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"Upper" Santa Ana River-still a few latish migrants (Nov. 1)

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  • oc_birder
    Nothing much of significance, but while birding Saturday (Nov. 1) from the Santa Ana River biketrail, in the City of Orange (downstream of the Glassell
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2008
      Nothing much of significance, but while birding Saturday (Nov. 1)
      from the Santa Ana River biketrail, in the City of Orange
      (downstream of the Glassell crossing), noted a few latish migrants.
      Just southwest of Glassell there were two Ash-throated Flycatchers,
      together (one was at this same spot last week); also here was a lone
      Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Further downstream was a Yellow
      Warbler and a Western Tanager, which I'm presuming were migrants, as
      not typical habitat for wintering inidividuals of these species.
      Just downstream of Lincoln (in the River Trail community) were 2
      Black-throated Gray Warblers. At the nearby Burris Basin (where very
      low water levels are now forming isolated, shallow pools) was an
      impressive concentration of "piscivorous" birds catching the trapped
      fish. The largest concentration, at the south end of the basin,
      contained about 250 "white egrets" (Snowies and Greats), dozens of
      Great Blues, upwards of 500 Double-crested Cormorants, 150 American
      White Pelicans, and small numbers of grebes, gulls and terns.
      Nothing unexpected for the area, however. A single Peregrine Falcon
      was perched nearby watching the action.

      Doug Willick
      Orange, CA
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