In response to the question as to when should we expect hummingbirds in Reno and surrounding areas, I checked my records and the earliest hummingbirds in Palamino Valley, just north of Reno, were male Calliopes arriving April 18. I recall that some were seen in the Fallon/Fernley area a few days before that. Black-chins did not arrive until late May. Therefore, since we are supposed to ready our feeders 2 weeks prior to expected arrival dates, you folks in south Reno, Carson City, etc. may wish to start getting your feeders ready.
Also on the subject of hummers, I noticed while hiking up Mt. Rainier 2 summers ago that my red backpack, red hat and red jacket seemed to invite hummingbird attacks. I was buzzed on the glacier, miles from the nearest flower. Since then, I always take a mini feeder with me when hiking/birding, so that if I see/hear a hummer, I sit awile and wait for the birds to come to me. It makes identification much simpler. I purchased the feeder, which is the size of a large vial, at an Audubon gift shop in Santa Fe. I have since lost it, and since we are going to Arizona for spring break, I ordered a half dozen on-line from the Audubon Society.
Only 2 new arrivals yesterday, a male Audubon Warbler and an unidentified swallow; at a glance it looked like a barnie.
The red-tail hawks have been on the nest 3 weeks now; this morning I thought I saw some little heads poking up, I'll have to go back for a closer look. The Great Horned Owls started at about the same time, but no sign of young in the nest.
Also yesterday, I was exploring the sage scrub in the back yard hoping to add Horned Larks to the yard list. I found a small flock, and at the same time flushed a pair of female Sage Grouse. They were delicious (just kidding - April Fools!). It also got me thinking about a pair of "very large quail" that I saw flying ahead of my car near the BLM Wild Horse Internment Facility on Pyramid Highway just before dawn last week. Probably grouse as well.