At Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno this morning there was a Cooper's Hawk
bringing branches to a nest in the arboretum. The bird was in immature
plumage, so presumably in its first breeding season. It was getting the
branches from high in an elm tree and seemed to be biting them off.
A Pied-billed Grebe was singing (seems like the wrong word for its sounds)
on Herman's Pond. The black throat patch was especially obvious when the
bird was vocalizing--guess I haven't watched many singing Pied-billed
Grebes because I've never noticed that before.
Saw a good number of other birds too including Common Yellowthroat,
Yellow-rumped, Yellow, and Wilson's Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeak,
Western Wood-Pewee (about 5), Western Tanager (about 5), and either
Plumbeous or Cassin's Vireo.
A Barn Swallow and a Cliff Swallow were apparently picking insects off the
surface of Herman's Pond, but the Barn made a substantial splash each time
it did this while the Cliff barely touched the water.
Oddly, I didn't see a single jay.
Alan de Queiroz