushtit-like flock
composed of large red birds).  I climbed up the steep hill next to the trail
and watched them from about 50 feet away, nearly at bird level.  I estimated
about 2/3 male, 1/3 female.  The males were spectacularly red, especially
when they moved into a spot of sunlight (but see below).  I made three stabs
at counts and got 12, 14, and 16 birds.  All were warbling quietly to each
other.  They were feeding on the pines, but they also seemed to focus on a
mistletoe-like parasite that was growing on the trees.  I observed them for
about 20 minutes before I continued up the trail; they were not there when I
came back down later, although I thought I heard their faint warbles farther
up the hill.  I feel lucky to see one or two Pine Grosbeaks a year, usually
in the summer and higher up, so this was fairly stunning.  When I first
caught a glimpse of the red males, my initial thought was Red Crossbill
until I saw the white wingbars on both sexes and the unstreaked gray breasts
of the females.  My thought process, in about 10 seconds, was Red Crossbill
... no, white wingbars so unheard-of-here White-winged Crossbills? ... no,
unstreaked females ... wow, an actual flock of Pine Grosbeaks.  Then I got a
good look at the bills, which further confirmed the ID.  Also present along
the trail were more than ample numbers of Mountain Chickadees and Pygmy
Nuthatches, one each Brown Creeper and Bewick's Wren, and a tapping
woodpecker that refused to come out of hiding.  Surprisingly, not much else.


A note on the males.  Most of the males were fully red, whereas a few were
gray on the belly and flanks, with a red head and breast, with some red
extending down to the upper belly.  Looking at Sibley's here at home, he
describes (and pictures) the first as being the Pacific or Taiga race and
the second as the Interior race.  So, a possible mixed flock?

Davis Creek Regional Park is northwest of Washoe Lake in southern Washoe
County and just west of US 395/I-580.  The trailhead for Ophir Creek trail
is clearly marked in the south half of the park.

Alan Wallace
Reno NV
Subject: Odds & end, Reno, Washoe Co (2/11/15)
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:36:28 -0500
Reno, Washoe Co (2/11/15)

Oxbow--
The highlight at Oxbow this morning was an adult Peregrine near the top of the 
big isolated cottonwood at the upstream end of the park where I've seen it (or 
its twin) off & one since last fall. 


Interestingly, there were no signs of the Red-shouldered Hawks which have been 
frequenting the park the last few weeks. I hope they're not gone for good 


Virginia Lake--
The best bird at VL this afternoon was an adult Herring Gull--the first I seen 
there in over a year--roosting with other gulls at the N end of the island. 
Also on the island were 2 Double-crested Cormorants--glossy black adults in 
full breeding regalia--setting up shop on the nesting stumps. I first saw them 
yesterday & they were there again this afternoon. California Gulls, which had 
started staking out their territories a number of weeks ago, were spread out 
over the island in their hundreds. 


I last saw the Lesser Black-backed Gull on 1/30. I've looked for it at the lake 
most days since then but without any luck so it may have moved on at last. 


--Fred Petersen, Reno







--Fred Petersen
Subject: Lesser black-backed gull at Sparks Marina 2/10/15
From: ann murphy <soicanpost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:43:24 -0500
Submitted on behalf of Ed Kurtz:
There were about a hundred gulls at Sparks Marina on 2/10/15: two Herring
Gulls
and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, probably a second winter gull, were
there.This was around 2:30 pm.
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneyes, Lesser Goldfinches in Reno Feb.2015
From: ann murphy <soicanpost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:35:49 -0500
Submitted for Ed Kurtz:
On 2/7/15 there were 7 Lesser Goldfinches along the river in the area just
west of John Champion Park.
On 2/9/15 at Paradise Park there were 4 female and 4 male Barrow's
Goldeneyes. Very exciting to see them.
Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcon Still Along Truckee River in Reno!
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:18:29 -0800
Another place to look for this bird would be the taller buildings a few
blocks away downtown -- the peregrine could be visible in that area around
dawn and dusk, and it might even be worth checking for white wash on those
buildings to stake out some potential perches. It's possible that the bird
is flying way upriver or across town to roost on natural cliffs, although
it seems less likely.

