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Saturday, February 13, 2016

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Oak Glen Preserve, San Bernardino County, California, US Map )
Date and Effort
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
50 minute(s)
Distance:
0.25 mile(s)
Observers:
Becky Turley
Species
24 species total
8
American Wigeon
1
Cooper's Hawk
2
Red-shouldered Hawk
1
Red-tailed Hawk
2
American Coot
2
Band-tailed Pigeon
20
Acorn Woodpecker
1
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Age & Sex
JuvenileImmatureAdultAge Unknown
Male
Female1
Sex Unknown
1
American Kestrel
3
Steller's Jay
4
Western Scrub-Jay
4
Common Raven
3
Oak Titmouse
1
White-breasted Nuthatch
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8
Western Bluebird
2
American Robin
14
Cedar Waxwing
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
18
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
6
Brewer's Blackbird
2
House Finch
4
Lesser Goldfinch
8
Evening Grosbeak
previously reported. Near restroom in Oak Knoll Park. We watched 5 in a tree calling and preening. When they flew off there were 8. Soon after we saw 2 more nearby. Possibly same ones that returned.
Age & Sex
JuvenileImmatureAdultAge Unknown
Male3
Female2
Sex Unknown
I...scoured the whole damn site for 3 hours and couldn't find even one EVGR -_-

Local birder said he found those on Tuesday and even showed me the pic: by now the water at the tree has gone, and maybe that's why they're no longer there. But couldn't you just stay one more day??!! Ugh..

Sure the Preserve is fabulous what with montane species like Chickadees and Nuthatches, Nuttall and Acorn Woodpeckers popping out everywhere lol, but I was really looking forward to spot that EVGR, even more so than the Crane(because it's more rare).

This is why when a rare bird is spotted, birders descend on the site in 'desperation' lol. Because you don't know how long it'll stay. That Kelp Gull staying one more day was damn lucky for us.

Anyhow, my schedule was naturally screwed lol. Dunno why I visited Big Morongo at 1pm, it was dead as a doormat or doornail. Maybe I heard a Virginia Rail, or not. Too exhausted and it was damn hot so just walked the short Marsh Trail.

Arrived at Salton Sea unit 1 at 3:17, stayed till sunset to see where the Cranes go to roost. Local birder I met there said it goes east, but as he said, it's unpredictable. It actually flew a bit west to the grass area. Were feeding in the field east of the dirt road, about a 100 of them. Nothing dramatic. Maybe they chant in unison at daybreak or something, dunno. Or at the roosting site at dusk.

Thousands of Geese(Snow and probably Ross's as well) were further afield, and the shore north was crowded with hundreds of White Pelicans with 11 smaller Brown Pelicans. Dowitchers and Northern Shovelers were plentiful as well. Not sure I spotted a Stilted Sandpiper among those Long-billed Dowitchers.

Not that many gulls on the west side, but did spot a couple of Caspian Terms diving for fish. Spotted White-faced Ibis and Cattle Egret as well. Oh a Western Meadowlark was singing earnestly at the field. Northern Harriers were gliding above the field.

Last time I visited there in early March(IW PQ) it was practically deserted, so glad I went. Maybe the Cranes and Geese leave north by then.

Not sure I heard a Sora or Rail or Marsh Wren or American Bittern. I need to spot that AMBI, maybe next morning before the match start(sunrise before 6:30 so at least an hour to observe).

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR--Unit 1, Imperial County, California, US (Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
17
Duration:
2 hour(s)
Distance:
1.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Millie and Peter Thomas List , Terry Hurst
Species
45 species total
X
Snow Goose
© Millie and Peter Thomas
X
Ross's Goose
© Millie and Peter Thomas
© Millie and Peter Thomas
6
Gadwall
X
American Wigeon
6
Mallard
8
Cinnamon Teal
X
Northern Shoveler
X
Northern Pintail
X
Green-winged Teal
X
Ruddy Duck
1
Gambel's Quail
Heard.
X
Double-crested Cormorant
X
American White Pelican
1
American Bittern
© Terry Hurst
© Millie and Peter Thomas
X
Great Egret
X
Cattle Egret
© Millie and Peter Thomas
X
White-faced Ibis
© Millie and Peter Thomas
1
Osprey
1
Northern Harrier
© Millie and Peter Thomas
X
American Coot
7
Sandhill Crane
© Millie and Peter Thomas
© Millie and Peter Thomas
© Millie and Peter Thomas
X
Black-necked Stilt
5
American Avocet
60
Black-bellied Plover
X
Killdeer
X
Long-billed Curlew
X
Marbled Godwit
10
Stilt Sandpiper
X
Long-billed Dowitcher
X
Ring-billed Gull
X
California Gull
2
Herring Gull
2
Eurasian Collared-Dove
3
Mourning Dove
1
Burrowing Owl
© Millie and Peter Thomas
3
American Kestrel
1
Black Phoebe
10
Tree Swallow
1
Marsh Wren
© Millie and Peter Thomas
10
American Pipit
1
Savannah Sparrow
1
Song Sparrow
X
Red-winged Blackbird
X
Western Meadowlark
2
Great-tailed Grackle
Additional species seen by Millie and Peter Thomas:
2
Great Blue Heron
20
Semipalmated Plover
10
Willet

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