This fall migration through the Nevada Great Basin this year product some rare birds especially in the Las Vegas area. The Great Basin has desert traps that attract migrants so I decided to spend a couple days on the road traveling from Reno to Las Vegas. I ended near the California border in an town off highway 15 call Primm. Right off the exit there was a grassy area where rare birds for the were seen. I didn’t find them but I did find this male American Redstart
Before reaching Primm I stopped off at Corn Creek Desert NWR located off Highway 95 about 15mi north of Las Vegas. I saw 12 species and was able to capture Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's, and a close encounter with a Greater Roadrunner.
The next spot was to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve just east of Las Vegas where I saw 52 species and got luck finding a Black Phoebe with an unlucky Variegated Meadowhawk. They also have a Desert Tortoise along with Thrashers, Quail, Shorebirds, Verdin, and Hummingbirds.
The next day I stopped at Miller's Reststop, ESM (NV), which is about midway on the way home. The were 16 species including a great view of a Red-naped Sapsucker and a Northern Flicker drinking a small pool of water.
The final stop was along Walker Lake, MIN (NV) where I found Sparrows, a Rock Wren, and a Loggerhead Shrike to name a few. It was a quick trip and I did it in 38 hours.
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