Evening Grosbeaks heard at Virgin Creek
- Today while returning from a walk to Virgin Creek Beach at about 10:15 today
(11/24), I clearly heard the low, musical, single note calls of at least 2
Evening Grosbeaks. The birds flew over heading south. I heard 6-8 distinct
calls. I searched for them as they went over, but was unable to locate them in
the sunlight with bright water vapor in the air. They went over about 75 yd down
the trail from Highway 1.
I lived and worked around this species in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades for
many years, so am very confident of the vocal i.d. This appears to be an
invasion year for the species, with a number of records showing in up lowland
areas of the Central Valley.
It is quite a collection of waterfowl on the very small pond where Virgin Creek
crosses the Haul Road, including 2 Pintails (1M,1F). The only shorebird I saw
were Sanderlings and Killdeer. 200+ loons were moving south, but too far for me
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