Greg Scyphers noted in his post about Corn Creek that while he was
enjoying the "fallout" at Corn Creek, I was having the same experience
at Floyd Lamb Park. I don't recall ever having seen so many migrant
songbirds at one time anywhere in Nevada (or, maybe, anywhere period.)
It was not unusual to see twenty little shapes flitting through the air
at one time, with many others visible in the trees. As a guess, I'd say
there were about 200 Wilson's Warblers present in the section of the
park that I birded -- basically from parking lot four up to the end of
the second lake. Next most common species was Western Wood-Pewees --
certainly at least forty or so (and probably more.) Quite a few
"Western" Flycatchers, many of which were calling -- all calls were
typical of Pacific-slope Flycatcher, for whatever that's worth.
One big difference between Corn Creek and Floyd Lamb was Western
Tanager. While there were only a few at Floyd Lamb, they were
incredibly abundant at Corn Creek.
I had one female Hermit Warbler and one male that showed some possible
signs of hybridization with Townsend's. I need to get out the books
when I get home. (I got a few photos.) While Hermit Warbler breeds in
the Sierra, I don't see them often in the migrant traps.
Other warblers seen were Yellow-rump (Audubon's) -- but only a couple,
Townsend's (half a dozen), Black-throated Gray (one), Yellow (a few),
and MacGillivray's (one). One that got away might have been a
Black-and-White -- the very high winds made it tough to get long looks
at quite a few of the birds.
There were two Olive-sided Flycatchers, twenty Cedar Waxwings, numerous
Black-chinned Hummers and a couple of Anna's Hummers, and two Warbling
Vireos. I heard a "Solitary" Vireo but never saw it. A single Cattle
Egret flew by. I also had one Cooper's Hawk, plus a very fast cruise
overhead by a Peregrine Falcon.
It was a really exciting morning. (My visit to Corn Creek was also
exciting, but Greg has already covered that sufficiently.)
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