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U.S.A. -- CALIFORNIA (South)

27 May - 04 June 2001

by Dave DeReamus

Since an older friend and I had both separately birded southern California once before, we were generally missing the ‘harder-to-find’ species.  In fact, most of them (Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Western Screech-Owl, LeConte’s Thrasher, and Sage Sparrow) were expected to be real ‘toughies’.  The combination of searching for owls at night and birding the early morning hours meant finding time to sleep would be another challenge.  The “Red-eyed Birding Tour” was under way.

Sunday, May 27th

From LAX, we hopped on the crazy I-405 (actually, the freeways aren’t crazy; it’s the drivers) and drove south to Upper Newport Bay.  We found a few CALIFORNIA GNATCATCHERS (my first ‘lifer’ of the trip) on the brushy hillside at the intersection of Back Bay Drive and San Joaquin Hills Drive.  From there, we worked our way up to Ventura.

Monday, May 28th

We took the Island Packers boat trip to Scorpion Anchorage at the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  I had purposely scheduled the boat trip to Prisoners Harbor well in advance so that we would land in prime Island Scrub-Jay area, but Island Packers screwed up that plan when they called me the day before we left home and said that the trip to Prisoners was cancelled and that our only option was to take the boat to Scorpion.  Birding from the boat on the way to and from the island produced Western Grebe, numbers of Sooty Shearwaters, Brown Pelican, Western Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, and one ‘lifer’ ASHY STORM-PETREL.  My friend saw a pair of Murrelets, but that's as far as she could go ID-wise.  After landing at Scorpion Anchorage, we quickly headed up Scorpion Canyon.  The farther up we went, the more difficult it became to hike the rocky creekbed.  We realized that the time was fast approaching when we’d have to turn back in order to make it back to the boat on time.  Just as we started to turn around and head back, we heard a jay call.  Soon after I spotted a jay way up near the top of a hill, several others flew in close by and gave us good looks.  We went from defeat to success in a matter of minutes, getting our first ISLAND SCRUB-JAYS.  Other birds found along our hike out and back included Brown Pelican, California Quail, Western Gull, Allen’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, White-breasted Nuthatch, Rock and Bewick’s Wrens, Rufous-crowned and Song Sparrows, Western Meadowlark, Lesser Goldfinch, and to our surprise, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak!  We were back on the mainland by around 2 PM.

We then headed north to Happy Canyon Road, east of the town of Santa Ynez.  Along the road, we spotted Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, California Quail, Acorn Woodpecker, “Red-shafted” Flicker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Western Scrub-Jay, Yellow-billed Magpie, Western Bluebird, Phainopepla, Lark Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, and Lesser Goldfinch.  About 12 miles up the road, we birded the area around a small campground where a Northern Pygmy-Owl had been seen about two months earlier.  Although we had no luck with the owl, we did find Steller’s Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Tanager, House Wren, and my first MOUNTAIN QUAIL.  The bird flew across the road and called from the hillside right next to the car.  We then made the long drive to Maricopa.

Tuesday, May 29th

We headed out at dawn to the corner of Petroleum Club Road and Kerto Road.  There, we birded the desert sagebrush northeast of the intersection, getting great looks at the “canescens” form of SAGE SPARROW (a ‘lifer’ for both of us), and LeCONTE’S THRASHER (a ‘lifer’ for me and much better looks for my friend than the one she had seen on her previous trip with her local Audubon group).  The sparrow was seen singing from the top of the sagebrush, and the thrasher was seen singing from the top of a metal post.  Other birds found there included a few Burrowing Owls, Northern Mockingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Brewer’s Blackbird, and Common Raven.  As expected, ravens were seen practically everywhere during the trip.

