On the morning of 9/25, a friend and I returned to Floyd Lamb Park in northern Las Vegas to relocate the Broad-winged Hawk and look for other posted rarities. We were able to find the continuing Neotropic Cormorant roosting in a tree on the west side of the largest pond with several Double-crested Cormorants. The NECOs smaller size and darker plumage made the bird easily distinguishable from its relatives. After that we searched the willows near benches 20 and 40 and came up with a Nashville Warbler, but not much else of interest. Then we returned to the natural area on the northeast end of the park and ran into Deb Vogt, who was looking for the BWHA. We were able to relocate the hawk, still hanging out in the same area. Only this time when it flushed, it flew out towards the group picnic area as Greg described. At this point, we stopped chasing the Broad-winged Hawk and started looking for other things. As we walked from east to west along the stream on the south side of the group picnic area, I saw a partial glimpse of a bird that looked thrasher-like. I noted a brownish bird with a thrasher-like bill and bold black spots on the chest. The view was very brief, but I instantly told my friend that I think I just had a BROWN THRASHER in the brush. We stayed low and approached the vegetation slowly. I started to hear scratching in the leaves from at least two locations, but was only able to locate a couple Abert's Towhees. I even moved around to the south side of the line of vegetation in hopes that the mystery bird would move to one side of the brush so one of us would get a clear look, but to no avail. After several minutes of looking and nothing but Northern Mockingbirds and Towhees, I resigned that it was probably a mixture of bad-lighting and rarity fever, so we moved on. I ran into Deb in the main part of the park and told her about the possible Thrasher, at which point I decided I wanted to go back and look again. But alas, no luck. I thought I was just seeing things, so thanks Maureen for helping me think I'm a little less crazy than previously thought.
Surprise discovery for us today... Brown Thrasher at Floyd Lamb/Tule
Springs, 10am. 9/29/2012
At the group picnic area, scratching around the row of bushes across the
grass from the restrooms & picnic tables. Facing South (I believe), if the
restrooms are behind your back, it was covering the area from roughly the
horse shoe pits on the left to almost all the way to the parking lot on the
right. Mostly in the bushes on the far side of the little stream, but
sometimes coming down to the water's edge.