El Franco Lee Park: Another Great Morning

The birds just keep happening at the park this winter with an abundance of sparrows. Before hitting the weed patch we came across two female Orange Bishops that flew up into brush along the wetland and then dove into the rattle bean. I hadn’t seen bishops here since the summer. I could hear calls coming from the weed patch and it was full of sparrows as usual, the Dark-eyed Junco continued and the Harris’s Sparrows had increased to five. Otherwise the regular Field, White-throated, and single White-crowned and Lincoln’s. A small secretive small sparrow got away. A total of twenty Rusty Blackbirds flew into a tree near the creek clearing and on the water the highlight was a single Common Goldeneye, pretty rare at the park. Waterfowl have increased and all the expected dabbling species are present and Ring-necked and Lesser Scaup have arrived.

Harris's Sparrow El Franco Lee Park, Photo Stephan Lorenz

 

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