Eur. Wigeon at Clark Park
- The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Clark Park today was, indeed, a treat
to see. Several other birders were there looking for it too. William and
I stayed at one spot up in the NE corner of the park looking for it for
almost 30 min without any luck. Shortly after we turned back down the
path along the golf course, we were called back by one of the other
birders. They had tracked the Scissor-tailed from down in the lower part
of the park up to where it landed in a bare tree on the north side of
Rosecrans...just across from the spot we had just left. We sure
appreciated their calling us back! Beautiful bird.
The immature male Eurasian Wigeon in the closest pond near the entrance
to the park was also a real delight to watch. Because we could get so
close to it we could see each and every feather and feature. What a
riotous assortment of color, what with adult feathers coming in. Now
this bird will be a great practice bird for doing a complete ID write-up
(as we learned to do in the Observational Skills Workshop with Sylvia
Gallagher). If you see us some time this week sitting on the bench
writing up our notes, please feel free to stop by and see how we're doing.
Cassin's Kingbirds were all over the place, chatting and fussing,
flitting and flying. Saw many of the "regulars" in the time we had, but
no Great Horned Owls this weekend.
Good birding to you all.
Fullerton, North Orange County