Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Shoshone Days Birdwalk

Shoshone Village was full of birds for Shoshone Days. There were 17 participants for the bird walk! We simply walked up to the Pupfish Creek and back to the Crowbar Cafe, and over two hours, saw an excellent selection of birds. Everybody got a great look at the male Vermilion Flycatcher, which was putting on an excellent flycatching demonstration at the Shoshone Pond, and campground. Hopefully he's still around this week after a big wind! Thank you to Martin Powell for not only photographing, but spotting most of the good birds that day.( I was probably lecturing too much instead of birding!) Martin has kindly shared the following photos.
Vermillion Flycatcher photo by Martin Powell

White-throated Sparrow photo by Martin Powell

This White-throated Sparrow,rare in the west, was in with a bunch of common White-crowned Sparrows eating fallen dates below the date palms. Yellow-rumped Warblers were doing the same and Elena Esparza was able to get this awesome shot, as well as the great shot of the group. Thank you Elena for all your help and photos.
     Martin Powell spotted and photographed this sneaky little Brown Creeper,
Brown Creeper photos by Martin Powell

next to the Shoshone Pond, normally a dark woods tree trunk bird, they are occasionally found along the Amargosa in the winter. Martin also spotted and photographed this Marsh Wren, another winter visitor that is extremely difficult to get a good look at!
Marsh Wren photo by Martin Powell

A great aerial battle by Common Ravens, and a flyover by an Osprey were also highlights.


1 comment:

  1. This is very much a work in progress whenever I find out about one who is more beautiful than any of these I will add her and kick out number ten Thanks for sharing the informative post.