Reno, Washoe Co (10/17/14)
Rancho San Rafael.
Ring-necked Duck--3 drakes, Herman's Pond
Eared Grebe--1, dto
Merlin--1, streaking across the wetlands restoration area after a meadowlark (which escaped). FOS
Black Phoebe--1, Herman's Pond
Northern Mockingbird--1, Evans Creek, N of McCarran
Lincoln's Sparrow--2, wetlands restoration area. FOS
Orange-crowned Warbler--1, Evans Creek, N of McCarran
There's only been a single Pied-billed Grebe on Herman's Pond for about a week now, an adult I think though it's hard to be sure this late in the game. Between the 2 nestings, the Herman's Pond pair produced 14 eggs this summer, giving rise to a total of 9 chicks surviving long enough for me to have followed their histories for more than a day or 2. Of the 9, one may have been predated or died from some other cause before capable of flight. The other 8 had fully developed wings before they disappeared & may well have departed the pond of the their own accord, doubtless with some encouragement from the sporadically intolerant adult (the other parent had vanished long ago). So (it looks like), an unusually successful breeding season for the feisty little creatures.
Cackling Goose--1 (continues)
Eared Grebe--c.20 (continue)
Western Grebe--2 (continue)
Up until today, there've been 2 Cackling Geese at the lake, always staying within a few feet of one another so easy to keep track of. But this afternoon, there was just one. It seems unlikely that the missing goose would have left voluntarily (why should it have, given the clannish nature of geese?), so it presumably came to grief in some way. But, as always in such case, who knows. . .?
--Fred Petersen, Reno