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1/22/18 9:26 pm Brian Adams <bra356...> Say's Phoebe, near Keystone Canyon, Reno
1/22/18 6:54 pm Kirk Hardie <000000454d9e65ca-dmarc-request...> Raptors in Carson and Sierra Valleys
1/21/18 8:25 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> YELLOW-BILLED LOON Continues - New Location
1/21/18 7:52 pm Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request...> Purple Finches continue, Rancho San Rafael (1/21/18)
1/21/18 4:03 pm Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...> Discovery Park in Pahrump, Nv. in Nye County
1/21/18 1:51 pm Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...> HBVP BIRD LIST 1/15 - 1/21, 2018
1/20/18 8:15 pm Martin Meyers <Martin...> Bohemian Waxwings, Purple Finches at upper Plateau Road in Reno
1/20/18 5:45 pm Dennis Serdehely <birders...> Fallon and Stillwater
1/20/18 11:10 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> LAS Field Trip: Damonte Ranch Wetlands, S Reno
1/18/18 12:36 pm Corey Lange <coreyjlange...> Re: Bohemian waxwings
1/18/18 11:25 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Bohemian Waxwing, W Reno
1/18/18 10:05 am Jane Thompson <nevadajane...> Bohemian waxwings
1/18/18 8:09 am Ken Drozd <kdrozd...> Bohemian Waxwings - Caughlin Ranch
1/17/18 9:28 pm Fsub <fairleysub...> Carson City Bluebirds
1/17/18 1:53 pm Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Plateau Road, Reno
1/17/18 1:52 pm Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> B. waxwing
1/17/18 7:23 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Re: No waxwings, but some nice birds here and there in Reno. Musing about Purple Finches.
1/16/18 11:07 pm Martin Meyers <Martin...> No waxwings, but some nice birds here and there in Reno. Musing about Purple Finches.
1/16/18 10:41 am Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...> Re: Long-tailed Duck Still at Rye Patch Dam 01/15/18
1/16/18 10:10 am Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...> Long-tailed Duck, Bohemian Waxwings continue at Rye Patch Reservoir
1/15/18 9:17 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> Leucistic Crissal Thrasher at Sunset Park, Clark County
1/15/18 5:57 pm Karen Havlena <000000fb2f11d97c-dmarc-request...> Long-tailed Duck Still at Rye Patch Dam 01/15/18
1/15/18 4:08 pm Karen Havlena <000000fb2f11d97c-dmarc-request...> Re: Bohemian Waxwings, Caughlin Ranch area Reno)
1/15/18 12:14 pm Greg Scyphers <scyph...> Lapland Longspur in Fish Lake valley
1/15/18 9:47 am Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Bohemian Waxwings, Caughlin Ranch area Reno)
1/14/18 5:57 pm Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...> Discovery Park: Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)
1/14/18 4:49 pm Bambi Torres <bambi.torres72...> Pinyon Jays Carson City
1/14/18 1:23 pm Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...> Stillwater waterfowl (Churchill County)
1/14/18 1:18 pm Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...> HBVP BIRD LIST 1/8 - 1/14, 2018
1/14/18 12:34 pm JUDY PHOENIX <000000ba884925f3-dmarc-request...> Re: Damonte Ranch Wetlands field trip Jan. 19
1/14/18 9:52 am JUDY PHOENIX <000000ba884925f3-dmarc-request...> Damonte Ranch Wetlands field trip Jan. 19
1/13/18 9:58 pm JUDY PHOENIX <000000ba884925f3-dmarc-request...> Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
1/13/18 9:46 pm Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Re: Sage Thrasher + flagged observations in eBird
1/13/18 6:31 pm Miles Shaylor <mgshaylor...> Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
1/13/18 2:41 pm Lora E Myles <lorajean...> Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
1/13/18 1:49 pm chukarinnv <chukarinnv...> Sage Thrasher
1/13/18 1:12 pm Debbie Zalmana <000000a9b87b077a-dmarc-request...> Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
1/13/18 12:52 pm Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
1/13/18 10:56 am Brian Adams <bra356...> Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
1/12/18 6:22 pm Bill <mary.bill...> Continuing Harris's Sparrow
1/12/18 9:27 am Brian Adams <bra356...> Re: Mogul turkeys
1/11/18 9:10 am Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Reno area Purple Finches and Turkeys
1/11/18 7:34 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Mogul Wild Turkeys, WAS
1/10/18 1:50 pm Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Poss. Red-naped Sapsucker, Verdi
1/10/18 1:16 pm rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> Harris's Sparrow, Pyramid Lake Dunn Fish Hatchery
1/9/18 4:34 pm Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Harris's Sparrow: Sutcilffe, WAS
1/8/18 8:10 pm Martin Meyers <Martin...> Rancho San Rafael, Sparks Marina, and University Farms today
1/7/18 7:40 pm Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...> Discovery Park in Pahrump, Nv. in Nye County
1/7/18 6:57 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> Red-throated Loon, 8.0 Mile Road, Lake Mead NRA, Clark County
1/7/18 4:06 pm Dennis Serdehely <birders...> Long-taild Duck at Rye Patch
1/7/18 1:06 pm Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Varied Thrush @ Rancho San Rafael
1/7/18 12:13 pm Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...> HBVP BIRD LIST 1/1 - 1/7, 2018
1/6/18 7:32 pm Rose Strickland <rosenreno...> No. NV nuthatch trifecta with woodpeckers
1/6/18 1:44 pm Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Re: LAS Field Trip: Diamond Creek Pond, So. Reno
1/6/18 1:38 pm Martin Meyers <martin...> Harris's Sparrow at Pyramid Lake
1/6/18 1:36 pm Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> LAS Field Trip: Diamond Creek Pond, So. Reno
1/6/18 1:02 pm Alan de Queiroz <dqalan...> Idlewild Ross's Goose and Snow Geese
1/5/18 4:47 pm Martin Meyers <Martin...> Lesser Black-backed Gull at Sparks Marina today
1/4/18 5:29 pm Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request...> Purple Finch continues, Rancho San Rafael (1/4/18)
1/4/18 2:46 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> PURPLE FINCHES, Pine Creek, Red Rock Canyon NCA, Clark County
1/3/18 2:49 pm Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...> Harris's Sparrow, Pyramid Lake
1/3/18 12:40 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> Swamp Sparrow, Corn Creek, Clark County
1/2/18 5:45 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> Lake Mead updates
1/2/18 3:46 pm Boris McD <nmmai7...> Test
1/2/18 1:14 pm Dennis Serdehely <birders...> Pyramid Lake CBC Summary
1/2/18 9:37 am Alan Wallace <wallacealan...> Upper Alum Creek Pine Siskins, West Reno, Washoe County
1/1/18 9:52 pm Boris McD <nmmai7...> Varied Thrush at Floyd Lamb Park
1/1/18 8:52 pm Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
1/1/18 6:23 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> Harris's Sparrow Warm Springs Natural Area, Clark County
1/1/18 12:21 pm Chris Nicolai <chris.a.nicolai...> Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
1/1/18 11:54 am Dovid Kozlovsky <dkozlovsky...> Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
1/1/18 11:40 am Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
1/1/18 11:33 am Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...> Reno birds
1/1/18 10:19 am Chris Nicolai <chris.a.nicolai...> Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
1/1/18 10:11 am rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
12/31/17 6:08 pm Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...> Discovery Park: Pahrump, Nv. (Nye County)
12/31/17 2:03 pm Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...> HBVP BIRD LIST 12-25 TO 12-31
12/31/17 1:27 pm chukarinnv <chukarinnv...> White-winged Scoter at GSR
12/31/17 10:33 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Minden CBC
12/28/17 7:35 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> Sapsuckers at Boulder Beach Campground, Lake Mead NRA, Clark County
12/28/17 7:09 pm justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> YB Loon follow-up
12/28/17 11:32 am justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...> YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Government Wash, Lake Mead NRA
12/26/17 1:57 pm Miles Shaylor <mgshaylor...> He's baaaack!
12/26/17 9:56 am Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Regional compiler for Nevada CBCs?
12/24/17 6:51 pm Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request...> Purple Finches, geese, Rancho San Rafael (12/24/17)
12/24/17 3:04 pm rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> Sparks Marina
12/24/17 9:08 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> Re: Rye Patch Dam State Rec Area
 
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Date: 1/22/18 9:26 pm
From: Brian Adams <bra356...>
Subject: Say's Phoebe, near Keystone Canyon, Reno
On Saturday, 20 January I saw a Say's Phoebe near the Keystone Canyon water tank on Leadership Pkwy (the continuation of Keystone Ave north of N. McCarran Blvd.) It was perched in a Russian olive tree.

Brian Adams
Reno
 

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Date: 1/22/18 6:54 pm
From: Kirk Hardie <000000454d9e65ca-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Raptors in Carson and Sierra Valleys
Hello birders,
I taught the Sierra Nevada College Raptors course this past weekend. We visited the Carson Valley on Saturday and Sierra Valley on Sunday. There are a lot of Red Tails everywhere. We counted at least 60 plus Red Tails in the Carson Valley. If we had spent more time scouring every field, I think we would have easily surpassed 100. There were a lot of American Kestrels too. We had at least a dozen of them.

The Sierra Valley had the most the Ferruginous Hawks I’ve ever seen up there. We had more than a dozen of them. We had good looks at rufous and dark morphs Red Tails in Sierra too.

Here’s the lists and rough numbers for each valley:

Carson Valley:
Red-Tailed Hawks - 60 plus
Ferruginous Hawk - 1
Prairie Falcon - 1
American Kestrels - 12 plus
Bald Eagle - 1 (near the River Fork Ranch; we heard there were many more further down river)

Sierra Valley:
Red-Tailed Hawks - 40 plus
Ferruginous Hawks - 12 plus
Rough-legged Hawks - 6
Prairie Falcons - 3
American Kestrels - 4
Bald Eagles - 8

Kirk Hardie
Incline Village, NV
 

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Date: 1/21/18 8:25 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: YELLOW-BILLED LOON Continues - New Location
After several independent trips to refind the Yellow-billed Loon, Alex Harper and I were able to refind it together today. This was my fifth revisit this year to the Government Wash area and I believe Alex's fourth. It should go without saying that this bird has developed an elusive pattern. I hope that we have uncovered a little bit of this bird's tricky behavior.

