Date: 4/16/18 7:39 am From: Trish G <trishrg62...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Sunday birding
On Sunday, I birded at Harriett Wieder park in the morning, hoping to find the Calliope Hummingbird seen the day before by Brian Daniels. It appeared from his photos, he found the bird in the flowering bladderpod looking plants below the playground. Lots of hummers were very active, but no Calliopes were seen. A while later I refound the European Goldfinch also found by Brian at the bottom of Fishers Gulch, the riparian area in the middle of the park. It was singing and fairly easy to "hear" but took some time to actually find the bird. Consolation bird...
I then headed over to Huntington Central Park and parked my chair in the "Secret Garden" to watch for hummers there. There was one tiny little bird that made an obvious different buzz sound than the other hummers. I sent off photos of this bird, and it was ID'd as a Calliope, due to its tiny size, all green back, short bill, and dull rufous on the sides of the chest. It's throat is really messed up, and it has virtually no tail. I don't know if this bird may have survived a rough ordeal, but it's messy looking. It was seen in the middle of the garden, in a patch of Pride of Medeira where the fence is open next to the lake, so basically right in the center of the garden.