Seems like the season is changing; today at Floyd Lamb Park in northwestern Las Vegas (Clark County) most of the water birds appear to have moved on. On Monday’s visit (02/17/2014) there were still ample flocks of Northern Shovelers and Common Mergansers – today the mergansers were gone, and only a few shovelers remained. There were fewer waterfowl species and fewer numbers all around. The bunches of Double-crested Cormorants roosting in the trees around the large pond have also decreased; today I counted only about a dozen (and no sighting of the Neotropic Cormorant today, which was there on the 17th). I’d be interested if anyone sees the Neotropic Cormorant in the coming spring, so please post any sightings.
Both visits to the park were about the same time of day (8:00 – 10:00 a.m.). My husband and I observed a flock of cormorants flying south yesterday morning as we were walking in our neighborhood which is south of Floyd Lamb Park.
On the other hand, there were a few more Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets today, and the kinglets were accompanied by a lone Red-breasted Nuthatch in the pine grove on the east side of the developed area.
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