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Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 ITF ISC G18 singles Thu.

3rd Round

Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) [1] 6-3 6-1 Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [13]

The match went by fast. AA too good. Both are very tall.

Carson BRANSTINE (USA) 4-6 7-5 6-0 Jade LEWIS (NZL) [10]

Didn't really watch this crt 5 match much, but Jade was returing well. So after long rallies Car was making errors. Jade even attacked pretty sharply, making drive winners now and then. Not sure if it was intentional but lots of balls went to Car's 'relatively weak' bh side, which was pretty effective as well.  Jade later had a MTO.

You know what this means?  That LSU is NCAA title contender next season. Kinglsey and Weissmann are also joining the team..in 2017, Bridges as well. Many teams are passing USC by, UNC, TAMU, Vandy,UGA made NIIC final, Cal. just won it.... :sobbing: 

Another thing of course, is that Car once again, has an iron will or stamina lol. Plenty of mental strength there, which USC sorely needs :p(they lost so many tight matches at Team, NIIC or NCAA).

Funny thing, Ellie Douglas was rooting for Car? Wonder why?

Abigail DESIATNIKOV (USA) [14] 2-6 6-3 7-6(4) Maria MATEAS (USA) [3]

Racquet dropping galore lol.
Abi yelled and glanced at her mom, good girl haha(those intense stares continued!). Think she serves faster now? No more quite 'solemn'! She later had a MTO on her back.

The reason why Abi is so good. Sustainability. Just doesn't break down. Rarely. Ability to withstand pressure, second to none. Just hits straight back, no weak slices or lobs. In fact once even made a very difficult lob winner, after herculean defensive efforts including defensive volley, which should be the point of the day. Dtls, no problema. Angles? Even Maria couldn't reach some.

Thought her serve might be her bane, but her absolute control eventually carried the day I guess. Against that ultra-solid Maria, which says it all.
Mainly watched the 2nd set, and a bit of the later 3rd(did not watch to the end, since by then I've watched aplenty and had to focus on other matches).

Claire LIU (USA) [5] 3-6 6-4 6-2 Emma Christine HIGUCHI (USA)

Just glimpsed a bit of the 1st, Claire as usual was making tons of errors, even at net haha. Colette was watching this anyway so didn't pay too much attention, why should I concern myself with the battle of the Cards lol. Watched them a lot by now.

Rosie JOHANSON (CAN) 6-2 7-6(3) Morgan COPPOC (USA) [7]

So impressed with Rosie. Not kidding, the better player won. Now I understand how she made that improbable score against Alex Sanford lol. 

ON POINT. Whether driving or serving. Didn't miss the corners and lines lol. Painted those, thereby opening up the court and scoring winners. Angled forehands were so sharp, and even made a drop shot. Once made a service return winnner as well. 
So even a good defender like Morgan couldn't do anything about it. That's actually a heroic effort on Morgan's part, making the 2nd set competitive. I think she actually got better, but Rosie could withstand Morgan's attacks, and attacked so sharply in turn..

So what does it say that Cali Jankowski lost 57, 57 to Rosie at ITF NB??!!! What's Cali's potential? :) Or did Rosie just have a bad day haha.

Now was that Abi's mom watching this match?  I remember Abi sporting a UGA sweater or something..imagine if she goes to UGA! UGA can then finally win the NCAA again..! In fact Abi rather looks a bit like a cute Bulldog..!

Meible CHI (USA) 6-2 6-3 Sofia SEWING (USA)

The match was actually pretty intense, becase Sofia is a good hitter(she had a competitive match against...was it Neel, at EB last year). Chi was maybe a tad better, that is all. Both showed nice variety as well. For example Sofia once made a drop shot and lob combo winner.

Michaela GORDON (USA) [6] 6-3 6-1 Elysia BOLTON (USA)

As I said, Elysia made lots of winners by coming up to the net. But in the end, Michaela was more solid. Elysia made vastly more drive errors..haha. Michaela once did a 'Dracul', carrying the towel...with her teeth lol.

Kayla DAY (USA) [2] 4-6 6-4 6-1 Ann LI (USA)

Just watched a bit of later of the 2nd set. As I said, Ann's 'stock' will skyrocket. She was very impressive at Winter National anyway, so maybe not that much of a surprise. Beating Gordon, pressing Day..which will be the lucky college team to have her? She's class of 2018, #10 now. She even made the shot of the day, defensive lob-like shot just crossing the net in a sharp angle that resulted in a winner lol.

As I said, her excellent net approaches enabled her to win points easily(which is of course a very effective tactic against a grinder like Day), and she excelled in both defense and offense, driving verra well. Even fh sliced very well.
But later began to make errors, especially on her bh side(went long), and Day passed reasonably well(or Ann's approach timing was bad at times).

7:36pm! Not bad. Now to dinner!

USTA / College are rivals

Especially concerning elite players.

Two examples will suffice; Sam Crawford(USC) and Jen Brady(UCLA). One could count Louisa Chirico as well(heard she could've gone to Stanford).

Now, how about Car Branstine.

Let's say she hopes to go to USC, but she's so good, that USTA(or agents) 'tempts' her to turn pro. It's ultimately up to the players themselves, of course. Whether they have a firm goal to become pro, or will content themselves with college education(plenty of players do that, especially US players. Lack of will? Whatever case it is. Of course it's hard to become a pro player with endless grinds day after day).

Anyhow, in this case, what will be USC(or any school for that matter)'s selling point? For example Stanford has that glorious tradition and WTA Stanford WC.
LSU has coach Sell(I guess USC players could have WC advantage in WTA 125k Carlsbad, like Zoe Scandalis). 

There has to be some guarantee that training at the particular school and competing at college tournaments does not hinder the players' developments. For example you can lose aggression, aggressive instinct, which can be practically a death knell.

Many top players graduate early anyway, extreme case being Noah Rubin(and many boys are just turning pro outright now. Maybe they abhorred the new rules!).

The 'seesaw' and the struggle will continue, for sure, for those very elite players.

