Re: Mitchell Canyon on Saturday April 15
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Heard several Cassin's, Warbling, and Hutton's Vireos but still waiting on Black-headed Grosbeak and Lazuli Bunting.
Still a number of over-wintering birds in the area. Plenty of Golden-crowned Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes. Not sure if these birds have been over-wintering or are moving through from the south. We also heard a singing Ruby-crowned Kinglet at the junction of the Black Point and Globe Lily trails and spotted a Townsend's Warbler just down the hill.
Most exciting sighting for us came while we were loitering with the Solis class at the Black Point Trail junction. I happened to notice a soaring falcon that proved to be a Peregrine. As we watched, a second falcon materialized and started harassing the Peregrine. Much whiter below but bigger than a Kestrel and showing the black "arm pits" of a Prairie Falcon. We got to enjoy their dogfight for several minutes.
To add to Hugh's report, George and I spotted a male / female pair of Phainopeplas almost as soon as we left the parking lot. They were across the creek on top of a dead snag. They were being harassed by 3 California Scrub-Jays.
Hugh,Good seeing you in the field and thanks for providing a great trip report.
Also in the raptor department, we got brief but good looks at a soaring Golden Eagle and a female Sharp-shinned Hawk. Also a flash of an accipiter going over the ridge that might have been a Cooper's. And of course Red-tails and Turkey Vultures.
We ran into Bob Dunn and a few other birders who had Calliope hummers staked out along the lower section of Red Road. We got a brief glimpse of a Rufous hummer and heard a couple tantalizing selasphorous clicks and buzzes but nothing diagnostic for Calliope. Definitely not the big pulse of Rufous and Calliope hummers I've seen in the past where dozens of birds are flying around the chaparral and nectaring on Yerba Santa. Indian Paintbrush and Black Sage are blooming well but Yerba Santa is just starting so perhaps the big pulse is yet to come.
On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 9:29 PM, rosita94598@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote: