Upper Newport Bay and Laguna Nigel Regional Park highlights
- At UNB this morning, I spotted a Eurasian Wigeon with
a mixed flock of American Wigeon and Green-winged
Teal. there also was a flock of about 20 Blue-winged
Teal in a flooded area toward the north end of Back
Bay Drive that is usually a mud flat and occupied by
Late this afternoon at LNRP, of four Kingbirds I saw,
one was definitely a Western (distinctly whitish
throat and chest) and another a Cassin's, the other
two were indeterminate.
I also saw what appeared to be a very light-colored
Red-tailed Hawk from the front. It's chest was white
with the exception of a few non-contiguous dark (black
or dark brown) feathers forming a "V". It's head and
throat were a bright rusty brown. I only saw a bit of
one of its wings before it flew away while I watched a
Western Bluebird watching me, but that bit seemed to
have a fair amount of light-colored feathering.
As I was leaving and had reached the place where the
road crosses the stream, a Common Moorhen nonchalantly
crossed the road in front of me to end my birding day.