After Chad Wilhite and I originally located this bird back on December 28th, it was found everyday in Government Wash for the next four days following the initial sighting. The bird seemed dependable. Almost guaranteed. And then it disappeared. In my opinion, I thought the bird was gone. But then Daniel Mitev saw the bird briefly on January 6th at the mouth of the bay. And Mary and James Switalla got great photos of this bird from their kayaks on January 16th. And Patrick and Cynthia Gaffey had the bird on the 19th. In all cases, the bird was seen from Government Wash. It was often seen on the eastern shore or at the mouth of the bay, along the southeastern shore. The bird was coming and going. It was around, but it was going somewhere else. Many were looking in other places, including myself and Alex. Today I decided that 8mi Road leading to that southeast corner of Government Wash would be the place. We scanned that area for a while with no luck. Being able to carefully scan the whole bay from this vantage point convinced us that the bird was not in Government Wash today. So Alex and I headed back to the main 8mi Road and were going to work the other bays to the east. There is a small bay between Sand Island and Government Wash. Nothing. There is the huge bay east of Sand Island. Nothing. And then there is a tiny bay south of the Sand Island Spit that houses ducks and splits Sand Island into the main island and a small peninsula to the east, at the end of the spit. Almost as soon as we crested the hill of Sand Island, we spotted the bird at the mouth of this bay. It dove and reappeared in that exact location twice. So we headed to the southeast point of Sand Island to get better light on the bird and it disappeared...again. All day Alex and I had been discussing the ability of loons to dive for long periods and seemingly disappear from an area without being detected. I feared it had done it again. And then it reappeared on the south side of the island. It preened for a long period with the sun to the south shining through the yellow tip of the bill.

Sand Island can be reached by taking 8mi Road as far as you can and generally trending left at every chance you get. The bird seems to be consistently staying close to the shore, and I feel like if you're comfortable with driving on some rough roads and hiking out to lookout points between the bays, you can refind this bird. And hopefully it won't take you four or five trips to see it! :) The bay is south of my point on our ebird checklist and Sand Island is labeled on Google Maps:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42137255

Alex should have pictures of the bird up shortly, but by now, you all know what it looks like.

Best of luck,

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/21/18 7:52 pm
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Purple Finches continue, Rancho San Rafael (1/21/18)
Rancho San Rafael, Reno, Washoe County (1/21/18)

I found them this morning in the crabapple trees
at the back edge of the lawn behind the ranch
buildings where they were first seen. There were
at least 3 and possibly 1 or 2 more (I couldn't
be sure since House Finches were also in the
trees which confused matters). As before,
the Purples were all female types.

They let me get quite close for photography--
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/25955252878/in/dateposted/

There were less the a hundred geese on the main lawns,
all Canadas.

--Fred Petersen, Reno
 

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Date: 1/21/18 4:03 pm
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...>
Subject: Discovery Park in Pahrump, Nv. in Nye County
45species of birds seen in Pahrump this a.m. (44) species seen on Discovery Park and one species seen in Pahrump off Discovery Park.

Discovery Park:

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Rock Pigeon(Feral Pigeon)
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker (red-shafted)
American Kestrel
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
American Crow
Common Raven
Verdin
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Western Bluebird
Crissal Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Phainopepla
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubons)
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon and Slate)
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Other area of Pahrump:

Peregrine Falcon

By Darlene Feener
Pahrump, N.V.
<darlenemfeener...>
 

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Date: 1/21/18 1:51 pm
From: Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: HBVP BIRD LIST 1/15 - 1/21, 2018
We will open a 7 AM through February. Closing at 2 PM, the last entry is 1:30. The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. The Preserve entrance is on the north side of the road, just west of the animal shelter. The physical address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our phone number is 702-267-4180.
We had Fifty-four (54) species observed from 1/15 - 1/21, 2018. The following birds were seen and/or heard(H) by staff and visitors and confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas.
Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall
American Wigeon

Mallard

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Common Golden-eye

Ruddy Duck

Gambel's Quail

Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe

American White Pelican

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Greater Roadrunner

Anna's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

American Kestrel

Merlin

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Cassin's Kingbird

Tree Swallow

Nor. Rough-winged Swallow

Verdin

Marsh Wren

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Crissal Thrasher
American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Audubon's Warbler

Abert's Towhee

Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

House Finch



Happy Birding
 

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Date: 1/20/18 8:15 pm
From: Martin Meyers <Martin...>
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings, Purple Finches at upper Plateau Road in Reno
I spent a couple of hours at upper Plateau Road in Reno today. Most of
the time was around Starwood Court. I actually visited the area twice,
once in the late morning (11:30 or so) and again in mid-afternoon
(2:00). Several others around during both visits.

As expected, the target was Bohemian Waxwing, and both visits were
rewarded. In the morning, I saw three. In the afternoon, four were
visible at one time. I got some nice photos -- two are on my website --
click on the "Recent" link.

And, as has become almost commonplace this fall/winter in Reno, I had
two Purple Finches, one male and one female. It's my first male for this
period. Photos of both were obtained for (another) submission to the
NBRC. Gettin' a little boring, to be honest, but we're still reviewing
them.

There were a number of other birds around to keep things interesting
when no Bohemians were present.

Here's a complete list for the day:

Mallard 4
Mourning Dove 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
California Scrub-Jay 5
Bushtit 15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Townsend's Solitaire 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 30
Bohemian Waxwing 4
Cedar Waxwing 60
Purple Finch 2
Lesser Goldfinch 1
American Goldfinch 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15

Martin

---------------
Martin Meyers
email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
Truckee, CA
 

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Date: 1/20/18 5:45 pm
From: Dennis Serdehely <birders...>
Subject: Fallon and Stillwater
Today I birded a few places in Fallon then when on to Stillwater NWR. My first stop was at the St. John's Luthern Church day care center to see if the Western Screech-Owl was there but did not have any luck. It must have an alternate roosting site as it was there for the Fallon CBC in December.My next stop was to S-Line Reservoir where I was surprised to see that they paved the entire road that passes in front of the reservoir. There is good shore bird habitat with lots of shore birds present. Shore birds observed included 45 Killdeer, 30 Greater Yellowlegs, 50 Dunlin, 30 Least Sandpipers, 12 Western Sandpipers, and 34 long-billed Dowichers. I also count 29 Lesser Scaup on the lake. Other species present were 1 Western Grebe, 1 Pied-bill Grebe, 1 Common Goldeneye, 3 Northern Shoveler, 5 Bufflehead, 50 Ruddy Ducks, and 1 American Wigeon, and of course lots of coots.In contrast to S-Line there were hardly any birds on Harmon Reservoir, only a few Ruddy Ducks. I did however get a distant view of a Great Egret. As Meg Andrews posted the other day there were hundreds of waterfowl at Stillwater. Stillwater Point had about 200-300 Snow Geese and quite a number of ducks most of which were too far away to ID. I did manage to pick out some Mallards, Ruddy Ducks, some Canvasbacks and a few Common Mergansers. Several hundred Tundra Swans were at Foxtail Lake as well as hundreds more ducks too far away to ID. After birding the auto tour route I headed north on Hunter Road and did the loop from Hunter to Division Road to Nutgrass Road to Navy Cabin Road then back to Hunter. All of the lakes have water and lots of waterfowl but they were distant. At one of the lakes I had another flock of 13 Greater Yellowlegs. At Tule Lake, just where Navy Cabin Road intersects Hunter Road, I was surprised to see a single White-faced Ibis. Finally, on Stilwater Road on the way home I encountered a large flock of Mountain Bluebirds in one of the ag fields.
Dennis SerdehelyFernley, NV
 

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Date: 1/20/18 11:10 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: LAS Field Trip: Damonte Ranch Wetlands, S Reno
It was a cool morning with the tail end of Thursday's storm sailing east
giving us an amazing big sky moment over Mt Rose. The were 11 birders out
with a few others missing the meet up. Notable birds were 3 VIRGINIA RAIL
calling as well as a SORA. Nice variety of waterfowl with 12 species and a
leucistic MALLARD which I first saw last spring as a orange juvenile and
then as white immature. I seems to be a female as she flew off with a
male. We did see wading birds a GREAT EGRET and a GREAT BLUE HERON. We
also had a nice collection of Sparrow including WHITE-CROWNED, SAVANNAH,
LINCOLN'S and SONG. After the front moved on and the sun came out it
turned into a very pleasant end to the walk and we finished with 42
species.

Photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/
Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk76Yzy3

ebird cklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42088601

Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/18/18 12:36 pm
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange...>
Subject: Re: Bohemian waxwings
I was able to find 1 Bohemian Waxing a half black north of Starwood Ct and Plateau Rd. It is feeding in the trees along the trail that crosses Starwood Ct.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 18, 2018, at 10:05 AM, Jane Thompson <nevadajane...> wrote:
>
> Two observed on Plateau Rd for last 30 minutes. Flock just lifted up and moved off. Approximately 60 birds.
>
> Jane Thompson
> Reno
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/18/18 11:25 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Bohemian Waxwing, W Reno
Here are a few photos from yesterday's search for the Bohemian. I also
found a male and female PURPLE FINCH at Bitteroot and Steamboat Ditch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/

Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/18/18 10:05 am
From: Jane Thompson <nevadajane...>
Subject: Bohemian waxwings
Two observed on Plateau Rd for last 30 minutes. Flock just lifted up and moved off. Approximately 60 birds.

Jane Thompson
Reno

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/18/18 8:09 am
From: Ken Drozd <kdrozd...>
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings - Caughlin Ranch
Just saw one Bohemian with a flock of Cedars on Plateau Rd just south of Starwood, next to a covered picnic table.

Ken Drozd
 

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Date: 1/17/18 9:28 pm
From: Fsub <fairleysub...>
Subject: Carson City Bluebirds
Small flock of both male and female Western Bluebirds in Lakeview neighborhood, north Carson City.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 1/17/18 1:53 pm
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Plateau Road, Reno
Bowhemian Waxwings are at 4400 Plateau Rd at Starwood (39.5004215,
-119.8862759) now. Feeding on fruit trees across from the pool house.
Next to very small Pond where the bird are drinking.

