Wetlands Park, Las Vegas, NV 12-28-2011
dawn villaescusa | December 29, 2011 | 10:48 am
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)
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||---|
|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||---|