This is a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow from the Red Hill Marina (Salton Sea)
The wintering Gray Flycatcher at Cattle Call Park in Brawley
A spooked Borrowing Owl just north of Red Hill Marina (Salton Sea)
And, finally, a “Peregrine” Falcon. Hmmm. Make that a Prairie Falcon …
And a Spague’s Pipit just SW of Sinclair and Hwy 111 (also Salton Sea)
Other high and lowlights (overall more low …) :
– No Solitary Sandpiper (didn’t know where to look), yet the Rough-legged Hawk was near Drew & Diehl
– No Ruddy Ground-Doves at Eddins & Sperry, but a Clay-colored Sparrow.
– No Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-footed Gulls at Red Hill. A Western Gull was a Obsidian Butte.
– Crissal Thrasher just 0.3mi down the entrance road to Ramer/Finney Lakes WA.
– Wister Unit had a male American Redstart. No Mountain Plovers were in the fields east of the Calipatria prison.
This beauty, a juvie, was found at the mouth of the Pescadero Creek south of Half Moon Bay. Due to equipment failure, this hand-held shot was the only usable photo.
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?