Winston Churchill: "There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the
Livermore, CA, Alameda County
] On Behalf Of Steve Hampton
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 10:34 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] VEERY at Grasslands Park, Yolo Co.
This morning I found a VEERY at Grasslands Park (Mace/Rd 104 and Tremont
south of Davis).
The bird was in the row of dense thickets near archery link #27 in the NE
quadrant of the park (left as you enter). There was one archer there, so be
careful to stay up-range of the targets. I suspect the bird may stay near
this spot, as it is usually attractive to birds.
Compared to Swainson's Thrush (which are common here in spring migration),
this bird was quite orangey in tone, had a different breast speckling (some
tiny dark-orange squares, verses larger blacker circles on Swainson's), and
had a different face pattern (larger paler area around the eye, off-setting
a darker orange crown; but not the buffy spectacled look of Swainson's).
Unfortunately, it did not call (but I suggest bringing a recording of the
call) and I did not manage a photo before it gave me the slip.
Also present were about 6 Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 1 Ash-throated Fly, 1
I would love it if someone could obtain a photo. Given the weather, birding
should be possible all day.
Steve Hampton, Ph.D.
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
California Dept of Fish and Game
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 323-4724 phone
(916) 324-8829 fax