Wings over Panoche Valley

Saturday, January 11, 2003, Led by Steve Shunk (See also...)

Photos by Bill Walker

72 Species at Panoche Valley, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle
An immature bird flew even with the car, then crossed right in front of us.
Ferruginous Hawk
Posed very patiently on a power pole right by the road.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Greater Roadrunner
We saw three different Roadrunners today near the side of the road.
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Loggerhead Shrike
We saw well over a dozen Shrike during the course of the day.
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Alaudidae (Larks)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Rock Wren
One bird offered a worm to a second bird, who took it and flew away.
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Ptilogonatidae (Silky-flycatchers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Lark Sparrow
saw a dozen birds on a power pole and two dozen by the side of the road in excellent light.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

72 Species at Panoche Valley, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle
An immature bird flew even with the car, then crossed right in front of us.
Ferruginous Hawk
Posed very patiently on a power pole right by the road.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Greater Roadrunner
We saw three different Roadrunners today near the side of the road.
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Loggerhead Shrike
We saw well over a dozen Shrike during the course of the day.
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Alaudidae (Larks)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Rock Wren
One bird offered a worm to a second bird, who took it and flew away.
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Ptilogonatidae (Silky-flycatchers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Lark Sparrow
saw a dozen birds on a power pole and two dozen by the side of the road in excellent light.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

72 Species at Panoche Valley, CA

Panoche Valley
Ferruginous Hawk
Posed very patiently on a power pole right by the road.
Golden Eagle
An immature bird flew even with the car, then crossed right in front of us.
Greater Roadrunner
We saw three different Roadrunners today near the side of the road.
Lark Sparrow
saw a dozen birds on a power pole and two dozen by the side of the road in excellent light.
Loggerhead Shrike
We saw well over a dozen Shrike during the course of the day.
Rock Wren
One bird offered a worm to a second bird, who took it and flew away.

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We had lovely weather today driving around Panoche Valley and spotting birds against the emerald hills. The much sought-after Mountain Plover and Mountain Bluebird remained elusive, but we had many other excellent looks. Hawks were especially plentiful today, as were Say's Phoebes.

Birds we didn't see but were reported by others on the trip: Wrentit, California Gull, Vesper Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Fox Sparrow.