This week, Nathan Daniel from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation sent in some great photos of birds from Idlewild Park, including the first observation of a Hooded merganser sent in to Truckee River Guide this fall. Most Hooded mergansers migrate away from the Truckee River by early May, and return in November. Nathan took these pictures using a spotting scope and his smartphone. Pretty good, eh?
On a walk in Mayberry Park on Friday, I saw a Ruby-crowned kinglet — a new bird for the Truckee River Guide species list. You can’t see the ruby-colored crown in the photo, but it flew off before I could get a better shot.
The river is beautiful in the fall, and has a little more water in it now, thanks to recent storms. Happy Thanksgiving, all!