Hello all -
Ken Voget has been banding at McCarran Ranch for the past 3-4 weeks and
captured a adult female American Redstart (on Sat, the 22nd, I believe)
and a male, hatch-year (< 1 year old) Black-throated Blue Warbler on
Sunday the 23rd of this month. Also, this season has produced at least
40 individual RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHes on the McCarran Ranch preserve,
which probably means that at least twice of that are really out there.
We are still puzzled by that finding. We have caught a few of them every
year out there and at Numana on the Paiute Tribal lands, but this is
about a 10-fold increase in average numbers out there. If anyone has any
ideas of why that might be, I'm all ears.
Note that public access to the McCarran Preserve is only granted through
the SE corner of the property: Take the Patrick/Waltham Way exit from
I-80 (~15 mi east of Reno), turn south from the ramp until you cross the
river, then veer right till you see an obvious entry to the trailhead
parking area. Proceed cheerfully on the trail along the south shore of
the river for about 10-15 min till you see some big trees, including
Goodding's willows (tree-sized willows), and look around for the birds.
Also look out for mist-nets. We are only out there for a few more days
for banding, but in the meantime, please walk with your eyes wide open
if you are not on a trail, anywhere on the property. The mist-nets are
called that for a reason.
Good birding! Elisabeth
Elisabeth M. Ammon
Great Basin Bird Observatory
1755 E. Plumb Lane #256
Reno, NV 89502
c (775) 722-9116
fx (775) 323-4226
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