Date: 7/28/20 3:44 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Blue Grosbeak

This morning (7/28) Frank Vanslager and I had an adult female BLUE GROSBEAK with a probable juvenile on the hillside North of the railroad tracks on the North side of the Pajaro River near a blue painted railroad tie about 150 yds before the ΒΌ railroad marker. She was an overall brownish color with the uniformly un-streaked under parts being a somewhat lighter shade, it had a single, obvious, light wingbar, and a dark upper tail, the face had no obvious makings with the crown being a somewhat darker uniform color and she had a larger, heavier bill. A bit of blue on the wing or tail was noted a couple times when she was in flight. Over about a one hour period the female made many trips Northeast to various points along the hillside, spending a lot of time in the tall weeds there (often barely visible prohibiting reasonable photography). Pete Dunne notes that it "Forages for seeds and insects low in weeds." After a while she would then, always fly Southwest down-slope to a spot quite near us (apparently to feed the juvenile). Somewhat later Frank heard a lot of pips close to the spot where she would always fly to and saw two similarly mark Grosbeaks fly from the hillside to an area South of the Railroad tracks and out of sight. There was no sign of an adult male Blue Grosbeak.

Other birds of note included a female HOODED ORIOLE, CALIFORNIA THRASHERS and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.

Take care,
Bob Reiling

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