Orange county Birds
Steve Smith sent me a photo, today Tuesday, of a Long-billed Curlew,
at Bolsa Chica, have a bit of lunch so I posted it in the photo
folder. Enjoy. He also said he saw Bald Eagle #35 over Bolsa Chica as
it was flying south at about noon.
In the meantime, I was at Upper Newport Bay and found an unusually
colored Teal. It is probably a partial albino Blue-winged Teal as it
seems to hang out with a couple of normal plummaged males. The Teal
exhibited a lot of white on the wing feathers with the rest of the
body in normal female colors. It was in the creek/channel at the
junction of Back Bay Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road. All the other
regular teal species were there as well.
Along the nature trail that skirts the east side of the reed-infested
pond, there were two White-tailed Kites (I believe that is this year's
name for them) in a leafless tree at the southern end of the trail. A
Fox Sparrow popped up out of the thicket there as well. I believe it
to be of the Sooty race as it's chest and sides were almost solid dark
brown to gray.
In the area were a number of male Allen's Hummingbirds, each defending
it's meager scrub patch.
Regards, Al Borodayko