Monday, October 25, 2010
A Lazy Day in California
The second place I visited was the Benicia State Recreation Area which was on the edge of the bay, so there were some Western and Clark's Grebes there. A pair of Clark's Grebes were interacting and vocalizing (photo). Around the edges were White-crowned Sparrows, many Song Sparrows, and a few Western Scrub-Jays and California Towhees.
During the day there was a rumor of a Smew in British Columbia and news that a few White-winged Crossbills have been seen in Maine. So far the Smew is not firm enough to chase, and I'll get the crossbills when I go north in December, but it was nice to get the news. Tomorrow I fly home via Las Vegas which is a much better route than going back through Minneapolis or Detroit given that a perfect storm will lash the north midwest tomorrow.