Field Report – Daley Ranch, May 3, 2014

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.

The White-tailed Kite was again missing in action as were many other species perhaps because of the heat, lack of water this year or ?

Thank you for all your help. As always, please email me with any additions or corrections.

Sally Sanderson
Trip Leader 

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

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