We were really blessed with great weather, snow on the mountain tops, and some pretty good birds. And good company, our birding pal from Vancouver and his wife, and another out-of-town couple we invited to join us for the day. Thanks for all your help. We added a few species to the list as we left the preserve: Mountain Bluebird, Merlin and Prairie Falcon all observed from Davis Road. I came up with an estimate for the White-throated Swifts, 200. Any comments about that? I had first put 300 but that generated an automatic warning flag. Ryan did a head count of the Mountain Bluebirds, 85. I am good with that. The Willet did not come up on the list for the preserve. Did you get a photo, Sonia? Did anybody else see it? Let me know. Noticeably absent, the White-tailed Kite.
San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, US-CA Nov 24, 2013 8:15 AM - 12:45 PM, t Protocol: Traveling 7.0 mile(s) Comments: This was a bird walk organized by Palomar Audubon Society, San Diego County. Some birds listed were found on Davis Road. We did not do a count of each species except for a rough estimate of the Mountain Bluebirds and the White-throated Swifts. The bluebirds were observed both on the west and east sides of Davis Road near the entrance to the preserve headquarters. The Merlin and the Prairie Falcon were observed on Davis Road south of the preserve. 72 species Gadwall (Anas strepera) X American Wigeon (Anas americana) X Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) X Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) X Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) X Redhead (Aythya americana) X Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) X Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) X Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X California Quail (Callipepla californica) X Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) X Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) X American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) X Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) X Great Egret (Ardea alba) X Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) X Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) X White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) X Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) X Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) X Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) X Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) X Sora (Porzana carolina) X Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) X American Coot (Fulica americana) X Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) X American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) X Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) X Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) X Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) X Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) X Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) X Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) X Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) 200 There was an abundance of gnat-like bugs over the ponds and hillsides. the swifts were omnipresent and very numerous. Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) X Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) X Merlin (Falco columbarius) X Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) X Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) X Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya) X Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) X Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) X Common Raven (Corvus corax) X Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) X Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) X Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) X Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) X Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 85 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) X European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) X Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) X Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) X Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) X California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) X Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) X Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) X Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) X Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) X White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) X Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) X Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) X House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15756033