This morning May 18, 2012, I witnessed an amazing fallout at Corn Creek. At
about 6:00 AM there were regular numbers of migrants, but that all changed
at about 7:00 AM. Birds began flying in from all directions and soon it was
obvious that this was a very significant fallout event (for Nevada anyway).
There were hundreds of Wilson's Warblers and Western Tanagers, tons of
Lazuli Buntings and Black-headed Grosbeaks and lots of Western Kingbirds and
Western Wood-Pewees. The place was alive with every bush and tree bustling
with birds. The best bird of the morning was a WORM-EATING WARBLER that I
found and photographed in the densest patch of brush in the middle of the
area (behind where the old house used to be near the fish exhibit. Another
birder from Washington D.C. saw a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, which
unfortunately I could not relocate (not surprising with all the birds to
look through). Kevin Wallace found a female PROTHONOTARY WARBLER that
Martin Meyers and I were able to get on. Martin had joined me later after
he birded Floyd Lamb Park where there was also a fallout event occurring.
His best bird at Floyd Lamb was a Hermit Warbler. At Corn Creek we all also
had a singing male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. One of the EASTERN KINGBIRDS and
one of the White-winged Doves were still around. I also found a new
NORTHERN PARULA. This one was a female compared to yesterdays singing male.
Other birds of lesser note were: Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Willow
Flycatchers (2), Western Flycatchers (2) (at least one sang like a
Pacific-slope), Great Egrets (4) and lots of other expected migrants.
What an amazing morning. I have never experienced that degree of a fallout
in Nevada in the more than 15 years I have been birding here. Hope fully
some of the goodies will stay around an get active again this evening or