I finally managed to get down to Boulder City to look for the Harris's
Hawks yesterday afternoon (5/3/12). I spotted two adults in flight on
several occasions at various locations along San Felipe. I believe it
was the same two each time.
Then today I spent the day in the Pahranagat Valley. A bit windy, but
reasonable. The Roadside Rest was not particularly active. Middle
Marsh and Upper Lake had a nice assortment. One Bell's Vireo sang below
the Upper Lake dam. Lots of warblers around but of only a few species.
Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-rumped
Warbler (mostly Audubon's but at least a half-dozen Myrtle), and one
Lucy's Warbler at the north end of Upper Lake. And a Yellow-breasted
Chat actually posed for photos in the sunshine! (I'll get a photo up on
my website after I get home in a couple days.) Flycatchers included
lots of empids -- Hammond's (1), Gray (lots), "Western" (3), Dusky
(several). Two Brown-crested Flycatchers at Upper Lake (one along the
lake, one just below the dam), Ash-throated Flycatcher (a few -- one was
sitting very near one of the Brown-cresteds for a nice comparison),
plenty of Western Kingbirds, a few Black Phoebes, and a few Western
Wood-Pewees. (I also had one Olive-sided on the way up to Pahranagat.)
Lots of Lark Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows (about a quarter of the
White-crowneds were dark-lored), and Song Sparrows. A single
White-throated Swift was with a mixed flock of swallows at Middle Marsh.
I had one Lazuli Bunting at Upper Lake.
One Greater Roadrunner did its thing below the Upper Lake dam.
And all the usual suspects -- Bullock's Orioles, Bewick's and Marsh
Wrens, Mourning and Eurasian Collared-doves, lots of House Finches,
Northern Mockingbirds, Yellow-headed and Red-winged
Blackbirds,Great-tailed Grackles, a few American Kestrels, Turkey
Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, etc. Not too many ducks -- some Ruddies,
Mallards, Gadwalls, and a couple of Ring-necks.
At Frenchy Reservoir (Key Pittman NWR), I had two Cattle Egrets, one
Long-billed Dowitcher, about fifteen Spotted Sandpipers, one
Black-necked Stilt, six Forster's Terns, one Wilson's Phalarope, and a
very large swallow flock with Bank, Barn, Cliff, Tree, and Northern
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