Another morning full of sparrows and raptors, El Franco Lee Park

The Ruff was in its usual place this morning along with at least three Dunlins. Not surprisingly sparrows are still numerous and diverse with the best going to a crisp looking Clay-colored Sparrow, the usual Field, Chipping, Savanna, Vesper, Song, Swamp, Lincoln’s, White-throated, White-crowned, Le Conte’s, and Grasshopper were all seen in varying number, although the number of Grasshopper and Le Conte’s is down, it didn’t help that they mowed the best spot.  Duck numbers were up with a large group of Pintails. Raptors were good with one Merlin present and Crested Caracaras doing battle with Northern Harriers. Otherwise nothing too unusual, no sign of Rusty Blackbird, Green-tailed Towhee. Almost forgot yesterday I had the first Pine Warbler and today the first Golden-crowned Kinglet, looks like it may be an interesting winter.

Crested Caracara El Franco Lee Park, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Crested Caracara harassing Northern Harrier El Franco Lee Park, Photo Stephan Lorenz

THE Ruff and Gazebo El Franco Lee Park, Photo Stephan Lorenz

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