At 8:05 PM this evening (Monday, May 26th), a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher was observed at Miller's Rest Stop, 13 miles west of Tonopah. Up until that point, the highlight of the evening was watching at least 12 Hummingbird Moths feeding on the Russian Olive trees. After about 45 minutes of walking around, we were getting ready to leave when I decided to do one last-walk through. As I walked towards the line of trees on the north side of the lawn, I saw the bird perched out in the open in the sparsest tree. It then flew to and landed on the fence north of the tree line where we had good looks. It then flew up in the trees on the northwest portion of the lawn where we were unable to relocate it. After about 10 minutes of unsuccessfully looking in the trees for it, we were about to give up thinking that it snuck out on us when it flew out of the trees and again landed on the back fence where I was able to get a few documentation photos. It then flew into the trees of the middle "island" of the rest area where we could not see it in the waning light.
As I was looking for it in the trees, a Great Egret and a Snowy Egret flew in together from way high and landed in the tree tops. They then proceeded to move from tree top to tree top in unison trying I presume to find a suitable roost location for the night. Not an unusual sighting in and of itself, but I don't think I have ever seen the two species hang together as a couple as these two did.
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