Jeff Bleam
Mt. Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/17/18 1:52 pm
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: B. waxwing
At least one BOHEMIAN WAXWING is with a flock of Cedars along Plateau Rd at
Starwood Ct.

Paul Hurtado
 

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Date: 1/17/18 7:23 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Re: No waxwings, but some nice birds here and there in Reno. Musing about Purple Finches.
I too went looking for the Waxwings but no luck on the Bohemian but I can
add to Martin's list with COOPER'S and 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, CASSIN'S
FINCH, RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, HOODED MERGANSER, and AMERICAN WIGEON on the
ponds at the north end. I also headed over to Mayberry Park and found 2
AMERICAN DIPPERS at the foot bridge and where Hunter Creek flows into the
Truckee River. I also noted that the Scrub Jays were mostly in pairs and I
had seen signs of spring with some Willows and Cottonwoods starting to bud
out.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/


Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com

On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 11:06 PM, Martin Meyers <Martin...>
wrote:

> Went looking for Bohemian Waxwings today, but no luck. I ran into Karla
> Reed at Bitterroot Street and we birded the Steamboat Ditch on both
> sides of that road and up to Caughlin Parkway (and a bit along the other
> side of the parkway.) No waxwings of any kind.
>
> However, the birding was quite good! One (maybe two) Townsend's
> Solitaires were seen (and heard), along with a handful of Golden-crowned
> Kinglets. Also one Golden-crowned Sparrow (Karla had also seen another
> one before we started birding together.) In the area where the ditch
> crosses the parkway, we had two female Purple Finches, which I was able
> to photograph for a submission to the NBRC.
>
> I have no idea what is going on with Purple Finches. We had the first
> endorsed record in 2003 in Douglas County. The next was in 2007 in
> Esmeralda. Then two birds at Pyramid Lake in 2012 (first for Nevada for
> Greg and me).In 2014, there were two endorsed reports (one in Esmeralda,
> one at Rancho San Rafael in Reno. Then, in 2016, a small flock in Reno,
> one in Verdi, five in Vegas. In early 2017, 14 in Verdi, And we have
> pending fall/winter 2017 reports of one at Pahranagat, one at Corn
> Creek, three in one record in Reno, and now two in a different Reno
> location in 2018. Two at Red Rock 2017/2018..
>
> I heard from Carl Lundblad that similar things are happening in Idaho
> with this species.
>
> It might be just a temporary irruption, but the pattern (at least for
> northwest Nevada) seems more like a range expansion when you consider
> how the number of sightings, and the total number of birds involved, has
> just continued growing since that earliest record in 2003.. They breed
> not all that far away, sort of just over the other side of the Sierra.
> (I expect the situation in southern Nevada is more of an irruption than
> a range expansion, since the nearest breeding populations are quite a
> bit farther from there.)
>
> The NBRC will continue to review accounts of this species until we get a
> handle on just what is going on.
>
> *** I also visited University Farms (nothing out of the ordinary) and
> Sparks Marina (the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was present, but only
> two Herring Gulls and no other gulls besides about 800 Californias and a
> hundred Ring-bills.)
>
>
> Here's a complete list from Caughlin Ranch today:
>
> Canada Goose 8
> Mallard 22
> Steller's Jay 12
> California Scrub-Jay 15
> Mountain Chickadee 6
> Bewick's Wren 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
> Townsend's Solitaire 1
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 25
> House Finch 8
> Purple Finch 2
> Lesser Goldfinch 20
> American Goldfinch 10
> Spotted Towhee 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 10
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
>
> Martin
> ---------------
> Martin Meyers
> email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
> Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
> Truckee, CA
>
>
 

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Date: 1/16/18 11:07 pm
From: Martin Meyers <Martin...>
Subject: No waxwings, but some nice birds here and there in Reno. Musing about Purple Finches.
Went looking for Bohemian Waxwings today, but no luck. I ran into Karla
Reed at Bitterroot Street and we birded the Steamboat Ditch on both
sides of that road and up to Caughlin Parkway (and a bit along the other
side of the parkway.) No waxwings of any kind.

However, the birding was quite good! One (maybe two) Townsend's
Solitaires were seen (and heard), along with a handful of Golden-crowned
Kinglets. Also one Golden-crowned Sparrow (Karla had also seen another
one before we started birding together.) In the area where the ditch
crosses the parkway, we had two female Purple Finches, which I was able
to photograph for a submission to the NBRC.

I have no idea what is going on with Purple Finches. We had the first
endorsed record in 2003 in Douglas County. The next was in 2007 in
Esmeralda. Then two birds at Pyramid Lake in 2012 (first for Nevada for
Greg and me).In 2014, there were two endorsed reports (one in Esmeralda,
one at Rancho San Rafael in Reno. Then, in 2016, a small flock in Reno,
one in Verdi, five in Vegas. In early 2017, 14 in Verdi, And we have
pending fall/winter 2017 reports of one at Pahranagat, one at Corn
Creek, three in one record in Reno, and now two in a different Reno
location in 2018. Two at Red Rock 2017/2018..

I heard from Carl Lundblad that similar things are happening in Idaho
with this species.

It might be just a temporary irruption, but the pattern (at least for
northwest Nevada) seems more like a range expansion when you consider
how the number of sightings, and the total number of birds involved, has
just continued growing since that earliest record in 2003.. They breed
not all that far away, sort of just over the other side of the Sierra.
(I expect the situation in southern Nevada is more of an irruption than
a range expansion, since the nearest breeding populations are quite a
bit farther from there.)

The NBRC will continue to review accounts of this species until we get a
handle on just what is going on.

*** I also visited University Farms (nothing out of the ordinary) and
Sparks Marina (the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was present, but only
two Herring Gulls and no other gulls besides about 800 Californias and a
hundred Ring-bills.)


Here's a complete list from Caughlin Ranch today:

Canada Goose 8
Mallard 22
Steller's Jay 12
California Scrub-Jay 15
Mountain Chickadee 6
Bewick's Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Townsend's Solitaire 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 25
House Finch 8
Purple Finch 2
Lesser Goldfinch 20
American Goldfinch 10
Spotted Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

Martin
---------------
Martin Meyers
email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
Truckee, CA

 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:41 am
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...>
Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck Still at Rye Patch Dam 01/15/18
Well, you inspired me to go out and try again this morning. The bird swam so close to me that I had to use my binoculars and not my scope! Also found a couple of Bohemians in the campground, and this time I saw them much better.

Meg
--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 1/15/18, Karen Havlena <000000fb2f11d97c-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Subject: Long-tailed Duck Still at Rye Patch Dam 01/15/18
To: <NVBIRDS...>
Date: Monday, January 15, 2018, 5:56 PM

This morning I saw the female LONG-TAILED
DUCK near Rye Patch Dam.  She was all alone - no grebes, no
other waterfowl.  She swam in tight circles, like an
overgrown phalarope, for a few minutes.  Then she drifted
to the east side.  I lost track of her, while I was
counting 17 Great Blue Herons on the bluffs and writing an
email about seeing the LTDU. 
Karen HavlenaReno, NV
 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:10 am
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Bohemian Waxwings continue at Rye Patch Reservoir
I got an early start this morning to beat the rain showers, and set up my scope by the boat ramp at Rye Patch just as the sky was starting to lighten up. After 25 minutes, I thought I had missed the Long-tailed Duck (again), when it sedately swam out from the swimming cove and slowly swam right in front of me. Woo-hoo! A quick drive thru the campground found the flock of Wild Turkeys wandering down to the river, and a large flock (75+) of Cedar Waxwings included 2 Bohemian Waxwings. I stopped at the dam lookout before leaving, and the Long-tailed Duck was still swimming, just below the lookout.

Meg Andrews
Reno, NV
 

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Date: 1/15/18 9:17 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Leucistic Crissal Thrasher at Sunset Park, Clark County
While unsuccessfully looking for the Eastern Phoebe at Sunset Park in central Las Vegas, I found an apparently leucistic Crissal Thrasher on the east side of the large parking lot on the south side of the lake. Photos of the bird are on my ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41916218

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/15/18 5:57 pm
From: Karen Havlena <000000fb2f11d97c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck Still at Rye Patch Dam 01/15/18
This morning I saw the female LONG-TAILED DUCK near Rye Patch Dam.  She was all alone - no grebes, no other waterfowl.  She swam in tight circles, like an overgrown phalarope, for a few minutes.  Then she drifted to the east side.  I lost track of her, while I was counting 17 Great Blue Herons on the bluffs and writing an email about seeing the LTDU. 
Karen HavlenaReno, NV
 

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Date: 1/15/18 4:08 pm
From: Karen Havlena <000000fb2f11d97c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Bohemian Waxwings, Caughlin Ranch area Reno)
Five to ten minutes ago, I spotted one Bohemian Waxwing fly in to a bare tree near the top of Bitterroot with 8 Cedar Waxwings to join a flock of Cedars and Robins already present. There is a wide, dirt pathway that courses through the area below Sawbuck, so one can walk behind the houses.

KarenHavlena
Reno, NV

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2018, at 9:47 AM, Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> wrote:
>
> I just had 1 or 2 in with a flock of Cedar Waxwings along Bitterroot Rd.
> The flock flew, but hopefully they stay in the area.
>
> Good birding,
> Paul Hurtado
> Reno
 

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Date: 1/15/18 12:14 pm
From: Greg Scyphers <scyph...>
Subject: Lapland Longspur in Fish Lake valley
I just photographed (poorly) a Lapland Longspur in Dyer at Arlemont Ranch (private property). The bird was with about 100 Horned Larks in a cattle pasture. There are Longspurs out there so check the Horned Lark flocks in your area and you may turn one up.

Greg Scyphers
Sparks, NV

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/15/18 9:47 am
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings, Caughlin Ranch area Reno)
I just had 1 or 2 in with a flock of Cedar Waxwings along Bitterroot Rd.
The flock flew, but hopefully they stay in the area.

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Reno
 

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Date: 1/14/18 5:57 pm
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...>
Subject: Discovery Park: Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)
Thirty-eight species were seen @ Discovery Park this morning. Five additional species were seen in other areas of Pahrump. A total of forty-three species seen today.