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado

On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 1:57 AM, Clayton Peoples 
wrote:

> The peregrine falcon is still along the Truckee River in Reno, spending
> time between Idlewild Park and Oxbow. Saw it Monday in a few spots: first
> in a tall cottonwood beside the city maintenance yard at the west end of
> Idlewild (south side of river); then in a tall cottonwood west of there,
> across the Truckee (north side of river); finally, it flew off toward
> Oxbow. Thanks to all previous posters and kind responders to my earlier
> post--my 9yr-old daughter was on cloud 9 seeing her first peregrine falcon
> (her favorite bird) on Monday! Pics I took of the peregrine falcon can be
> found at the below Web addresses (links to my Flickr account):
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16304470707/
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16304120859/
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16464394086/
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16302675018/
>




-- 
Paul J. Hurtado
Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Nevada, Reno
http://www.pauljhurtado.com/
Subject: Peregrine Falcon Still Along Truckee River in Reno!
From: Clayton Peoples <claypeoples AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:57:48 -0800
The peregrine falcon is still along the Truckee River in Reno, spending time 
between Idlewild Park and Oxbow. Saw it Monday in a few spots: first in a tall 
cottonwood beside the city maintenance yard at the west end of Idlewild (south 
side of river); then in a tall cottonwood west of there, across the Truckee 
(north side of river); finally, it flew off toward Oxbow. Thanks to all 
previous posters and kind responders to my earlier post--my 9yr-old daughter 
was on cloud 9 seeing her first peregrine falcon (her favorite bird) on Monday! 
Pics I took of the peregrine falcon can be found at the below Web addresses 
(links to my Flickr account): 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16304470707/

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16304120859/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16464394086/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonpeoples/16302675018/
  		 	   		  
Subject: Spring Mountain Ranch SP, Clark Co., 4 Acorn Woodpecker Feb 7
From: Andrea Wuenschel <0000007eebf47beb-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 05:32:45 +0000
Sat Feb 7th at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, my friend and I had four ACORN 
WOODPECKERS in the oaks by the first parking lot 8:30am.  They were calling 
and foraging.  They flew over to the trees by the visitor center where we saw 
them again later in the morning. 


Also had nice views of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and one SLATE-COLORED JUNCO in with 10 
Oregon Juncos. Full eBird List below. 

Andrea Wuenschel, 
Henderson, NV
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eBird Report - Spring Mountain Ranch SP, Feb 7, 2015
Spring Mountain Ranch SP, Clark, US-NV
Feb 7, 2015 8:25 AM - 11:37 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walking first parking lot, north ash grove trail, Harriet lake, 
overlook trail. 

Desert cottontail, squirrel, frogs calling in stream and lake. Warm, sunny, 
gusty winds. 

Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.8
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)  6
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  3
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  4    In oak grove by 1st 
parking lot. Calling, black with white eye, red nape; unmistakeable. 

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)  1    V c
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)  1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  2    
Western Scrub-Jay (Woodhouse's) (Aphelocoma californica [woodhouseii Group])  
3 

Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1    
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)  14
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  10    
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  10    
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  8   
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  9    
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  11
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  14    
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21721374 

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
-------------------lGreat Backyard Bird Count is this weekend February 13-16! 
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Subject: Raptors at Oxbow and Idlewild, Reno
From: Clayton Peoples <claypeoples AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:51:56 -0800
Visited Oxbow and Idlewild twice over the weekend to look for raptors. Saw 
red-tailed hawks (Oxbow entrance), red-shouldered hawks (within Oxbow), and 
cooper's hawks (perched in the Cottonwoods above the Truckee River). Didn't see 
the peregrine falcon that some have been reporting. Has anyone seen it 
recently? (It's my 9yr-old daughter's favorite bird, so it would be a dream 
come true for her to see one in the wild!) 

--Clayton Peoples, Reno 		 	   		  
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawks, Oxbow, Reno (2/8/15)
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:55:40 -0500
Oxbow Park, Reno, Washoe Co (2/8/15)

I've been seeing an adult Red-shouldered Hawk at Oxbow just about every visit 
recently but today there were two which at one point were perched close 
together in the same tree so they definitely appear to be an item. On the few 
previous occasions when 2 hawks have been present they've stayed well away from 
each other. 


On several occasions now I've seen a Red-tailed Hawk carry sticks into a tall 
conifer in the grounds of the private house abutting the parking lot. So far I 
haven't witnessed any interaction between the 2 species but I wonder how close 
to their own nest the Redtails would tolerate a Red-shouldered breeding attempt 
at Oxbow (if there should be one)? 


--Fred Petersen, Reno 
Subject: Henderson Bird Preserve sighting 1/26/2015 - 2/1/2015
From: Bird Preserve <Bird.Preserve AT CITYOFHENDERSON.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:03:16 +0000
Our hours will be 7:00 AM through 2:00 PM through the end of February. March 
1st our hours will be from 6AM to 2PM. LAST ENTRY IS 1:30 PM. 

