May 19, 2012, started off with very little bird activity. Not much was moving around at 5:30 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. I realized it was going to be a quiet day. Warbler activity was normal for Pahrump. No fallout activity. I decided that I would spend several hours sitting near the beautiful Mesquite trees in bloom and see what birds showed up. I became interested in doing this when I took a picture of a Burrowing Owl a couple of weeks ago sitting amongst the Mesquite flowers. It is one of those wonderful photography moments when you are in the right place at the right time.
Birds seen in or near Mesquite trees in Mountain Falls area:
Gambel's Quail, Burrowing Owl, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Crissal Thrashers, one of them singing, (3) Yellow-Warblers (6) Wilson's Warbler (1)
Blue Grosbeak (1) a male, singing, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, singing. Western Wood Pewee (1) Lots of Anna's Hummingbirds hovering over me.
Birds seen in the meadow: White-faced Ibis, Western Meadowlark, Song Sparrow, Say's Phoebe. Turkey Vulture (2) soaring over the meadow.
Horned Lark's in the dry open areas behind Mountain Falls.
American Robin, hanging out in the garden front area at Mountain Falls.
Highlights of birds seen at Willow Creek:
Olive-sided Flycatcher at the top of a Cottonwood tree.
Spotted Sandpipers (3) at the ponds
Red-tailed Hawks (2) flying over agricultural field off Manse.