It was another great day at San Jacinto. The weather cooperated. The birders not so much. We were a large group. And 10 cars.
What do you think…the soaring Golden Eagles were the highlight? The Merlin perched up close and personal? Looking at us looking at it? Please visit Sonja’s picture folder of the trip. She has video of the Merlin earlier in the morning having breakfast.
Thanks for your help and photo’s. I have omitted the large plover and the whimbrel from the list. Did anybody get a shot of these two? There was no way I could figure out how to add just “Plover species” to the ebird list. After viewing Lisa’s shot of the “Solitary Sandpiper” we decided it was not one. Did anybody get shots of the peeps with the dark legs?
This walk is equally fantastic in the spring. And, if we are lucky, we will see golden fields and happier ducks. Hunting season will be over by then.
Oh, John and I finally found the White-crowned Sparrows perched on the fence on Davis as if saying “Good-bye and Have a Safe Trip Home.”
As always, email me with corrections, etc.
From: ebird-checklist <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: vcwillow <email@example.com>
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Subject: eBird Report – San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Nov 30, 2014
San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, US-CA Nov 30, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 8.0 mile(s) Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon bird walk. The purpose of the walk was not to count each species. Some counts are provided, however. Some of the birds were seen on Davis Road just south of the preserve entrance. I couldn't identify the large plovers we found in the water north of Pond 1. 73 species (+3 other taxa) Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 2 Gadwall (Anas strepera) X American Wigeon (Anas americana) X Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) X Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) X Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) X Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) X Redhead (Aythya americana) X Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) X Greater/Lesser Scaup (Aythya marila/affinis) X Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) X Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) X Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) X Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) X Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) X Great Egret (Ardea alba) X Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) X White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) X Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 4 Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) X Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) 1 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 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca/flavipes) X Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) X Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) X peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) X Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) X Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) X Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) X White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) X Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) X American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) X Merlin (Falco columbarius) X Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) X Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya) X Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 8 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X Common Raven (Corvus corax) X Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) X Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) X Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) 1 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) X Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) X Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 1 Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 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 Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) X Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) X Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) X Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) X Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) 1 Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20743338 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
After some review of photo’s and confirmation of a sighting I had early in the day, I have updated the ebird list. Additions: Bald Eagle (Juvenile) the eagle Lisa spotted on the distant hill being harassed by corvids, Black-bellied Plover, and Whimbrel. I reduced the Golden Eagle number to 3. The dark-legged peep is still unidentified and most likely will remain so.
Sonja, LIsa and Ter have all posted great pictures and I know you will want to view them. Ter, if you haven’t done so already, could you send a link of your pictures to our Palomar yahoo group?