Discovery Park:

American Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
American Crow
Common Raven
Verdin
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Phainopepla
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon and Slate)
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Other areas of Pahrump:

Double-crested Cormorant
Greater Roadrunner
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Western Bluebird
European Starling

By Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nv. Nye County
<darlenemfeener...>
 

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Date: 1/14/18 4:49 pm
From: Bambi Torres <bambi.torres72...>
Subject: Pinyon Jays Carson City
There was a flock of Pinyon jays at Riverview Park down in the cottonwoods.
by the river today.

Bambi Torres
Carson City
 

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Date: 1/14/18 1:23 pm
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...>
Subject: Stillwater waterfowl (Churchill County)
I took a spur of the moment trip out to Stillwater this morning, and now I know where all of the missing waterfowl are! I mostly just birded the auto route and the Stillwater Point Reservoir, and there were over 1,000 Tundra Swan, 360 Snow Geese, and over 3,500 assorted ducks (many too far away to ID, even with my Kowa scope at 60x) but the Canvasback ducks were easy to pick out. There were two Rough-legged Hawks. Looked for, but couldn't find, any American Tree Sparrows. Note that the roads around the northern ponds were pretty muddy, so I birded them only while the mud was frozen. The auto route road was fine.

On the way back, I turned off onto Fritz Lane (by the heron nests) and birded a mile or so of the road. Always lots of sparrows this time of year, and there were plenty of White-crowns, Savannas, and a few Lincoln's Sparrows along the road. I also found several hundred Horned Larks, and although I searched the flocks carefully, I did not see or hear any longspurs. I did have a lovely flock of 14 Mountain Bluebirds quite close to the road, and as usual in the winter, they were breath-takingly beautiful.

Meg Andrews
Reno, NV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 1:18 pm
From: Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: HBVP BIRD LIST 1/8 - 1/14, 2018
We will open a 7 AM through February. Closing at 2 PM, the last entry is 1:30. The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. The Preserve entrance is on the north side of the road, just west of the animal shelter. The physical address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our phone number is 702-267-4180.
We had Fifty-eight (58) species observed from 1/8 - 1/14, 2018. The following birds were seen and/or heard(H) by staff and visitors and confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas.
Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

Mallard

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Common Golden-eye

Ruddy Duck

Gambel's Quail

Pied-billed Grebe

Least Bittern (H)

Snowy Egret

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Northern Harrier

Coopers Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Greater Yellowlegs

Wilson's Snipe

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Greater Roadrunner

Anna's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Prairie Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Cassin's Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

Tree Swallow

Nor. Rough-winged Swallow

Verdin

Marsh Wren

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Crissal Thrasher

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Audubon's Warbler

Abert's Towhee

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

House Finch
 

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Date: 1/14/18 12:34 pm
From: JUDY PHOENIX <000000ba884925f3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Damonte Ranch Wetlands field trip Jan. 19
Sorry - It’s Friday, January 19.


JUDY PHOENIX
<jpbirding...>



> On Jan 14, 2018, at 9:51 AM, JUDY PHOENIX <jpbirding...> wrote:
>
> Jeff always gets the best weather! At this point it’s not predicted to snow until afternoon, but it’s not supposed to be below freezing in the morning. Hurrah for the intrepid birders!
>
> Damonte Ranch Wetlands
> When: Saturday, January 19, 8-11a.m.
> Where: We will meet at the end of Damonte Ranch Pkwy, which turns into Sage Hill Rd, So. Reno
> Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qp3s4q8cMdr <https://goo.gl/maps/qp3s4q8cMdr>
> eBird Hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L506053 <http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L506053>
> Activity Level: 4 mi. level paved, easy
> Leader: Jeff Bleam, email: <jcbleam...> <mailto:<jcbleam...>
>
> In nearby farm lands we should find Hawks and Magpies. The marsh lands will give us opportunities to see Rail, Sora, Wading birds, Raptors, Warblers, various Waterfowl and Wrens. We will also look over the marsh on the NE side of Veterans Parkway where we may see a Shrike and Harriers.
>
>
>
> JUDY PHOENIX
> <jpbirding...> <mailto:<jpbirding...>
>
>
>
 

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Date: 1/14/18 9:52 am
From: JUDY PHOENIX <000000ba884925f3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Damonte Ranch Wetlands field trip Jan. 19
Jeff always gets the best weather! At this point it’s not predicted to snow until afternoon, but it’s not supposed to be below freezing in the morning. Hurrah for the intrepid birders!

Damonte Ranch Wetlands
When: Saturday, January 19, 8-11a.m.
Where: We will meet at the end of Damonte Ranch Pkwy, which turns into Sage Hill Rd, So. Reno
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qp3s4q8cMdr <https://goo.gl/maps/qp3s4q8cMdr>
eBird Hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L506053 <http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L506053>
Activity Level: 4 mi. level paved, easy
Leader: Jeff Bleam, email: <jcbleam...>

In nearby farm lands we should find Hawks and Magpies. The marsh lands will give us opportunities to see Rail, Sora, Wading birds, Raptors, Warblers, various Waterfowl and Wrens. We will also look over the marsh on the NE side of Veterans Parkway where we may see a Shrike and Harriers.



JUDY PHOENIX
<jpbirding...>
 

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Date: 1/13/18 9:58 pm
From: JUDY PHOENIX <000000ba884925f3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
We must be in just the right place. Mountain Chickadees have been coming to our feeders all winter (and summer if I leave it up) for the past 20 years. Sometimes there’s just one or two. For several years there were four. This year we are back to two again. Have never found a nest here, though. Love to see them.
Judy

JUDY PHOENIX
<jpbirding...>



> On Jan 13, 2018, at 1:01 PM, Debbie Zalmana <000000a9b87b077a-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I have had the good luck to have two mountain chickadees at my feeders in downtown Reno (Sharon Way near Mt. Rose Street) for about four years. Two years ago they adopted one of my three bird houses and raised/fledged one chick! So then I had three coming to the feeders.
>
> Last spring the adults adopted a different birdhouse that I had swinging from a tree branch. To my horror, after a windy spring day I went to the back yard and found the branch supporting the nest box had broken off and it and the nest box were on the ground! I gingerly opened the box to find six inches of beautiful nest fluff inside, with two tiny eggs that were smashed in the fall. I shed tears over that!
>
> I cleaned out the egg residue, left the fluff and moved the box to the metal post supporting my clothesline. The three chickadees are still coming to the feeders every day, so I hope they either adopt this nest box, or go back to the first one, and give me another chick or two this spring.
>
> I agree, their happy little song is most welcome!
>
> Debbie Z
>
>
>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 12:52 PM, Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> wrote:
>>
>> The MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES have come down from higher elevations in my lower
>> Whites Creek patch. Along with them I have seen BROWN CREEPERS, the 3
>> NUTHATCHES (PYGMY, RED and WHITE-BREASTED), RUBY and GOLDEN-CROWNED
>> KINGLETS, FLICKER, DOWNY, HAIRY and WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS. All are
>> within about a 1km range from Timberline road towards the parking area at
>> the trailhead with not much activity further up Whites Creek or below
>> Timberline. Where there are Chickadees there is hope.
>>
>>
>> Jeff Bleam
>> Mt Rose Foothills, NV
>> byjcbphoto.com
>>
>>> On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 10:56 AM, Brian Adams <bra356...> wrote:
>>>
>>> FWIW I've got a handful of Mountain Chickadees gleaning in the Norway
>>> maple in my front yard this morning. (Wesley Drive off Keystone Ave.)
>>>
>>> This is one of my favorite birds. Their wistful three-note spring song, in
>>> the breezy conifers around Tahoe, is one of the indelible memories of my
>>> time living there. It's a treat to have them visit my home in Reno.
>>>
>>> I once found an active Mt. Chickadee nest, a knothole in the wood siding
>>> of a tool shed at the empty parking lot of Heavenly North ski area, near
>>> Kingsbury summit. The hole was at eye level, and the Chickadees regarded me
>>> as a mere curiosity, pausing to hover smoothly, mere inches from my face,
>>> as they sortied to and fro ferrying bunches of insects bristling around
>>> their tiny bills like an organ grinder's moustache.
>>>
>>> Brian Adams
>>>
 

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Date: 1/13/18 9:46 pm
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Re: Sage Thrasher + flagged observations in eBird
Correct -- eBird flags (1) locally rare birds that are what we usually
think of as rarities, (2) out of season birds like winter observations of
summer migrants (like this Sage Thrasher), and (3) unusually high counts,
which is largely just a way to help catch typos.

For eBird users who are somewhat unfamiliar with the review process and
documenting rarities, here's some advice and examples of what to write (and
NOT write!) for the first two situations above:

https://mostlybirds.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/describing-rare-birds/

For the third situation (unusually high count) I'll often include in the
comments HOW I did the counting (e.g. highest of three exact counts,
approximated by counting groups of roughly ten, etc) and have even included
photos of large flocks to verify the observation.

Also, remember to submit documentation to the NBRC for those species on the
state review list:

https://www.gbbo.org/nevada-review-list/

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Reno

On Jan 13, 2018 1:49 PM, "chukarinnv" <chukarinnv...> wrote:

> I found a Sage Thrasher behind the fosdick fulfillment center in Stead.
> Ebird flagged as rare. Is that because of time of year?
>
>
> Chuck Coxe Sparks NV.
 

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Date: 1/13/18 6:31 pm
From: Miles Shaylor <mgshaylor...>
Subject: Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
I've had a couple of mountain chickadees near north McCarran and 395 for at least a month now. They're pretty little birds. They favor the suet block and the sunflower seeds. Nuthatches and chickadees seem to associate with each other. I'm glad to see them every day.


On Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:41 PM, Lora E Myles <lorajean...> wrote:


We are located near Mayberry and Hunter Lake and always have Mountain Chickadees in our yard.  They love our suet feeders!  We have an active nest-box in our 30 year old cherry tree.  (Never have gotten cherries off that tree...)  Last year our cherry tree pair fledged three littles.  Right now I am watching several Mountain Chickadees in our porch area, along with a multitude of Lesser Goldfinches, Bewick's wrens, White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, flickers, butter-butts, American Goldfinches, Cassin's finches, House Finches, House Sparrow, Morning Doves, Eurasian Ring-necked Doves, California Quail, and a trio of Western Gray Squirrels.


