Okay folks this is going to be confusing, so hold on and pay attention. There is a park in southern Claremont called Blasdell Park where Dan found a yellow-bellied sapsucker. I went to that park this morning and did not see his sapsucker. I shrugged, not worried about it, assuming that sometime during the course of this winter, preferably before December 31st, I will bump into this bird since I live in the neighborhood.
Today I went hiking in the mountains and found three Townsend's solitaires with 50 Western bluebirds at Barrett Stoddard Road (but no Pine Siskins. Yaaargh).
On the way back down I stopped at the northern extreme end of Claremont at Blaisdell Preserve (several miles north of the other Blaisdell location). When I walked in at the southeastern corner of the park i.e. preserve where there is a rusty metal chain across the gravel road and approached the row of thin tamarisk trees, the first bird that I saw was an immature female yellow-bellied sapsucker with an all white throat.
Neil Gilbert (the O.G. original Neil Gilbert who retired and moved out-of-state) introduced me to this Preserve approximately 10 years ago as the go-to spot in the winter for Varied Thrush.
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