Laguna – fall arrivals
This morning (Monday Aug 12) I visited the Agua Dulce area in the Laguna Mountains. Hummingbirds were numerous, with Rufous/Allens being the most common type. All were hatch year young birds. I assume they were probably Rufous, but cannot absolutely confirm that. Warblers were present in fair numbers for the mountains: Hermits, Wilson’s, Black-throated Grays, Orange-crowns and MacGillivray’s were all seen.
The Twilight Zone portion of the walk involved a SORA perched in a sapling Black Oak tree about ½ mile from the nearest water. When I saw this bird, it was not immediately obvious to me what it was because it was blocked by foliage. Eventually I got looks at enough parts that I could ID it, and get some record photos. It was about 3 feet off the ground, awkwardly walking along the branch picking something off the leaves. This totally unexpected encounter teaches me that birds don’t always do what you think they should do!
Checklist from this morning (with Sora pics!): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58944968
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