Fw: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mystery Bird - SJWS
- To: mrsmeckle , OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mystery Bird - SJWS
It's hiding behind some reeds, but I believe you have a Bobolink. Not real rare, but always a good bird to find in the fall.
Ed StonickPasadena, CAedstonick@...
Sent: Aug 31, 2012 9:48 AM
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mystery Bird - SJWS
Saw an odd bird at SJWS yesterday evening. Couldn't figure it out so I snapped some pictures to review later. One thing I can't emphasize enough: these are horrible, terrible photos. I was shooting through willow branches and into the sun. They're washed out and difficult to see and it may be unidentifiable. Because of the specific spot it was at, I couldn't find a good viewpoint that didn't have branches in the way but still gave a clear view of the bird, and then once I did it took off and I didn't see it again.
Its bill is relatively distinctive, this may be the one saving grace to the photos. As it flew over it was making "churk" type calls similar to a blackbird, but it doesn't look like a blackbird. You can see that its got a distinctive and odd white pattern on its head (possibly related to a change in plumage?), and it appears to have a visible iris in a couple of the photos. While its back appears to have a blue base color in one photo, in person it appeared more reddish; this was probably due to the sun. You can see the tail feathers in the photos appear red. I would estimate length as 8-9 inches or so.
The photos are located in the "Mystery Birds" folder. If this ends up just being some weird scrub-jay or something I'll be disappointed (and embarrassed).
Thanks for taking a look!