|We were hoping to see one Burrowing Owl on our outing, we ended the day with nine!
I had found out about the bird guide service from an Ontario birding Facebook Group page last year and they came highly recommended from a couple birding acquaintances in the group. I quickly made contact with them and plans for a full day outing.
It's hard to put into words the amazing time we had without sounding like I'm gushing, but it was just so awesome! Justin, our guide, was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. It didn't matter if I was asking about a bird, a plant, mammal or an area, he always had an answer. He let us set the pace of the day, and did all he could to make sure we saw as many target birds as possible. Rob and I were more interested in making sure we had good looks at all the new birds we were seeing instead of rushing off to try to get another one or getting the "wow" photo, and it made for a very pleasant day. We visited three different areas with three very different habitats which made for a great variety of birds.
Here is a list of birds I added to my "Life List":
1. Abert's Towhee
2. Anna's Hummingbird
3. Band-tailed Pigeon
4. Bewick's Wren
5. Black-chinned Sparrow
6. Black-necked Stilt
7. Black Phoebe
8. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher.
9. Burrowing Owl
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Clark's Nutcracker
12. Cinnamon Teal
13. Costa's Hummingbirds
14. Crissal Thrasher
15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. Gambel's Quail
17. Greater Roadrunner
18. Juniper Titmouse
20. Lesser Goldfinch
21. Mountain Chickadee
23. Pygmy Nuthatch
24. Say's Phoebe
25. Spotted Towhee
26. Steller's Jay
28. Vermilion Flycatcher
29. Woodhouse Scrub Jay
We also saw some sub-species; Audobon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Slatey Fox Sparrow and a Grey-headed Junco. Rob got a few more lifers than I, he also added Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Avocet and Great-tailed Grackle.
Below I have used a mix of Rob's photos and some from the Bird Las Vegas Facebook page with permission, as I really wanted to showcase some of the amazing birds we saw.
|Anna's Hummingbird - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Black-tailed Gnatcatcher - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Yellow-headed Blackbird - Photo by Rob Mueller
|Costa's Hummingbird - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Juniper Titmouse - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Gambel's Quail - Photo by Rob Mueller
|Steller's Jay - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Greater Roadrunner - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Burrowing Owls - Photo by Rob Mueller
|Verdin - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Male Vermilion Flycatcher - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Female Vermilion Flycatcher - Photo from Bird Las Vegas
|Black-chinned Sparrow - Photo by Rob Mueller
|Rob and I with our awesome guide, Justin. See you in 2020!