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Sand Canyon area [LACo] migrants

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  • Jim Greaves
    South side Santa Clara River near Sand Canyon south of Highway 14, LA County, mid-morning (07 May 2006), east of Lost Canyon Road x Oak Springs Road. Temp in
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      South side Santa Clara River near Sand Canyon south of Highway 14, LA
      County, mid-morning (07 May 2006), east of Lost Canyon Road x Oak
      Springs Road. Temp in low to mid 70's, light wind, clear, hazy. 5
      foot wide flow in river.

      Aside from usual residents [ACWO, starlings, Bewick's wrens, house
      finches, spotted towhee, etc], a few birds of note:
      [photos, where noted, are mediocre]

      ** CASSIN'S VIREO male sang/foraged in old oak [photo], with which were:
      ** NASHVILLE warblers (3) [photo]
      ** WILSON'S warbler (2)
      Orange-crowned warblers (2+)
      Yellow warblers (2+)
      ** BLACK-THROATED GRAY warbler (1 female)
      Bushtits building a nest in same tree
      California towhees, Bewick's wrens, Scrub-jays lurking
      Lazuli bunting buzzed, but not seen

      Further upriver:

      American kestrel perched on dead tree, probably nesting
      ** EMPIDONAX flycatcher (soft hard "pip" calls), narrow bill,
      long-ish tail but reminded me of Hammond's call... [photo]
      ** SWAINSON'S THRUSH (1, called softly, too skulky for photo)
      California thrasher carried food away (nest not found) [photo]
      ** YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (3+) [photos] - late?
      ** MACGILLIVRAY'S warbler (1, probable male) [photo]
      ** Yellow-breasted chat (1 calling briefly)
      ** more Wilson's, Yellow and Orange-crowned warblers [photos]
      Ash-throated flycatchers defending site, probably nesting [photos]
      Bullock's orioles flew about
      ** CHIPPING SPARROWS (6+, small flock?) [photo of 1]
      Blue grosbeaks (1 blue and 1 brown, both singing) [photos]
      LAWRENCE'S and Lesser goldfinches ditto

      Jim Greaves
      Santa Barbara
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