From there, we made the long, steady climb toward Mount Pinos.  Along the way, we saw a Prairie Falcon, Western Kingbird, Cliff Swallow, Western Scrub-Jay, Western Bluebird, California Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer’s Blackbird, and Lesser Goldfinch.  When we reached the end of Mount Pinos Road, we hiked the gated road from the parking lot to the summit.  We were surprised to find that we had the whole place to ourselves.  There was no one else around.  There, we heard Mountain Quail and Chipping Sparrow, and saw “Red-shafted” Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Violet-green Swallow, Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, American Robin, “Audubon’s” Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, “Oregon” Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, Cassin’s Finch, and the “Thick-billed” Fox Sparrow.

A stop at McGill Campground produced White-headed Woodpecker in addition to some of the species seen at Mount Pinos.  We checked out the area at the back of the campground since we would be returning later that night to listen for owls.  A quick attempt to find Northern Pygmy-Owl came up empty.  As it turned out, we would be unsuccessful in finding this elusive owl.

We headed down Frazier Mountain Park Road and stopped at an elongated pond lined with tules.  After carefully studying the blackbirds that were there, we determined that they were “Bicolored” Blackbirds.  California Quail and American Coots were also noted there.

We checked into our motel in Gorman, ate at the adjoining ‘Sizzler’ (we did eat once in a while), and then took a nap before heading back up to McGill Campground.  At the campground, we heard a few soft ‘toots’ at dusk, but struck out beyond that.  At the Mount Pinos parking lot, we checked out the constellations and saw some 'shooting stars'.

Wednesday, May 30th

Just before sunrise, we drove the stretch from Gorman through Palmdale and headed up Highway N3 into the San Gabriel Mountains.  Near the town of Vincent, our only Greater Roadrunner of the trip ran across the road.  A little farther up, we turned onto Aliso Canyon Road and stopped at several places to listen for “Bell’s” Sage Sparrow.  We never did hear any, but we did find California Quail, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Western Scrub-Jay, California Thrasher, and Spotted Towhee.

We continued a short distance up Highway N3 and turned onto Road 3N17 (the road to Mount Gleason).  Only about a tenth of a mile from the highway, we stopped to check out the chaparral found there.  On the uphill side of the road, we found a “BELL’S” SAGE SPARROW calling from several perches atop the brush, giving us great looks at it through a scope.  A Wrentit was also found there.

Back on Highway N3, we stopped at a canyon overlook where we found White-throated Swift, Acorn Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Black-headed Grosbeak, and heard our only Canyon Wren of the trip.

We reached Highway 2 and headed east to the Chilao Visitors’ Center where we saw White-headed Woodpecker and Band-tailed Pigeon.  As it turned out, we found both of the visitors’ centers at Chilao and Grassy Hollow closed.  This seemed strange to us since it was after Memorial Day and now summertime.  In fact, we encountered very few people during our stay in the San Gabriels, making it one of my favorite places on the trip.  Clark’s Nutcrackers were seen at the turnout near Dawson Saddle.  Eventually, we reached the Pines Motel in Wrightwood.  The motel was lacking in many areas, but it was bearable.

After dropping off our suitcases, we headed back to Vincent Gulch Divide.  While walking around the fenced edge of the large parking area, my friend almost stepped on a coiled Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, a subspecies of Western Rattlesnake!  It never rattled and eventually moved a little closer the fence where it coiled up again.  A search for Calliope Hummingbird there and at the willows below Big Pines came up empty.

While slowly driving around the town of Wrightwood looking for hummingbird feeders, we found Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird, Acorn and Nuttall’ s Woodpeckers, “Red-shafted” Flicker, Violet-green Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Bullock’s Oriole.

After dinner, we headed west to the exit road of Buchkorn Flat Campground along Highway 2.  There, after dark, we heard at least 5 different Flammulated Owls calling.  As we got closer to one of the owls, a large helicopter came over and circled several times as if they were searching for someone.  After that, the owls stopped calling.  We then headed a little farther west to a spot where I was told a ‘Flam’ had been heard earlier in the month.  There, we heard a bird on both sides of the road, but could never get a look at it.  A pretty bright ‘three-quarter’ moon probably didn’ t help our chances.  We called it a night and headed back to Wrightwood, occasionally straddling or driving around the rocks on the highway from the many rockslides.