 

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Date: 1/13/18 2:41 pm
From: Lora E Myles <lorajean...>
Subject: Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
We are located near Mayberry and Hunter Lake and always have Mountain Chickadees in our yard. They love our suet feeders! We have an active nest-box in our 30 year old cherry tree. (Never have gotten cherries off that tree...) Last year our cherry tree pair fledged three littles. Right now I am watching several Mountain Chickadees in our porch area, along with a multitude of Lesser Goldfinches, Bewick's wrens, White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, flickers, butter-butts, American Goldfinches, Cassin's finches, House Finches, House Sparrow, Morning Doves, Eurasian Ring-necked Doves, California Quail, and a trio of Western Gray Squirrels.
 

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Date: 1/13/18 1:49 pm
From: chukarinnv <chukarinnv...>
Subject: Sage Thrasher
I found a Sage Thrasher behind the fosdick fulfillment center in Stead.  Ebird flagged as rare.  Is that because of time of year?


Chuck Coxe Sparks NV.
 

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Date: 1/13/18 1:12 pm
From: Debbie Zalmana <000000a9b87b077a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
I have had the good luck to have two mountain chickadees at my feeders in downtown Reno (Sharon Way near Mt. Rose Street) for about four years. Two years ago they adopted one of my three bird houses and raised/fledged one chick! So then I had three coming to the feeders.

Last spring the adults adopted a different birdhouse that I had swinging from a tree branch. To my horror, after a windy spring day I went to the back yard and found the branch supporting the nest box had broken off and it and the nest box were on the ground! I gingerly opened the box to find six inches of beautiful nest fluff inside, with two tiny eggs that were smashed in the fall. I shed tears over that!

I cleaned out the egg residue, left the fluff and moved the box to the metal post supporting my clothesline. The three chickadees are still coming to the feeders every day, so I hope they either adopt this nest box, or go back to the first one, and give me another chick or two this spring.

I agree, their happy little song is most welcome!

Debbie Z


> On Jan 13, 2018, at 12:52 PM, Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> wrote:
>
> The MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES have come down from higher elevations in my lower
> Whites Creek patch. Along with them I have seen BROWN CREEPERS, the 3
> NUTHATCHES (PYGMY, RED and WHITE-BREASTED), RUBY and GOLDEN-CROWNED
> KINGLETS, FLICKER, DOWNY, HAIRY and WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS. All are
> within about a 1km range from Timberline road towards the parking area at
> the trailhead with not much activity further up Whites Creek or below
> Timberline. Where there are Chickadees there is hope.
>
>
> Jeff Bleam
> Mt Rose Foothills, NV
> byjcbphoto.com
>
>> On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 10:56 AM, Brian Adams <bra356...> wrote:
>>
>> FWIW I've got a handful of Mountain Chickadees gleaning in the Norway
>> maple in my front yard this morning. (Wesley Drive off Keystone Ave.)
>>
>> This is one of my favorite birds. Their wistful three-note spring song, in
>> the breezy conifers around Tahoe, is one of the indelible memories of my
>> time living there. It's a treat to have them visit my home in Reno.
>>
>> I once found an active Mt. Chickadee nest, a knothole in the wood siding
>> of a tool shed at the empty parking lot of Heavenly North ski area, near
>> Kingsbury summit. The hole was at eye level, and the Chickadees regarded me
>> as a mere curiosity, pausing to hover smoothly, mere inches from my face,
>> as they sortied to and fro ferrying bunches of insects bristling around
>> their tiny bills like an organ grinder's moustache.
>>
>> Brian Adams
>>
 

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Date: 1/13/18 12:52 pm
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Re: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
The MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES have come down from higher elevations in my lower
Whites Creek patch. Along with them I have seen BROWN CREEPERS, the 3
NUTHATCHES (PYGMY, RED and WHITE-BREASTED), RUBY and GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLETS, FLICKER, DOWNY, HAIRY and WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS. All are
within about a 1km range from Timberline road towards the parking area at
the trailhead with not much activity further up Whites Creek or below
Timberline. Where there are Chickadees there is hope.


Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 10:56 AM, Brian Adams <bra356...> wrote:

> FWIW I've got a handful of Mountain Chickadees gleaning in the Norway
> maple in my front yard this morning. (Wesley Drive off Keystone Ave.)
>
> This is one of my favorite birds. Their wistful three-note spring song, in
> the breezy conifers around Tahoe, is one of the indelible memories of my
> time living there. It's a treat to have them visit my home in Reno.
>
> I once found an active Mt. Chickadee nest, a knothole in the wood siding
> of a tool shed at the empty parking lot of Heavenly North ski area, near
> Kingsbury summit. The hole was at eye level, and the Chickadees regarded me
> as a mere curiosity, pausing to hover smoothly, mere inches from my face,
> as they sortied to and fro ferrying bunches of insects bristling around
> their tiny bills like an organ grinder's moustache.
>
> Brian Adams
>
 

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Date: 1/13/18 10:56 am
From: Brian Adams <bra356...>
Subject: Mountain Chickadees, NW Reno yard
FWIW I've got a handful of Mountain Chickadees gleaning in the Norway maple in my front yard this morning. (Wesley Drive off Keystone Ave.)

This is one of my favorite birds. Their wistful three-note spring song, in the breezy conifers around Tahoe, is one of the indelible memories of my time living there. It's a treat to have them visit my home in Reno.

I once found an active Mt. Chickadee nest, a knothole in the wood siding of a tool shed at the empty parking lot of Heavenly North ski area, near Kingsbury summit. The hole was at eye level, and the Chickadees regarded me as a mere curiosity, pausing to hover smoothly, mere inches from my face, as they sortied to and fro ferrying bunches of insects bristling around their tiny bills like an organ grinder's moustache.

Brian Adams
 

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Date: 1/12/18 6:22 pm
From: Bill <mary.bill...>
Subject: Continuing Harris's Sparrow
January 12, 2018

I made the trip to Sutcliffe this morning to look for the subject bird being seen at the Dunn Fish Hatchery.  I followed a White-crowned Sparrow flock for about 3 hours, finally seeing the bird at about 12:15 p.m. next to the road as I drove into the hatchery,  just before the driveway to the on-site residence.  As I drove to Sutcliffe from Wadsworth, I ran into a birder at the south end of Pyramid Lake who had seen the Sparrow earlier at the hatchery after arriving at 7:30 a.m.

Bill Grossi
Carson City

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Date: 1/12/18 9:27 am
From: Brian Adams <bra356...>
Subject: Re: Mogul turkeys
Turkeys are well established in places along the Truckee River between Sparks and Fernley. A birder friend who commuted I-80 for 30 years saw them occasionally, usually near the RR tracks. I suppose it's possible some could venture towards Reno.
Brian AdamsReno 




 

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Date: 1/11/18 9:10 am
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Reno area Purple Finches and Turkeys
Hi all

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.

Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/11/18 7:34 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Mogul Wild Turkeys, WAS
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.

Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:50 pm
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Poss. Red-naped Sapsucker, Verdi
I just had a good candidate for an adult male Red-naped Sapsucker at the
bridge in Verdi. It flew towards Dog Creek.

The back, head, and throat all looked great, but I was unable to get good
look at the bib to rule out a Red-breasted x Red-naped hybrid.

Paul Hurtado
Reno
 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:16 pm
From: rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow, Pyramid Lake Dunn Fish Hatchery
Hello!
After about 60-70 minutes of searching, l just observed the continuing Harris's Sparrow at the referenced location.  It flew in with a large flock of White-Crowned Sparrows, perched briefly on a bush just long enough to get a nice identication view, before dropping down once I raised the large one-eyed monster to try to get a photo.  I could not relocate it after another 15 minutes of searching.  The location it was observed was on the north side of the drive heading up to the hatchery, about 0.15 miles downslope from the drive to the private house just below the hatchery building proper.
Rob LowryCarson City


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Date: 1/9/18 4:34 pm
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow: Sutcilffe, WAS
At the Hatchery this morning I had my good luck birder, Kaja, with me. It
took some time to fine the WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW flock. If you are
searching for the guy, I found the flock at the 2 water tanks and then
followed the flock down to the lower tank near the hatchery where I was
able to photo the HARRIS'S. The flock flew toward town but based on the
other reports the area below the upper 2 tanks may be a good place to
start. Also, on the way home I went through the Winnemucca Valley to
Lemmon Valley. I found the JUNIPER TITMOUSE at the archery range
(39.707938,-119.827441) about 330m from the entrance and near the shelter.
Also, 2 GOLDEN EAGLEs and a BALD EAGLE at Swan Lake. Harris's is a life
bird.

Photosteam: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/

Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/8/18 8:10 pm
From: Martin Meyers <Martin...>
Subject: Rancho San Rafael, Sparks Marina, and University Farms today
On a rainy day in Truckee (and on the ski slopes), I headed to
Reno/Sparks for some birding. The rain followed me to about the state
line, but I had no rain during the day in Reno.

First stop was Rancho San Rafael, where I was again unable to find the
Varied Thrush reported previously by Paul Hurtado. But as soon as I
entered the arboretum loop (from the south end), I heard and then saw a
female-plumage Purple Finch. And then another, and another. So all three
were in the same tree at one time. I was able to get a documentation
photo of each bird, all photographed while all three were in view (but
not close enough together to get them all in one frame.) About fifteen
minutes later, I spotted two Purple Finches together, and I was able to
get a somewhat fuzzy photo of both together. I assume they are from that
same group I saw previously but can't say for sure. I don't think anyone
has reported more than three (not sure about that either.) All photos
have been submitted to the NBRC.

There were several Hermit Thrushes present, and one posed for some
really cute photos, one of which I've just put up on my website (address
below -- click on Recent tab.) An adult Sharp-shinned Hawk posed for
some distant but acceptable photos (not website quality).

A few very loud Steller's Jays drew my attention, and after some
searching, I spotted the Great Horned Owl they were yelling at. Two
other birders present then pointed out a second, so probably a mated
pair. Almost time for nesting. These were also in the arboretum.

A flock of waxwings flew over, but I didn't see anything I could call a
Bohemian.

Much of the park was closed off for a bike event. I walked around the
back to Herman's Pond, but could not get in, as a gate was closed.
There were four Hooded Mergansers on the pond.

