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.
< 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!