2016 iSC G18 Doubles Thu.

No college coaches since they have to prepare for Dual matches(some travels, methinks, like USC). They all have a lull next weak, so many coaches come by during EB.

Again, crap doubles court placements. 1, 5, 6, 17, that says it all lol.  No way one can watch two matches simultaneously when crts 1, 5 and 6 are so far apart lol. Thankfully since Car vs Jade, Emma vs Claire crt5 matches went to the distance, they had to reassign B/J vs D/M to crt 2, inadvertently helping Colette lol(so she could watch both matches simultaneously), crt 1 and 2.

In fact can't one access those lawn area between crt 1 and 2 from the south? One has to walk all the way around counter-clockwise to enter from the north. Not convenient at all. Well some players just climb over the fence lol(did Letzt do that last year?), but still. How about shorties like me :(

Oh 'spotted' Steve Pratt at the clubhouse so greeted each other :)

Umpire at Govin? match at crt 10, he had lots of pins including IW one on his bag..!

They just updated the score at ITF

Quarterfinal
Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Kariann PIERRE-LOUIS (USA) 6-3 3-6 [10-7] Nadia GIZDOVA (USA) / Whitney OSUIGWE (USA)

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) / Ena SHIBAHARA (USA) 6-3 6-1 Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Chiara LOMMER (USA)

Morgan COPPOC (USA) / Raquel PEDRAZA (USA) [4] 6-4 6-7(7) [10-7] Kate PAULUS (USA) / Alana SMITH (USA)

Carson BRANSTINE (USA) / Taylor JOHNSON (USA) [7] 6-2 7-6(5) Emma DECOSTE (USA) / Lea MA (USA)

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KLP/Hewitt def. Osuigwe/Gizdova

Only could watch the start of this match. O/G were making a comeback then. Just watched like 2 games so can't really say. Crt 17.

Black/Shibahara def. Bolton/Lommer

Crt 6. This match started later than crt1 match C/P vs P/S, yet finished way earlier lol. Elysia is so similar to Ann Li. Both are terrific hitters, and not only that, net approach is an intrinsic part of their game; do it a lot, and quite well. Welcome variety of course.

In this match as well, poached well, but she eventually crumbled later on, committing errors. Lommer also, and Black really is like her sister, nice defense and touch.  And Ena, the Kween, of course. Her serves out wide were especially effective. And her drives are so potent, and she sends it so deep, can elicit weak responses(so B could finish those).
Nice experience for Elysia, I'm sure :)  Wonder which college team will be lucky to have her?

Coppoc/Pedraza def. Paulus/Smith

Impressed with the losers. They have verra nice touch, especially Alana Smith, whom I maybe saw for the first time, not sure though. Such easy bh volley finishes at net lol.

Oh, Morgan. Haha. I wonder if her vocal cord is ok. She was barking quite ferociously, in unprecedented decibels(for her standards!), at the later stage during her singles match against Johanson haha.

At times she was very bad. Once even hit a netpost when she attempted a dtl haha. Methinks I'll 'report' to coach Bernstein if he visits IW next week...! :p


It felt like Raquel was carrying the team, what with her patient groundstrokes and nice poachings haha. But the younger players(both are class of 2018) were so good, the match was never-ending lol. By then I was fearing that I wouldn't have chance to watch the crt 2 match at all, so went there lol.

Morgan as usual did her 'obligatory' racquet tosses lol, and 'pretended' to be very surprised when she hit Kate with the ball..haha. One funny point, when Morgan failed to return a serve, Raquel tossed the racquet, not Morgan lol. Morgan looks like a Teddy Bear, rather than a Bulldog...lol what am I rambling about.

Of the Wilson players, Pedraza advances, Bolton drops out.

Branstine/Johnson def. Decoste/Ma

Wearing those yellow bandanas again. Methinks it's Trojan Gold, no? Haha. Impressed with Ma's touch again. They could also prolong the rallies, so Car made some drive errors. SJ as usual showed nice touch. The match was actually pretty tight, what with D/M serving and driving well. But in the end, the Enfant Terribles were too good. Probably won the net duel.

I couldn't believe Anna was still there haha. NCSU is recruiting well!
And Christie Wan was spotted with Alex Poorta...! What is the ramification of this lol.








Class of 1998 Doubles Troika

Ann Li(with Natasha Subhash, they won a lot)
Elysia Bolton(with whoever lol, for example Grace Joyce, who's fellow classmate)
Allen/Kowalski

Honorable mention; Corley, Kessler, Decoste, Brylin, Alyvia Jones, Menguene, Gillas, Paulus/Smith today..for me Peus is class of 2017 lol.

ITA moves from NJ to ASU

Found via Colette's twitter.

There's more announcements, they say.  I'm already dreading. Maybe they're cutting doubles more, considering the consistent recent trend.  As I said, if they cut doubles more, I won't watch Div. I any more, period.

2016 ISC G16 Thu.

So~~~ it's 5pm and no way I'm trying to go home; hellish traffic awaits us at this hour lol. Hence, you're in luck; I'm going to write recaps right now!  So inconsistent, no concept of deadline whatsoever lol.

So Hanna Chang is said to 'announce' her intention at TRN; isn't that significant. The mere fact that she's announcing means that she's attending college, no? But this late, what college? UVA?  By the way 'coaches' Poorta(of Michaela. They later practiced at crt8 in the afternoon, no one can escape my hawk-eye!) and Lucassen(of Hanna) watched Holt match together at crt7; compatriots should stick together I guess lol. Now where's my Netherland soccer cap.We all will miss Johan Cruyff, by the way. Really surprised he passed away relatively young..

By the way I'm not a big believer of match-ups. Surely one could struggle, but in the end, the better player will find a way, is my take. If you can't, you simply are not that good imo.

And I no longer really care about who wins. Especially juniors it's all about potential, no? In fact college as well. They are all winners anyway, Div. I players. FREE TUITION!!! Lol, and they're playing less than ever, 'thanks' to the recent rule changes. Good times(sarcasm).

