Oso Reservoir – November 9, 2014 – Wilson’s Snipe plus others

After a mundane start at around 3pm and seeing nothing but Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-crowned Sparrows, things began to get a bit more exiciting once Mike and I ventured toward the reservoir.  Today we opted to scour the back end of the camp as to try a different location which proved a bit fruitless with respect to uncommon or even a rare sighting.

As we walked back toward the boating area we located two Northern red-shafted Flickers followed by a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  We eventually reached the perimeter of the reservoir at approximately 4 pm near the boating area and noted quite a few Great-tailed Grackles up on the rocks, several Savannah Sparrows to the right of the boat launch and absent this time around were the Lincoln Sparrows.  Also of note was the water appeared to be at a higher level and the sand bar was absent from view (submerged).  While canvassing near the water’s perimeter a muted rapid call was heard as a dark, swift long-billed shore bird flew in front of us about a foot or so above land.  We ultimately tracked this bird down (though difficult to find) despite the fact we saw precisely where it landed.  Mike’s initial instinct was a Wilson’s Snipe and right he was.  The one and only photo of the Wilson’s Snipe is shown below.  In this immediate area we also spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) note the whitish colored throat and a Peregrine Falcon soaring in mid air.  Sadly photos of the falcon were not possible with direct sunlight blocking any photo ops of this bird.

eBird checklist for 11-9-2014 and photos of the Wilson’s Snipe and a few other species are below.

Wilson's Snipe (19721)
Wilson’s Snipe – Oso Reservoir 11-9-14
Yellow-rumped Warbler (19710)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) note yellow throat
Photo taken at Upper Oso Reservoir, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) note white throat
Yellow-rumped Warbler (19714)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) Rear View
Savannah Sparrow (19711)
Savannah Sparrow near the boat launching area

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