It was 30 degrees, sunny and windless when we turned off Hwy 14 at Palmdale Blvd. and drove east. Our first stop was at an undeveloped area along E10th St. north of Rancho Vista (Ave. Q). The area was not as productive as it has been in past years but we saw the first raptors of the day: a Northern Harrier that flew by and several Red-tailed Hawks.
Our next stop was on the shoulder of the road by the Desert Aire Golf Club (Ave. P x E40th St.). A puddle of water on the grass near the edge of the golf course was attracting a mixed flock of passerines including White-crowned Sparrows & House Finches. In the scrub across the road, we found a small flock of California Quail, a Loggerhead Shrike and more sparrows and finches, including one Golden-crowned Sparrow.
California Quail, S. Baker, 01/12/13
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