Saturday, January 28, 2017

Warbler Day at Santa Anna

Our road trip was canceled due to cold and rain but Laura and I were ready for the weather so we met at Santa Anna for the bird walk with Mark and Joanie.  Another couple from Michigan joined us.  Reuben refound the Tropical Parula in the parking before we began the walk.  It was an indicator of warblers to come.

 The cloud cover made it hard to photo but the birds did not mind the wet conditions.  We stuck to the Willow Lake trails following a group of warblers.  The day reminds me of the cold and rainy Warbler Day at Frontera last year with Paul. Today's walk brought Common Yellowthroats, Black and White Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Pine Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Other birds included Lesser Goldfinch, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Olive Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Bewick Wren, House Wren, and a Northern Beardless Tyrannulent.  The usually birds, hawks, ducks, and woodpeckers were present also. 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Widgeons and a Coot

  Shoveler Bookends

Nutria an introduced mammal 

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