Swan Lake NSA
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Warm, calm winds
A field to Swan Lake NSA sponsored by the Lahontan Audubon Society
Saturday, April 16, 2011 was enjoyed by ten participants greeted with a warm and
calm morning. Of note was a soaring Northern Goshawk over the sewer ponds,
a life bird for one of the participants, along with Red-tailed Hawks and
Northern Harriers. A good assortment of ducks were present at the ponds and
out across the main body of the lake. Gulls included California,
ring-billed, and Bonapart's.
Shorebirds were noticeably missing as the ponds were quite full so the
usually muddy shores were absent. Eared Grebes were plentiful this date, with
a few on the ponds and many out on the lake.
A pair of Northern Mockingbirds was located at the end of Ramsey Road, as
was a Meadowlark.
In Horse Ravine, at the end of Lear Blvd. were American Avocets,
Long-billed Dowitchers, Cinnamon Teal, and a Horned Lark. Great-tailed Grackles
were abundant between Horse Ravine and the warehouse in the small wetland
formed by the storm catchment basin.
Out along the boardwalk, another life bird was spotted, a Common
Yellowthroat, and nearby a Savannah Sparrow. A Virginia Rail made a brief
appearance, a life bird for another participant.
We had a total of 46 species.
Cheers, Bob Goodman