Kit Carson Field Trip Report

19 birders attended the walk.  The weather was cloudy and we even got a little rain at the end.  Sand Pond has been dredged and all the reeds and several trees have been removed.  The only ducks on the pond were Mallards and there were no Blackbirds, Coots, Gallinules, Egrets, or Scaly-breasted Munias.  We heard the Chat, but never saw him.  We did not get a good visual id on the Gnatcatchers, but clearly heard the call of both the California and Blue-Gray.  The best sighting was of a very accommodating Blue Grosbeak.  Consistent with the increase in Warbling Vireo sightings this year, we saw our first one at this location on the walk.   At one point in the walk, the group split in half.  I have heard from two of the other group, so our list of 57 species may increase a few more.

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Nondescript flycatcher that may have been Olive-sided
Cassin’s Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
House Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Leader:  Jeff Ebright

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