Date: 11/22/19 8:27 am
From: bugbob via Groups.Io <bugbob=<>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilion flycatcher, et al, at SJWS, 21 Nov 2019

Yesterday (21 Nov 2019), while leading an Environmental Biology class field trip at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary between 1-3 pm, I saw a vermilion flycatcher fly into a cottonwood tree. Got great looks at it, since it was close by. Really took me by surprise.

The spot was along Pond 1, at the viewing “cut-out loop" on the southeast side
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Other birds seen:

Northern mockingbird - 1 in parking lot near Audubon house
Great egrets - 1 in Pond E, 1 in Pond B
Cinnamon teal - several in Pond C
Northern shoveler - several in Pond C
Green-winged teal - few in Pond C
Bufflehead - few in Pond C
Killdeer - 1 on shore at northeast end of Pond C
America coot - few in Ponds E & C
Great blue heron - 1 in Pond B, caught a fish along the southwest shore
Black-crowned night heron - 1 in Pond B along northwest shore
American white pelican - several on island in center of Pond 1, a few in flight
Terns (species not noted) - about 6 or so, mostly above Pond 1
Double-crested cormorant - surprisingly few, most on island in center of Pond 1
Pied-billed grebe - 4, in Pond 1
Clark’s or western grebes (didn’t determine which) - about 4 in Pond 1
Common yellowthroat - saw 1 around southwest side of Pond 1, more heard than seen
Northern harrier - 2 seen over Pond 1, one of them chased off a red-tailed hawk
Turkey vulture - about 6 overhead
Osprey - none seen by us, but a photographer said he saw one

It’s still early, but winter species are starting to show up.

-Bob Allen
Mission Viejo, CA
<bugbob...> <mailto:<bugbob...>
Adjunct Professor of Biology, Santiago Canyon College & Orange Coast College
Research Associate in Entomology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Research Associate, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains <>

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