This is a late report of several days of birding near Hollister, SAN
BENITO COUNTY. Highlights included: a first county record of a female
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and third county records of PALM WARBLER and
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. (at least to my knowledge). Sorry for the delay
in this report, but I have been dealing with multiple-techno-
meltdowns! Details follow. A BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was in my yard
for the period, along with 3 or 4 "rufous."
PALM WARBLER-1 feeding in the weeds, near the sunflower plants, seen
from the Highway 25 pullout. First found on August 25th. Same place,
about 6:45 am. Both mornings were heavy with overcast skies. I hoped
that someone else would see this bird, but don't know if anyone else
AUGUST 26: At Paicines Reservoir south of Hollister on Highway 25
from 6:40 am to 8:30 am.
The PALM WARBLER continued in the same place as August 25th. I tried
to get a photo of it, but it flew to the willow tree surrounded by
A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO flew from the shore to the same willow tree. I
was able to scope it in the tree, briefly.
Other migrants on August 26:
Also present this day:
BALD EAGLE-3: 1 adult, 1 first plumage adult, 1 juv.
Bewick's wren-1, singing
In Panoche Valley on August 26th, I found:
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK-1 adult female, feeding with a mixed flock of
Lesser and American goldfinches, and Lazuli buntings. There was a
possible Painted bunting with this flock.
Western wood peewee-1
Also present: 1 Roadrunner, 20 Lark sparrows, and 1 Northern flicker.
On August 28, I returned to Paicines Reservoir. The night prior was
clear. (I watched the total lunar eclipse at 3 am from my front
yard). The Palm warbler was not present, and none of the other
migrants from 8/25 or 8/26 seemed to be present. In the willow tree,
2 WARBLING VIREOS were catching insects. Otherwise, it was a similar
selection of birds as 8/26. One adult BALD EAGLE was in the oak tree,
and another was at the water's edge on the far side of the reservoir.
I stopped in at the Historical Park near Bolado. A BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER and several "rufous" hummingbirds were there, along with
the usual suspects.
Driving to town on Quien Sabe Road, an adult PRAIRIE FALCON landed on
a telephone pole near Mile marker .66, while I was watching a
ROADRUNNER and an adult GOLDEN EAGLE.
That's the highlights. I never been able to bird in late August in my
home county. Sure was fun!
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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