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Common Poorwill SE Sacramento County
This morning Cameron Tescher and I birded several roads in SE Sacramento County, with the bird of the day being a singing Common Poorwill on Latrobe Rd, heard at 5:35 a.m. from the first gate east of Stonehouse Rd. (38.5191639, -121.0991765). The bird was calling from some distance SE of the road, but was easy to hear when no traffic was passing. While this species was a target for us, we were both very happily surprised to detect it, as there have been none reported on Latrobe Rd since 2018, and no singing birds reported since 2017. While I stood around with my mouth agape in joyful awe, Cameron held his composure much better and was able to get an audio recording of the bird. Checklist with recording can be viewed at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104623171
Once the sun rose, we covered the entirety of Latrobe Rd, followed by Michigan Bar Rd and Meiss Rd. Highlights included a Prairie Falcon chasing an American Kestrel on Latrobe, a Ferruginous Hawk and three Lawrence's Goldfinches on Michigan Bar Rd, and continuing Vesper Sparrows and male Eurasian Wigeon on Meiss Rd. We looked for but could not find any of the recently reported Mountain Bluebirds on either Latrobe or Meiss roads. Details can be found on individual checklists:
Michigan Bar: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104620703
On the drive back, we stopped at Nimbus Fish Hatchery to see the long-staying Long-tailed Duck, which continues to enjoy life below the Hazel Ave bridge.
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Great find, Max and Cameron -- and bonus points for having the presence of mind to get a recording. You guys must be in seventh heaven! I found one a few weeks ago on Meiss Road (not too far from Latrobe). Was driving super slow when a "rock" at the side of the road exploded into flight and the Common Poorwill flew right past my window. Scared the daylights out of me. LOL. BTW, what recording equipment do you guys use? I've been trying to do more sound recordings for ebird but my iPhone is pretty lame.
Congrats again -- great birding!
On Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 8:17 PM M. Brodie <Brodiemaxa@...> wrote:
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