|"Desert" Black Swallowtail|
We found 65 species on the site during the surveys – most were Gambel’s Quail, Red-winged Blackbirds, White-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, and Abert’s Towhees, of course. There were a lot of fun migrants moving through, as well: scattered MacGillivray’s and Nashville Warblers, and lots of Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
Butterflies were everywhere within the fields – Monarchs galore, along with the occasional Desert Black Swallowtail. Between my time here and my visit to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge on my way north, I saw more monarchs than I’ve ever seen before in Nevada!
|Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid|
Three of my most interesting finds were:
(1) Red-breasted Nuthatches! Birders throughout Nevada have been reporting larger than normal numbers of nuthatches -- perhaps a result of widespread cone failures to the north.
(2) Phainopeplas -- We had more than 10 times the number of Phainopeplas that we usually find.
(3) A hatch-year Red-naped Sapsucker x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid. At first glance, it appeared to be a Red-naped - except that there are red feathers in the white portion of the cheek.
We’ll be returning in January/February to look at the wintering bird community – so stay tuned!