Red-throated Pipit on San Clemente Island
Today John Brollini and I tracked down a Red-throated Pipit at Lemon Tank, a
first for San Clemente Island. I heard a suspicious bird yesterday afternoon
while birding the area, but could not locate the bird before I had to leave.
After consulting with Marshall Iliff about the flight call of RTPI it
inspired me to go out and have another look. As if on cue, just as I was
discussing the flight note that I heard with Brollini, the bird popped out of
the grass, allowed an identification, then flew off calling. It returned to
the area and allowed close approach several times.
Other birds of note were two Clay-colored Sparrows yesterday, three Greater
White-fronted Geese, and a male Lawrence's Goldfinch.
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A Red-throated Pipit was heard calling as it flew in to the Lemon
Tank area today. The pipit landed rather close to me and associated
with a large flock of Horned Larks on the waters edge. Unfortunately
the visit was cut short due to a low flying kestrel that flushed up
this group of birds along with others about a minute after its
arrival. I kept my eye on the calling pipit as it veered off from
the Horned Larks and flew in a southerly direction until out of
sight. I stayed in the area for about an hour and it was not seen or
heard again. Also in the area today was an adult Tennessee Warbler
and a Virginia's Warbler.
A few other recent sightings of note:
Varied Thrush (male) 10/11 - Lemon Tank
Tennessee Warbler (1st winter) 10/11 - Lemon Tank
Palm Warbler 10/11 - Lemon Tank
Varied Thrush (male) 10/6 - Chad's Bluff
Lapland Longspur 10/6 - Chad's Bluff
Chestnut-collared Longspur 10/6 - Chad's Bluff
Yellow-shafted Flicker 10/6 - Lemon Tank
Ovenbird 10/5 - Burn's Canyon
Indigo Bunting (female) 10/1 - Lemon Tank
2) Northern Waterthrush 9/24 -one at Lemon Tank and one at Chad's
2) Tennessee Warblers and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak were seen at
Lemon Tank 9/24 by Robert McMorran.