so i got this little outpost in the vya zone of washoe county....near boulder reservoir, if you're familiar with that hot little fishing spot (75 miles northwest of gerlach on hwy 34, a perennial pond loaded with trout. enough so to where bald eagles are regular visitors for a snack). I was up there getting the place ready for the coming summer on May 13, and the birding was pretty active. Migration obviously in full swing. spotted among the junipers, aspens, and sagebrush......
barn swallow (residents at the house. 4 nests occupied)
mountain bluebird (at least 4 resident pairs in boxes)
western wood peewee
at night.....three long-eared owls came out of the juniper forest behind the house and flew past on their way for an evening of hunting in the desert. and heard out in the darkness at about 10 pm.....unmistakable call of the poorwill.
so things are underway and going strong up there in the sagebrush ocean....no hummers yet.
and for anyone who's into slipping across the border into surprise valley.....it's looking like a good year for cranes up there. that valley is just bursting with wildlife right now. almost as many mule deer in the fields as cattle....and the cranes were easy to find. plus loads of birds in the valley....prairie falcon, ibis, kingfishers, and much more. cedarville is a great town for a weekend getaway.....especially if you spend the night at the surprise valley hot springs resort. nothing like it anywhere. and in town, there's gas, groceries, a couple of decent restaurants (the country hearth is pretty damn great for breakfast), even a funky coffee joint, and soon....a tapas bar? indeed! you could do a lot worse.....and it really is just a spectacularly gorgeous place. one of the great valleys of the great basin. think carson valley....with a lot less people and a lot more hot water.