Sunday, December 31, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Anna's Hummingbird with glowing gorget
This Fox Sparrow was incredibly responsive to my pishing
American Kestrel on hawk perch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher posing
White-tailed Kite with rodent
From there we drove to the Arial Tramway were we were carried up the side of the mountains to the top where it was closer to 30 degrees with an inch of snow to play in. From the upper observation deck you can see the top end of the Salton Sea! Pete and I took a short hike, we got there pretty late and the daylight was fading, but we heard chickadees, nuthatches, ravens and stellar's jays as they were settling down for the night. I want to go back sometime next week and just spend the entire day hiking around San Jacinto, it's just such a wonderful park.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
I was given Caspers Wilderness Park, a place I have fond memories of my first camping trips with the Junior Naturalists back when I was beginning birding. I was accompanied by Barbara Bruce, and her daughter and grandson. We worked our way from the back of the park, towards the nature center and entrance, where I ran into a ranger friend of mine who used to work at Upper Newport Bay, Joy Barnes. I hadn't seen her in a while and it was great to catch up.
The main highlights were the Cactus Wren in their typical location in the park, a Grasshopper Sparrow which we were able to I.D. by ear, after only seeing it singing silhouetted from afar, and a flock of Lark Sparrows feeding on the ground, which were absolutely gorgeous. A Sharp-shinned Hawk stooping on some birds in a tree, then going after a Red-tail that wandered too close was also fun to watch, as was the Great-blue Heron eating a gopher that fought valiantly, but unsuccessfully for its life.
We were lucky to get only sprinkles of rain sporadically through our count, but after around 10:30 everything hunkered down and shut up, and we added almost no new birds the second half of our count period. All in all, it was a very pleasant day of birding, weather notwithstanding.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
BCNH flying in the dying light.