Don’t have to go to far to find something special, something really cool to see, almost any day. Had a few hours open so I took a ride up the Buenos Aires Arroyo yesterday. I’m still searching for that very special Western Screech Owl I heard last week by our casa. Stop by a very brushy area where I can find some shade. I have a wire-less speaker to set-up away from me so I can have some control of the settings. The owl only has to call a few moments and I’m surprised to see an absolutely beautiful Lazuli Bunting.
The Bunting takes a quick look and leaves. Then I see a bird wagging it’s tail up and down just above where I placed the speaker. That “tail action” tells me this is some kind of flycatcher. Through the lens of the camera I’m pleased to see a Pacific-slope Flycatcher. Notice the bi-colored bill and the tear-drop eye ring.
I’ve already stopped the calling but the Orange-crowned Warblers are still jumping all around the place.
I can hear a Canyon Wren calling from, where else, up the canyon. Click on the link and you can hear it’s awesome call. I call twice and it flies over near the speaker to see what’s up.
Goes to show that if you have just a few minutes of free time, there’s a lot to see. Just grab the binos and go!
Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie!