El Franco Lee Park: Grasshopper Sparrow, late migrants and winter birds

Yesterday afternoon I noticed the first real influx of wintering birds in numbers with two Brown Thrashers, Lincoln’s Sparrows, and the first Yellow-rumped Warblers and Eastern Phoebes. A Wilson’s Warbler was present and Indigo Buntings passed through. Otherwise fairly quiet, for a few days the American Avocets had increased to five birds.

Today a few late migrants passed through with Nashville Warblers, more Indigo Buntings, and I finally photographed A Clay-colored Sparrow here. While chasing the Clay-colored Sparrow I came across the Grasshopper Sparrow, found about a week ago (poor photo below). Orange-crowned Warblers were mixed in with Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Shorebird wise there are just Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs remaining, with a few Least Sandpipers, many Wilson;s Snipes and five dowitchers today.

Blue-headed Vireo, El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

Muscovy Duck, El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

Great-crested Flycatcher, El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

Clay-colored Sparrow, El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

Grasshopper Sparrow, El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

Virginia Opossum, El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

 

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