Thursday, May 31st

Morning stops at places with flowers between Wrightwood and Big Pines produced Anna’s Hummingbirds, but no Calliope.  At Big Pines, we went down Highway N4 to the Arch Picnic Area.  There, we heard Mountain Quail, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Chipping Sparrow, and saw Hairy and Acorn Woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, American Robin, “Audubon’s” Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, “Thick-billed” Fox Sparrow, “Oregon” Junco, and Cassin’s Finch.

Once again, we stopped at Vincent Gulch Divide and heard Mountain Quail, Olive-sided Flycatcher, “Audubon’s” Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and found White-throated Swift, Western Wood-Pewee, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Green-tailed Towhee, Cassin’s Finch, and several Anna’s Hummingbirds but, again, no Calliope.  We also refound the rattlesnake about two fenceposts over from where it had almost been stepped on the day before.  This time I managed to get a few good photos of it.

A drive along East Blue Ridge Road to Blue Ridge Campground produced “Red-shafted” Flicker, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, American Robin, and Green-tailed Towhee.

After a badly-needed afternoon nap and dinner, we headed back to the Buckhorn Flat area to try and get a look at one of the ‘Flams’.  It was our experience that they tended to stay at least one tree back from where we were.  This made getting a look at a perched bird almost impossible.  However, we did manage to get to see one FLAMMULATED OWL in flight through a fair-sized opening in the conifers across from the campground’s exit road.  Again, we were surprised that only one car passed by during the three hours we were there.

Friday, June 1st

We left Wrightwood and drove Highway 138 past Silverwood Lake into the San Bernardino Mountains.  Following the “Rim of the World Highway” to Big Bear Lake, we took Highway 38 to the Grout Bay picnic area where we found Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Osprey, American Coot, Acorn Woodpecker, Violet-green Swallow, Western Bluebird, American Robin, and Brewer’s Blackbird.

Next, we headed to Baldwin Lake.  There’s supposedly a good spot for Calliope Hummingbird along Forest Road 2N02, but we couldn’t find the road using the Lane Guide’s directions.  We finally got help from a woman who told us that Road 2N02 had been rerouted and could only be reached by using a road over a mile away.  We eventually found the road, but found it too rough to attempt with our low-clearance car.  We drove up Highway 38, over Onyx Summit, and down to Jenks Lake Road.  Along it, we found Common Nighthawk, Western Bluebird, Western Tanager, and Brown-headed Cowbird, but had no luck with owls after dark.  At one owl stop on the way back Highway 38, several loud growls that must’ve came from a bear that was much too close for our liking, kept us right next to the car.

After returning to Big Bear Lake, we drove the first few miles of Polique Canyon Road to look for Common Poorwill.  As we started to get to the rougher parts, my friend heard one calling.  During a second play of a tape, the bird flew right over the car and landed in the road.  After hearing it in three other states, I finally got to see my first COMMON POORWILL!  With the bird still calling in the road and my friend holding the spotlight on it, I got out my camera and slowly walked towards it, snapping pictures every so often.  Amazingly, I got within three feet of it!  I slowly backed away and held the light for my friend while she, too, walked up to the bird.  After she backed off, the bird finally got up and flew away.  It was a sighting that I’ll never forget.

Saturday, June 2nd

We headed up Highway 38 and stopped at Onyx Summit where we were surprised to find an American Kestrel.  At the town of Angelus Oaks, we slowly drove around, hoping to find a Calliope Hummingbird at a feeder.  Although we didn ’t find a Calliope, we did find Anna’s Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Spotted Towhee.  A little farther down Highway 38, we turned onto Forest Falls Road and stopped at Monkeyface Falls.  There, we found several Black Swifts flying among the White-throateds.

