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U.S.A. -- NEVADA: Las Vegas Notes
by William Leigh
I recently did a trip to Las Vegas where I was able to combine a few
days of birding with a conference I was attending. I was really
surprised by the great birding opportunities in the area.
I basically birded just three or four areas all within 30 to 60 minutes
of donwtown Las Vegas.
Henderson Sewage treatment plant was really nice and held several
lifers for me including Yellow Headed Blackbird and Longbilled Curlew
as well as Both Western and Eared Grebes.
Red Rock Canyon another close area was good for Chuckars. I saw
lots of Chuckars probably 30+ they were something to watch as they
scaled the vertical red bluffs somehow they just walk right up the
cliffs ....really rather amazing.
Mount Charleston and in particular Mack's Canyon was great and probably
yeilded the most birds. Here I found Clark's Nutcracker, Western
Bluebirds, Va's Warbler, Bushtits, Green-tailed Towhee, Broad-billed
hummers, Mountain Chickadee, Violet Green Swallows, and more.
There is a very good guide to the area that I highly recommend Southern
Nevada Birds A Seeker's Guide by Carolyn Kitchel Titus.