Rancho San Rafael, Reno, Washoe Co (5/13/12)
I walked along the creek today from boundary to boundary. The weather was fine--sunny but not too hot--but the birding was poor with whole families among the missing (flycatchers, vireos, warblers) & not a single oriole or grosbeak. Here are the highlights, such as they are:
Spotted Sandpiper--1 (Herman's Pond)
Great Horned Owl
Black-chinned Hummingbird--1 (Evans Crk, N of McCarran)
House Wren--5-6 (dto)
Northern Mockingbird--1 (Wetlands Restoration Area)
Chipping Sparrow--1 (dto)
There were 3 Great Horned Owls altogether, an adult & 2 fledglings near this year's nest. The Evans Creek breeding territory is evidently a good one since a full complement of young is fledged almost every year. This year I never saw more than 2 nestlings but I didn't visit the nest very regularly & small young would have been easily overlooked earlier in the season.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/7193656098/in/photostreamon (I wish all birds were as easy to photograph as owls).