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FW: Roseate Spoonbill at Hidden Valley Wildlife Area

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  • John Green
    Forwarding for Madeline Bauer. I’m guessing that this is the Orange County bird (Hidden Valley is on the Santa Ana River), but I guess we will find out
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 13, 2007
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      Forwarding for Madeline Bauer. I�m guessing that this is the Orange County
      bird (Hidden Valley is on the Santa Ana River), but I guess we will find out
      tomorrow.



      Jon Green

      Riverside County, CA



      -----Original Message-----
      Barbara Iyer and I saw a Roseate Spoonbill with the White-faced Ibis
      at Hidden Valley this afternoon. It was feeding in the ponds with the
      roosting White-faced Ibis. The ibis are spooky and fly up and around
      every so often which is how we first saw the spoonbill. We're pretty
      sure that it did not fly in with the ibis. This appears to be a first
      year bird ... mostly white upper parts, pinkish underwings, dark feet
      (visible in flight) and wingtips (vaguely dark). The bird is a bit
      larger than the ibis, but has the general shape (long legs and long
      decurved bill) except for the "spoon" at the end of the bill. When we
      could see it feeding, it was slowly sweeping its bill side to side in
      the water. We did not get a photo ... it was dusk and neither of us
      had a camera. The spoonbill and the ibis were in (what's left of) the
      ponds at the east end of Hidden Valley wildlife area.

      Birders are not allowed to go down to the ponds. Viewing of the ponds
      is restricted to the bluff south of the ponds. Park in parking lot 2
      (east of the Nature Center). Hidden Valley Wildlife area is on
      Arlington, which is accessed from Van Buren (go west) or from 6th
      Street to California (north) in Norco.

      There was also a Peregrine Falcon in a tree northeast of the remains
      of the second pond. (The ponds are drying up since the dike broke
      (that is the dike that channels reclaimed treated water from the
      Riverside sewage treatment plant.)

      Good birding,
      Madeline
      Mira Loma


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