A few recent miscellaneous birds in SAN BENITO COUNTY:
At Paicines Reservoir: for 20 September: 2 COMMON TERNS (fourth county record) were present at 4:45 pm; a single PRAIRIE FALCON landed on the far side fence, then popped down to the water's edge to drink; for 21 September: 9 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 6 RUDDY DUCKS, 3 CINNAMON TEAL, 2 WHITE PELICANS, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS were present. Shorebird habitat continues to be present and has increased in size at the reservoir— LEAST SANDPIPERS and one BLACK-NECKED STILT, along with Greater Yellowlegs present.
On Quien Sabe Road between Highway 25 and the intersection of Santa Ana Valley Road: 1 PRAIRIE FALCON was present and 1 YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE on 21 September. Look for this falcon in this area, and closer to the intersection with Santa Ana Valley Road. It has been there for several weeks.
On Highway 25 a ROADRUNNER was carrying prey across the road near mile marker 8.58 south of Bolado Park on 21 September.
On Santa Ana Valley Road: an immature GOLDEN EAGLE was present both 20 & 21 September. Two CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS were near the mailbox #1048 near Lightning Tree Ranch on 20 September. They usually hang out in this area.
At Maple and Chappell Streets, near the post office, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS were high in the trees, 21 September.
At Vista Hill Park in downtown Hollister, an adult CALIFORNIA GULL was flying southeast.
Happy fall migration,
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