In spring 2014, birders at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada reported single-day high counts of 7,200 Long-billed Dowitchers, 1,300 American Avocets, and 850 Dunlin.
The refuge is part of the Lahontan Valley Wetlands, one of the most important wetlands areas in the American West. In some years, as many as 250,000 shorebirds, including 150,000 Long-billed Dowitchers (pictured above), stop over during spring and fall migration.
Nearly a quarter of a million coots have been recorded in the fall, and in winter Bald Eagles and Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks roam the refuge. Snow Goose, Redhead, and many other species of wintering waterfowl number in the thousands. — Matt Mendenhall
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