Pahranagat Field Trip Report

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Pahranagat Birders

Birding at the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

On the morning of September 10th, eight birders (Angel Poe, Andrea Wirth, Scott Page, Jack Ruckdeschel, Doug Chan, Clair Moore, Debbie Rodriguez and Paul Rodriguez, met up at the designated meeting place and drove about an hour and a half north of Las Vegas to the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.

Arriving at the Visitor’s center around 7:00am, we were met by refuge manager, Rob Vinson. Rob took us on a short walk around the visitor’s center where we encountered several species, including some House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, a pair of Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrels and a fleeting glance at a Barn Owl to name a few.

Next we were off to the Upper Lake. On the way there we stopped to observe a couple of Willow Flycatchers, several Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroat, House Wren. Once we arrived at the upper lake parking lot we were greeted by four Orange-crowned Warbler.

With Turkey Vultures circling overhead we started out across the upper lake causeway were we immediately spotted a female Western Grebe and her chicks. We also saw some Great Egrets, a Vermilion Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow, a Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey and some Black Phoebes.

Further south on the upper lake we spotted some Gulls. A California Gull, a couple of Ring-billed Gull as wells as a Forster’s Tern and two Caspian Terns mixed in with Great Blue Herons and an American White Pelican.

Then we headed for the lower lake where we view countless waterfowl and shorebirds (see full list below) ending our day viewing a Greater Yellowlegs, and some White-face Ibis before driving back to Las Vegas. In total we observed 56 species.

Visit the Pahranagat Nation Wildlife Refuge website for more information about the area

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker


Pahranagat September 10, 2016 –  Species Observed (56 species)

Species Count
Gadwall 15
American Wigeon 30
Mallard 82
Cinnamon Teal 8
Northern Shoveler 5
Northern Pintail 258
Green-winged Teal 1650
Redhead 15
Ruddy Duck 30
Eared Grebe 6
Western Grebe 2
Clark’s Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
American White Pelican 2
Great Blue Heron 12
Great Egret 11
White-faced Ibis 76
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 3643
Black-necked Stilt 8
American Avocet 21
Western Sandpiper 1
Wilson’s Phalarope 1
Red-necked Phalarope 1
Spotted Sandpiper 5
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
California Gull 1
Caspian Tern 2
Forster’s Tern 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 4
Barn Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Western Wood-Pewee 5
Willow Flycatcher 2
Black Phoebe 5
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Common Raven 18
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 8
House Wren 1
American Pipit 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 21
House Finch 20
Lesser Goldfinch 23

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