Peeps, Stints, Knots, and Allies
Sign. .75” Probably Western or least sandpiper.
Crows, Jays, and Magpies
Jay Sign. Steller’s or Scrub
3.5” long. Sign.
2.25” long tracks.
New World Blackbirds and Orioles
Along a muddy creek in a grassland/upland marsh,
Saw it before it flew off but couldn't get a photo of it.
House sparrow sign. I watched the sparrow make this dust bath. The “bathtub” - the deeper portion in the center - is 2 inches in diameter with the wider shallower outside ring measuring a total of approximately 3.5” in diameter. Total depth perhaps 3/8 of an inch.
A group of peacocks were spotted in the area this morning.
Crows, Jays, and Magpies
Jay tracks. Either scrub jay or Steller's jay.
American Black Duck
Saw the ducks there before taking photos of the tracks
Holes drilled in dead tree
Distinctive small holes in hollow Elderberry stems (feeding sign.)
1.75” long tracks
Grapevine canyon road, desert scrub, a mile from Angelina Springs. Lower tracks in the frame are longer than Elbroch’s 5.5 inch max stride listed for quail. The tracks at the top of the first photo show the stride shortening to normal lengths. I speculate the bird took a couple of quick jump-strides before it settled down to normal gait.
Bird was perched on long- dead Fulmar (seabird), but no sign of feeding. It may have been curious to see if it were edible, or just using it as a relatively secure perch on an open beach. Latter theory is supported by tracks that show it also used a comically small piece of driftwood as a perch for a while. Best track (heavy on the talons) is in last image.
Ducks, Geese, and Swans
2.5” track. Probably a mallard. Golf course sand trap adjacent to an artificial water feature.
Acorn woodpeckers storing acorns in a telephone pole.
Found on a ball field at a park, they are quite large. Almost looked like fake dinosaur tracks or something
Suggest grouse droppings?
Likely happened within 24 hours of the observation date—was not there yesterday, and the feathers and gore were very fresh. Feathers concentrated in a pile but some were on the branches above as well. Most likely predated by Cooper’s Hawk which is frequently sighted here. Red-tailed Hawk, Red-Shouldered Hawk, and red fox are also present but unlikely to be the perpetrator.
Saw 3 sets of holes on a snag next to the road. Lots of wood chips at the base. Seemed fresh.
Great Horned Owl
Less than 24 hours old. About 2 inches long. The active nest is about 100 yards away. From Great Horned Owl.