There was a Sage Thrasher at (dry) White Lake in N. Reno (near Bordertown) on Saturday 12 May in the sage flat near the fence line on the US 395 side of the the lake. This happens to be the first one I've seen in about twenty years, which says more about my meager birding activity than about the population of Sage Thrashers.
There is an active Magpie nest along the main Keystone Canyon bike trail, maybe 1/2 mile north of the main parking area. The nest is prominent and literally within reach from the trail proper in a clump of willow brush.
Today in my yard I watched a Lesser Goldfinch gorging on dandelion seeds. What amazed me was its technique for reaching the foot-tall weed tops without hovering. It landed low on a dandelion and shinny up the stalk until its weight bent it down towards the ground, then it "flew" dragging the stalk over an adjacent stalk and deftly grasped the second, pulling the two stalks together. Now with two stalks forming an 'A' frame that was strong enough to support the finch's weight, it shinnied up the two converging stalks to the seed balls. When it had gleaned all the seeds from the two tops, it flew both stalks over to yet a third stalk and added it to the two already in its grasp, forming a tripod out of the cluster. After consuming the third ball of seeds, it released the stalks and started over on a fresh pair of dandelions.