Here are the last of the bird images nearly worth looking at from my recent trip to Reno, Nevada. They are not in any particular order.
The last time I saw Swainson’s Hawk was about 15 years ago so, when I saw these crossing the highway as I approached Fallon naturally I stopped the car for photos, isn’t ABS wonderful, especially for those behind me!
The hummers tear around like little bullets so when I heard that there was a place that served breakfast and had feeders I was sold. This is a Calliope, note the square tail on the flight shot and the wings extending beyond the tail when perched. There was a full summer male around too but he kept getting beat up by the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds also present but not worth looking at, only joking.
A small number of the Wilson’s Phalaropes at Stillwater. Strangely, not 30 miles west, another lake had 300 Red-necked Phalaropes and I very nearly got there, bottling it on the sandy track and not really knowing where I was going.
I found a nice place to bird just south of Reno, the Damonte Ranch Park. It has a long cycle track all the way around and has some open water and a large reedbed. The Northern Harriers obviously breed there and this one went off to hunt the local gardens!
At one end of the park is a large open water area and you cut through an underpass to get there. On the light fitting a pair of Say’s Phoebes had a nest with young, the also have a neighbour who is perhaps not what you want to come calling.
Lots of White-crowned Sparrows up on the fragile alpine Tahoe Meadows dodging the local dogs which are supposed to be on lead but their owners just have S@it for brains, I know, I spoke to some of them. Oh, and not one had a bag with them to clean up after they had emptied their dogs (plural, always plural).