Date: August 11, 2002
Location: Washoe Lake Wetlands, Southern Washoe Valley, East Lake Blvd at
Observers: Nancy Bish, Mike Bish and Jane Thompson
What a great morning. We spent three hours wandering the levee roads and
saw about 36 species depending on who you asked. Many birds were in one
stage of molt or another. Made for lots of identification fun.
Our best sighting was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER (a life bird for Mike and I). It
was with a few killdeer in a partially flooded pond two levee roads north,
and to the west, of the tall viewing platform. In the same area we observed
a lone MARBLED GODWIT, several dozen LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and WILSON'S
PHALAROPES, and a few WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPERS. In the pond just north
was a flock of 12 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.
Ducks seen included the RUDDY DUCK, REDHEAD, GADWALL, MALLARD, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, and CINNAMON TEAL. Grebes present included the EARED GREBE and
Other birds we enjoyed seeing more than normal were the COMMON SNIPE and
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