Muljat def. Stearns 4,4

Mostly watched this 1st match at crt...9. Again, verra impressed with S's beautiful drives! Really reminds me of my fav, Kylie McKenzie. Net approach and volleys weren't bad either. From the 2nd loosened up on the bh side, concentrating on sending deep. Maybe her unstable serve was her bane. And did she do a 'Lauren Davis', leg-throughing the ball before serve...! Just checked and she's another promising player from the Midwest! Really, that region is such a tennis mecca...! Class of 2020 Blue Chip, #31 now.
Jess' condition seemed pretty good, she effectively moved Peyton around, nice creating width.

I wonder if they can improve the 'fan experience', like IW. Upper courts, really not ideal views there. Quite limited. Don't they have enough money or something coming from USO. For example, can't they erect a mini stand for crt 13 and 14. Viewing area is actually lower than the court lol. And of course, the sideline view itself is so limited.

Baptiste def. Cheng

I thought this match was high level. Hailey is just so good...effortless power and variety, has both. She even could slide well. Surely the top contender to win it all. Vivian could also attack very sharply. Moved well, too. Only could watch some of the 1st set. Crt17.

Jankowski vs. Volynets

Crt 9 on this marquee match, a shame of course. Who won? Tennisticker is not clear on this. The match was tight, but Cali could create sufficient width with her monstrous fh, making winners. Again, only could watch some of the 1st set, had to leave to watch lower court matches, ugh.
Oh I see that Katie won, not sure about the score(went to 3rd?). Katie is definitely more solid, like Abi is(makes few errors).

Cayetano def. Vasilyuk

Couldn't really watch, C trains there so got the coveted crt8 I guess(other 3 matches were all held at upper courts). I thought Luba might win since I was impressed with her game against Huang the day before, but actually Eryn was quite powerful.

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Dbls, again, all matches were held at upper courts except this match;

Guevara/Vasilyuk def. Bou/Campos

Saw B/C for the first time, and they're verra good. Defends very well, and could attack sharply too. Methinks the winners were a bit better at the net, poaching, but that's all really. Could watch from the 2nd set at crt8, watching simultaneously with Abi vs Maria crt7 match.

Kourkina/Sorroko surprises me again, even defeated Cheng/Pursell??!! Smile tennis wins? Haha. Too bad this match was played at...crt17?

I think Price was around with friends, is Noel with her? I frankly dunno her face...lol.

2016 ITF ISC G18 Singles Wed.

Spotted my FOS adult male Hooded Oriole sooner than expected! At 10:48, above a palm at crt8.  A bit later also spotted a Red-tailed Hawk, then 7 crows flying NE in the afternoon. The usual Doves and Northern Mockinbirds as well. Hummer too, not sure which, could be Allen's or Rufous.

I said men umpires are wearing red caps. Marylynn also wore a red visor! A bit tacky? though. Looks rather ugly..haha(am I a fashion police or what lol).

USC men's asst. coach and coach Martin of UCLA were there yesterday methinks.

McEnroe quote at the upper court tarpaulin. But who remembers it, all we remember is his tantrums and his recent dismissing of doubles. He appears at 'Fan academy' TV spot recently, bet that's only rooting for singles?

And girls, stop staring at me :p Don't you know my role model is Oracine?!  Or 'the buddha', Cici's dad?! Lol. Look at your coaches or parents, or the sky, or..birds!! :p

R2
(1)Amanda Anisimova (USA) d. Jessica Livianu (USA) 46 63 62

A was a bit lackluster, but L is playing very well now, so understandable she won a set. She even once made a service return winner. Formerly a grinder, but she's now quite aggressive since last year.  Which conference is St. John in? Lol she'll conquer it with ease.
AA didn't even hit that hard, but could paint corners with ease when on.

(13)Ellie Douglas (USA) d. Hanna Chang (USA) 64 26 64

As I said, Ellie volleyed quite well, in contrast to Chang's many errors at net. Quite even all in all. Great win by Ellie. Does everything well, she has good fundamental. And at Coffee Bowl final she was just basically moonballing against Anisimova..

(10)Jade Lewis (NZL) d. (Q)Camille Favero (USA) 63 64

Only could glimspe a bit, crt18.

Carson Branstine (USA) d. Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 64 64

Car is just too good now. Effortlessly aiming the sideline and finishing weak returns. Generally bossed O around.

(3)Maria Mateas (USA) d. (Q)Sara Choy (USA) 61 60

Sara didn't even play that bad. But Maria won the long rallies.

(14)Abigail Desiatnikov (USA) d. (Q)Margaryta Bilokin (UKR) 06 64 75

Again impressed with Bilokin. She really hits well. The rallies were long, and quite a high-level methinks. Both were busy moving all over the court, they were that good. B did send some balls long after tense rallies. She was quite stoic, in contrast to Abi's constant yelling haha(lots of 'Yellers' out there, Ellie vs Hanna, Raquel?, Elysia, Morgan, etc..haha. You know Hanna and Morgan are winning judging from their 'yelling frequency'!). Attacked Abi's serve well, too.
Didn't watch the 3rd, actually just watched the start of 1st set(the first game took AGES methinks) and some parts of 2nd.

Emma Christine Higuchi (USA) d. Raquel Pedraza (USA) 64 61

That Goodyear balloon again!

Raquel mostly committed errors. She's a smart player, can basically do everything well.  Very good approach timing and soft touch(for example net approach and drop volley combo). Her drop shots are comparable to Kenin's. Can hit big, too, hitting the sidelines. Quite a good server as well. She's still sporting that blond dyed hair lol.  Dunno why she was standing way behind the baseline receiving serve though :p  Emma's two-step stepping into the court enables to finish short balls effectively.

Wind picked up from 12:46pm

(5)Claire Liu (USA) d. Layne Sleeth (CAN) 62 61

Just watched a bit in the 2nd, S wasn't bad, but L too powerful.

