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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2016 ITF RSF Day 4 birding

Got stuck in traffic so decided to decamp and write(poke) recaps.

Again tried to find that Sage Thrasher, birded from around 6 again, yet failed again. Am I again barking at the wrong tree lol. Nevermind, I detoured this time and struck west: and glad I did!

There was a sizable pond or something(or just where the river widens), and Northern Shovelers and Ruddy Ducks were foraging.
But of course that's nothing special, although there were couple of Cinnamon Teals and Buffleheads as well.

Not sure I spotted a White-tailed Kite at the tree on the pond edge. It soon flew away, so didn't have chance to study it. But other ebird sightings confirm it.

Now it got interesting: a Sora ventured out from the reeds, into the open! Just my second sighting after Upper Newport Bay north boardwalk: naturally was delighted! It continued to 'weave' in and out of the reeds lol, so could watch it for more than a minute! Yaaas. Took pics as well, but again, it'll have to wait until I get back home.
Another surprise birds were a Northern Flicker, and a couple of Lesser Goldfinches. Also spotted a big pellet on the road: could it be Great Horned Owl's??!

Birded the beach west of San Elijo Lagoon a bit, but aside from Sanderlings and Belding's Savannah Sparrow, nothing special. I think I birded north of the spot where Snowy Plovers were seen: should try tomorrow again I guess.

Surprise sighting at the venue, was of Great Blue Herons! My sharp eye detected that bird at the big tree(Euc?) right at the clubhouse, around 4 pm: at least two were nesting!!! 4 nests were seen, with total 3 herons. That's like my second sighting of it nesting, after Bolsa Chica(those there nesting on a palm tree).

Red-tailed Hawk was seen overhead quite often, but the shape seemed like a Merlin actually. But the black palatial bar: that can be only RTHA.

So all in all, not a bad day! Totally forgot that now the match starts at 10, so arrived too early. Did spot a couple of Red-winged Blackbirds, along with a Black Phoebe: should've birded San Dieguito river, maybe tomorrow morning.

It's good there's plenty of time to do morning birding, but late afternoon birding is now out of the question: today's matches finished around 5:30, and that's too late. Well, birding is best in the morning anyway, since especially passerines are most active.

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