Tuesday, September 27, 2016

From the Mountains to the Desert

My month of travel continued by flying from Denver to Las Vegas for another work event. I arrived and headed out to a park near the airport for an hour before heading to our newest office. This was a weird experience for sure. Sunset Park is a city park with ball fields and swingsets and a concrete pond smack in the middle. The pond attracts a variety of birds since it is an oasis of water in the middle of the desert. Some birds were expected including this Verdin.

Verdin
And this Wilson's Warbler. I saw a bunch of these on the trip.

Wilson's Warbler
I also expect to see alot of hummingbirds when I'm out west. The problem is that I have a hard time making an ID when they are molting like this one. Don't worry. I sent the photo to Harvey. He'll identify it for sure.

Unidentified Hummingbird
What I don't expect to see in the desert are Ross' Geese. There were 2 at the park. Wandering around the picnic pavilions with the other domestic geese and ducks. Weird. Ross' geese are pretty adorable no matter where you see them.

Ross' Goose
Here was another weird sighting. I was walking along the path and started seeing dirt flying. And then this little critter popped out. Its a Pocket Gopher. Here he is pushing the dirt out of his hole.

Pocket Gopher
Then, I headed to work and dinner with my coworkers and out to Freemont Street which is the absolute weirdest thing I've ever seen. The photos and videos that I took are not fit for this blog. Let's just say that "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" and leave it at that.
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