(7)Morgan Coppoc (USA) d. (wc)Dalayna Hewitt (USA) 64 63

Couldn't really watch much. Hewitt, easy power. But I guess C was more solid, and defended well, as usual. Coppon once threw the racquet nicely..haha. Netted some bhs early. Methinks she served well, albeit DFing at times.  Was that Zeke? watching fellow club player Morgan? Dunno lol. Where's Hewitt's dad?  Was coach Brown watching this.

Rosie Johanson (CAN) d. (9/wc)Alexandra Sanford (USA) 63 60

Just had a glimpse. Crt9.  J was good, but inexplicable score for Sanford haha. Was she injured, withdrew from doubles.

Sofia Sewing (USA) d. (16)Helen Abigail Altick (USA) 75 63

Sofia still a Fila girl? :)  Marquee match for me, since I haven't watched Sewing much, and Altick is always a delight to watch. In other classes, she is easily top10, just shows how good this class is. And this was held at crt14, crap. Tomorrow's schedule is crap too. De facto final Jankowski vs Volynets at crt 9, unbelievable. And that's even 2nd match, same order as other G18 matches. This is discrimination! :p

Anyway, since the view is limited, couldn't really watch much. Both played well methinks. Coach Brown was there, and he said Hart is now enrolled but will play next season(methinks? Did I hear it right). And Altick is a Bruin, for 2017. Thanked him for the scoop? Reporting this with his express permission.

Meible Chi (USA) d. (4)Kylie McKenzie (USA) 36 75 61

Kylie was the bigger hitter, but felt that she was a bit too passive at times. Because Chi can definitely attack. Only watched a bit of later in the 2nd set, had to watch doubles during the 3rd.

(6)Michaela Gordon (USA) d. Melissa Plambeck (USA) 60 61

Was rather impressed with P. Hit well, and could create width with ease, very sharp. Others would've crumbled, but G's defence was too good I guess. 'Coach' Poorta again spotted! Maybe should ask her where Michaela is going lol.

Elysia Bolton (USA) d. (12)Hurricane Tyra Black (USA) 64 62

Crt9, so just had a glimpse, so can't say. B was fired up, and played very well though. Yelled at mp, and Black exited hurriedly, maybe she was too disappointed.

Ann Li (USA) d. Chiraz Bechri (TUN) 63 26 64

B was good, understandably went to 3rd I guess.

(2)Kayla Day (USA) d. (wc)Ena Shibahara (USA) 75 61

Didn't really watch, since I've watched them too much. Ena did attempt 'Federer' net approach at times. Did Day purposefully attack Ena's by side, methinks it was effective. The match was quite HQ, methinks.

2016 ITF ISC G18 doubles Wed.

Was too tired yesterday and unwinded(or is it just unwind; unwound? lol) myself watching 'Jurassic World'. I always come early to avoid traffic, so I guess I can write recaps the day before in the morning next day. 

Maybe I should ask Colette for an autograph or a selfie with her...lol but I'm not Switkes! :p Wouldn't dare lol.  She was wearing a backpack by the way, just like veteran birders to during hours of birdwalk! Maybe she's also an experienced birder.

Thought of birding in the morning but no major sites nearby. Do want to actually 'spot' a Summer Tanager(not just hearing), and Spotted and Inca Doves for this year, but I guess I birded too hard recently lol(actually for a year). Not sure if those Doves are still there at Colonel H. Washington Park(It would be nice to add an Inca Dove for LA list, I only saw it at Mesa, Arizona during Winter National). 
Madrona Marsh is a major location nearby, but it opens at 10am, too late. Eastern Phoebe should be my target species(saw it last year, but for this years' record), along with Clay-colored Sparrow(but it's also at Vina Vieja, just a stone's throw from home), Ash-throated Flycatcher, Lazuli Bunting..

Scores from ITF;

2nd Round
Nadia GIZDOVA (USA) / Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) Walkover Kayla DAY (USA) / Alexandra SANFORD (USA) [1]

Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Kariann PIERRE-LOUIS (USA) 6-2 2-6 [12-10] Ashley LAHEY (USA) / Mimi LEVINE (USA)

Crt 2. Watched a bit of 2nd set?  Again Dalayna's easy power, and KPL's poaches. Nice combo. Ashley naturally took charge, as usual volleyed well. Did also make errors though.

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) / Ena SHIBAHARA (USA) 6-1 4-6 [10-8] Victoria EMMA (USA) / Maria MATEAS (USA) [3]

This is a crime. All boys' matches held at convenient lower courts and this marquee match held at that unwatchable crt13 at upper courts :facepalm:  Only found out later and hurried, last match standing. Only could watch TB -_-

Dunno why but E/M seemed eh..happy lol, maybe because they just won the 2nd set. I told you this was a marquee match! They actually led 5-1. Dunno, don't think they especially choked, maybe the winners just played well.
Am in fact frankly sick of Ena winning everything lol, so wanted some 'variety' for a change! Emma vs Bolton meeting again would've been a riot, ugh(that 'legendary'Winter National doubles final last year!). Well at least Elysia will measure her prowess against Ena today..haha. At crt 6.

Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Chiara LOMMER (USA) 6-7(4) 7-5 [10-1] Hanna CHANG (USA) / Jessica LIVIANU (USA)

Dramatic raquet droppings all around lol.
Player of the day is along with Bolton, Livianu for me. Surprised me in both her matches. This crt8 match 'unexpectedly' took long lol, so concentrated on this match.
Chang playing well is no surprise, what with her firepower and variety, yet Jess also was very solid. Hence the surprise winning the 1st.
But of course, the ace of this match is Elysia, the Doubles Princess(Queen is Ena lol. By the way Ena's father was 'spying' this! lol). Naturally poached well, and even made the shot of the day, courageously blocking Chang's merciless attack at net(it was heading straight to her face!), resulting in a lob-like winner or something. Great instinct and racquet control. Lommer was solid enough. As I said, Michigan is recruiting well. They came up to the net a lot, and it eventually paid off I guess. Both teams defended very well, hence the long match.

