Date: 12/6/17 3:16 am From: 'Willick, Doug' <doug.willick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Belated report for Santiago Park (Hammond's Flycatcher etc.)
On Monday (4 December), I joined Shawn Nielsen in birding Santiago Park (in northeastern Santa Ana). The main highlight during this visit was a Hammond's Flycatcher, found by Shawn, in the western half of the park (i.e., the portion west of the Santiago Street pedestrian bridge). The bird was in a row of landscape vegetation (shrubs and low growing trees) along the south side of the lawn bowling facility. Given this late date, I would expect this is a wintering bird. The bird never vocalized, but was otherwise surprisingly cooperative. Otherwise, things were fairly quiet-the Plumbeous/Cassin's type vireo, and the female type Summer Tanager that are presumably wintering in the park were not detected on this visit. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen circling over the far eastern end of this relatively long, linear park, and two or three Japanese (type) White-eyes were seen near the visitors center. Although these white-eyes are still much scarcer in the Santa Ana/Orange area than, say, in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa, it appears they are continuing to establish themselves further inland in recent years.