Birdwatching North America with Birdingpaltours

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Birdwatching around Las Vegas, Nevada with John C. Taylor Jr.

If you are in Las Vegas for a few days why not join John and let him show you his local patch. John says ........many factors determine the scope and area of an outing in Las Vegas. It is, after all, desert, and can be very hot in the summer and very chilly in the winter. We have desert plateau and mountainous terrain. Our spring migration has different birds than during the fall. At all seasons the birds come to where there is water.

"Spring Mountains with Creosote brush"

If the client has more time, or target species, we leave earlier for the Desert National Wildlife Range, then up the mountain. Other areas include Red Rock and Tule Springs State Parks. Each of these areas has water features, which birds visit regularly on a seasonal basis. From time to time JeAnne Branca will join me and we work well as a team. JeAnne is a Red Rock Audubon VP and a naturalist at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

"Gambel's Quail"

A one-day tour with me for someone unfamiliar with the area would usually commence at dawn at the HBVP. The walk on level ground takes about three hours. If we have seen all the usual suspects, we then head up onto the Spring Mountains for different habitats, and different birds. A round trip of some 100 miles and 6 hours might ask $150 for the day. I usually collect the client at his hotel in my sedan, and we make available stops for food as appropriate. As an example, Mt. Charleston has a lodge with a deck with a dozen hummingbird feeders. A good place for lunch and three or four species.

"Crissal Thrasher"

If the client has more time, or target species, we leave earlier for the Desert National Wildlife Range, then up the mountain. Other areas include Red Rock and Tule Springs State Parks. Each of these areas has water features, which birds visit regularly on a seasonal basis. From time to time JeAnne Branca will join me and we work well as a team. JeAnne is a Red Rock Audubon VP and a naturalist at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

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Birding guide John C. Taylor Jr, your local Birdingpal guide
My personal birding started in 1964, at college. Since then, I have lived and birded in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and various locales around the United States. My only functional language is American English. Now 70 years old, I am a retired airline pilot, and spend most of my time either reading or playing golf. My life list (937) includes 410 North America and 216 Nevada birds, not greatly spectacular for one so well traveled, but there you are. I would not characterize myself as an expert, but an enthusiastic novice. I carry a Swarovski 20-60x80mm scope, and Canon 10x30 IS binoculars, and have access to additional optics if needed.


Electronic map of Nevada

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of North America, D Sibley Knopf 2003
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 5th edition


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