Yesterday I made two short trips (9am and 3pm) to the Eldorado dry lake bed,
north of searchlight, NV, south of the junction of the 93 and 95.
The lake was refilled earlier in the week by storms and there is plenty of
water. The morning was still and the lake shore was teaming with crustaceans
- tadpole shrimp I believe but they look more like inch long horseshoe crabs
than tadpoles or shrimp. I was amazed that the lake was not wall to wall
with shorebirds (a few small flocks of avocet and ibis). However, when I
returned later in the day, the wind had picked up driving the water eastward
and the 'crabs' appeared to have gone. At that time, I'd estimate there were
450-500 avocet, 3-400 duck, 20-30 wf ibis, 1-200 coot and 40-50 various
shorebirds in addition to the avocet. Various species of duck including
shoveler, blue-winged teal, northern pintail. Shorebirds included pectoral,
western and least sandpiper. The only other species was a loggerhead shrike
with ambitions above its capabilities - trying for a killdeer.
The wind and dust made it difficult to see (some dramatic photos though) but
this is definitely an interesting place right now with some potential for
passage migrant rarities. My advice is to 1. Take a scope, 2. High
clearance/4x4 is preferable the further south you go; 3. if you go later in
the day, the western shore may be better if you can find your way, since the
light will be in your favor.