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San Benito County Birding: Jan 29-31, 2011

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Howdy, Birders, Below, is a report of some highlights of birding in San Benito County, January 29 through January 31, 2011. January 29th, there was a MERLIN on
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      Howdy, Birders,

      Below, is a report of some highlights of birding in San Benito
      County, January 29 through January 31, 2011.

      January 29th, there was a MERLIN on John Smith Road. On Santa Ana
      Valley Road a FERRUGINOUS HAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE performing courtship
      display flight. At Paicines Reservoir a decent assortment of
      waterfowl was present, along with an immature BALD EAGLE. On a
      private ranch, one Empid flycatcher was present, possibly a Gray
      Flycatcher.

      On January 30th at San Felipe Lake, the Highway 152 call box: a pair,
      male/female BALD EAGLES were perched on a willow. One PEREGRINE
      FALCON was present. One CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was present. (Please note
      that this pullout is a very dangerous area due to traffic. On Lovers
      Lane, 9 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were present. This represents a high
      count for the county, and the first winter record that I am aware of.
      At Vista Park Hill in the town of Hollister, one RED-BREASTED
      SAPSUCKER and one TOWNSEND'S WARBLER were present. Both were in the
      pepper trees near the county buildings. At Bear Valley Fire Station
      Pond on Highway 25, south of Pinnacles, 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS
      were foraging in a flock of 2700 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS, 200 Red-
      winged Blackbirds and 100 Brewer's Blackbirds. This represents a new
      county location for Yellow-headed Blackbird and a first winter record
      that I am aware of. Continuing south on Highway 25, at Bitterwater
      Dry Lake, 3 WHITE-FRONTED and 2 ROSS'S GEESE were present, along with
      86 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS and one adult BALD EAGLE. One Red-tailed Hawk
      with jesses and bells was photographed. Large flocks of YELLOW-BILLED
      MAGPIES, up to 28, were present along Highway 25. At Hwy 25 and
      Coalinga Road, one FERRUGINOUS HAWK was present. On Coalinga Road, at
      Laguna BLM area, one RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was present. At Hernandez
      Reservoir, one immature (3 year old) BALD EAGLE summersalted, showing
      its talons to a Red-tailed Hawk who was pursuing it. High numbers of
      RUDDY DUCKS (280), MALLARDS (380) and AMERICAN WIGEON (220) were
      present at the reservoir. Forty Tule Elk were near the road.
      Returning home, Kangaroo Rats were observed on Quien Sabe Road. It
      rained, off and on, all day.

      On January 31st, a visit to the Hollister sewer ponds was very
      disappointing, with virtually no shorebirds present, save one Greater
      Yellowlegs and Killdeer. At Fremont Peak State Park, best birds were
      one BROWN CREEPER and one TOWNSEND'S WARBLER.

      Elsewhere, in Santa Clara County, 5 TUNDRA SWANS were present on
      Bloomfield Road on January 30th.

      Happy Trails,
      Debi

      Debra Shearwater
      Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
      PO Box 190
      Hollister, CA 95024
      831.637.8527
      debi@...
      www.shearwaterjourneys.com
      www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

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