Just returned from a few hours of birding along the west shore of Washoe Lake starting at the Bellevue Road exit and going north along the exposed lake bed for about 2.5 miles. Some miscellaneous birds observed were as follows:
SABINE'S GULL-one still in full breeding plumage. It was first seen about 1 mile north of Bellevue Road with a Franklin's Gull, then later seen about 2.5 miles north which had us wondering if it was a second Sabine's. Rose Strickland and Dennis Ghiglieri then arrived and did not see the Sabine's down where it was originally observed. We all drove up to the last place my wife and I observed it (~2.5 miles) but it wasn't there. We then drove back down south and found it again with the Franklin's Gull at the location it was originally observed. The point here is that it apparent moves around somewhat frequently. Bill Frey then joined us here and we all had great looks at both gulls feeding next to each other.
Franklin's Gull-same bird that was first reported this past weekend (it has a telltale slight limp), but today was observed about 1 mile north of Bellevue Road, not about 2 miles as was the case when previously observed. It and the Sabine's Gull fed together frequently which allowed for great comparisons and photo ops.
Pectoral Sandpiper-3 about 1.75 miles north of Bellevue Road
Least and Western Sandpiper-many
Red-Necked Phalarope-about 30
Bald Eagle-1 mature
Northern Harrier-2 or 3
Late afternoon is the best time for observing the birds as the sun is at your back. The Bellevue Road exit is off of Rte. 395 just north of Carson City.