EA 110 – Field Ornithology – Class 5

Last night’s class began with Joe’s account of the annual WFO meeting in Las Vegas the previous weekend.  One gets the impression that Joe doesn’t much care for LV :).

Of the convention and trip:

  • when in Vegas, bird at the Henderson Sewer Ponds, which has set up a nice bird observation site with an environmental center, good bird habitat, and so on.  Joe saw a Palm Warbler and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers there
  • also birdy near Vegas is Corn Creek, part of the Sheep Range.  It’s a vagrant trap, and Gray, Hammond’s,  and Western Flycatchers were seen, along with Red-naped Sapsuckers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and 2 tail-less Flycatchers that generated some debate
  • The book “Rare Birds of California” was launched at the convention.  Although launched, it isn’t actually purchasable anywhere as yet 🙁  It contains a record of the CBRC’s activities for the past 30 years with photos, graphs, and such.

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Marbled Godwit at Palo Alto Baylands Park