Kate PAULUS (USA) / Alana SMITH (USA) 6-2 7-6(5) Helen Abigail ALTICK (USA) / Jade LEWIS (NZL) [6]

Too bad I missed this. In a way I'm glad since I'm not sure I've watched Alana Smith(Paulus I've watched her on Saturday).

Morgan COPPOC (USA) / Raquel PEDRAZA (USA) [4] 6-4 6-3 Salma EWING (USA) / Jada ROBINSON (USA)

Couldn't watch much since I had to watch Bolton match in case she lost lol(that match was at crt8, this match, crt6). Watched the later 1st set, and didn't watch the 2nd. Finished earlier than the Bolton match. Jada was G16 ISC dbls finalist 2 years ago methinks. Morgan as usual played well at net, and Raquel made a scintillating dtl passing shot at game point. She wasn't wearing a visor! That I noticed :p

Carson BRANSTINE (USA) / Taylor JOHNSON (USA) [7] 6-3 6-4 Chloe BECK (USA) / Emma NAVARRO (USA)

So concentrated on this marquee match at crt 8, conveniently watching simultaneusly with Jankowski/Volynets match at crt7.  All in all B/J were too powerful, but B/N served well. Especially N was quite good.

SJ volleyed sharply.  One thing I noticed, Beck just couldn't return Car's dtl passing shot attempts. Maybe the drive pace was too high, but Kolie Allen would've punished those :p  (Allen/Kowalski did beat this Enfant Terribles B/J last year).

Car's drives were something else. Could change the pace at will. It's not all about just bashing. Even if you can hit hard, if you know the direction, generally you can return. That's why disguise is so important, and variety; depth, pace, angles. I think Car is on such level now.  She seems to now 'understand' tennis verry well. Hence her defeating Osuigwe in 2.

Emma DECOSTE (USA) / Lea MA (USA) 7-5 6-1 Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) / Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [2]

Ellie jogging in vain haha. She actually volleyed quite well, as in her singles match. AA otherwise..haha. Dunno, couldn't really watch that much, watched from time to time so can't paint a coherent picture. That's a huge win by the winners, but Emma did win ISC G16 dbls last year?
By the way AA is really tall. Who knows maybe she'll bypass college and just turn pro.

2016 ISC Wed. G16 dbls

Nobody posted this score lol. Didn't watch  many, and not much time, so just will write briefly.

Kourkina/Sorroko at crt10.  'Smile tennis' hahahahaha. I mean they were all smiles during in-play lol, wonder why :)  Actually the opponents were pretty good, Stone and Mohamad. Especially tall M had a verra nice touch. Their overheads were good too, so soon K/S's smiles were wiped off haha.  I just couldn't watch this much, since I had to watch lower courts matches. Blame the crt location :(

Guevara/Vasilyuk were too good, poached well too. Crt 8.

Cheng/Pursell def. Jankowski/Volynets.

J/V sunglass duo! Was actually quite impressed with Cali's variety. Did actually pretty well. On the other hand..Katie..haha, she's still young. She did make some fine plays like making a difficult slice? lob against the opponents' attacks. 
Pursell's serve was pretty good methinks, and she's a good dbls player, so maybe not that much of an upset I guess. And crucially, methinks Cheng was aggressive at the later decisive moments, especially at 2nd set TB.  Both returned and defended well against J/V attacks.
Oh that Addidas dress Kaite is wearing from PVCC really looks good on her :) Addidas always has been better than Nike!

Missed all other dbls matches, which were all held at upper courts(here upper means location; literally 'upper'. And quite limited views as well).

2016 ISC G16 Singles Wed.

Soon noticed Colette Lewis lol. Someone was wearing a Memphis Open hoodie, and a woman was wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jumper. Who was wearing a Texas Tech sweater??!
Jameka?...(can't remember the exact name) was there methinks, as a coach.

NU asst. coach? was there, along with Pepperdine and USC coaches. NU really is working hard, as I said former asst. coach even came to So. Cal Sectional in June last year. Hope they snag a good player, they deserve it for their efforts.

Anna was there all day yesterday! Hope she wasn't bored..haha. Was Taylor watching crt 3 1st match, not sure lol.

Girls' 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Eryn Cayetano (Corona, CA) def. Alexis Merrill (Fairfax, VA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Luba Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX) def. Amy Huang (San Diego, CA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Crt2. Was rather impressed with Luba. Amy was maybe a tad bigger hitter, but the match was pretty even methinks. 
Was that Cici's bf? Was warming up behind crt1.

Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA) def. Cameron Compall (Winnetka, IL) 6-2, 6-0

Peyton Stearns (Mason, OH) def. Gabriella Price (Montebello, NY) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Price took a bathroom break 'before' the match, so went t watch other matches first at cr 17 and 18. 
Was actually very impressed with Stearns. Is she related to Smith Stearns academy lol. Her fh was gorgeous!  So flat and penetrating. Definitely older than Price? At least was way taller..haha.  Against his formidable opponent, I guess Price played well, just look at the score. She sank tons of service returns, but her aggressive service return enabled her to have a close match I guess. Even stood inside the baseline receiving 2nds. Bhs especially seemed pretty sharp. And was quite emotional haha.
S's bh was a bit weaker methinks, and since she hits so flat committed errors as well. Only saw bits of 1st and the end of 2nd set, since this was played at that unwatchable crt 9. 

Hailey Baptiste (Takoma Park, MD) def. Addison Guevara (Keller, TX) 6-2, 6-3

Crt 17. B was definitely the bigger hitter, and she also had nice touch. Contender for the title. I was actually quite impressed with Guevara's game as well. She also had nice variety, and her shots had enough depth. Thought this was a HQ match.

Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA) def. Niluka Madurawe (Sunnyvale, CA) 7-5, 6-4

Crt18.
All 4 were good. Not many participants for ISC, which means at this stage, pretty much everybody is an elite player. Both Cheng and Madurawe hit well, the match was quite even. Colette's husband? helper? photographer was spotted at crt18! Later asked him about his arm, or shoulder lol(he was injured last year this time, and still took photos! What perseverence).

Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, CA) def. Dasha Kourkina (Brooklyn, NY) 6-3, 6-3

First to finish. Cali was just too good. So Dasha wears a blue cap. But she didn't wear it later in doubles..lol. Still not sure who is who, Kourkina and Sorroko lol.

Katie Volynets (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Marcella Cruz (Marlboro, NJ) 7-5, 6-1

USC and NU coaches watched this. Pepperdine too?  Should congratulate coach Nilsson on their win at Taube haha.  Cruz hit quite well actually, but Katie was just a bit better. Cruz later was seen with Riley. 1st sp was her DF, didn't watch the 2nd set.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Who stopped Branstine/Johnson

So I checked it out lol. In fact they won something..!  Intl' Grass Court.
Interesting 'rivalry' with Emma and Bolton there :)

Pan American Championships ITF presented by the Tulsa Sports Commission
Start Date: 10/10/2015 End Date: 10/18/2015
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 17)
Q Bolton/Hand d. (5) Branstine/Johnson 7-5; 6-4
16 (5) Branstine/Johnson d. Day/Goulak 4-6; 6-3; 10-8
32 (5) Branstine/Johnson d. Ewing/Gizdova 7-5; 7-6(5)

USTA National Championships - Girls 16's & 18's (Level 1)
Start Date: 8/1/2015 End Date: 8/9/2015
Girls' 16 Doubles (Draw Line - 112)
Q (2) Allen/Kowalski d. (8) Branstine/Johnson 6-3; 7-5
16 (8) Branstine/Johnson d. Angyalosy/McQuaid 6-4; 6-3
32 (8) Branstine/Johnson d. Graver/Wilcox 6-2; 6-2
64 (8) Branstine/Johnson d. Hewitt/Lorenzini 6-2; 6-4

113th Annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships (Level 1)
Start Date: 6/20/2015 End Date: 6/29/2015
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 17)
32 Wan/Zhao d. (3) Branstine/Johnson 7-5; 6-3

Girls' 18 Singles Main Draw (Draw Line - 25)
PL (5) Carson Branstine d. Nicole Mossmer 6-2; 2-6; 10-0
SF (1) Ena Shibahara d. (5) Carson Branstine 6-0; 6-2
Q (5) Carson Branstine d. (3) Jessica Failla 6-3; 6-3
16 (5) Carson Branstine d. (9) Ann Selim 6-4; 6-3
32 (5) Carson Branstine d. Ally McKenzie 6-1; 7-6
64 (5) Carson Branstine d. Layla Rodriguez 6-1; 6-2

International Grass Court Championships ITF
Start Date: 5/30/2015 End Date: 6/6/2015
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 24)
F (8) Caty McNally d. (4) Carson Branstine 7-6(4); 6-4
SF (4) Carson Branstine d. (7) Emma Decoste 7-6(1); 6-3
Q (4) Carson Branstine d. (5) Taylor Johnson 6-3; 7-6(4)
16 (4) Carson Branstine d. Elysia Bolton 6-2; 6-2
32 (4) Carson Branstine d. Ayumi Sasaki 6-0; 1-6; 6-0

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 16)
F (2) Branstine/Johnson d. Forster/Pelletier 6-4; 6-3
SF (2) Branstine/Johnson d. (4) Bolton/Decoste 6-3; 7-6(5)
Q (2) Branstine/Johnson d. Livianu/Poling 6-4; 6-3
16 (2) Branstine/Johnson d. Li/Mossmer 6-3; 6-3

Plantation ITF
Start Date: 5/11/2015 End Date: 5/17/2015
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 9)
F Whitney Osuigwe d. (9) Carson Branstine 6-2; 3-6; 6-4
SF (9) Carson Branstine d. Taylor Johnson 3-6; 6-3; 6-4
Q (9) Carson Branstine d. (1) Morgan Coppoc 6-4; 7-6(3)
16 (9) Carson Branstine d. Brienne Minor 4-6; 6-0; 6-3
32 (9) Carson Branstine d. Anne-Sophie Courteau 6-4; -6(2); 6-2
64 (9) Carson Branstine d. Lilian Poling 6-1; 6-4

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 16)
F (5) Emma/Hart d. (7) Branstine/Johnson 2-6; 6-3; 10-5
SF (7) Branstine/Johnson d. Menguene/Subhash 6-4; 4-6; 10-7
Q (7) Branstine/Johnson d. (3) KUBICZ/Lagarde 7-6(5); 6-3
16 (7) Branstine/Johnson d. Middlebrooks/Policare 6-4; 6-3
32 (7) Branstine/Johnson d. Alvarez/Zobeideh 6-1; 6-0

USTA Claremont ITF
Start Date: 3/21/2015 End Date: 3/29/2015
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 11)
F Goulak/Hance d. Branstine/Johnson 5-7; 7-5; 1-0(5)
SF Branstine/Johnson d. Chang/Nakagawa 7-5; 6-3
Q Branstine/Johnson d. (8) Chi/Schuck 6-7(3); 6-4; 1-0(4)
16 Branstine/Johnson d. Bridges/Kuuttila 6-0; 6-4
32 Branstine/Johnson d. Dvorak/Selim 6-3; 6-4

USTA National Winter Championships B&G 16&18
Start Date: 12/27/2014 End Date: 1/2/2015
Girls' 16 Doubles (Draw Line - 5)
Q Brylin/Emma d. (12) Branstine/Johnson 7-6(7); 7-5
16 (12) Branstine/Johnson d. (1) Chiu/Porter 6-4; 6-1
32 (12) Branstine/Johnson d. Bozovic/Koscielski 6-1; 6-1
64 (12) Branstine/Johnson d. Brown/Kerman 6-1; 6-2

Carson Branstine on a roll

USTA International Spring Championships
Start Date: 3/26/2016 End Date: 4/3/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 15)
64 Carson Branstine d. Taylor Johnson 6-3; 6-7(7; 6-3

