California Specialties

Yesterday was cleanup time for California landbirds I still need for the year. After the Allen’s Hummingbird we ventured out and soon had Tricolored Blackbird at the Ormond Beach Wetlands Restoration Project. Actually there’s a gentleman there named Walter Fuller of the Ormond Beach Taskforce, kind of an unofficial caretaker who throws out bird seed. There were two Tricoloreds in with the Red-winged Blackbirds and cowbirds.

Tricolored Blackbird at Ormon Beach (Photo by Don Desjardin)

Next we worked California Thrasher habitat and had little trouble turning up several thrashers. ¬†The entire afternoon was spent trying to find a Nuttall’s Woodpecker; we finally located one on Canada Larga Rd. ¬†Along the way we found my first amphibian of the year, a California Slender Salamander.

Today it’s down to LA for Spotted Dove and California Gnatcatcher.

California Thrasher (Photo by Don Desjardin)

California Slender Salamander, Ventura CA (Photo by Don Desjardin)

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2 Responses to California Specialties

  1. Jim Vanderpoel says:


    how did you see the salamander? Did you turn over logs or rocks? Or was it just crawling around?


  2. John Vanderpoel says:

    It was actually under a rug mat used by homeless people. We scouted it last year and expected to find it under one of the 5 mats.

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