Fifteen brave birders attacked the hills and valleys of the Ranch in really warm conditions. It turned out to be a beautiful day which included a tour of the historic ranch house, now ready for weddings, and a few lessons on native plant species. Highlights included viewing two young coyotes at No-name Pond and masses of Monkey Flowers and Black Sage.
I decided not to call which Kingbird two of our group saw. The vireo I am calling just a vireo species. It was most likely a Cassin’s Vireo because of the very noticeable white spectacles and the location. The rest of the bird nobody could really describe, including me.
Thank you for all your help. As always, please email me with any additions or corrections.
Daley Ranch, San Diego, US-CA Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon sponsored walk. The weather was hot. The water level in the ponds was low. It was not a very birdy day. 37 species (+2 other taxa) Gadwall (Anas strepera) X Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X California Quail (Callipepla californica) X Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) X Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) X Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X Barn Owl (Tyto alba) X Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) X Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) X Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) X Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) X Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) X yellow-bellied kingbird sp. (Tyrannus sp. (yellow-bellied)) X vireo sp. (Vireo sp.) X Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X Common Raven (Corvus corax) X Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) X Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) X White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) X House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) X Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) X Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) X Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) X California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) X Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) X Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) X Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) X Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) X California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) X Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) X Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) X House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18200798