The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. Take 
the US95/I515 freeway to the Galleria exit 64B, go east and cross Boulder 
Highway. The Preserve entrance will be on the north side of the road, follow 
the driveway and signs to the parking lot and Visitors Center. The physical 
address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our 
phone number is 702-267-4180. 


We had fifty-eight (58) species observed during the week of February 2, 2015 
through February 8, 2015. 


The following birds were seen and/or heard (H) by staff and visitors and 
confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas: 


Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Golden-eye
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-heron
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Dunlin
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Peregrine Falcon
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Verdin
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Crissal Thrasher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Audubon's)
Abert's Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle

Happy Birding!
JC Taylor
Subject: Hidden Valley Fire Station, Washoe - greater white-fronted geese
From: JUDY PHOENIX <jpbirding44 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:58:51 -0800
a little late as I seem to be having a problem remembering which email to use 
;-) 


There was a good-sized flock of greater white-fronted geese on the pond behind 
the fire station in Hidden Valley yesterday morning. Also present were two snow 
geese, one all-dark, one white. Looking at Sibley, I'm assuming the all-dark 
bird was a juvenile. The white bird was somewhat dingey - and may also have 
been a juvenile. Lots of Canada Geese (75-80), 2 Northern Pintails, 3 
green-winged teal, 4-6 gadwalls, mallards, 4 common mergansers - and a 
beautiful clear morning with lots of sun! 


Happy birding

Judy

JUDY PHOENIX
Reno, Nevada
jpbirding44 AT gmail.com
Subject: Paradise Park Reno
From: Scott Rudolph <0000003f8b216fc4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:30:15 +0000
First time at this park. Plenty of Canada Geese, Pigeons, Mallards and Ring 
Billed Gulls. At least one pair of Common Goldeneyes, 1 pair Ring Necked Ducks, 
2 pair of Hooded Mergansers, a dozen or so Common Mergansers and several 
Northern Shovelers. Of interest were the half dozen "Chinese Swan Geese" 
fighting squirrels for the handouts of a lady and her dog. I got the "chinese 
swan goose" from the google machine. Am I wrong about this? Can't find them in 
any of my field guides or apps, but they are quite common at Virginia Lake and 
now Paradise Park. I liken them to the transplanted Mute Swan always present at 
VL. The rain shortened our bird walk at Rancho San Rafael(although the 
Grossology exhibit at the Wilbur D. May museum lived up to it's name!). Several 
Robins turned out to be Robins, and not the Varied Thrush we have missed every 
time we set out to find one. Nothing new, but very satisfying for how seldom 
LeAnna and I get to bird new places together. 

Subject: Couch's Kingbird Continues at Clark County Wetlands Park
From: Jim Boone <0000005af679d1a2-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 01:51:22 -0500
The Couch's Kingbird continues near the Turtle Pond at Clark County Wetlands 
Park, Las Vegas. 




Cheers, Jim


Jim Boone
Las Vegas, NV
birdandhike.com


Subject: White-throated Sparrow, NW Reno (1/30/15)
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:00:17 -0500
Reno, Washoe Co (1/30/15)

A belated report on a couple of sightings dating back to Jan 30th just after 
the start of the big "interruption of service" -- 


White-throated Sparrow. A tan-striped adult was at my feeders in NW Reno around 
10:00am on this date. I left the house soon after spotting it & haven't seen it 
since. It's the fifth sighting of a White-throated Sparrow in my backyard since 
1981: one in November (white-striped); one in April (ditto); 2 in late October 
of different years (both tan-striped); & of course today's. Of the previous 
sightings, one stuck around for a short while, but the others were all one-day 
wonders like the present bird appears to be. 


The adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was back at Virginia Lake just before 2:00 
on the same day (1/30), rafted with other gulls at the N end. I had also 
dropped by the lake in the late morning on this date when there were far fewer 
gulls of any kind & no sign of the Lesser Black-backed. Since then, I've birded 
the lake on several occasions, including this morning (2/6), but without seeing 
the gull again. 


