I just got back from visiting my Mom up in Carson City. Thankfully, she’s doing BEAUTIFULLY! Healing up amazingly quickly and in generally good spirits! We did a few shopping excursions and ate out for some lovely meals. I was a kind and loving daughter and did not take any photos of her in recovery!
We even got a little birding in. Just a little, tiny bit. We didn’t want to tire Mom out but some car birding isn’t too tiring!
Here’s what we saw . . .
2 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
10 California Quail Callipepla californica
2 Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
1 Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata LIFER!
2 Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
8 Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia LIFER!
2 American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
10 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
2 American Robin Turdus migratorius
2 House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
The best was the Snipe. We were driving along this beautiful stretch of road at pastures near the Carson River. The pastures are flooded . . . perfect Snipe country.
Isn’t it lovely? Posed for us for hours, chatting loudly the whole time! I’ll give you more pics and even some vid tomorrow!
While I’ve seen lots of Yellow-billed Magpies, I hadn’t ever seen (or at least listed) a Black-billed Magpie. I didn’t get a good picture of them but this isn’t a baaaad picture, right?
The biggest problem is the magpie’s lovely long tail was tipped away from the camera and looks a bit like it was clipped off. :) But, I love the look on it’s face . . . sort of a knowing smile!