- Howdy, Birders,
While counting yellow-billed magpies for Audubon California today, I
came across the following birds which might be of interest to some:
On Cienega Road, a male INDIGO BUNTING was chasing a male Lazuli
Bunting, while a male BLUE GROSBEAK was singing.
At Paicines Reservoir, a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE flew north toward
Panoche Road from the vineyard, across from the Highway 25 pullout.
On Panoche Road, a large colony of TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS, nesting in
hay, was mowed over. Perhaps, some survived, as fledglings seemed to
be in many stages. This was at the 3.47 mile marker. A large, nesting
colony of Tricolored Blackbirds, well over 1000 pairs, can be seen
from this spot, some distance, across the river, nesting in another
hay field. Let's hope that they fledge soon. Another undisclosed
nesting colony of 1000+ pairs, has fledglings in all stages. About
15-20% of this colony was lost due to being mowed for a firebreak road.
On Brown's Valley Road, from the Highway 25 entrance, just beyond the
vineyard, is a small satellite TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD COLONY of about
40-60 pairs. They are nesting in milk thistle. Both males and females
are carrying food to dependent young. Flocks of foraging parties of
12-20 birds, can be seen along this road. These foraging flocks are
most likely from the remaining colony in the hayfield, as described
Elsewhere in the county: I found a PRAIRIE FALCON NEST. The only
known BALD EAGLE NEST is confirmed as having two eaglets, one smaller
than the other. I saw all of the "usual resident suspects" many
feeding dependent young, including many YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES. It was
a spectacular day, with beautiful orographic lenticularis clouds.
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Hollister, CA 95024
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October 18- November 4, 2010
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