Varied Thrush – Mission Viejo, 2nd sighting

On November 23, off the intersection of Hidalgo and Mirador, there’s a wooded area below street level.  GPS coordinates are:  33.6428, -117.6533 (copy and paste at https://maps.google.com). The area is not easily accessible as you have to hike down a steep grade slope, walk through some brush to be be able to find a walkable dirt path trail.  As you head east across a broken tree limb, this was the area the female Varied Thrush was seen and then 20 minutes later male Varied Thrush.  Note the yellow marked circle on the branch below.

Here’s a few photos of this location:

Hidalgo wilderness at intersection of Hildago and Mirador- Varied Thrush sighting, Mission Viejo November 23, 2014
Hidalgo wilderness at intersection of Hildago and Mirador- Varied Thrush sighting, Mission Viejo November 23, 2014
Hidalgo wilderness at intersection of Hildago and Mirador- Varied Thrush sighting, Mission Viejo November 23, 2014
Hidalgo wilderness at intersection of Hildago and Mirador- Varied Thrush sighting, Mission Viejo November 23, 2014
Hidalgo wilderness at intersection of Hildago and Mirador- Varied Thrush sighting, Mission Viejo November 23, 2014
Hidalgo wilderness at intersection of Hildago and Mirador- Varied Thrush sighting, Mission Viejo November 23, 2014

Today, November 26, at Wilderness Glen which is about half a mile away, another Varied Thrush was located.  eBird report is here.

The report I listed at OrangeCountyBirding Yahoo Group is as follows:

“As reported yesterday by Kiersi, I too was able to locate a male Varied Thrush.  This was across the small foot bridge below Via Noveno.  As you cross the bridge and veer to the right (west) the asphalt path becomes wood chips.  Continue on this wood chip path and as you begin to loop back, there’s a Danger Cliff sign.  It was in these Oak Trees, just over the thick railed fence the Varied Thrush was seen.  The plumage on this male may have been a bit more faded than what I had previously reported about a half mile away at Hidalgo Wilderness a few days earlier.

GPS coordinates for this sighting are:  33.6348, -117.6627

I’ve also a link on my site with photographs of this area and a marked up map:  Wilderness Glen Park and Seville Park, Mission Viejo | Birds of Orange County & Southern California

 The last of 6 photos shown on my site is the area where this Varied Thrush was seen earlier today at approximately 3pm.  Regrettably I was unable to obtain photos to share but will revisit tomorrow with higher hopes.  Also in this are were a Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and California Towhee.  Also of note, just before the bridge in the opposite direction there was a patch of approximately 10 Dark-eyed Juncos.  Previously, the most I had seen here were 4.

Lastly, at approximately 4pm, I heard a call similar to that of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher.  The difference being the Pacific-slope call spirals upward at the end if its “call” (not song).  The tonality was almost identical. Each call was about a 30 seconds apart and I heard 5 in total. This is the second time at this location (actual walk bridge at approximately 4pm) I had heard this vocalization but was unable to see or ID the bird.  The last time I had heard this vocalization was on 11-17-14 also at approximately 4pm.  If anyone has any thoughts on what species this might be I can seek on xeno-canto to help potentially further ID.”

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