Today September 16, 2012, Martin Meyers, Rose Strickland, Dennis Ghiglieri
and I birded multiple spots in Esmeralda County including the Desert Loop.
At a private location (no access to the public) in Esmeralda County, we
observed a continuing immature AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and an immature
LONG-TAILED JAEGER. Both birds were extensively photographed by the
original discoverers and by us for documentation to the NBRC.
The Loop was rather slow with only small numbers of migrants around and very
few notables (except one!). There were a few Blue-winged Teal at Arlemont
Ranch and Dyer Pond and a Lewis's Woodpecker and an interior Fox Sparrow at
Circle L Ranch. Once we concluded our birding in Dyer, Martin and I
continued on to Lida. At the Lida Pond we found a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH!
The bird flushed up from the edge of the pond into a low branch and was very
cooperative remaining in the low branch for at least five minutes allowing
us to get very nice photos, video and voice recordings. I am a little too
tired to try and post photos now, but I will try to get some up at some
point tomorrow. The bird had a very large and long bill, clean white
throat, bright pinkish legs, a bright white supercilium that broadened at
the rear and buffy flanks broadening adjacent to the legs. I believe this
is only Nevada's second Louisiana Waterthrush. Full documentation will be
provided to the NBRC.