Date: 1/5/20 10:42 am From: John Hurley <jhurley13...> Subject: [southbaybirds] National Birds: Winner and Runner Up
I got a late but good start on my birding for 2020. I went up to Portola Valley to check on the horses, and fortunately brought my camera. Right after I went through the gate, I saw a flock of WILD TURKEYS (runner up) making their way across the field. I managed to get a few shots before they wandered into the woods.
The feeder had some of the usual suspects: DARK-EYED JUNCO, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, LESSER GOLDFINCH, and CALIFORNIA TOWHEE. The oaks held a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a surprise TOWNSEND'S WARBLER.
To cap off the day, my eye caught something large flying by and saw from the photo that it was a BALD EAGLE (winner!) on its way back from hunting at Felt Lake. List and photos here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63024954.
Not a bad way to start off the year.
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