Yesterday, Sunday October 19th, 2014, Dennis Ghiglieri, Rose Strickland,
Richard Aracil and I birded the Tonopah and Dyer spots. My daughter Rowan
was also present, but her interests were a bit lower (looking for animal
bones seed pods and insects). It was a very nice day with good late season
rarities around. At Highland Park in Tonopah we had a male Phainopepla
which is rare this far north. At Miller's Rest Stop we had a first fall
MAGNOLIA WARBLER in the far trees. On the lawn there was an adult SWAMP
SPARROW frequently calling it's Eastern Phoebe-like call. There was also a
seemingly pure "Yellow-shafted" Northern Flicker.
On the way to Dyer we passed by three Bighorn Sheep (a very healthy big Ram
with a female and a young one). These were my first ever in the area.
Arlemont Ranch had a Black-billed Magpie unfortunately it was only seen by
Richard despite a reasonable effort to relocate. Black-billed Magpie is
extremely rare in Esmeralda County. I have only ever seen one in Dyer in
the past 18 years. Sage Hen Road Trees had a male Tiaga Merlin. Circle L
Ranch had at least one White-throated Sparrow and a "Sooty" Fox Sparrow and
a marshless Marsh Wren. There was a female Varied Thrush at the Abandoned
Ranch as well as a female HOODED WARBLER. Dyer pond had three Blue-winged
Teals and a Wood Duck with the other waterfowl.