At first light I was at the Mountain Falls pond to check out the ducks and other birds. My scope allowed me to see all the birds hidden in the vegetation along the side of the pond.Everytime I turned around there were different kinds of birds to study. I then visited the two different fields and one park area in Mountain Falls. From Mountain Falls, I traveled to where the Burrowing Owl's live and then on to the Master Gardener's building on Calvada and then to Willow Creek. A Coyote was rustled up while I was walking around Willow Creek near the sanitation water plant. He was trying to catch Rock Pigeon's. As he ran away from me, I waited for him to turn around and look back at me. I got some nice pictures of him. He is a well fed Coyote. Right after this I came upon a Greater Roadrunner eating the remains of a Western Meadowlark. While he was doing this the other Meadowlarks were quietly moving through the vegetation on the ground eating.
Later a Cooper's Hawk landed in a Willow tree giving me a chance to take pictures of him. When the Merlin landed in the branch on the other side, the Merlin, bounced off the branch making a shrill sound and flew up and chased the Cooper's Hawk away. It was such a contrast in size to see a Merlin sitting next to a Cooper's Hawk. I stopped by to see Richard and Carol, to visit with them and to discuss sparrow's and Burrowing Owls. Lot's of different kinds of sparrows are showing up in their yard.
I am birding in different areas of Pahrump but I always find more birds at Willow Creek.There were 53 species of birds seen from 6:28a.m. until 10:40 a.m. today January 1, 2012
Birds seen today:
Northern Pintail (Only at Willow Creek pond by Richard and Carol's)
Northern Shoveler ( Only at Willow Creek pond by Richard and Carol's)
Canvasback ( Only at Mountain Falls pond)
Redhead (Only at Mountain Falls pond)
Great Blue Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk(Only at Willow Creek)
Merlin (Only at Willow Creek)
Burrowing Owl's (2)
Mountain Bluebird (Only at Mountain Falls in the field)
Sage Sparrow (1) (Only at Mountain Falls in the field)
Dark-eyed Junco (3) Slate-colored and (5) Oregon
Great-tailed Grackle's (hundreds)