--Fred Petersen, Reno
Subject: Nevada bird listserv now working
From: Alan Wallace <wallacealan AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:08:23 -0800
Hi everyone,

The sudden deluge of postings probably clued you in to the fact that the
listserv is now working.  I just got an email from the National Audubon IT
people to confirm that, so that made it official.  Unlike the technical and
internet-wide issues of the two shut-downs last year, this was the result
of, basically, the check getting lost in the mail between National Audubon
(which pays for the service) and L-Soft (which provides the service).  This
also shut down the Pennsylvania and West Virginia listservs, which also are
part of the National Audubon system.  I got an email this morning from
National Audubon that assured us that they value this service and have every
intention of continuing it.  Thanks to the three state Audubon chapters in
Nevada, and Paul Hurtado (who runs the Birding Nevada Facebook page), for
spreading the word of why we were shut down.  And thanks to you all for your
patience with this.

Cheers (and I mean that),
Alan

****************************
Alan Wallace
Nevada bird listserv moderator
Reno NV
Subject: N. Saw-whet Owl in my yard (Reno)
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:24:07 -0800
Thanks to a vocal mob of scrubjays,  I just had some great looks at a
Saw-whet roosting in my neighbors tree.

Photo:  https://flic.kr/p/qLvGZG

I'll be home off and on until lunch time if anyone wants to stop by. If it
sticks around through the afternoon, I'll happily entertain visitors for an
our or two starting around 3ish.

If you'd like to stop by, just contact me off-list to see if it's still
here and for directions.

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Subject: bird results from Clark County Wetlands Park bioblitz
From: Debbie Van Dooremolen <debbie.vandooremolen AT SNWA.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:36:33 +0000
Here is the bird species list from the bioblitz at the Clark County Wetlands 
Park this past Saturday. A total of 57 species were observed. Species are 
listed alphabetically by order. If anyone would like the full list of all taxa, 
email me and I will send you the file. 


Cooper's Hawk

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

American Wigeon

Canada Goose

Cinnamon Teal

Gadwall

Green-winged Teal

Hooded Merganser

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Ring-necked Duck

Ruddy Duck

Snow Goose

Anna's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird
Killdeer

Ring-billed Gull

Greater Yellowlegs

Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon

Belted Kingfisher

Greater Roadrunner

Gambel's Quail

American Coot

Common Gallinule

Abert's Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

House Finch

Great-tailed Grackle

Red-winged Blackbird

Loggerhead Shrike

Crissal Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Phainopepla

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Verdin

Bewick's Wren

Marsh Wren

Black Phoebe

Couch's Kingbird

Say's Phoebe

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Green Heron

Snowy Egret

Northern Flicker

Eared Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe


Thanks,
Debbie
Subject: Yerington Area Birds-Monday, Feb. 2nd
From: Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:37:23 -0500
Hello!

Some birds observed in the Yerington area so far today include the following:

Ring-Necked Pheasant-a male strutting his stuff in the road and adjacent field 
south of the Texaco station on Rte. 95A 


Rough-Legged Hawk-a beautiful one along the wetlands loop of Mason Valley WMA

Tundra Swan (36) and Snow Goose (~14)-observed resting in the North Pond at 
Mason Valley WMA 


Northern Shrike-one adult observed perched in the trees by the parking lot for 
Miller's Marsh at Mason Valley WMA 


The northern entrance to Mason Valley WMA off of Sierra Way is now open as of 
yesterday. 


Rob Lowry
Carson City

Subject: Bay-breasted Warbler
From: Christina Nycek <0000004f563382c5-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:10:59 +0000
Sorry about the late post, on 1-31-15 I looked out my back window to see a 
really nice Bay-breasted Warbler at one of my feeders, this is a first time 
visitor to my yard.It had just stopped raining and the birds were starting to 
feed, at around 10:30 a.m. the sun was out and proved to be a beautiful day. I 
just got a quick look at the bird so no pictures, wish I had. Christina 
NycekBoulder City, NV. 

Subject: Red-tailed Hawk at Wildcreek Park, Reno/Sparks 2/1/15
From: ann murphy <soicanpost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 04:37:09 -0500
Submitted on behalf of Ed Kurtz:
There was a most beautiful Red-tailed Hawk at 9:45 am on 2/1/15 at
Wildcreek Park in an old willow tree with no leaves.It was an adult dark
phase RTH, brown head, lots of black spots on chest, dark(almost black) on
upper wings, underpart of wing was white, large white round patches on
wings. I saw the distinctive red tail as it flew. It matches the
description of an intermediate phase between white and black, not a
Harlan's, not a Krider's, in Sibley 1st Ed., p.122
Also at the park I saw a garden webworm Snout Moth. Blue eyed grass was
blooming in the area. There was also a small white flowering plant with a
cluster of white beads at its center which I am not able to identify yet.
Posted for Ed Kurtz by Ann Murphy