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.