There were fairly good numbers of shorebirds around Fallon today. Soda Lake
provided the most enjoyable birding. It had a juv. Baird's Sandpiper along
with three Snowy Plovers and some Semipalmated Plovers, Western and Least
Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, lots and lots of Phalaropes (Wilson's
and Red-necked), plus one Bonaparte's Gull and one Black Tern. There were
many Black-necked Stilts, as well as a few W.F. Ibis and lots of gulls
(Ring-billed and California).
I made my first visit to Carson Lake since spring. The traditionally good
shorebirding area at Lott Freeway had a little water up near the beginning
of the dyke, but was bone dry the rest of the way out. In the little water
that did exist, there was a pretty strong showing of Dowitchers (the few I
heard were Long-bills -- most birds looked like adults but they were a long
way out). Some Phalaropes and assorted peeps mixed in, but again, all a
long way out. I couldn't find anything out of the ordinary there.
Over toward the Rice Drain area (i.e., taking the first left as you enter
the refuge), I found one Solitary Sandpiper.
I even went over to S-Line Reservoir (never one of my favorites!). It is
quite low with a lot of exposed mud, but other than a few Greater
Yellowlegs, the only shorebirds were Killdeer. The area behind the
reservoir, which in some years has decent shorebird habitat, is dry this
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