Fall Vagrants continue with a Dickcissel on September 12, 2015 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary – Orange County, CA

A report of a Dickcissel was submitted by Jeff Bray at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary approximately 7:15 a.m. today.  I met up with Becky and Steve Turley, Bruce Aird, Jeff Bray, Ryan Winkleman and Amin at approximately 11:00 a.m along Pond E along the wall.  This section provided excellent views of the Sora, Virginia Rail, Northern Red Bishop and a lone Yellow-headed Blackbird.  After several hours of a no show Dickcissel, the humidity and heat intensified and several of us began taking cover under various tree shade.

At approximately 1:45pm the Pond area was vacant of birders.  Before concluding this outing, I had opted to take one final walk around the perimeter of Pond E.  Just past the first swallow house along the main path adjacent to the Sea and Sage Audubon building, a sparrow like bird appeared approximately 3-4 feet above my head fortunately on a leafless branch.  The GPS coordinates were:  33.6614, -117.8414.  The subject was back lit with its bill tucked in its chest and initially I was unable to determine a clean profile.  I had then overexposed the camera by 2 full stops, took a few photos to get a better determination of what I was viewing.  These photos can be seen below – enjoy..Anthony

Ebird checklist 9-12-2015 for September 12, 2015

Side note:  The last recording of a Dickcissel in Orange County was Sept 10 and October 2, 2004

Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015

Dickcissel – Orange County, CA

Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015

Dickcissel – Orange County, CA

Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015

Dickcissel – Orange County, CA

Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 12, 2015

Dickcissel – Orange County, CA

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