We visited an awesome wildlife area for birds today. Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located in the Lahontan Valley, near the community of Fallon. We did a driving tour around several lakes. They have nice walking trails with bird blinds to hide in and watch the birds. We saw a lot of long-billed dowitchers, coots, herons and a few hawks.
Stillwater wetlands are well-known to birders, as this area has been designated a site of international importance by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network because of the hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, such as long-billed dowitcher, black-necked stilt, and American avocet passing through during migration.
Also listed as a 'Globally Important Bird Area' by the American Bird Conservancy, more than 280 species have been sighted in the area. These tremendously rich and diverse wetlands attract more than a quarter million waterfowl, as well as over 20,000 other water birds, including American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, white-faced ibis, and several species of egrets, herons, gulls, and terns.
Tundra Swans gather in early winter. The refuge is Nevada's largest Bald Eagle winter residence. Approximately half the Canvasback population in the Pacific Flyway winter here. Wintering raptors include Golden Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, and Prairie Falcon. Over 160 species have been recorded here. This area has produced a number of rarities; check the Nevada Birds List Server for a list of birds.
I am adding a picture of a hawk we spotted in a tree if anyone knows what he is, please send me the information. More later...