We left the San Bernardinos and drove to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  Thanks to help from one of the staff, it was here that I finally got to see a nesting colony of TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS.  Other birds that were found there included Great Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Redhead, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, White-tailed Kite, Ring-necked Pheasant, California Quail, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Western Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Grosbeak, Brewer’s, Red-winged, and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, and American Goldfinch.

Heading east on Highway 60 and I-10, we turned onto Highway 243 and climbed into the San Jacinto Mountains.  A stop at the Idyllwild County Park Nature Center produced Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird, Acorn, Nuttall’s, and White-headed Woodpeckers, Violet-green Swallow, Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, and Western Bluebird.  We drove up to Humber County Park to do some owling, but we quickly gave up when we found the area had barking dogs, people, and windy conditions.

Sunday, June 3rd

Our morning visit to Hurkey Creek Campground was my last chance to find Calliope Hummingbird on the trip.  Walking the road at the far end of the campground, we found California Quail, Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Steller’s Jay, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, California Thrasher, Spotted Towhee, Black-chinned Sparrow, Brewer’s Blackbird, Cassin’ s Finch, and a possible Calliope Hummingbird that we eventually realized was a Black-chinned.

We left the San Jacintos and headed for Big Morongo Valley Preserve.  The hosts at the preserve had several hummingbird feeders set up by their trailer.  Watching the feeders produced great looks at Black-chinned, Anna’ s, and Costa’s Hummingbirds.  Other birds found around the feeding area included Black Phoebe, Western Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, and Lesser Goldfinch.  Additional species found during a walk around the preserve’s Marsh Trail included Cooper’s Hawk, a calling Virginia Rail, Acorn and Ladder-backed Woodpecker, “Red-shafted” Flicker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, and Great-tailed Grackle.  A short drive over to nearby Covington Park got us great looks at a male Phainopepla and a male Vermilion Flycatcher.

From there, we headed west towards the Orange-Anaheim area.  We drove over to Santiago Oaks Regional Park, hoping to see Screech-Owls.  It was a real fancy park with nice facilities and well-marked trails.  While hiking around looking for the best owl habitat areas, we found a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, California Quail, Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cliff Swallow, Western Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, House Wren, American Robin, Spotted and California Towhees, Brewer’s Blackbird, and Bullock’s Oriole.

Since most of the oaks were found around the picnic area, we decided to concentrate our efforts there at dusk.  Just after dusk, we managed to get nice looks at two adult WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS feeding two fledglings.  NOTE that the Lane Guide mentions that the owls are here, but it doesn't tell you THAT THE PARK CLOSES AT SUNSET.  This was also our fault for not seeing the sign when we entered.  We were nicely, but sternly, told this by a park ranger who explained that there was no way he would've known if we were lost, injured, or just owling.  With Bobcats and Mountain Lions possible there, we understood his point.

Monday, June 4th

Before heading for LAX, a stop at the Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve produced several “Belding’s” Savannah Sparrows in addtition to Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Gadwall, an immature Bald Eagle, Black-bellied, Semipalmated, and Snowy Plovers, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilts (some on nests and some watching their fledged young), Willet, Western Sandpiper, Western Gull, Elegant and Forster’s Terns, Black Skimmer, Cliff Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, and, of course, Brewer’s Blackbird.

We drove the rest of the way to LAX and returned the rental car with an additional 1513 miles on it.  All in all, it was a pretty good trip.  Of the 152 species seen, 10 were ‘lifers’ for me, and 4 were new ones for my friend.  

