Despite the yucky weather, the birding was very good. Plenty of species, easy sightings, and a mellow atmosphere to bird in. We saw three species of raptors at SJWS, White-tailed Kites, Red-tailed Hawks, a Cooper's Hawk, and of course vultures, which aren't really raptors.
Highlight species included a California Thrasher, Say's Phoebe, not one but two Northern Flickers, a cooperative male Downy Woodpecker, and of course the birds of prey. We had about 50 species on this part of the trip.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Birding With Alex Part 1: SJWS
Today I got to go birding with one of my favorite people, Alex. I used to call her my mini-me when we were little. Well today she is taller than me, but I still feel like she's the little sister I never had. We birded SJWS, when we started it was about 60 degrees, and pretty comfortable out. About a half hour later, it was over 70, and the sun was torching the backs of our necks. Where else is it 80 degrees in November?! Ugh.