Newport Beach Bowl ITF
Start Date: 3/19/2016 End Date: 3/27/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 48)
F (3) Carson Branstine d. (5) Ann Li 3-6; 6-1; 7-6(1)
SF (3) Carson Branstine d. (2) Hanna Chang 6-4; 6-2
Q (3) Carson Branstine d. Hailey Baptiste 4-6; 6-4; 6-3
16 (3) Carson Branstine d. Ivana Corley 6-7(4); 6-2; 6-4
32 (3) Carson Branstine d. Jessica Aragon 7-5; 6-7(4); 6-3
64 (3) Carson Branstine d. Sydney Van Alphen 6-2; 7-6(6)

Morgan Run Women's Open- Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Start Date: 2/22/2016 End Date: 2/28/2016
Women's Open Singles Main (Draw Line - 27)
32 Asia Muhammad d. Carson Branstine 6-3; 6-2
Women's Open Singles Qualifying (Draw Line - 34)
16 Carson Branstine d. Ena Shibahara 6-4; 6-4
32 Carson Branstine d. Alexandra Sanford 4-6; 6-2; 6-4
64 Carson Branstine d. Carol Zhao 6-4; 3-6; 6-4

USTA National Selection Tournament- February
Start Date: 2/13/2016 End Date: 2/15/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 32)
F (2) Carson Branstine d. (8) Hannah Zhao 7-5; 6-2
SF (2) Carson Branstine d. (3) Sydney Van Alphen 6-3; 4-6; 6-2
Q (2) Carson Branstine d. (6) Christie Wan 4-6; 6-1; 6-0
16 (2) Carson Branstine d. Ashley Lahey 6-2; 3-6; 6-4
32 (2) Carson Branstine d. Lise Swain 6-0; 6-1

71st Annual Fullerton Junior Closed Tournament (Level 2)
Start Date: 1/30/2016 End Date: 2/8/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 33)
F (3) Carson Branstine d. Alexa Ryngler 6-1; 6-3
SF (3) Carson Branstine d. (1) Sydney Van Alphen 6-3; 7-5
Q (3) Carson Branstine d. (16) Mary Profit 6-2; 6-0
16 (3) Carson Branstine d. Cali Jankowski 6-2; 6-7; 10-2
32 (3) Carson Branstine d. Katie Chang
64 (3) Carson Branstine d. Hanh Pham

She's really 'picking up steam' lol.
And look at all those 3-set matches. Means that she can handle the grind, and it also testifies to her mental strength.
Tomorrow plays Osuigwe, should be interesting. I hope she plays Desiatnikov at EB. Car is 'rampaging' now, even defeating NCAA singles finalist Carol Zhao, but Abi is still Abi. Perennial #1 until Anisimova usurped her position. I would love to see that match.

But first;
Atlanta ITF
Start Date: 10/23/2015 End Date: 11/8/2015
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 64)
16 Layne Sleeth d. (2) Carson Branstine 6-1; 6-4

Now I should definitely check out Sleeth against Claire Liu tomorrow.

2016 ISC Day 4 Tues. and further preview

Got my car back way after 3pm, so didn't feel the need to go all the way. And I really can't afford such 'luxury' now(not going to incur gas expense to watch only a couple of hours. Well, maybe 3 hours since it hasn't finished yet lol). You know, this really is the perfect time for a little 'appreciation'. Scrutinize the right bar and you see a button...lol. 'Push' and 'Send' me to EB please :p


There were some upsets in doubles, such as Hewitt/Pierre-Louis defeating Gordon/Higuchi. Not sure I've seen PL at all, so wonder if she's tall(Hewitt is). 


Eh maybe that's the only upset lol, in fact there could've been a veritable massacre of seeds lol, plenty of supposedly better teams losing the 1st set.


Oh, this one; Bolton/Lommer def. McKenzie/Sewing. As I said, it must've been a blast. B/L prevailed in 3rd set match TB, winning 12-10.  So I won't really consider this as an upset. Again, as I said, Bolton is 'Doubles Royalty' lol.


I did not think that Desiatnikov/Lorenzini stood a chance agaisnt Coppoc/Pedraza, yet they forced 3rd set TB..!!!  You see those 4 players? Bolton, Lommer, Desiatinkov, Lorenzini. What do they have in common; they're all the product of the tennis mecca, the Midwest! Hewitt is also from MW.  Really...! Midwest Pride...!!!

Beck/Navarro won the 1st rd lol. Hence, this team vs Branstine/Johnson is THE marquee match of the tournament for me lol. B/J should be good, what with their variety and moreover tremendous firepower; they did win G14 dbls in Irvine a few years ago, but after that haven't posted stellar results in the National stage. In fact haven't played much together, either methinks. They squeaked out against Conard/Menguene today(Menguene is a very good doubles player though. Didn't she win EB G14 dbls or something). Very looking forward to this match. Crt 8 3rd match, 1:30 at the earliest.


The one that denied B/J at 2014-5 Winter National is Victoria Emma(with Anna Brylin).

Girls' 16 Doubles (Draw Line - 10)
F (2) Bolton/Joyce d. Brylin/Emma 6-3; 6-3
SF Brylin/Emma d. (3) Calkins/Coppoc 6-4; 7-6(0)
Q Brylin/Emma d. (12) Branstine/Johnson 7-6(7); 7-5

With Mateas, today they won the 1st rd, defeating Cheong/Goldberg. They meet title contender Black/Shibahara(with Neel out, naturally whatever Ena team is naturally the title contender lol). Another marquee match.


G16


Sorroko won the 2nd set against Price. Definitely should have a peek on Price, she might play Muljat if they both win the next round.
#1 Harvey lost to Cayteno, but dunno both really, so can't say. Vasilyuk vs Huang could be interesting.


Methinks lower half is stronger. 4th quarter, loaded lol. Kourkina vs Jankowski, Volynets vs Cruz should be marquee matches. Top half is strong too, what with Baptiste, Cheng and Madurawe.


Same goes to doubles as well, stronger lower half, but I really dunno much here.


Now that I'm 'available', please no more rain lol.  We'll see if I can attend EB.

