Today, 5/17/12, I birded the Pahranagat Valley (Lincoln). It got very
windy by mid-morning, making it pretty tough to find much flitting
around in the trees. The most interesting birds of the day were
Cassin's Kingbirds (one was carrying nesting material at the Roadside
Rest), another was in Middle Marsh, and a Green Heron I flushed as I
walked below the Upper Lake dam. A pair of Aechmophorus Grebes near the
dam was interesting. One was clearly a Western, the other looked like it
might have been a Clark's X Western. They were very definitely behaving
as a pair.
There were several calling/singing Brown-crested Flycatchers (one posed
for nice photos in the sun -- I put a photo on my website.). One
"Western" Flycatcher was the only Empidonax of the day. Western
Kingbirds were everywhere, as were Western Wood-Pewees. There was one
female Vermilion Flycatcher near the Upper Lake dam. Black and Say's
Phoebes completed the flycatcher tally.
Two Bell's Vireos were vocalizing below the Upper Lake dam, and a couple
of Lucy's Warblers were in the area. Other warblers today were limited
to Wilson's, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, and one Yellow-breasted Chat.
I enjoyed watching the pale reddish Song Sparrows that inhabit the area.
Visits to the two portions of Key Pittman NWR were not particularly
rewarding in the very high winds of mid-afternoon.
Here's a complete list from Pahranagat NWR:
Western Grebe 1
Clark's Grebe 1
Possible Western X Clark's Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Spotted Sandpiper 12
"Western" Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 1
Say's Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 4
Cassin's Kingbird 1
Bell's Vireo 2
Lucy's Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Song Sparrow 2
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