At the beginning of the month, I took a trip to Los Angeles. On the
way back to utah, I stopped in Newberry Springs, where there is a
water park along IH 15. As I looked out over the pond,i saw an Osprey
flying. I watched him for a while, until I caught a glimpse of
another bird sitting in a tree behind the water.
This bird was all black, and had a fairly long tail. I looked in my
field guide, and I thought of Yellow-billed Magpie, but this bird had
no visible white on him. Yesterday, I was at home thinking about this
bird, and I thought about it being a Steller's Jay, but I ruled him
out because of his blue lower half.
As I continued looking through my field guide, I came across
Phainopepla. This bird is found in southwestern deserts (according to
the road atlas, Newberry Springs is in the middle of the Mojave
Desert). My question is how likely is it that this bird WAS a
Richard L. Wood
Hyrum, UT 84319