Mind your manners

Especially a bird as uber-sensitive as LOEO..rampaging across the path is really not the most 'dignified' approach lol. As I do...CREEP!!! :p


San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:30 PM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s)
Observers:
Candice Zee
Comments:
Quick check to see if the long-eared owls are still around.
Species
1 species total
1
Long-eared Owl
Deep in pine. Continuing bird. Very hard to see. Note to others please stop jumping over fences and walls and scaring these little guys!


Pacific-slope Flycatcher now spotted at Hahamongna

It has been reported for a while; I haven't spotted so far thus am becoming impatient(to spot it before it's too late).



Hahamongna Watershed Park (formerly Oak Grove Park), Los Angeles County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 38 minute(s)
Distance:
1.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Darren Dowell
Species
52 species (+1 other taxa) total
4
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima)
2
Mallard
1
Red-tailed Hawk
10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2
Band-tailed Pigeon
10
Mourning Dove
2
White-throated Swift
4
Anna's Hummingbird
2
Allen's Hummingbird
4
Acorn Woodpecker
2
Nuttall's Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker
30
Red-crowned Parrot
1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
singing along Berkshire Creek
4
Black Phoebe
one working on nest on side of building
Breeding Code
NB Confirmed--Nest Building
2
Cassin's Kingbird
1
Hutton's Vireo
2
Warbling Vireo
7
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)
2
American Crow
6
Common Raven
5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
3
Oak Titmouse
30
Bushtit
3
White-breasted Nuthatch
4
House Wren
7
Bewick's Wren
1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
Wrentit
2
Western Bluebird
2
Hermit Thrush
2
American Robin
3
California Thrasher
1
Northern Mockingbird
10
European Starling
one collecting long grass from ground
Breeding Code
CN Confirmed--Carrying Nesting Material
7
Cedar Waxwing
1
Orange-crowned Warbler
5
Common Yellowthroat
25
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
1
Townsend's Warbler
singing
1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
continuing confusing one, maybe best described as slate-colored
4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
15
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
5
Song Sparrow
2
Lincoln's Sparrow
12
California Towhee
10
Spotted Towhee
15
House Finch
10
Purple Finch
8
Lesser Goldfinch
1
Lawrence's Goldfinch
male, occasionally singing; photos
© Darren Dowell
12
American Goldfinch

































































































































Bell's Vireo is beginning to be spotted

Spring species, and it's reported at various locations including Palm Springs area.

Actually, it was also spotted at nearby Peck Pit, all the better.


Peck Rd. Water Conservation Park, Los Angeles County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:25 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 35 minute(s)
Distance:
0.4 mile(s)
Observers:
Jon Fisher
Species
64 species (+1 other taxa) total
6
Canada Goose
8
Gadwall
2
American Wigeon
15
Mallard
3
Mallard (Domestic type)
4
Cinnamon Teal
30
Northern Shoveler
1
Canvasback
50
Ring-necked Duck
5
Lesser Scaup
8
Bufflehead
47
Ruddy Duck
2
Pied-billed Grebe
4
Western Grebe
5
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
1
Turkey Vulture
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
35
American Coot
9
Black-necked Stilt
2
American Avocet
6
Killdeer
3
Spotted Sandpiper
25
Least Sandpiper
10
California Gull
20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4
Eurasian Collared-Dove
7
Mourning Dove
5
Anna's Hummingbird
1
Belted Kingfisher
1
Downy Woodpecker
6
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
1
American Kestrel
10
Red-crowned Parrot
30
Mitred Parakeet
3
Black Phoebe
5
Cassin's Kingbird
2
Bell's Vireo
1
American Crow
1
Common Raven
12
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
4
Barn Swallow
2
Cliff Swallow
10
Bushtit
2
Bewick's Wren
1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
Western Bluebird
7
Northern Mockingbird
1
European Starling
1
Phainopepla
2
Common Yellowthroat
30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
1
Chipping Sparrow
4
Lark Sparrow
6
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
5
Savannah Sparrow
6
Song Sparrow
2
California Towhee
4
Red-winged Blackbird
5
Bullock's Oriole
25
House Finch
2
Lesser Goldfinch
2
American Goldfinch
7
House Sparrow
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Location
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Riverside County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:35 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 2 minute(s)
Distance:
0.75 mile(s)
Observers:
Bradley Waggoner
Comments:
Walked the north and east sections of the grounds only and attempted to find spots with less people. A bit too busy for my liking but I wanted to explore for possible future visits. Sunny highs in mid to upper 80's and light winds.
Species
16 species (+1 other taxa) total
2
Mallard
1
White-winged Dove
1
Mourning Dove
11
Costa's Hummingbird
© Bradley Waggoner
2
Bell's Vireo (Least)
Photographed - and possibly both assumed different individuals given seen at fair distance apart on grounds.
© Bradley Waggoner
First singing bird noted up near Demonstration Garden not far from entrance. Looks like frayed end of tail feathers maybe enough to establish at least two territorial males in the area. The second singing bird noted down by Jaguar cage did not seem o show this.
© Bradley Waggoner
The second singing bird down near Jaguar cage area
15
Common Raven
10
Verdin
3
Bewick's Wren
8
Orange-crowned Warbler
2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
1
Vesper Sparrow
Observed (but not photographed) in trees in north edge of Butterfly Garden as I was below on path to 'Hospital'. Slightly disheveled (may have just bathed) and since not seeing white outer rects and rufous lesser coverts it gave me initial pause as it moved about in branches above me in response to my pishing. But, very crisp complete white eye ring, largish size with nearby YRWA's for comparison, being rather chunky with longish tail eliminated SASP or LISP. Other noted features by me while it moved about included crisp black breast and flank streaking with somewhat tan/white background color, strong white malar (auricular area a bit of the disheveled part), and a fair bit of rufous brown edging to greater coverts as well as some of the same look to the tertial edges. It did not hold still for long and with people about it is not like it had a place to comfortably
4
Abert's Towhee
1
Great-tailed Grackle
18
House Finch
5
Lesser Goldfinch
3
House Sparrow