Birds of Las Vegas

July 08 - Mt. Charleston, Henderson Bird Viewing Reserve

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What : 323 images of 24+ different species (12 new species)
When : July 17th-18th 2008 / 7 hrs of birding
Where : Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Mt. Charleston

I had a chance to do a little bird photography during a resent business trip in Las Vegas. I spent a late afternoon at Mt. Charleston and the next morning at the Henderson Bird Viewing Reserve.

I left downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, July 17th at 4:00pm heading towards Mt. Charleston. The temperature was around 105 F (about 5 degrees cooler than the day before)!! When I started the assent of Mt. Charleston some 30 minutes later, the temperature dropped gradually and reached 65F at the top. One of the first stops was successful as I photographed what I thought was a Western Bluebird but turned out to be a Lazuli Bunting a new bird for me. That was followed by a few more new birds including Band-tailed Pigeon, Black-headed Grosbeak, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and a number of humming birds of which I have only been able to ID Anna’s and Rufous. Heading back towards Las Vegas and as the sun was setting, I noticed two Lesser Nighthawks hunting near the road. I was able to pull off and take a few shots of one of them and add one more to my total.

Next morning I arrived at the Henderson Bird Viewing Reserve at 6:30am in hopes to get in as much birding as I could before it got too hot. There is hardly any shade at the reserve (part of waste treatment facility) so walking around with heavy photo equipment after 10:00am is not a good idea. It was a cool 92 F at 6:30 and it was a hot 98 F when I left. In between I managed to photograph new species (Long-billed Dowitcher, Clark’s Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Verdin, Black-chinned Hummingbird) as well as some good photos of Eared Grebe and Ruddy Ducks.

All in all a very good harvest of new species .

New Species

Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Polioptila melanura
Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Other Species

American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
American Coot Fulica americana
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Redhead Aythya americana
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis