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.