A trip back to Nevada and a hikes into the Schell Creek Range and the
Toiyabe Range yielded some interesting results.
On August 25, over forty Common Nighthawks flowed over the Schell Creeks
towards the south near Cleve Creek Baldy. The following day on an arduous
hike up to the summit of South Schell Peak(11,765'), I found an American
Dipper at about 9200' on Berry Creek. The bird was heard and observed both
going up the canyon and coming down. This was quite a treat, as the range
of AMDI is still a bit of a mystery in eastern Nevada.
Other highlights included Blue Grouse at 10,500' and numerous Mountain
Bluebird and Townsend's Solitaire on the summit. The other "common" birds
of eastern Nevada were also seen in the area, did not come across any Pipit
or Rosy Finch.
Driving across the state headed back to Reno, I came across Chukar and Blue
Grouse up in Kingston Canyon in the Toiyabe Range.
Not a bad business trip.