Saturday, 14 September 2019

Las Vegas April 2019

Went to Las Vegas in April for my 50th birthday while i was there made two trips to The Henderson Bird Observatory and one trip to the Grand Canyon . Took an UBER taxi to the observatory was about $18 each way which was well worth it as it worked out a lot cheaper than if i had done a guided tour also done my homework before i went checking the EBIRD Nevada website for sightings weeks before i went so i was able to make a list of what to expect at the Observatory . 63 species seen overall . At the Grand Canyon seen Ravens,Rock Wren ,White Crowned Sparrow and White Throated Swifts . Flamingo hotel gardens seen Costas and Annas Hummingbirds many Great Tailed Grackles and a Northern Mockingbird . Brewers sparrows were seen outside the Luxor hotel. On my 2 visits to the Henderson Bird Observatory seen Costas and Annas Hummingbirds again plus a Black Chinned Hummingbird . 4 species of grebes were seen Horned,Eared,Western and Pied billed . Waders seen were Black Necked Stilt , American Avocet , Kildeer ,Greater Yellowlegs, and a Short Billed Dowicher .Raptors seen were Turkey Vulture ,Coopers Hawk and an American Kestrel . A Great White Egret was also present along with a Snowy Egret and a brief glimpse of a flyby 2 Green Herons . 3 species of blackbird were present Yellow Headed , Brewers and Red winged . Marsh and Bewicks Wrens were two of my target birds and seen both . Pick of the ducks on the pond were Cinnamon Teal , Ruddy Duck ,Bufflehead ,Canvasback and Ring Necked Duck .Pick of the small birds were Crissal Thrasher , Verdin ,Black Tailed Gnatcatcher, Yellow Rumped Warbler , Alberts Towhee and a Brown Headed Cowbird . Northern Rough Winged Swallows and Tree Swallows were also seen feeding over the ponds . Another highlight and target bird was a Greater Roadrunner which lived up to its name after i flushed it from a bush . Gambels Quails were running around everywhere also had a brief glimpse of a Sora and Common Gallilule . Full list to follow ....
Western Grebe

Eared Grebe

Great White Egret

Bewicks Wren

Pied Billed Grebe

American Avocet

Black Necked Stilt
Bufflehead , Redhead , Scaup , Western Grebe and Ruddy Ducks 

Great Tailed Grackle
Rock Wren
Crissal Thrasher
Costas Hummingbird
Black Tailed Gnatcatcher
Marsh Wren
Northern Mockingbird
Ravens
Gambels Quail
Verdin
Yellow Headed Blackbird
Kildeer
Monarch 
Yelolow Rumped Warbler
Mourning Doves
Cinnamon Teal
Ruddy Duck
Brewers Blackbird 
White Crowned Sparrow 
Greater Yellowlegs
Red Winged Blackbird

Annas Hummingbird

















Saturday, 6 October 2018

Oleander hawkmoth.





     Photos taken after the release of the Oleander hawkmoth caught yesterday.
     16 people came to see it during the day. It stayed still for several hours after release
      but was gone on it's travels by morning.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Abercregan last night.



                                    Ran the trap in warm southerly winds hoping for a migrant
                                    and got this stunning Oleander hawkmoth!
                                    The third county record, the other two were in 1958 and 1979.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Witches point moth light.


    Light and sheet


     Orange sallow, at least 6 seen.


    Barred sallow


   L-album wainscot


   Large ranunculus


   Northern rustic


     Willow beauty. 2 very small late brood specimens seen.
     Just 2 migrants noted, Silver Y and Dark swordgrass.