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Lawrence's Goldfinch at Mountain Palm Springs, Anza-Borrego Desert SP

On Monday, March 11, Janis Cadwallader and I observed two small flocks of Lawrence's Goldfinch (a total of 16 birds), the first at the beginning of the trail to Southwest Grove, and a second flock a few hundred yards farther up the trail. We also observed fiddlehead flowers in bloom in some parts of the canyon, although these birds were not seen at the flowers. The birds were at the small stream flowing down the canyon. We have been camping at this spot each winter for more than 30 years. This is the first time we have seen this bird at this location. We saw no orioles, which also surprised us. We usually see one or two species, and one year we saw Hooded, Bullock's, and Scott's.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
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