Oxbow Park, Reno, Washoe Co (5/28/12)
A beautiful sunny morning at Oxbow with bird song everywhere & lots of nesting & pre-nesting behavior. Here are the highlights.
Mallards--4-5 (including 2 females with tiny ducklings)
American Kestrel--1 (prospecting for nests among the dead trees in the burnt off area)
Eurasian Collared Dove--1-2 (lots of calling)
Northern Flicker--1 female (drilling a hole in a cottonwood snag)
Downy Woodpecker--1 (dto)
Steller's Jay--1 (uncharacteristically quiet & unobtrusive indicating a nest nearby)
Western Wood Pewee--1-2
Wilson's Warbler--4-5 (including several singing males)
Western Tanager--1 male
Black-headed Grosbeak--2-3 males (singing)
Bullock's Oriole--1 male (singing)
On a less happy note, NDOW has put up a big new sign at the pond. The older signage at Oxbow is riddled with errors of various kinds & the new NDOW specimen carries on the tradition with a vengeance: Yellow-headed Blackbirds (pretty much unknown at Oxbow) breeding in the cattails, Great Blue Herons foraging in the shallows (I've never seen a GBH at the pond, the water being much too deep for them) & "weasels" (weasels???) preying on the ducklings & blackbird nests. What a sad waste of public money!
--Fred Petersen, Reno