Golden Eagle 10-21-13

Juvenile Golden Eagle

Juvenile Golden Eagle

 

Juvenile Golden Eagle

Juvenile Golden Eagle

This morning (10-21-13) as was watching the birds at my feeders I noticed a large raptor flying out of sight over the horizon.  A few minutes later it returned and flew relatively low over town.  A very nice juvenile Golden Eagle.

Great Egret

Great Egret

This great egret flew east over town this morning.  Probably going to the Salton Sea.

Red-naped Sasucker

Red-naped Sapsucker 10-20-13

Both red-naped and red-breasted sapsuckers have arrived.  These guys often winter here.

MacGillivray's Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

On the 17th I found this late migrant in the shrubs along the east end of town.  The early morning light was perfect.  This species is a notoriously shy skulker, who stays close to the ground.  Some gentle “pishing” piqued its curiosity and he posed for a few pics.  Considered a “common western migrant,” this bird is still hard to find.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

A common migrant.  I found 3 to 5 of these guys at west end of town by the big temporary water tank.