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.
This great egret flew east over town this morning. Probably going to the Salton Sea.
Both red-naped and red-breasted sapsuckers have arrived. These guys often winter here.
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.
A common migrant. I found 3 to 5 of these guys at west end of town by the big temporary water tank.