Working near Austin last week, I drove a stretch of road east of the Reese River north of Highway 50. Birds on the river included Canada geese, gadwall, American wigeon, northern pintails, killdeer, long-billed curlews, Wilson's phalaropes, and a group of 50 white-faced ibis. Red-wing and yellow-headed blackbirds called from a marshy area, and a northern harrier and cliff swallows flew over the area.
Sagebrush habitats supported singing sage thrashers, Brewer's sparrows and western meadowlarks, while American kestrels, mountain bluebirds, pinyon jays and Cassin's finches were in the pinyon-juniper forest in the mountains closer to Austin.
More dated, we checked Centerville Marsh two weekends ago and found about 40 tricolored blackbirds in the marsh, all east of the highway and north of the nursery south of Centerville.