This is Maria from Angel’s Paz’s farm. She’s a rare Giant Antpitta and was called in by Angel.
This amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird gave a demonstration on how to operate the feeder at Yanacocha.
Booted Racket-tails were common at the Tandayapa feeders.
And finally the Purple-throated Woodstar will its bee-like humm.
All in all a great trip with 307 trip species and many lifers.
This amazing Phainopepla was hawking insects at the Willow Creek access to Lake Natoma SRA.
This is one the Alviso Ruffs found near the EEC entrance. Probably one of those birds that frequents the State & Spreckels pond.
Here’s a great trick: Shrink the size until the picture appears sharp …
Another excellent trick would be not to leave out the head of the subject …
A Hermit Thrush was checking us out in the shade near the Putah Creek bridge just east of Monticello Dam.
This beauty aka Canyon Wren came out for a few seconds near the Putah Creek bridge.
The dude was also present …
And finally, an American Dipper was playing underneath the bridge itself. Again in the shade.
Now, do you know your gulls?
Txell Genesca, Jon Katz and I decided to check out the Sierra Valley raptors for ourselves this morning. Thanks to Deren Ross for his detailed reports!
A plowed field just 0.5mi north of 49 on Heriot was particulary plastered with Ferruginous Hawks. Across the street from this field, we found our first Rough-legged Hawk of the trip. It was an interesting looking bird with clean white chest/belly. Most of the other Rough-legged Hawks were had between 1-4mi north of 49 on Beckwith/Sierra Valley Rd.
Rough-legged Hawk (7)
Ferruginous Hawk (~15)
Bald Eagle (1)
Prairie Falcon (1)
Northern Harrier (2)
Red-tailed Hawk (many)
American Kestrel (2)
A lazy detour to Yuba Pass in the early afternoon yielded a flock of about 20 very active Red Crossbills, and single Evening Grosbeak and Pine Siskin.
(both pictures are showing Rough-legged Hawks)
Dunderberg Peak in the distance
Virginia Canyon (some call this boring …)
These patches are visible from a mile away.
Summit Lake from just a few minutes above.
There are a few nice campsites on the west end of Summit Lake. Whitebark Pine, ahhh!