Birding Places

Day 1) Upper Newport Bay; Shipley Nature Center; Carr Park (Orange County);
            Foster Park (near Ventura)
Day 2) Boat Trip to Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Anchorage);
            Andree’ Clark Bird Refuge (Santa Barbara);
            Happy Canyon Road (near Santa Ynez)
Day 3) Maricopa area;
            Mount Pinos area
Day 4) Angeles Forest Highway (Hwy. N3); Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy. 2);
            Wrightwood area; Buckhorn Flat area of Hwy. 2
Day 5) Arch Picnic Area; Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy. 2); East Blue Ridge Road;
            Buckhorn Flat area of Hwy. 2
Day 6) Buckhorn Flat area of Hwy. 2; Grout Bay Picnic Area (near Big Bear Lake);
            Baldwin Lake Road (near Big Bear Lake); Jenks Lake Road (along Hwy. 38);
            Polique Canyon Road (near Big Bear Lake)
Day 7) Angelus Oaks and Monkeyface Falls (along Highway 38);
            San Jacinto Wildlife Area; Highway 243 (Banning to Idyllwild);
            Idyllwild County Park Nature Center; Humber County Park
Day 8) Hurkey Creek Campground (near Mountain Center);
            Big Morongo Valley Preserve;
            Santiago Oaks Regional Park (near Orange)
Day 9) Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve

Trip Species List

      * = Denotes “Life Bird”
      H = Bird was Heard (not seen)

