My daughter was agreeable to looking at another birding "hotspot" in Las Vegas (intrigued that there are any), so I located Wetlands Park online just a half-hour from her house. We spent a couple of hours there before we left for the airport, it was a real treat! Next time I'm taking my camera and bins!


The "new" birds I saw included COMMON GALLINULE (Moorhen), GREATER ROADRUNNER, ABERT'S TOWHEE and PHAINOPEPLA. There were several birds I couldn't ID without bins, and unfortunately, with only my little Fujifilm camera, I have a bunch of blurry photos. I am looking at my little pictures and going through the Southwest bird guides to figure out who they are -- including this guy - Say's Phoebe?


This SNOWY EGRET was a surprise - my sharp-eyed hubby spotted him while I was snapping pictures of the AMERICAN COOTS on one of the water treatment ponds.


The Egret is in the top of the photo - this was before I noticed him!


I really had to search the photograph to find this little guy in the picture -- I snapped several of the bush hoping to capture him. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER?


No idea who this might be -- a finch of some type?


A very large, very distant RAPTOR... We saw a NORTHERN HARRIER a bit later in another part of the park, but I don't think this was the same bird.


Another blurry unknown -- ok, no more of these! It was too fun and too frustrating not having bins!


Of course, what's a wetlands without a GREAT BLUE HERON? In focus too :o)

Bird List

Las Vegas, NV

Dec 28, 2011

Common Name Scientfic Name Count Action
Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii 6 ---
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 1 ---
Snowy Egret Egretta thula 1 ---
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus 1 ---
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata 1 ---
American Coot Fulica americana 20 ---
Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus 1 ---
Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna 1 ---
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans 1 ---
Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya 1 ---
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Polioptila melanura 2 ---
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 1 ---
Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens 2 ---
Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata 1 ---
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 10 ---
Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti 1 ---
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys 10 ---
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 2 ---
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus 2 ---
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus 1 ---

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Dave Irons
by Dave Irons on December 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

It must be incredibly aggravating to have no bins and no good camera along on your trip. I'm guessing you've gone on your last trip without these items. I couldn't tell you the last time I traveled without optics.

Dave Irons
by Dave Irons on December 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

The birds in photos 6-8 (counting down from the top) appear to be a dull male House Finch, a Northern Harrier, and a Say's Phoebe.

dawn villaescusa
reply by dawn villaescusa on December 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

Thanks! The only other input I got on these is a suggestion that the finch might be a Brown Headed Cowbird, and the raptor a Peregrine Falcon. Going back through my pix, I realized that #8 is the same bird as the one on the post (#2, the Say's Phoebe). The rest of my blurs are in a new Las Vegas album in my pix... Thanks again, very helpful!

dawn villaescusa

Yes - (I now have a new New Year's resolution :o). I'm not going to worry too much about the blurs - we had a great time and I picked up several new birds!

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