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June 1, 2014 - La Sal Del Rey

 

 

Early morning at the La Sal del Rey overlook.

 

   

Verdin along Brushline Road.

 

A Lark Sparrow sings along a side road off Brushline; after the first song you'll hear a Bewick's Wren sing in the background, and just before the third song a Ladder-backed Woodpecker interjects his laugh.

 

       

Incoming!  A Couch's Kingbird successfully bullies a Crested Caracara along GI Road!

 

The Couch's Kingbird returns to his perch.

 

   

Painted Buntings are abundant along this route. 

 

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (a rare breeder in the Valley) buzzes while a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher calls over him with single pups.

 

   

Brown-crested Flycatchers often sit on the wires.    In this recording the flycatcher is giving a single pup call, but you'll also hear a Yellow-billed Cuckoo early on, a Cardinal singing in the background, and then the sprightly song of a Lark Sparrow.

 

The recent rains have turned the fields along GI Road into lush grasslands!

 

The "Barren Field" just past Rio Beef Road is now full of sorghum!

 

A colony of Great-tailed Grackles splits the air at the same spot...

 

A big grasshopper comes to visit in the heat of the day along Rio Beef Road.

 

Another curious Brown-crested Flycatcher comes to see what the fuss is about at the marsh near the end of the road.

 

A Summer Tanager sings its whistled song in competition with chirping House Sparrows and a Red-winged Blackbird; at the beginning of the recording a Common Gallinule sounds off, while a Common Yellowthroat sings at the very end.

 

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