Date: 1/11/18 9:10 am From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Subject: Reno area Purple Finches and Turkeys
I had PURPLE FINCHES at a couple new places in Reno yesterday. One female type along the Caughlin Parkway trail (along Alum Creek) just below where it passes under Caughlin Pkwy just upstream of the ditch crossing. The second bird was an adult male at the north end of the pond at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi, with 2 other birds that we're probably also Purple Finches. See eBird for photos.
Regarding the Mogul Turkeys: I was told by a Mogul resident that one of the other residents brought the first bird back from CA in their camper and that the other birds were brought in later (origin unclear) to keep him company.
In other words, for those of you who keep lists according to ABA rules, I'm under the assumption that these should be treated as escaped domestics. Unless there is good reason to doubt the story, and there is some precedent of Wild Turkey wandering over the Sierras into the Reno/Carson area.
Good birding, Paul Hurtado Reno
On Jan 11, 2018 7:34 AM, "Jeff Bleam" <jcbleam...> wrote:
I visited Cliff View Dr. area at Mogul yesterday and talk with a resident about the WILD TURKEYS. There were complaints about the flock damaging property. She told me that Wildlife Management rounded them up last summer and relocated the entire flock to the far north end of Washoe Co. except for one Tom (photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/). I haven't seem the young Tom along Timberline Road (SW Reno) since 11-28-17 and it was first seen looking into my bumper on 8-14-17.