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Bolsa Chica Reserve Trip Report: 6 October, 2012

October 13, 2012
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  Another gorgeous day in Southern California – autumn is coming, the air was crisp and the weather was perfect for birding – hats were needed as was sun screen. Many birds had left for the winter, but there were plenty to keep us interested and going just a little farther to see what was there. We were joined by a group from Kern Audubon Society. They needed a fix of shore / ocean birds as that is just about all that Kern County, the birdiest inland county in California, does not have. We were pleased to share.  We birded for almost four hours and some were still going.

Reddish Egret – Star of the show momentarily motionless (J. Kenney 10/6/12)

The highlights were the shore birds and the biggest raves were for our friends the Reddish Egrets. They were very active, visible and dancing to their own rhythms (or maybe fishing). We were delighted to find an adult molting Black Tern (little guy!). We also had many of the usual birds…. 3 different teal, 3 different grebes, 6 herons/egrets, and a total of 71 different species including the dowitcher sp. (both of which can be found there in abundance and we could not tell which was which). Even the Great Blue Heron posed for us – staring with his great yellow eye. An excellent day for birds and people.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy has a new (2011) checklist that we found most useful.
Link to prior Bolsa Chica field trips: October 2011, October 2009.
[Ellen Vahan]

Savannah (probable Belding’s) Sparrow – a saltmarsh obligate       (J. Kenney 10/6/12)

Trip List – Bolsa Chica 6 October, 2012
Brant Red Knot
American Wigeon Sanderling
Mallard Western Sandpiper
Blue-winged Teal Least Sandpiper
Cinnamon Teal Dunlin
Northern Shoveler Dowitcher sp.
Northern Pintail Ring-billed Gull
Green-winged Teal Western Gull
Ruddy Duck California Gull
Pied-billed Grebe Black Tern
Eared Grebe Forster’s Tern
Western Grebe Elegant Tern
Double-crested Cormorant Rock Pigeon
American White Pelican Mourning Dove
Brown Pelican Anna’s Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron Allen’s Hummingbird
Great Egret Belted Kingfisher
Snowy Egret Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Reddish Egret Downy Woodpecker
Green Heron American Kestrel
Black-crowned Night Heron Peregrine Falcon
Turkey Vulture Black Phoebe
Osprey Say’s Phoebe
White-tailed Kite Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Harrier American Crow
Red-tailed Hawk Bushtit
American Coot House Wren
Black-bellied Plover European Starling
Killdeer American Pipit
Greater Yellowlegs Common Yellowthroat
Willet California Towhee
Lesser Yellowlegs Savannah Sparrow
Whimbrel Savannah (Belding’s) Sparrow
Long-billed Curlew White-Crowned Sparrow
Marbled Godwit House Finch
Ruddy Turnstone Total Species – 71

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