Monday, May 26, 2014

Vermilion Flycatcher Nests - An Encore

Several months ago, I put together a post showing photos of Vermilion Flycatcher nests.  I thought I’d share this one, as well – for the third year in a row, there’s been a nest in this tree.  In 2012 and 2013, the nest was in the exact same location; this year, it was perhaps a foot away, if that.  Most of my Vermilion Flycatcher nests are fairly close to where they had been located in past years, but this wins the site fidelity prize!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nevada Bird Count - Botanical Edition

How it has gotten to be the latter part of May, I’m not sure, but time is flying along with the birds!

The Nevada Bird Count crew has been out and about now for a little over a month.  In addition to our bird surveys, we also do a lot of habitat surveys.  Earlier this month, David Charlet, a botanist at the College of Southern Nevada, graciously gave us a day of his time, and we all had a blast scouring the Spring Mountains, becoming more familiar with the vegetation within blackbrush and pinyon-juniper habitats, among others.  Thanks David!