After leaving the park, I headed to Sparks Marina, where I ran into Alan
de Queiroz. The adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the floats at the
north end, along with a few Herring Gulls and a bird that was almost
certainly a first cycle thayeri Iceland, although it was on the large
side for that species. Still, everything else matched, so I'm stickin'
with it until proven wrong. (Last Saturday, I had a more typical one.)

Last stop for the day was University Farms, where in addition to
hundreds of Canada Geese and at least a thousand Starlings, I picked up
my first Snow Geese for the year (there were 15 of them.).

Here's a list of sightings from Rancho San Rafael Park:

Canada Goose 25
Mallard 25
Hooded Merganser 4
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove
American Coot 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl 2
Northern Flicker 5
Steller's Jay 2
California Scrub-Jay 10
Hermit Thrush 4
American Robin 3
Cedar Waxwing 20
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 3
Spotted Towhee 2

Martin

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email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
Truckee, CA

 

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Date: 1/7/18 7:40 pm
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...>
Subject: Discovery Park in Pahrump, Nv. in Nye County
A Cassin's Kingbird was seen this morning. This is a continuing bird seen here several times in the last 6-8 weeks. I had not seen this bird in several weeks and I thought he had migrated out of our area. (46) species of birds seen on Discovery Park and 4 more species seen in the Pahrump, area. Total species seen this morning were (50).

Discovery Park:

Canada Goose
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue-Heron (flyover did not land in the area I was in)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon (Feral)
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Cassin's Kingbird
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Verdin
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Phainopepla
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco (one Slate and the rest Oregon)
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Species seen in other areas of Pahrump:

Burrowing Owl
Red-naped Sapsucker
Horned Lark
European Starling

By Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)
<darlenemfeener...>
 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:57 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Red-throated Loon, 8.0 Mile Road, Lake Mead NRA, Clark County
Following up on Daniel Mitev's ebird report about a Red-throated Loon at Lake Mead, I was able to relocate the bird early this afternoon in the largest bay immediately east of Government Wash. The bird was first out in very deep water at the mouth of the bay (Daniel thought that this bird was seen several days earlier from Sunset Overlook across the bay), but it eventually moved in fairly close offshore. This area is accessed off of 8.0 Mile Road, which is the next lake access road east of Government Wash Road. After turning onto 8.0 Mile Road, you'll drive for several miles, generally taking the left fork where the road splits. The road can be driven in a two-wheel drive vehicle, but it is rather rough and is best tackled with a relatively high-clearance vehicle. Aside from the loon, I didn't see much else exciting. I searched this whole peninsula for some time looking for the Yellow-billed Loon to no avail. If you're vehicle can make it, there are several access points to view different parts of the upper Las Vegas Bay from this peninsula. Photos of the Red-throated Loon can be seen on my ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41718610

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/7/18 4:06 pm
From: Dennis Serdehely <birders...>
Subject: Long-taild Duck at Rye Patch
Today Becca and I refound the Long-tailed Duck at Rye Patch Reservoir in Pershing County. We were at the Ramada Picnic Area at the west end of the dam when Becca saw it fly in and land on the opposite shore. We got it in the scope but were only able to observe it intermittantly as it stuck very close to shore and would dive frequently and get lost in the little coves and vegetation near shore. This lake is very long and narrow and you can only see a small portion of it from the dam so it is not surprising that people have missed it. There were about 10 Cedar Waxwings in the picnic area on the east side and in the campground but no Boehemians were seen. 
Dennis Serdehely
 

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Date: 1/7/18 1:06 pm
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Varied Thrush @ Rancho San Rafael
Right now, across the paved path from the Purple Finch spot in the
arboretum.

Paul Hurtado
Reno
 

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Date: 1/7/18 12:13 pm
From: Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: HBVP BIRD LIST 1/1 - 1/7, 2018
We will open a 7 AM through February. Closing at 2 PM, the last entry is 1:30. The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. The Preserve entrance will be on the north side of the road, just west of the animal shelter. The physical address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our phone number is 702-267-4180.
We had Fifty-nine (59) species observed from 1/1 - 1/7, 2018. The following birds were seen and/or heard(H) by staff and visitors and confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas.

Snow Goose

Least Bittern (H)

Say's Phoebe

Ross's Goose

Green Heron

Cassin's Kingbird

Canada Goose

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nor. Rough-winged Swallow

Wood Duck

Northern Harrier

Verdin

Gadwall

Accipiter sp

Marsh Wren

Mallard

Coopers Hawk

Bewick's Wren

Cinnamon Teal

Red-tailed Hawk

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Northern Shoveler

Sora

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Northern Pintail

Common Gallinule

Crissal Thrasher

Green-winged Teal

American Coot

Orange-crowned Warbler

Redhead

Killdeer

Northern Parula

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Yellowlegs

Audubon's Warbler

Lesser Scaup

Ring-billed Gull

Abert's Towhee

Bufflehead

California Gull

Song Sparrow

Common Golden-eye

Mourning Dove

Lincoln's Sparrow

Ruddy Duck

Greater Roadrunner

White-crowned Sparrow

Gambel's Quail

Great Horned Owl

Red-winged Blackbird

Pied-billed Grebe

Anna's Hummingbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Eared Grebe

Costa's Hummingbird

House Finch


Merlin
 

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Date: 1/6/18 7:32 pm
From: Rose Strickland <rosenreno...>
Subject: No. NV nuthatch trifecta with woodpeckers
NV Birders,

on a beautiful sunny cool day in Reno, we found a suite of mountain birds at Davis Creek Park today. In the tall pines in the campground, we found a mixed foraging party of Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy Woodpeckers, a White-headed Woodpecker, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Mountain Chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers. At Bowers Mansion, a Red-breasted Nuthatch tooted from very tall pines on the park grounds.

Rose Strickland
Reno
 

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Date: 1/6/18 1:44 pm
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Re: LAS Field Trip: Diamond Creek Pond, So. Reno
sorry hit the enter key

2 WILSON SNIPE seen flying into cover, BELTED KINGFISHER along the marsh
area, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, many AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and only 2 LESSER
GOLDFINCH and a calling PINE SISKIN. At the end of the walk and as I was
pulling out of the area I saw a NORTHERN HARRIER making for a total of 41
species. Thanks for everyone that joined me on the walk.

photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/
DCP album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7d22KR

ebird cklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41657160


Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 1:36 PM, Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> wrote:

> The Diamond Creek Pond seems to be a little unknown birding hotspot and it
> didn't disappoint on Friday's outing. There were 15 birders out to walk
> around the pond and a visit to the marsh on the east end. The first bird
> was a flyover of a SNOW GOOSE and a RED-TAIL HAWK perched on one of
> apartment buildings. If you have visited the area before the summer you
> will be surprise at the changes. The are 250 apartments on the west end
> closing in the pond similar to Virginia Lake, however, the number of
> species was great although the number of individuals were low. Notable
> birds were a female COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANERS, 2
> immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 4 VIRGINIA RAIL calling, 2
>
> Jeff Bleam
> Mt Rose Foothills, NV
> byjcbphoto.com
>
 

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Date: 1/6/18 1:38 pm
From: Martin Meyers <martin...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow at Pyramid Lake


The Harris's Sparrow was still with the large flock of White-crowns in the area of the Dunn Hatchery building and nearby tanks at 1:30 p.m.  Found the flock easily, but took another hour to see the Harris's.
Thanks, Meg
Martin


Martin MeyersTruckee, CA       Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
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Date: 1/6/18 1:36 pm
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: LAS Field Trip: Diamond Creek Pond, So. Reno
The Diamond Creek Pond seems to be a little unknown birding hotspot and it
didn't disappoint on Friday's outing. There were 15 birders out to walk
around the pond and a visit to the marsh on the east end. The first bird
was a flyover of a SNOW GOOSE and a RED-TAIL HAWK perched on one of
apartment buildings. If you have visited the area before the summer you
will be surprise at the changes. The are 250 apartments on the west end
closing in the pond similar to Virginia Lake, however, the number of
species was great although the number of individuals were low. Notable
birds were a female COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANERS, 2
immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 4 VIRGINIA RAIL calling, 2

Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 1/6/18 1:02 pm
From: Alan de Queiroz <dqalan...>
Subject: Idlewild Ross's Goose and Snow Geese
At Idlewild Park in Reno this morning there was an immature Ross's Goose
(probably the same one that's been seen at Rancho San Rafael, with
noticeable grinning patch) and two immature Snow Geese. They were with
flocks of Canadas— the Ross's in the large pond, and the Snows near the
baseball field.

Alan de Queiroz
Reno
 

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Date: 1/5/18 4:47 pm
From: Martin Meyers <Martin...>
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull at Sparks Marina today
An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was sitting on the floats at the north
end around 11:00 a.m. Probably the same bird reported two days ago by
Meg (assuming hers was an adult). Another interesting sighting (or set
of sightings) was a pretty careful count of Pied-billed Grebes today. On
a complete circuit around the lake, I came up with 44 birds. This is
well above any previous total I've had there.

I also made a stop at Rock Park and walked a section of the Truckee
River (before some rain chased me back to the parking lot.) Just as I
got back to the parking lot, seven Barrow's Goldeneyes flew in and
landed right in front of me. Haven't had a chance to look at my photos
yet, but I think I got some pretty nice ones (although the light was
quite bad). Nothing else at Rock Park of significant interest.

Here's a complete list from Sparks Marina:

Canada Goose 60
Northern Shoveler 40
Gadwall 29
Mallard
Common Goldeneye 5
Common Merganser 7
Ruddy Duck 60
Pied-billed Grebe 44
Eared Grebe 2
Western Grebe 2
Rock Pigeon 200
Mourning Dove
American Coot 500
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull 25
California Gull 300
Herring Gull 8 Six adults, 1 third cycle, 1 first cycle
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Adult
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Black-crowned Night-Heron 5
European Starling 10
House Sparrow
House Finch
Brewer's Blackbird 20

Martin

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Date: 1/4/18 5:29 pm
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Purple Finch continues, Rancho San Rafael (1/4/18)
Rancho San Rafael, Reno, Washoe County (1/4/18)

Just saw one Purple Finch this afternoon
(2:30), a female-type as always, feeding
with robins and waxwings in the
isolated crabapple described in my previous
post (north edge Botanical Gardens
overlooking Evans Creek). Yesterday, I saw
a probable Purple Finch north of Evans Creek
in a crabapple on the lawn between the creek
and the footpath, roughly opposite today's
sighting ("probable" because I only saw it in
silhouette and thus had only the shape to
go by).

