I birded the Pahranagat Valley today. Lots of action. Here are a few
At the Middle Marsh trees, there was a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. This area
is basically a shallow pond right now. A PEREGRINE FALCON flew past. A
Green Heron was also present. There was one YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at
Middle Marsh -- this species was found at just about every stop, with a
total of eight for the day.
While it was certainly not like the experience at Floyd Lamb yesterday
(which was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event), there were enough
Empidonax flycatchers around to keep things interesting. For the day, I
had eight Hammond's, six Duskies, one "Western", and three Grays.
Upper Lake brought me my first PLUMBEOUS VIREO for the season, and my
first BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (a total of five were seen.) A Clark's
Grebe was followed closely by a begging youngster.
Below the dam, I had a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a "flock" of seven
Black-crowned Night-Herons flying around.
There were a number of White-crowned Sparrows at various locations. All
had dark lores. Interestingly, I ended the day at Miller's Rest, where
the White-crowned Sparrows were pale-lored.
The north end of Upper Lake had a Ladder-backed Woodpecker (there was
also one at the roadside rest by Lower Lake).
At Key Pittman (Frenchy), the lake was full to the edge, eliminating all
possible shorebird habitat. Only birds of interest there were Brewer's
Sparrows and one Vesper Sparrow. The Nesbitt Unit provided my only
Lincoln's Sparrow (for the Pahranagat area -- there was also one at
Miller's at the end of the day.)
There were Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, and MacGillivray's Warblers
and Common Yellowthroats at most stops. Barn, Tree, Cliff, Northern
Rough-winged, Bank, and Violet-green Swallows were also at various
locations. Western Wood-Pewees, Say's Phoebes, Black Phoebes, and
Western Kingbirds joined the aforementioned empids and Brown-crested
Raptors consisted of one Osprey, two Cooper's Hawks, and a few
Red-tails. For shorebirds, only Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, and two
Willets on the Upper Lake Dike (my first for Lincoln County.)
My stop at Miller's just before dark brought me my best ever photos of a
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER.
I'll bird the Desert Loop tomorrow.
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