Today, Jim Lomax and I went birding in San Benito County, spending most
of the day in Panoche Valley. Highlights only included:
PRAIRIE FALCON (1) on Santa Ana Valley Road. BALD EAGLE (1 adult, 1
immature) at Paicines Reservoir. GOLDEN EAGLE (1) on Panoche Road, and
VESPER SPARROW (2) on entering the valley floor. LONG-BILLED CURLEWS
(44) bathing on the unmarked dirt road in the ag field sprinklers, near
the school. MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (116-first fall arrivals) on the dirt
portion of Panoche Road, going up to Jackass Pass, along with
ROADRUNNER (1), ROCK WREN (1), VESPER SPARROW (2). FERRUGINOUS HAWK and
ROADRUNNER (7) on New Idria Road. SAGE THRASHER (1) on the fence on the
unnamed dirt road off Little Panoche Road near the cattle trough.
We looked for, but did not find any unusual sparrows, including the
Black-throated Sparrow. Did not find the Sage Thrasher that I had found
near Silver Creek Ranch. Perhaps it moved to the dirt road. Can't tell
if it is the same thrasher, or not.
Mountain bluebirds sure were beautiful!
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA
"Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr
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