Friday, September 17, 2010

  SONGBIRD MIGRATION IN FULL SWING! A Prothonatary Warbler was seen again yesterday!  I have some photos  that are not good , but they do identify the bird. Last year my  boss Chris Mccreedy of PRBO (Point Reyes Bird Observatory), asked me which North American bird that I would most like to see. Prothonotary was my answer. Imagine my excitement when it first landed here above the little garden hose pond!

Dozens of female Lazuli Buntings are moving through Shoshone right now along with tons of warblers. According to Birds of North America online, the females migrate after the males. I've seen no males this month yet.
Some excellent birding is right in  town around the Crowbar Restaurant and Amargosa Conservancy. The new path behind the Warm Springs Pool is accessible now and we've added a little side path with great views into thick cover. A Sharp Shinned Hawk bathed in the garden hose pond last night A Common Poorwill was singing on the tennis courts after dark.
Here is an updated list of some of the birds seen Sept 2010 in Shoshone Village

Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Sharp Shinned Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Gambel's Quail
Spotted Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Great Horned Owl
Lesser Nighthawk
Rufous Hummingbird
Olive sided Flycatcher
Say's Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Barn Swallow
Common Raven
Red Breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren
Black Tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Crissal Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Loggerhead Shrike
Cassin's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Wilson's Warbler
Orange Crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Virginia's Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Black Headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Brown Headed Cowbird
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch

Come birding at Shoshone!

Please contact me by EMAIL at or at 760-852-4224  if you'd like to come to Shoshone Village for birding.
There are many wonderful birding hotspots nearby.
Shoshone Wetlands
Amargosa Canyon
China Ranch
Grimshaw Lake
Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge
Death Valley National Park

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