It was just too beautiful a day to stay home, so I birded around Fallon. I started at Fitz Lane near Stillwater, where the herony was going strong--hard to count the Great Blue Herons, because of the constant coming and going, but I am sure there were at least 40 birds either guarding nests, or actively repairing nests. Further on Fitz I saw several hundred swallows, mostly Tree Swallows, feeding over a field. There were more swallows at Harmon Reservoir, including a few Violet-Green, Barn, and Northern Rough-Winged.
I then headed out to Carson Lake, and as Rob had mentioned, most of the roads to the normal birding spots were closed. The amount of water out there is amazing! It makes birding more difficult, but it is great for both the migrating birds and the breeding birds. Due to the distances, a scope is highly recommended. The best birding was in an area that normally doesn't have water--from the sign-in kiosk, drive straight for 1 mile, then turn right. This road is narrow, with rather soft dirt, and would not be suitable for any vehicle with low clearance (I almost got high-centered in my Subaru). However, there is plenty of room to turn around at the end of the road. Just remember to close your windows when you stop your car. The clouds of midges were impressive! I saw Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, White-faced Ibis, Long-billed Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, many Killdeer, lots of dabbling ducks, and plenty of Snow Geese and American White Pelicans.
I checked several locations for Swainson's Hawks, but didn't see any. I know they are migrating in northern California now, so some should be around.
I took the road to Pyramid Lake (but didn't stop there); however, I did have a nice look at a Burrowing Owl on Range Land Road.