San Jacinto Wildlife Area Trip Report, Mar 12, 2022


Hi, Birders,

It was a sunny and warm day with no wind, per se. 19 birders make the trek. Snow capped nearby San Gorgonio and San Jacinto, part of the Transverse Ranges of So. Cal., provided a nice backdrop. The gold fields were not in bloom. Very little overhead flying, but we managed to scape up 57 species, one of the last being a young Cal. Towhee who stopped by as we were leaving the picnic area looking for bits and crumbs left over from our lunches and those incredible chocolate cookies made by Cindy.

Thank you all for the pictures on the ebird report and help with locating and IDing the birds. And starting the field trip without me as I was still on 8:30 start time and arrived late.

My bad.

Steve Ellis and Sally Sanderson


San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, California, USMar 12, 2022 7:45 AM – 12:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Palomar Audubon birding trip
57 species

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)  3
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  500
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  3
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  40
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  8
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  60
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Sora (Porzana carolina)  1
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  150
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  12
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)  11
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  6
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  20
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  4
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  39
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  7
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  6
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  2
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  1
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)  1
Cassin’s Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)  1
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  15
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Corthylio calendula)  2
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)  1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  6
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  6
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  10
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  20
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  6

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