Western Kingbirds at Lakeview crossing of Santa Ana River
- We saw one Western Kingbird near the children's play
structure in Riverdale Park (downstream of Lakeview
crossing) and one later on further downstream at the Orange
Olive Rd. parking pullout. I suppose it could have been
the same bird as there was an hour's time between the two
sightings. Both birds were quite close to us when we
watched them so their distinctive features were fully noted.
The Black-necked Stilts are nest-sitting and nest-guarding
with real dedication. One in particular was chasing ALL
intruders from its territorial circle, especially that
hungry looking Great Egret.
Several young broods of Wood Ducks and a couple of broods of
baby Mallards were all great fun to watch.
Two Snowy Egrets were especially animated in their
attraction to each other with their plumes fluffy in the wind.
There were, at one particular time, three Black-crowned
Night Herons flying both upstream and down. Later on, a BCN
Heron was down in the flowing water of the spillway, acting
for all the world like the nearby hungry Great Egret...out
in full view, walking slowly and peering intently into the
Species #30 on our list was the Red-shouldered Hawk.
Actually, there three of them suspended together high
We're prolonging the packing for moving as long as we can by
going birding. Much more enjoyable.
"Good birding" to you all.
Fullerton, North Orange County