Varied Thrushes and Purple Finches on January 2, 2015

A late afternoon visit around 2:30pm to the Wilderness Glen park offered a total of two female Purple Finches at the very end of the trail closest to Trabuco Road and Los Alisos.  I happened to note quite a bit of activity near the Oak Trees closest to where the creek is located.  There was a narrower dirt trail that veered off the main trail.  It was a these GPS coordinates (33°37’56” N 117°39’51” W) that the two female Purple Finches were seen (photo below).

Around 3;30pm I head to the El Toro Memorial Park cemetery in hopes of getting another view of the Zone-tailed Hawk I had previously seen on December 19, 2014 but no such luck.  However, a large amount of Varied Thrushes were found at the back end of the cemetery – a total of 12 to be exact around 4pm.  GPS coordinates are (33°38’38” N 117°40’49” W) and a photo of two males below.

A female Purple Finch found at Wilderness Glen Park in Mission Viejo on January 2, 2015
A female Purple Finch found at Wilderness Glen Park in Mission Viejo on January 2, 2015
Two male Varied Thrushes out of a total of 12 seen at the El Toro Memorial Park (cemetery) on January 2, 2015
Two male Varied Thrushes out of a total of 12 seen at the El Toro Memorial Park (cemetery) on January 2, 2015

 

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