|Sunrise at Mile Marker 2|
Planet Ranch Road, double power poles to the east
|First set of double power poles to west and 2 mile marker on left, looking back toward entry,|
Planet Ranch Road
note transition from red edges of primaries to yellow edges of secondaries
dark outer and inner webs of outer retrice (tail feather) on each side that go straight to the end of the tail
without bending around as extensively at the tip as in Ash-throated Flycatcher
very cooperative in morning shade
back view in early morning sunlight, showing olive back
I drove to the end of Planet Ranch Road. It is a beautiful area, with a mix of desert vegetation and the cottonwoods in the riparian area which were a golden brown to brown color by this time of year. I enjoyed the other birds in the area--Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, overwintering Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phainopepla, the Canyon Wrens, Northern (Red-shafted) Flickers and Canyon Towhee, and I thought I heard a Crissal Thrasher, calling and singing briefly, and saw a thrasher briefly before it disappeared into the under-brush, behaving typically like the very secretive Crissal Thrasher. However, I never got an identifiable view of the thrasher; therefore, Crissal Thrasher remains on my heard only list.
This was my first time visit to Bill Williams NWR, and I wanted to see more of the area. I drove to the Visitor Center and walked out the paved path to look at waterfowl on Lake Havasu. There were lots of Western Grebes on the lake. On my way back to the parking area, I found several Barrow's Goldeneyes. It was great to see this bird at close range and get photos. I had seen a distant Barrow's Goldeneye in early June in Anchorage, Alaska. See photos below.
female, left, showing steep forehead
male, right showing white crescent on face and dark mark to waterline on side
male, left and female, right
Nutting's Flycatcher is number 713 + 3 provisional (White-cheeked Pintail, Common Redstart, and Eurasian Sparrowhawk).