Sage Thrasher et al 11-28-14

This morning Trent Stanley & I birded Jacumba.  The best birds were around the east end of town, in the crappy bare-earth habitat just east of the Highland Center, along the south side of Old US 80.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

We found 50-100 Mountain Bluebirds along with a decent number of American Pipits and Horned Larks. When we started, about 7:00 a.m., there ere only two bluebirds present, but by 7:45 the full regiment had arrived. I will spend some time this evening, or tomorrow perhaps, going through the Pipits & friends with my scope.

On the way back to the truck we noticed a distinctive bird directly overhead, it lit on a wire and Trent was able to get some distance shots.  A rather early Sage Thrasher.

 

Sage Thrasher 11-28-14 Trent Stanley photo.

Sage Thrasher 11-28-14 Trent Stanley photo.

Here’s some additional photos from the last several day’s birding.

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Common Raven with the remains of a Kangaroo Rat - Stephens' ?

Common Raven with the remains of a Kangaroo Rat – Stephens’ ?  Thanksgiving Dinner!

sd 1935 stamp