Monthly Archives: January 2017

Common Merganser 1-28-17

Common Merganser 1-28-17

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

It has been pretty quite, bird wise, in Jacumba since I posted last.  Also- very cold, wet, and windy.  Last year and in previous winters I was seeing Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Vesper Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow.  This year, only a shy Eastern Phoebe, Sage Thrashers, and a few Scott’s Orioles break the boredom.

 

But this morning Trent Stanley and I found a group of 13 female-type Common Mergansers in the tiny sand pit on the Jacumba Valley Ranch.  The pit is next to the easily seeable while water tank-trailer near the two service stations at the Carrizo Gorge freeway offramp.

The birds flew off while we were there, several barely making it out of the pond.  I checked back later in the day and they were not to be found.

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo