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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3/2 Coachella Wild Bird Conservancy birding report

So just birded for about an hour; not bad! Rather similar to Henderson Bird Preserve; similar species spotted.

Glad to finally spot Marsh Wren again; songs were heard too. Common Yellowthroats as well, both male and female. And Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Albert's Towhees! Both species were seen beyond and at the SE fence(a bit north to the viewing tower at the southernmost pond).

Black-necked Stilts flew by, but dunno where it went; couldn't spot it at the ponds. Double-crested Cormorants too.

Ducks, mostly Northern Shovelers and Ruddy Ducks. Cinnamon Teals and Mallards were distant 2nds in number.  Think I spotted a Gadwall as well.

Spotted a couple of Common Gallinules at south pond(those were numerous and bold at Henderson). Gulls were mostly at the water treatment plant, north to the lake.  A couple of Eared Grebes(nonbreeding and breeding plumage) were spotted as well. But as in Henderson, no Egrets and Herons, even Black-crowned Night-herons, which was numerous at Henderson. Maybe I missed it, should maybe come earlier tomorrow or something(started birding late about 8:25).

Red-wing blackbirds were numerous, and there were also Black Phoebes, House Finches, Yellow-throated Warblers, Mourning Doves, Eurasian-collared Doves, Savannah Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrow, and a Lark Sparrow too methinks.

Again failed to spot a Greater Roadrunner, but instead spotted Gambel's Quails! A  couple were just at the entrance, a male boldly running across the parking lot lol.
Western Meadowlarks were actually beyond the road west of the Center, taking cover in the shade of the bushes.

Birds being rehabilitated at the nearby cages and at the center itself were; Gambel's Quail, Great-horned Owls, Western-screech Owl, Burrowing Owl, Barn Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Prairie Falcon, a couple of cute American Kestrels, and a hummingbird. The staff says it's still too young to confirm which species. It made a cute chipping vocalization.

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