Oso Reservoir (11 images) – Visit on October 30th, 2014

Via special permission, I was granted access to this private area on October 30, 2014 at approximately 3:30pm to perform a bird survey.  I had parked near the docking area as there was plenty of bird activity at this one location.  My previous visit on September 28th also offered reasonably concentrated activity at this location as well.  I felt compelled to canvas this area more thoroughly on this second go round than my previous visit.

On the September 28 outing, Jeff Bray and I had located 50 species over a period of roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes and walked 2.5 miles.  Yesterday’s visit tallied 35 species with a walking distance of approximately a half a mile. Newer bird species that did not overlap the last visit this time were a lone Rock Wren (shown below) and 14 American Pipits.  Here’s the submitted list for October 30, 2014 to eBird.

The final half hour (5:45 – 6:15) offered a most incredible sunset of which the Canon 500mm lens was ostensibly unable to capture due to its focal length therefore the Samsung Note II built in camera had to suffice.

Photos of today’s journey are available below.

Rock Wren sighting within this pile of stones
Rock Wren sighting within this pile of stones
Rock Wren (19425)
A Rock Wren searches for prey at the reservoir
A Say's Phoebe and Black Phoebe overlap each others territory for prey.
A Say’s Phoebe and Black Phoebe overlap each others territory for prey.
A Lincoln's Sparrow chooses a higher vantage point.
A Lincoln’s Sparrow chooses a higher vantage point.

Sunset near the docking area on October 30, 2014

A Lincoln's Sparrow is joined by a Common Yellowthroat and White-crowned Sparrow.
A Lincoln’s Sparrow is joined by a Common Yellowthroat and White-crowned Sparrow.
View of the Saddleback Mountains (east) as sunset commences
View of the Saddleback Mountains (east) as sunset commences
Sunset below the outdoor arena at Oso Reservoir on October 30, 2014
Sunset below the outdoor arena at Oso Reservoir on October 30, 2014
A adult Red-tailed Hawk soars overhead at Oso Reservoir
An adult Red-tailed Hawk soars overhead at Oso Reservoir
A Spotted Sandpiper forages along the shoreline at Oso Reservoir.
A Spotted Sandpiper forages along the shoreline at Oso Reservoir.
An American Pipit release a series of "cheedle" notes
An American Pipit release a series of “cheedle” notes

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