Apart from a handful of Canadas, the lawns
were devoid of geese (lots of human
activity on the lawns in preparation
for some kind of "event" which
may be keeping the geese away).

--Fred Petersen, Reno


 

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Date: 1/4/18 2:46 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: PURPLE FINCHES, Pine Creek, Red Rock Canyon NCA, Clark County
At 1245 today, I had a male and a female Purple Finch come into the watering hole on the Fire Ecology Loop Trail in Pine Creek. I only saw the female at first, but instantly noticed the smudgy streaks on the breast and flanks and then noticed that the bird had a distinctly greenish color to the back. After a little while, the bird flew to the west up the drainage. I followed it, but quickly lost it. I then played a Purple Finch flight call and the female flew right at me, this time accompanied by a male. The male had a noticeable amount of red in the back and wings, particularly in the coverts. The back and wings also exhibited a significant amount of brown and green in areas where the red was absent. Both birds lacked any hint of an eyering, had slightly curved culmens, and exhibited a medium-length primary projection, noticeably shorter than would be expected on Cassin's Finch. Many close range photos can be seen on my ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41623176

The Fire Ecology Loop is a side trail less than a half a mile into the Pine Creek Trail once you leave the parking lot. Once on the Fire Ecology Loop, hike until you cross the creek and post up there. This is an excellent area to photograph birds at close range. Also present today was a continuing Lewis's Woodpecker. I was unable to find the Black-and-White Warbler farther up the canyon or the Varied Thrushes that Doug Chang and company had reported previously.

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/3/18 2:49 pm
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow, Pyramid Lake
This morning, I was able to find the Harris's Sparrow near the Dunn Fish Hatchery (just outside of Sutcliffe) that was first seen on the CBC. I found the White-crowned Sparrow flock right away, and soon noticed a sparrow with a bright white belly, but it took me almost an hour to see the bird well enough to be sure of the ID (it perched on a barbed wire fence, and showed me both front and back sides). Sweet! A county bird for me!

Meg Andrews
Reno, NV
 

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Date: 1/3/18 12:40 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Swamp Sparrow, Corn Creek, Clark County
The Swamp Sparrow continues at Corn Creek. Photos and description of location in my ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41588639

Not much else going on. Lots of Western Bluebirds and White-crowned Sparrows, a few American Goldfinch, and a continuing White-throated Sparrow.

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/2/18 5:45 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lake Mead updates
Chad Wilhite and I (and later Alexander Harper) had no luck locating the Yellow-billed Loon today, despite extensive searching at different times of the day.

The continuing White-winged Scoter and Iceland (Thayer's) Gull were at Boulder Beach.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen at the Boulder Beach Campground this morning as well. And though we didn't see it, the Gaffey's reported that they had the continuing Downy Woodpecker at the campground before we arrived. Photos of the YBSA are available on our ebird checklist. Photos of the Thayer's and Scoter were poor and not included.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41554703

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:46 pm
From: Boris McD <nmmai7...>
Subject: Test
Hi Alan
NM
 

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Date: 1/2/18 1:14 pm
From: Dennis Serdehely <birders...>
Subject: Pyramid Lake CBC Summary
Yesterday, on a beautiful, sunny and calm day, 9 birders tallied 3338 individual birds of 69 species plus one exotic. Highlights include an immature Harris's Sparrow found by Dennis and Becca Serdehely and Four Greater Yellowlegs, 2 found by Dennis Ghiglieri, Rose Strickland and Nancy Hoffman and 2 found by Dave McNinch and Jeff Bleam. Also of interest were 2 African Collared-Doves among the many Eurasian Collared-Doves at the Sutcliffe Trailer Park. 
The Harris's Sparrow was only the second record for the count. It was seen in a flock of White-crowned Sparrows in the vicinity of the Dunn Fish Hatchery. Two of the Greater Yellowlegs were at the river mouth and two were on a small pond in the Howard Bay/Dago Bay Area. The roads to Howard Bay and Dago Bay are currently closed to the public.
I would also like to thank Karen Havlena and Elisabeth Ammon for finding the only Great Horned Owl and Red-breasted Sapsucker of the day. Both were seen at the Sutcliffe Trailer Park. Thanks also to the Pyramid Lake Piute Tribe for waiving day use fees to all the participants and for alloing entrance to Howard Bay and Dago Bay.
Dennis SerdehelyFernley, NV
 

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Date: 1/2/18 9:37 am
From: Alan Wallace <wallacealan...>
Subject: Upper Alum Creek Pine Siskins, West Reno, Washoe County
I moved to another place in west Reno a couple of months ago, and the back
yard backs onto the totally natural, undeveloped part of upper Alum Creek
(above the main part of the Caughlin Ranch area). Lots of good birds,
including deck-level Red-tailed Hawk flybys. The big thing that I've
noticed, compared to my old place down by the river, is the deluge of Pine
Siskins. At first, it was a ton of goldfinches (mostly Lesser) with a
handful of siskins. Now, it's about 25-30 siskins at once with fewer
goldfinches. Maybe it's an irruption year for the siskins, or maybe this is
just where they hang out in this area. Subsequent winters will tell the
tale.

Alan Wallace
Reno NV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:52 pm
From: Boris McD <nmmai7...>
Subject: Varied Thrush at Floyd Lamb Park
Rita S called me earlier today to inform me of the presence of a Varied
Thrush by the lower pond. This was apparently centered around the pine
Grove on the south side of the lower pond.

Good birding,

Neil McDonal,
Las Vegas
 

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Date: 1/1/18 8:52 pm
From: Rob Lowry <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
The body was still floating when we drove by at dusk. We could not find it a couple of hours before that.

Rob Lowry
Carson City



-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
To: Rob Lowry <rlowry517...>
Cc: NVBIRDS <NVBIRDS...>
Sent: Mon, Jan 1, 2018 11:40 am
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake



If anyone could get the GSR folks to pick it up, it would be a great specimen to get into the UNR museum specimen collection!


Paul Hurtado,
Reno



On Jan 1, 2018 11:11 AM, "rlowry517" <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> wrote:

I arrived at the referenced location in Reno an hour ago finding the Scoter floating on the water surface. It moved once or twice after a few minutes of me being here but it has not moved for the past 45-50 minutes, with its head underwater and wings drooped. Other birders since arrived and the consensus is that the Scoter sadly has passed on.
Rob Lowry Carson City


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 1/1/18 6:23 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow Warm Springs Natural Area, Clark County
During the CBC yesterday, counters found a Harris's Sparrow on the west end of the Warm Spring Natural Area near the SNWA caretaker's house, along Warm Springs Rd. The bird was re-found today in the same area on the south side of the house. Today it was along the creek on the south side of the horse pasture. After much sifting through White-crowned Sparrows, I eventually located the bird along the fence on the west side of the road. Location and photos can be seen on my ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41527014

Happy New Year!

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 12:21 pm
From: Chris Nicolai <chris.a.nicolai...>
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
You all get permission from GSR and I can come get it with my kayak and
scientific collection permit. Call my cell 775.830.1632 when permission is
acquired.

On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 11:53 AM, Dovid Kozlovsky <dkozlovsky...> wrote:

> What Paul said.
>
> I am sure Angela (the avian taxadermist) would love a chance to make a
> specimen of it.
>
> Best,
>
> Dovid Kozlovsky
> PhD
> Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
> University of Nevada, Reno
> ________________________________
> From: discussion about Nevada's bird life <NVBIRDS...> on
> behalf of Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
> Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 11:40:39 AM
> To: <NVBIRDS...>
> Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
>
> If anyone could get the GSR folks to pick it up, it would be a great
> specimen to get into the UNR museum specimen collection!
>
> Paul Hurtado,
> Reno
>
> On Jan 1, 2018 11:11 AM, "rlowry517" <
> <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> > I arrived at the referenced location in Reno an hour ago finding the
> > Scoter floating on the water surface. It moved once or twice after a few
> > minutes of me being here but it has not moved for the past 45-50 minutes,
> > with its head underwater and wings drooped. Other birders since arrived
> > and the consensus is that the Scoter sadly has passed on.
> > Rob Lowry Carson City
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>



--
Chris Nicolai, PhD
Reno, Nevada
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:54 am
From: Dovid Kozlovsky <dkozlovsky...>
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
What Paul said.

I am sure Angela (the avian taxadermist) would love a chance to make a specimen of it.

Best,

Dovid Kozlovsky
PhD
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
University of Nevada, Reno
________________________________
From: discussion about Nevada's bird life <NVBIRDS...> on behalf of Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 11:40:39 AM
To: <NVBIRDS...>
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake

If anyone could get the GSR folks to pick it up, it would be a great
specimen to get into the UNR museum specimen collection!

Paul Hurtado,
Reno

On Jan 1, 2018 11:11 AM, "rlowry517" <
<00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I arrived at the referenced location in Reno an hour ago finding the
> Scoter floating on the water surface. It moved once or twice after a few
> minutes of me being here but it has not moved for the past 45-50 minutes,
> with its head underwater and wings drooped. Other birders since arrived
> and the consensus is that the Scoter sadly has passed on.
> Rob Lowry Carson City
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:40 am
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...>
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
If anyone could get the GSR folks to pick it up, it would be a great
specimen to get into the UNR museum specimen collection!

Paul Hurtado,
Reno

On Jan 1, 2018 11:11 AM, "rlowry517" <
<00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I arrived at the referenced location in Reno an hour ago finding the
> Scoter floating on the water surface. It moved once or twice after a few
> minutes of me being here but it has not moved for the past 45-50 minutes,
> with its head underwater and wings drooped. Other birders since arrived
> and the consensus is that the Scoter sadly has passed on.
> Rob Lowry Carson City
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:33 am
From: Rick/Meg Andrews <andrews2727...>
Subject: Reno birds
Weird about the White-winged Scoter at the Grand Sierra Resort. When I viewed it at 8:30 this morning, it looked just fine. Maybe it got whacked with a golf ball.

