In my quest to get photographs of different birds, I been visiting the Slough often to see what I could find. Since they fly away just when I spot them, it is sometimes quite a challenge to photograph them, especially when they are perched in full leafy trees. As the weather gets warmer, any migratory birds will be on their way.
On March 10th, I spotted the following bird,which might be a Cassin's Vireo because of the eye-ring and yellow flanking.
As I walked deeper into the property on the trail that ran along Famosa Blvd, I saw something yellow in the back of the property. Then, I noticed people walking there. I had not known that the area was open to the public. So, I walked up the hill on Famosa Blvd, turned left and re-entered the property at Mentone Street.
The path loops around the property. As I walked further around the loop I spotted this big blueish bird. It turned out to be a Western Scrub-Jay. I was so excited since I loved taking photos of the Blue Jay in New York, so I was happy to get a photo of this bird. I've since learned that the Western Scrub-Jay is regularly seen in the Slough.
On March 11, I found a Summer Tanager Immature Male (shown below). A mature male will be red in color. You can see the splotches of red on this bird. As I was leaving the property, I spotted a Killdeer on the bank of the water near the West Point Loma Blvd entrance to the Slough. I think that the bird is so cute. The stripes on its breast looks like a turtle-necked sweater.
|Summer Tanager Immature Male|
After a while, I left the group and went to the back of the property where I could see other kinds of birds, possibly migratory ones. For a few days, I heard a familiar bird call. I would try to ascertain the source, but wasn't succeeding. That day, however, I saw it. I got a photo of the Song Bird as it was singing.
The next day, I went back to see what I could find. I thought I saw a bird with a gold spot on its head. I remembered that the tour leader had spoken about it the day before. I wondered if the bird I saw flit into the tree was truly a Golden-Crowned Sparrow. A young couple I had seen earlier came along with their scope. I told them that I saw this bird. They were very knowledgeable and could tell me the bird calls that they were hearing. The woman advised me that the Golden-Crowned Sparrow had a very sad call like "I'm so tired." She started doing a visual search and spotted it. Then the man pulled out his bird book, found it and asked the woman if that was what she saw. She answered in the affirmative. Then, he showed me. I said, "Yes." As the Sparrow flew to another tree, she spotted again and showed me. I took multiple pictures but the Golden spot on his head was hidden each time. The photo above to the right shows just a sliver of gold on his head. Anytime it looked my way as he was nibbling on something green, it would block my view of its head. Since this bird only winters here in San Diego, I will continue to watch for this bird as often as I'm able. Spring is here.
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