March 28, 2020

Birds at Famosa Slough in March 2020

Famosa Slough is one of the last remaining sections of coastal wetland in Point Loma. 



American Coot




I am calling this an Anna's Hummingbird. If anyone knows better, please let me know. 

Anna's Hummingbird?




Black Phoebe



Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt


Blue winged Teal


Great Blue Heron


Large billed Dowitcher (?)

Large billed Dowitcher (?)




House Sparrow (ID thanks to my rock jock friend Ryan P.)



Snowy Egret



Whimbrel

House Sparrow (ID attributed to Ryan 'deep quarantine' Petterson 





Willet (adult non-breeding)


Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

4 comments:

Ryan said...

I’ve perused your bird IDs for Famosa Slough. In my professional opinion as a geologist, they mostly check out. However, I cannot confirm one way or another on the hummingbird and I think both of your sparrows are House Sparrows (p457), not Rufus crowned sparrows. Check the brown supercilium and white crown, vs inverse on rufus crowned. Also, black beak.

Captain Curran said...

Damn you Ryan... when you're right, you're right...

I did indeed miss an obvious ID on the house sparrow. There's also a white bar on the primary covert that seems to tip the hat towards house sparrow. And I say that knowing full well, that is probably the wrong way to call that white splotch on the upper wing.... or maybe not?

Ryan said...

I think the white bar is on the median coverts, not the primary coverts?

Captain Curran said...

I'm not sure I'm willing to concede on the issue of coverts. This is getting intense.