Field Trip Report – San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Mar 15, 2014

Thank you for your help today. All-in-all, another excellent day at SJWA. Highlights–seeing the close-up and personal Wilson’s Snipe, maybe five feet from the road in plain view, and later watching a Northern Harrier munch on what looked like a coot. We added a Brown-headed Cowbird after leaving the entrance area but didn’t refind the Sage Thrasher spotted earlier by Trysten Loefke and family. If you had a good look of the Violet-green Swallow today, let me know. I have left it off the list for now. Seeing just a white rump is not enough information to go by in differentiating the sighted bird from the Tree Swallow. Very often it looks to me as if the Tree Swallow has a white rump, too. I did check ebird today, however, and the Violet-green is a possibility.
A bit of a surprise was having to document the Wilson’s Warbler on ebird.  It has not been seen in this location much or at all. Thank you Steve for putting us on the bird. Did anyone get a photo of it by any chance? They want descriptions and a photo if possible. What could we confuse it with? A male in breeding plumage, in full view, profile and from underneath. We even talked about his tail, the yellow ends before the tail. We saw the bird very well.
Let me know if I forgot something from the list. Conspicuously missing was the White-tailed Kite.
Sally Sanderson
Trip Leader

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San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, US-CA
Mar 15, 2014 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Comments:     This was an organized walk sponsored by Palomar Audubon Society. 
We walked approximately 2 miles, drove 7. We added sightings that occurred 
before and after our official start time.
82 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  X
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Redhead (Aythya americana)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  X
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  X
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  X
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  X
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)  X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  X
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  X
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  X
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  X     Heard only
Sora (Porzana carolina)  X     Heard only
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
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  X
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
California Gull (Larus californicus)  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)  X
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)  X
Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  X
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  X
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  X
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  X
Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)  X
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)  X
Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)  X     Heard only
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  X
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  X
Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)  X
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1     Good views of black cap, beady 
black eye. Singing and feeding in willows between lakes. No picture.
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  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
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)  X
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  X

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