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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nerdy Birdy: Nevada Desert Birds

Over the past two days where my parents and I have been hiking and driving to different locations around Pharumpf Nevada to go birding I have found six new birds to cross off my California Nerdy Birdy List … THAT’S RIGHT SIX NEW BIRDS. WHOOOO HOOOOOO!

Although birding in the desert is difficult and the birds are much further and farther between then when I normally go birding to be able to find six new birds in only a few days was a real treat; of course lugging my HUGE LENS everywhere although heavy allows me to get better shots more often and is worth the extra struggle.

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The Chukar was the first one that we found on our Red Rock Canyon hike, a mid-sized land bird built like a quail this little guy scurries so fast across the ground so fast I had a hard time getting a great shot. Of course we heard the Chukar’s way before we saw them, and there were a lot of them!

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48. CHUKAR’S

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48. CHUKAR

Pigeons are often birds that you see all the time and since I already have most of them photoed I generally ignore taking photos of them. But when I saw this particular pigeon perched on top of a tree in the distance I took a double take, something about it just looked different. We took some photos and then just to be sure of my hunch I even got my dad to scare the bird so I could grab a photo of its tail feathers… I was right we had a banded tail pigeon, notice the distinct band on his tail feathers. This one is another new bird for me.

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267.BANDED TAILED PIGEON

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267.BANDED TAILED PIGEON – CLOSEUP OF TAIL FEATHERS

This next new bird I caught out of the corner of my eye while driving. I took this photo from the comfort of my air conditioned car and it turns out to be the Loggerhead Shrike. He ended up staying for quite some time, even after my mother got out of the car to get a closer shot.

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369. LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE

I found this Western Wood Pewee high up in a tree. With my big lens I was still able to get quite a great shot. These little flycatcher type birds are too cute when hunting insects, you can always tell this type of bird by its distinctive acrobatic flight pattern. What a cute new little bird!

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339. WESTERN WOOD PEWEE

In the mountains at the restaurant were hanging quite a few hummingbird feeders. Various hummingbirds came to get a bite to eat and this little guy ended up being a new bird for me. The Ruby Throated Hummingbird unfortunately with him perched away from the sun I was unable to get his throat feathers to shine the bright red that they can get but this little guy is another new bird for me!

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311. RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

My last new bird for this trip was this small little yellow bird. Sometimes these guys are so hard to identify. After a debate with my mother and looking at both our bird books we decided that this little yellow bird was the Black Poll Warbler another new bird for both of us! HURRAH!

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493. BLACK POLL WARBLER

With all the new birds that we found there were of course a bunch that I already have crossed off my list.

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561. LAZULI BUNTING FEMALE

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506. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT FEMALE

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516. WESTERN TANAGER FEMALE

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526. BREWER’S SPARROW

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413. PYGMY NUTHATCH

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468. PHAINOPEPLA

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415.CACTUS WREN

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405. MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE

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387. WESTERN SCRUB JAY

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269. EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE

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A HUMMINGBIRD

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Great photos darling! I didn't get a clear enough picture of the flycatcher. He was just too far away for my little lens. Good Job!

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