Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stillwater NWR NV

March 20, 2013 Wed
I’ve been staying in Fallon NV for the last week. During that time I have visited the Stillwater NWR several times and took one trip to the Carson Lakes Wetlands. You can learn about these important wildlife areas at and
March is not the best time of year in this area, but I hope to return during the winter months and/or during the spring migration at some point. There is a Birding Festival every spring. This years festival will be held at the Churchill Co Parks & Recreation Complex, Sheckler Rd at Hwy 95 in Fallon. You can learn about this festival and get a schedule of events at
Most of the ducks and geese that come by the thousands to this area have flown North and the spring migration is a few weeks away. There is always something to see year round, but a lot of the wetlands dry up in the summer months and due to this year’s lack of rain, a lot of the temporary wet areas were completely dry.

What a wonderful and important stop over for migrating water fowl and small birds

A little Stillwater NV history

Pelicans and the Stillwater Range
Stillwater NWR NV
Rough-legged Hawk
Stillwater NWR NV
American White Pelican
Stillwater NWR NV
Canvasback Male
Stillwater NWR NV
Canvasback Female
Stillwater NWR NV
Stillwater NWR NV
Horned Lark
Carson Lakes Wetlands
Stillwater NWR NV
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow feeding on willow buds
Stillwater NWR NV

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Castle Air Museum - Atwater CA

March 6, 2013 Wed
I spent last weekend with the FreeWheelers at The Lakes RV Resort in Chowchilla CA. We had a great time sharing meals and catching up. The band had a rehearsal on Sat. That went well. We are preparing for our next performance at the Jackson outing. Friday I visited the Castle Air Museum in Atwater CA. I walked the entire flight line and paid dearly for it. Ibuprofen kept me walking the next couple of days. Glad I have a Pod Doc appointment tomorrow. Here are images of some, but not all of the planes at the museum.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The SR71 was built at the top secret Lockheed Martin facility "Skunk Works" in the southern California desert. One flew from Los Angeles to Washington DC in 64 minutes 5 seconds at an average speed of 2,153 mph. 

Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-25J Mitchell
Boeing B-17G
Doublas B-18 Bolo
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Boeing WB-50D
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Carried 31,200 gallons of jet fuel for "in air" refueling of fighter aircraft
Refueling boom on the KC-135A
Curtiss C-46D Commando
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
The largest bomber ever built. It could carry 72,000 pounds of conventional and/or nuclear bombs.
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker with an MK-17 Thermonuclear bomb
Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Douglas B-23 Dragon
Convair C-131A Samaritan
Vought RF-8G Crusader
North American F-86 Sabre
McDonnell F-4E Phantom II
Lockheed F-104B Starfighter
Grumman F-14D Tomcat
Douglas A4 Skyhawk
AVRO CF-100 Canuck