Posts Tagged ‘Island Scrub-Jay’

CAL-GAL #1

September 25, 2014

Here is the first gallery of California photos (hence Cal-Gal) from birder Barbara Bens, one of the folks on my recent California Coastal birding trip for Partnership for Interantional Birding.
Female California Gnatcatcher near Pt. Vicente, LA County: CA GNT (1178x904)
Ruyfous-crowned Sparrow, also at Pt. Vincente: RC SPARO-GUD (1280x888)

Hiding Cal Towhee:
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Curlew in the fog, Morro Bay.
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Diving Brown Pelican, Morro Bay State Park.
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Santa Cruz Island:
island (1280x853)is scrub1 (1280x853)Above: the endemic Island Scrub-Jay.

Banded Song Sparrow on Santa Cruz Island off Ventura:
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Willet and friend at Moss Landing:
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Yeloow-billed Magpie up Pine Canyon near King City in southern Monterey County.
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Two of three Great Horned Owls in Monterey cypress trees, Pt. Reyes. GHO IN TREE (1280x569)
On this trip we got both North American endemics: Island Scrub-Jay and Yellow-billed Magpie, the latter requiring us to drive far from the coast in search of dog in an outdoor location. When we inquired about the species locally one woman told us she can only feed her dog at night because the magpies onto the food instantly in the daytime. These are farm dogs not fed in the house. Neither, presumably are the magpies fed indoors, though if you left the door open…

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ FOR NEXT SEPTEMBER

January 9, 2014

I will be leading a trip along the California Coast next September. It will be at the height of shorebird migration: Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Red-necked Phalarope, Surfbird, Marbled Godwit, various sandpipers and plovers. Click here for itinerary.
Of course, we will cruise along Big Sur, a magnificent coastal highway, in search of North America’s largest bird (by wingspan).CONDOR3

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These Condor pictures were taken on the same route a couple years ago. There are now more condors flying free than are in captivity. A remarkable story of saving an endangered species that once got down to less than 20 individuals.
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CONDOR WING TAG

CONDOR OVERHEAD
Click here to see what’s up on the Ventana Wilderness Society’s CONDOR CAM.

The trip will also take us in pursuit of California’s two endemic Corvids (no other American state has even a single endemic): Island Scrub-Jay and Yellow-billed Magpie. TOWA IN TREE Other hard-to-find birds we will seek: California Gnatcatcher, Oak Titmouse, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, California Thrasher, Hermit Warbler, Hutton’s Vireo, Heermann’s Gull and Cassin’s Auklet. Come enjoy some California sun and birding.CALIF SEPT.7 014