Monday, September 19, 2011

Birding 9-18- 2011 : Willow Creek: Pahrump: (Nye County)

Birding started early with three Red-shouldered Hawk's by the clubhouse. The Yellow-breasted Chat was seen at the end of my birding day. He was in the Willow bushes, down low next to the water. It was a male. He did not stay long enough to get a picture. He disappeared back into the brush. I spent 30 minutes looking for him but could not find him again. This sighting was  seen at the second pond from Richard and Carol Cantino's home. Last week Carol, told me she had seen a bright yellow bird in the trees, but could not find it.

I was very happy to see two Prairie Falcon's. I did get pictures of one of them. It has been a year since I have seen them at Willow Creek.

Other birds seen: Crissal Thrasher, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Say's Phoebe, Black Phoebe, Snowy Egret's (3) Cinnamon Teal's Orange-crowned Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow and a American Goldfinch.

Submitted by
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada

Monday, September 05, 2011

Birding 9-04- 2011 : Willow Creek: Pahrump: (Nye County)

I started out early this morning and came upon an auto accident going into Pahrump. Helicopters were busy with the injured.

I tried to get into birding but found it difficult to concentrate as I could hear the helicopters and the police sirens.

Coming home from birding hours later, another accident in the same general area. My thoughts are with those that were involved in the two accident's.

I checked on the Burrowing Owls. Seven of them were out. They are not at Willow Creek. They are in a different area of Pahrump. I saw 4 adults and 3 juveniles. The juveniles are very dark compared to the adults. Must be from the time they spend in their burrows.

I have to go out to another area to check for a Burrowing Owl burrow, as they are flying across the street at night when we go into town or come home.
Birds seen today at Willow Creek:

The Red-shouldered Hawk was the first bird of the day, sitting at the top of a Willow tree.
A Black Phoebe was sailing out for insects from a post in one of the ponds.
Anna's Hummingbirds were everywhere.
American Kestrel's together, moving about Willow Creek. Saw three together at one time.
Say's Phoebe
Red-winged Blackbirds
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bank Swallow
Verdin
Crissal Thrasher
Yellow Warbler (male)
Northern Mockingbird

Submitted by
Darlene Feener
Pahrump, Nevada