     Species         Day Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  1) Pied-billed Grebe-------------------| | | | | |X|X| |
  2) Eared Grebe-------------------------| | | | | | |X| |
  3) Western Grebe-----------------------| |X| | | | | | |
  4) Sooty Shearwater--------------------| |X| | | | | | |
  5) Ashy Storm-Petrel*------------------| |z| | | | | | |
  6) Brown Pelican-----------------------| |X| | | | | | |
  7) Double-crested Cormorant------------| |X| | | | | |X|X
  8) Brandt’s Cormorant------------------| |X| | | | | | |
  9) Pelagic Cormorant-------------------| |X| | | | | | |
 10) Great Blue Heron--------------------|X|X| | | | | | |X
 11) Great Egret-------------------------| | | | | | |X|X|
 12) Snowy Egret-------------------------|X| | | | | | | |X
 13) Green Heron-------------------------|X| | | | | |X| |
 14) Black-crowned Night-Heron-----------|X|X| | | | |X| |
 15) White-faced Ibis--------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 16) Mallard-----------------------------|X| |X| | |X|X| |X
 17) Cinnamon Teal-----------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 18) Gadwall-----------------------------| | | | | | |X| |X
 19) American Wigeon---------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 20) Redhead-----------------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 21) Bufflehead--------------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 22) Ruddy Duck--------------------------| | | | | |X|X| |
 23) Turkey Vulture----------------------|X|X|X| | |X| | |
 24) Osprey------------------------------| | | | | |X| | |
 25) White-tailed Kite-------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 26) Bald Eagle--------------------------| | | | | | | | |X
 27) Sharp-shinned Hawk------------------|X| | | | | | | |
 28) Cooper’s Hawk-----------------------| | | | | | | |X|
 29) Red-shouldered Hawk-----------------| | | | | | | |X|
 30) Red-tailed Hawk---------------------|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|X
 31) American Kestrel--------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 32) Prairie Falcon----------------------| | |X| | | | | |
 33) Ring-necked Pheasant----------------| | | | | | |H| |
 34) California Quail--------------------| |X|X|X| | |X|X|
 35) Mountain Quail*---------------------| |z|H| |H|H|H| |
 36) Virginia Rail-----------------------| | | | | | | |H|
 37) American Coot-----------------------| | |X| | |X|X| |
 38) Black-bellied Plover----------------| | | | | | | | |X
 39) Snowy Plover------------------------| | | | | | | | |X
 40) Semipalmated Plover-----------------| | | | | | | | |X
 41) Killdeer----------------------------| | | | | | |X| |X
 42) Black-necked Stilt------------------| | | | | | |X| |X
 43) American Avocet---------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 44) Willet------------------------------| | | | | | | | |X
 45) Western Sandpiper-------------------| | | | | | | | |X
 46) Western Gull------------------------| |X| | | | |X|  |X
 47) Caspian Tern------------------------| |X| | | | |X| |
 48) Elegant Tern------------------------| | | | | | | | |X
 49) Common Tern-------------------------| |X| | | | | | |
 50) Forster’s Tern----------------------| |X| | | | | | |X
 51) Least Tern--------------------------| |X| | | | | | |
 52) Black skimmer-----------------------| | | | | | | | |X
 53) Pigeon Guillemot--------------------| |X| | | | | | |
 54) Rock Dove---------------------------|X|X| |X| | | |X|X
 55) Band-tailed Pigeon------------------| | | |X|X|X|X|X|
 56) Mourning Dove-----------------------|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|X
 57) Greater Roadrunner------------------| | | |X| | | | |
 58) Flammulated Owl*--------------------| | | |H|z|X| | |
 59) Western Screech-Owl*----------------| | | | | | | |z|
 60) Great-horned Owl--------------------| | | | |H| | | |
 61) Burrowing Owl-----------------------| | |X| | | | | |
 62) Common Nighthawk--------------------| | | | | |X| | |
 63) Common Poorwill*--------------------| | | |H|H|z| | |
 64) Black Swift-------------------------| | | | | | |X| |
 65) White-throated Swift----------------| | | |X|X| |X| |
 66) Black-chinned Hummingbird-----------|X| | | | | | |X|
 67) Anna’s Hummingbird------------------| | | |X|X| |X|X|
 68) Costa’s Hummingbird-----------------| | | | | | | |X|
 69) Allen’s Hummingbird-----------------| |X| | | | | | |
 70) Acorn Woodpecker--------------------| |X| |X|X|X|X|X|
 71) Ladder-backed Woodpecker------------| | | | | | | |X|
 72) Nuttall’s Woodpecker----------------|X| | |X| | |X|X|
 73) Hairy Woodpecker--------------------| | | | |X| | | |
 74) White-headed Woodpecker-------------| | |X|X| | |X| |
 75) Northern “Red-shafted” Flicker------| |X|X|X|X|X| |X|
