- Yesterday, Linda Pittman, Liz West and I birded Lake County. Spent the day
showing Linda all the great places to bird in Lake. What a great day we
had! Plus seeing a variety of Raptors is always a treat. Throughout the day we
saw both SHARP-SHINNED & COOPER'S HAWKS; multiple RED-SHOULDERED & RED-TAILED
HAWKS, a FERRUGINOUS HAWK; both GOLDEN & BALD EAGLES; multiple NORTHERN HARRIERS
& KESTREL'S; 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS,and a few WT KITES. Many of the expected ducks
were at Borax Lake & Detert Reservoir. Only shorebird was a Killdeer. The
Burrowing Owl was a no show today.
Borax Lake highlight included: 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS sitting out (almost
side-by-side) on the mud flats; a HORNED LARK sitting next to one of the tires
on the same mud flats; and at some point a Sharpie flew around the oak trees
next to the lake.
Around the Hidden WTP area we saw the majority of our Raptors including: a
COOPER'S HAWK, both Golden & Bald Eagle, a few AM Kestrels, N. Harriers, RT
Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, and lots of Ravens!
Boggs Mt. State Forest also did not disappoint either! Both Hairy & Downy
Woodpeckers, all 3 nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglets, with several Red
Crossbills calling as they flew over. And new for me was a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE
just sitting quietly on a tree branch in the campground.
Getting closer to 200!