At Cleanwater Way, there were 11 Snow Geese and 5 Ross's Geese, and at least 1 Cackling Goose. Firehouse Pond in Hidden Valley had 10 Greater-white Fronted Geese. I finally stopped to scope the new ponds on Pembroke Drive between Veteran's Parkway and Steamboat Creek. There were 2 Greater Yellowlegs, several Lesser Scaup, plus Buffleheads, Green-winged Teal, Common Mergansers, Gadwall, Common Goldeneyes, and lots of American Coots. Also over 100 gulls, but as far as I could tell they were just Ring-billed Gulls and California Gulls. Looks like this spot may be a good place to check for shorebirds in migration.

Meg Andrews
Reno
 

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Date: 1/1/18 10:19 am
From: Chris Nicolai <chris.a.nicolai...>
Subject: Re: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
Wow. Bummer!

On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 10:11 AM, rlowry517 <
<00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I arrived at the referenced location in Reno an hour ago finding the
> Scoter floating on the water surface. It moved once or twice after a few
> minutes of me being here but it has not moved for the past 45-50 minutes,
> with its head underwater and wings drooped. Other birders since arrived
> and the consensus is that the Scoter sadly has passed on.
> Rob Lowry Carson City
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone




--
Chris Nicolai, PhD
Reno, Nevada
 

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Date: 1/1/18 10:11 am
From: rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: White-Winged Scoter, GSR Lake
I arrived at the referenced location in Reno an hour ago finding the Scoter floating on the water surface.  It moved once or twice after a few minutes of me being here but it has not moved for the past 45-50 minutes, with its head underwater and wings drooped.  Other birders since arrived and the consensus is that the Scoter sadly has passed on.
Rob Lowry Carson City


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/31/17 6:08 pm
From: Darlene Feener <darlenemfeener...>
Subject: Discovery Park: Pahrump, Nv. (Nye County)
50 species of birds seen @ Discovery Park and 6 additional species seen @ Lakeview Execuitive Golf course which is an active golf course. Total of 56 species seen today.

Discovery Park:

Greater-White-fronted Goose (immature)
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
American Coot
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
American Crow
Common Raven
Verdin
Bewick's Wren
House Wren (late season)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Phainopepla
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
White-crowned Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow (late season)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Lakeview Executive Golf Course

Canada Goose
Northern Harrier
Ferruginous Hawk
Loggerhead Shrike
Horned Lark
European Starling

By Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada
 

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Date: 12/31/17 2:03 pm
From: Bird Preserve <000000d6b23e025d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: HBVP BIRD LIST 12-25 TO 12-31
We will open a 7 AM through February. The entrance to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is off Galleria Drive. The Preserve entrance will be on the north side of the road, just west of the animal shelter. The physical address of the Preserve is 350 E. Galleria Dr., Henderson, Nevada, 89015. Our phone number is 702-267-4180.
We had Fifty-six (56) species observed from 12-25 to 12/31, 2017. The following birds were seen and/or heard(H) by staff and visitors and confirmed by staff at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve east of Las Vegas.

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose

Great Blue Heron

Nor. Rough-winged Swallow

Canada Goose

Great Egret

Verdin

Wood Duck

Green Heron

Marsh Wren

American Wigeon

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Mallard

Osprey

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Northern Harrier

Crissal Thrasher

Cinnamon Teal

Coopers Hawk

Audubon's Warbler

Northern Shoveler

Sora

Abert's Towhee

Northern Pintail

Common Gallinule

Song Sparrow

Green-winged Teal

American Coot

Lincoln's Sparrow

Canvasback

Killdeer

White-crowned Sparrow

Redhead

Greater Yellowlegs

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-billed Gull

Great-tailed Grackle

Lesser Scaup

Eurasian Collard-Dove

House Finch

Bufflehead

Mourning Dove

Common Goldeneye

Greater Roadrunner

Ruddy Duck

Anna's Hummingbird

Gambel's Quail

Costa's Hummingbird

Pied-billed Grebe

American Kestrel

Eared Grebe

Black Phoebe


Cassin's Kingbird
 

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Date: 12/31/17 1:27 pm
From: chukarinnv <chukarinnv...>
Subject: White-winged Scoter at GSR
I'm looking at a White-winged Scoter at the GSR pond south side in Reno.


Chuck Coxe Sparks NV.
 

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Date: 12/31/17 10:33 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Minden CBC
It started out cool but as soon as the sun rose above the clouds the layers
were stripped off. Highlights from Section 6 & 7, which was in the east
and south end of the circle from Muller Rd in the north and 206 and 88 in
the south. We had a high number of RED-TAIL HAWK (105) and COLLARED DOVES
(175) as well as FERRUGINOUS, ROUGH-LEGGED, COPPER'S, and a RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK. We saw 4 BALD EAGLES, 2 adult and 2 immature. A fly over of a
SANDHILL CRANE on the east side and a surprise weezy call of a BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER along a dirt road leading to the Ranchos from the south.
Falcon forms were well represented with us seeing PRAIRIE, MERLIN, KESTREL,
PEREGRINE FALCON. We found a pond with open water at the end of W. Fork
Vista Lane where we found RING-NECKED, LESSER SCAUP, MALLARD, HOODED
MERGANSER, AM. WIGEON, and CANADA GEESE. Oh yes, a BELTED KINGFISHER was
seen fishing along one of the slough with her buddy Kestrel perched about 6
feet away.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/

ebird cklist: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/


Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com
 

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Date: 12/28/17 7:35 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Sapsuckers at Boulder Beach Campground, Lake Mead NRA, Clark County
Also today, Chad Wilhite and I had a great assortment of sapsuckers at the Boulder Beach Campground. One appears to be a young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and then two others that appear to be hybrids. I welcome you to check out the photos on my ebird checklist and provide comments on what you think.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41389203

I feel great about the RNSAxRBSA hybrid and the pure RNSA, but the for the YBSA and YBSA hybrid, I am less certain. Also see the Royal Alberta Project Sapsucker if you didn't get a chance to check this out when Jeanne Tinsman posted it last time.

https://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/research/lifeSciences/ornithology/sapsucker.cfm

https://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/_includes/docs/research/lifeSciences/ornithology/score_sheet.pdf

The YBSA doesn't seem to show any characters of a RNSA and the YBSAxRNSA seems to fit the far left end of the royal alberta scoresheet.

Also present was the continuing male Downy Woodpecker at the campground and the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at the far north end of Boulder Beach.

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 12/28/17 7:09 pm
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: YB Loon follow-up
Attached is the link to the YELLOW-BILLED LOON checklist with photos. Notice the obvious barred back pattern, huge yellow/pale bill, and buffy throat and face. This is a first-year bird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41374628

The YBLO was first seen at the closest inlet in the NW corner of Government Wash. Then it moved straight out into deeper water straight out from the middle viewing peninsula straight off the end of the road. Later seen by Ben Zyla and Scott Krammer as well.

Justin Streit
Las Vegas, NV
 

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Date: 12/28/17 11:32 am
From: justin streit <000000260acb25c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Government Wash, Lake Mead NRA
Juvenile seen this morning close to shore on the north end of the bay and straight out from upper overlook.

More details later.

Justin
 

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Date: 12/26/17 1:57 pm
From: Miles Shaylor <mgshaylor...>
Subject: He's baaaack!
The male Costa's hummingbird stopped by the feeder a few minutes ago. I last saw him three weeks ago. Hopefully he'll become a regular visitor again. The two female hummingbirds are still regular visitors.
Miles Shaylor
Reno, Nevada
 

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Date: 12/26/17 9:56 am
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: Regional compiler for Nevada CBCs?
Hi all,

After typing in the data for the first Sheldon NWR Christmas Bird Count,
I was trying to figure out to whom I should be sending details for
species that might be regarded as unusual for the region and season.

According to this web page:

http://www.audubon.org/conservation/christmas-bird-count-regional-compilers

this position is "OPEN." Is that still correct? If someone has recently
volunteered for that role, please let me know.

Thanks & happy CBCing,
Joel


--
Joel Geier
Oregon Regional CBC Editor
38566 Hwy 99W
Corvallis, Oregon 97330-9320
tel +1 541 745 5821
 

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Date: 12/24/17 6:51 pm
From: Fred Petersen <0000000abacb4558-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Purple Finches, geese, Rancho San Rafael (12/24/17)
Rancho San Rafael, Reno, Washoe County (12/24/17)

The Purple Finches continue at RSR.
There were 3 this afternoon (all
female types) feeding with a House
finch and Hermit Thrushes in an
isolated crabapple overlooking
Evans Creek at the N edge of the
Botanical Gardens c.30 yards or so NW
of the crabapples in the ranch house
grounds where they've been most
frequently seen in the past. Up to
now, I'd never seen more than 2 of
these finches together (though
3 have been reported by others).

Continuing geese on the lawns
included the immature Ross's,
an immature Snow, and the flock of
15 Aleutian-type Cacklers. I didn't
see any Minimas today (Canada
Goose numbers were also down)

Photo--
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/25406652608/in/dateposted/
(Purple Finch demolishing a crabapple)

--Fred Petersen, Reno
 

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Date: 12/24/17 3:04 pm
From: rlowry517 <00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Sparks Marina
Hello!
A quick stop at Sparks Marina within the hour yielded the previously reported Pacific Loon, Glaucous-Winged Gull, Lesser Black-Black-Backed Gull, and the Herring/Glaucous-Winged hybrid gull.
Rob Lowry Carson City


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/24/17 9:08 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: Re: Rye Patch Dam State Rec Area
Just got back from the Sheldon NWR CBC so here are a few photos of the
female LONG-TAILED DUCK, which was on the lake near the dam but was seen at
the end of the road that goes over the dam.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjcb/


Jeff Bleam
Mt Rose Foothills, NV
byjcbphoto.com

On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM, rlowry517 <
<00000002625e15f9-dmarc-request...> wrote:

>
> Still there
> Rob Lowry and Dovid KozlovskyCarson City and Reno
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
> Date: 12/21/17 10:45 AM (GMT-08:00) To: <NVBIRDS...>
> Subject: Rye Patch Dam State Rec Area
> A Long-tailed Duck is at the dam area.
>
> Jeff Bleam
> Mt. Rose Foothills, NV
> byjcbphoto.com
>
 

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