Incoming and Outgoing – April 2, 2016 Barano Walk Trail Mission Viejo

Hello fellow birders, we’re right at the beginning stages of varies species that will soon be vacating Orange County such as the Sharp-shinned Hawk, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and many others especially waterfowl such as the Canvasback, Hooded Merganser and the Bufflehead.  Other perching species are the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and Cedar Waxwings all soon to be gone till fall.  In some cases, species such as the Red-breasted Nuthatch should have already left the county.  An occurrence of this species here in OC would be considered rare in April. But in fact, I had located one today..

During this exodus, a new batch of southern migrants have already begun arriving as you may have already noticed.  Some of the more common that just arrived are the Black-throated Gray Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hooded Oriole and the Black-headed Grosbeak to name a few.

Several of the species listed above were all found today in one single location, the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo.  Click any image below for greater detail.

Photo taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016
This is the Red-breasted Nuthatch.  I initially heard this calling today around 9:15 a.m. and located this nuthatch within a Sycamore tree. I was rather surprised to find one this late in the season.  Normally they have flown north by this time of year. Photo taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016
Photo taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016
Fox Sparrow (Sooty sub species).  Though this species can still be found in April, their sightings for me personally have dwindled considerably and have become less and less frequent.  Initially I had heard this beautiful song and was uncertain of what I was hearing. The reason for this is April / mating season might be perhaps the only time you’d hear this vocalization thus its infrequent.  Ultimately I had located the singing Fox Sparrow. I was able to grab both a photo and an audio recording. Photo and audio taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016.

 

 

 

 

Photo taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016
A Warbling Vireo – found also today on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016.  Typically this species can be located between March and October.

 

Photo taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016
A Black-throated Warbler – exactly as the name implies.  This species can be a bit confusing for entry level birders as it is quite similar to the Black-and-white Warbler and both can be found during migration here in the county.  However note the yellow marking just behind the upper mandible which is one strong ID point, solid black throat and also the plain white chest. However the tails on both warblers are quite similar.  Photo taken on the Barano Walk Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on April 2, 2016

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