Oso Reservoir (Private Access) on November 28, 2014

An  amiable Rock Wren perches up high to vocalize.
An amiable Rock Wren perches up high to vocalize.

At approximately 1:45pm, Jeff Bray, Mike Sanders and myself set out for the Oso Reservoir in Rancho Santa Margarita.  Upon parking near the boat launch area we noted a Common Merganser amongst the various waterfowl.  Also in today’s journey we located 100’s of American Wigeons (see photos below), Green-winged Teals, 3 Rock Wrens (photo below), an American Kestral (male) and 51 other species.

A complete list compied by Mike Sanders can be found here on eBird for November 28, 2014

I also managed to record a cell phone video while carrying camera gear, binoculars and a monopod.  This is also posted below.  The video was taken around 4pm after an approximate 3 mile loop around the reservoir.  Thanks to Mike Sanders for his intrepid leadership as we made our way through the various dense plant life and unpaved landscape.  We successfully dodged any serious injury during our local safari though Jeff and I were jabbed by a quite a few Cocklebur.

A compiled eBird list is forthcoming while we wait approval for a probable Swamp Sparrow.

Rock Wren (20411)
Rock Wren (20411)

 

Common Merganser (20403)
A female Common Merganser gets ready for takeoff at Oso Reservoir on November 28, 2014
at the Oso Reservoir Dam on November 28, 2014
Jeff Bray and Mike Sanders at the Oso Reservoir Dam on November 28, 2014
Lincoln's Sparrow (20420)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (20420)
IM5D_020431 American Wigeons in flight
American Wigeons in flight at the Oso Reservoir on November 28, 2014

 

American Kestrel (male) (20443)
An American Kestrel dismembers its prey (field mouse) at the Oso Reservoir on November 28, 2014

 

< this video was taken with a Samsung Note II cell phone of Jeff and Mike walking through the dense plant life at Oso Reservoir, Rancho Santa Margarita, California.  Sorry for the shaky video.  Navigating with a large lens, binoculars, monopod and cell phone was certainly a challenge!

3 Responses

  1. Eventually I might actually be available…

  2. You better be, Ryan.

  3. Tell that to the baby ;-P

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