Still, the skies yielded some nice results:
I stopped at a nice little creek bed:
By now, we were nearing sundown, and birds were getting a little more active in the cooling temperatures. Near the border of Nevada and Idaho on Hwy 93 near Jackpot, Nevada, there's a rest area called the Salmon Falls Creek Rest Area -- what a great place to bird! The rest area had rocky hills blocking the setting sun and the creek flowing through it:
It was beautiful, and it was alive with bird life!
I saw several Black-billed Magpies -- lifers!
What a great bird -- just look at those ridiculously long tailfeathers!
Also saw lots of Common Nighthawks -- not a lifer, but I was excited to get a decent photo for my lifebirds collection:
We didn't stop a lot in Nevada, as we weren't going anywhere near any known hotspots for the state (we traveled I-80 to Hwy 93), and our real destination was Twin Falls, Idaho. Still, two birds during the blistering pace wasn't too bad and the scenery was beautiful.
Next time: we visit a place I've wanted to go since I was a kid watching the moon landing and wanting to be an astronaut (until I ran up against a mean math teacher in 5th grade who turned me off to the math/science track).