 76) Olive-sided Flycatcher--------------| | |X| |X|X| | |
 77) Western Wood-Pewee------------------| | |X| |X|X|X|X|
 78) Pacific-slope Flycatcher------------| |X| | | | | | |
 79) Black Phoebe------------------------|X|X| | | | |X|X|
 80) Vermilion Flycatcher----------------| | | | | | | |X|
 81) Ash-throated Flycatcher-------------| |X| |X|X| | |X|
 82) Brown-crested Flycatcher------------| | | | | | | |X|
 83) Cassin’s Kingbird-------------------| | | | | | | |X|
 84) Western Kingbird--------------------| |X|X|X| | |X| |
 85) Violet-green Swallow----------------|X| |X|X|X|X|X|X|
 86) Northern Rough-winged Swallow-------| |X| | | | | | |
 87) Bank Swallow------------------------|X| | | | | | | |
 88) Cliff Swallow-----------------------| |X|X| | | | |X|X
 89) Barn Swallow------------------------|X| | | | | | | |
 90) Island Scrub-Jay*-------------------| |z| | | | | | |
 91) Western Scrub-Jay-------------------|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|
 92) Steller’s Jay-----------------------| |X|X|X|X|X|X|X|
 93) Clark’s Nutcracker------------------| | | |X| |X| | |
 94) Yellow-billed Magpie----------------| |X| | | | | | |
 95) American Crow-----------------------|X|X|X|X| | |X|X|X
 96) Common Raven------------------------|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|X|
 97) Mountain Chickadee------------------| | |X| |X|X|X| |
 98) Oak Titmouse------------------------|X| | | | | | |X|
 99) Verdin------------------------------| | | | | | | |X|
100) Bushtit-----------------------------|X| | | | | | |X|
101) White-breasted Nuthatch-------------|X|X| |X|X| |X| |
102) Pygmy Nuthatch----------------------| | |X|X| | |X|X|
103) Rock Wren---------------------------| |X| | | | | | |
104) Canyon Wren-------------------------| | | |X| | | | |
105) Bewick’s Wren-----------------------| |X| | | | | |X|
106) House Wren--------------------------|X|X| | | | | |X|
107) Marsh Wren--------------------------| | | | | | |H| |
108) California Gnatcatcher*-------------|z| | | | | | | |
109) Western Bluebird--------------------| |X|X|X|X|X|X|X|
110) American Robin----------------------| | |X|X|X|X|X|X|
111) Wrentit-----------------------------| | |X| | | | |H|
112) Northern Mockingbird----------------|X| |X| |X| |X| |X
113) California Thrasher-----------------| | |X| | | | |X|
114) LeConte’s Thrasher*-----------------| | |z| | | | | |
115) Phainopepla-------------------------| |X| | | | | |X|
116) Loggerhead Shrike-------------------| | |X| | | |X| |
117) European Starling-------------------|X|X|X|X| |X|X|X|X
118) Orange-crowned Warbler--------------| |X| | | | | | |
119) Yellow-rumped “Audubon’s” Warbler---| | |X|X|X|X| | |
120) Common Yellowthroat-----------------|X|X| | | | | |X|
121) Yellow-breasted Chat----------------| | | | | | | |X|
122) Summer Tanager----------------------| | | | | | | |X|
123) Western Tanager---------------------| |X| | | |X| | |
124) Rose-breasted Grosbeak--------------| |X| | | | | | |
125) Black-headed Grosbeak---------------| | | |X|X| |X| |
126) Blue Grosbeak-----------------------| | | | | | |X| |
127) Green-tailed Towhee-----------------| | |X| |X| | | |
128) Spotted “Rufous-sided” Towhee-------| | | |X|X| |X|X|
129) California Towhee-------------------|X| |X| | |X| |X|
130) Rufous-crowned Sparrow--------------| |X| | | | | | |
131) Chipping Sparrow--------------------| | |H| |H| | | |
132) Black-chinned Sparrow---------------| | | | | | | |X|
133) Lark Sparrow------------------------| |X|X| | | | | |
134) Sage Sparrow*-----------------------| | |1|2| | | | |
135) “Belding’s” Savannah Sparrow--------| | | | | | | | |X
136) “Thick-billed” Fox Sparrow----------| | |X|X|X| | | |
137) Song Sparrow------------------------|X|X| |X| | |X|X|
138) Dark-eyed “Oregon” Junco------------| | |X|X|X|X|X| |
139) Red-winged Blackbird----------------| |X|3| | | |X| |
140) Tricolored Blackbird*---------------| | | | | | |z| |
141) Western Meadowlark------------------| |X|X|X| | |X| |
142) Yellow-headed Blackbird-------------| | | | | | |X| |
143) Brewer’s Blackbird------------------| |X|X|X| |X|X|X|X
144) Great-tailed Grackle----------------|X| | | | | |X|X|
145) Brown-headed Cowbird----------------| | |X|X|X|X| | |
146) Hooded Oriole-----------------------|X| | | | | |X| |
147) Bullock’s “Northern” Oriole---------|X| | |X| | | |X|
148) Cassin’s Finch----------------------| | |X|X|X|X|X|X|
149) House Finch-------------------------|X|X|X| |X|X|X|X|
150) Lesser Goldfinch--------------------| |X|X| | | | |X|
151) American Goldfinch------------------|X| | | | | |X| |
152) House Sparrow-----------------------|X|X|X| | | |X|X|X

1)    “Canescens” Sage Sparrow
2)    “Bell’s” Sage Sparrow
3)    “Bicolored” Blackbird

Dave DeReamus  
Easton, PA