I went up to San Jacinto after lunch. After a series of meh sort of trips this one really hit home! More hawks and raptors at one time than I can remember, at least for the last few years.
It was a perfect sunny day with perfect conditions. The peregrine falcon you see on top and bottom I was lucky enough to catch in an evening silhouette before I drove home!
Just what the doctor ordered.
Although I saw no eagles or owls yesterday, I did see a lark bunting, my first.
I thought it was a strange phoebe at first but later after talking to Dr. Tony Meltcalf realized what I had actually seen.
I managed to take a wonderful hike on the loop, saw the vermilion pair and some warblers, both yellow rumped and orange crowned.
One of the highlights was watching the kites in the hovering display called "kiting."
I don't have time to do a lot of shpieling today so the pictures will have to take the place of words. This is a fraction of what I saw.
|this coyote was in the field at the hunt club
|yellow and red headed blackbirds
|female northern harrier
|vermilion male, slightly out of range
|Coots and shovelers
|white tailed kite
|vermilion male, juvenile