Virginia Lake, Reno, Washoe Co (5/7/12)
Horned Grebe—1 (near-full breeding plumage)
Black-crowned Night Heron—1 (water’s edge, SE corner)
Of the 6 Snowy Egrets on the island, 4 (2 pairs) were on or near nests (or the beginnings of such). The other 2 egrets were just standing around without obvious association with nests.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/7155493378/in/photostream (Horned Grebe in mid-dive)
Here’s a photo of a gopher snake encountered on the Desert Loop last week:
--Fred Petersen, Reno