On a beautiful January 19th day, 42 birders walked around Dos Picos County Park and then traveled on to a blustery Rangeland Road and found a total of 53 species.
Here is the list:
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Osprey (successfully catching a fish!)
California Scrub Jay
From Doug Walkley:
Hal Benham led a large group on a very productive outing to Los Picos and the Rangeland today. Although the picture below looks a little gruesome, it does point out the dependency that species have. Below is what remains of the head of a ground squirrel. You can see on front incisor and two rows of molars and bicuspids.
The interesting part about this is that it was being fed upon by a pair of ferruginous hawks, one red-tailed hawk and three ravens. As you can imagine they had their pecking order and the ferruginous hawks were ruling the roost.
This little bit of nature was observed at the end of the day as we drove to lunch in Ramona. After parking past the scene of the crime, I crawled under the barbwire fence to see what was so interesting to all these birds. The ferruginous wanted to hold his ground but the squeak of the fence sent him flying off with some of his prey in his talons.