Fritz’s Bird Blitz – September 17, 18, 19

When I first decided to tackled California, I had a very lengthy wantlist and earlier in August, I picked up ten lifers, while on vacation with Sue.  I had 3 days left after my pelagic trips and knew I’d need help finding the birds I needed, due to time constraints.  I really only had two and a half days, getting to LAX anytime is 4 hours minimum.  I realized I’d need to go with a guide, that could get me on the birds quickly.

I first got in contact with Wes  of California Target Birds because he’s the only one that advertise’s on the internet.  Believe me after you talk to Wes its easy to get pumped up, he is a fountain of birding knowledge and did I say he was enthusiastic.

He had me at “If we sleep in the car we don’t have to drive 3 hours down the mountain, only to come back in the morning”.

He knew where every bird on my list could be found and it was only the birds not co-operating that I missed them.  Flammulated Owl and Northern Pygmy Owl to be specific, they were within 30 yards but would not show themselves, also my first looks at a Mountain Quail ever.

Below are the birds he helped me find and improve on photos.

Golden Eagle

GoldenEagle2015

Tri-colored Blackbird Improved Photo

TricoloredBlackbird

Horned Grebe

HornedGrebe2015

Anna’s Hummingbird – One of the hundreds that come to his feeders

AnnasHummingbirdFemale2015

Yellow-billed Magpie

YellowbilledMagpie2015

Vaux’s Swift –  ABA Life Bird #709

Vaux'sSwift

Bell’s Sparrow – ABA Life Bird #708

BellsSparrow

Belli canescens

BellsSparrowcanescens

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Rose-ringedParakeet

White-throated Swift

WhitethroatedSwift

Lark Sparrow

LarkSparrow2015C

Cassin’s Vireo – ABA Life Bird #711

Cassin'sVireo

Poorwill

CommonPoorwill2015

Red-winged Blackbird -California – Bi-colored Subspecies

BilcoloredRedwingedBlackbird

I mentioned in passing one day that I like taking photos of unique crossing signs and he even found me one of those.

CowFallingSign2015

I can rave enough about Wes, we got on well and he will do everything to get you the birds you need.  He is the best.  So if you plan to go to California and the many other places he guides to, get in touch with him.  You won’t be disappointed.

http://www.californiatargetbirds.com

Ciao for now….

 

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