Guajome Field Trip REport

What a difference six months makes. The migrating ducks and geese were gone. But the Heron’s and Egret’s came on in full force, as did the Terns as they swooped down on the lake to sweep fish from the lake’s surface. A Gallinule thought is was part of our group and came out to greet us, just ten feet away. Speaking of feet, his were that bright yellow color with an orange band at the top of his ankle (do birds have ankles?) that one would think was a F&W band it was so distinctive. What were the white-faced ibis doing on that lake? Well they weren’t, six of them were high flyers a few thousand feet up trying to avoid any potential Russian BUK missiles.

There were fifteen birders, with some new faces, taking the Mathis Route through the park. These eyes spotted 47 species, compared with 57 species identified almost six months ago to the day.

Here’s our list, with a comparison to the January count:


July 26, 2014 January 25, 2014
Canada Goose
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Common Gallinule (Moorhen) Common Gallinule (Moorhen)
American Coot American Coot
Western Gull
Rock Pigeon
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Least Tern
Eurasian Collared-Dove Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Anna’s Hummingbird Anna’s Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummngbird
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific -slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe Say’s Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird Cassin’s Kingbird
Bell’s Vireo
Western Scrub-Jay Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Bushtit Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-grey Knatcatcher
Western Bluebird Western Bluebird
Wrentit Wrentit
Northern Mockingbird Northern Mockingbird
European Starling European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee California Towhee
Song Sparrow Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle Great-tailed Grackle
Hooded Oriole
House-Finch House-Finch
Lesser Goldfinch Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Flying high, ’til next time, Doug Walkley



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