Sweetwater River/Bonita Trip Report

A good day for bird watching, it was partly cloudy which took care of any glare off the water. We had 20 birders on the trip. We saw the following rarities for this location (according to eBird): Eurasian Wigeon, Surf Scoter, Little Blue Heron, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, and Western Sandpiper. I changed our Dowitcher sighting to Long –billed since Short-billed was flagged as a rarity and it always hard to tell them apart. Some star sightings were the Red-breasted Merganser, Townsend’s Warbler, an Osprey eating a large fish, and good views by most on the walk of the Eurasian Wigeon.

64 Species:

Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
American Avocet
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
White-throated Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird
American Crow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Leader: Jeff Ebright

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