[midvalleybirds] EE Wilson bobwhites, chats & sun pillar
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Sun Jul 7 07:43:17 PDT 2019
On July 4, I left before sunrise and rode my bike to E.E. Wilson State
Wildlife area. I heard at least three Northern Bobwhite calls. Here's an
audio recording one.
I encountered several Yellow-breasted Chats while there. I recorded the
song of the one:
What sounds a bit like the whinny of a Downy Woodpecker is actually part of
the chat song. There are other bird sounds that can be heard on this
recording: Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, Common Yellowthroat
and Common Ravens (faintly in the distance).
On the way, the sunrise was quite a show. There was a sun pillar, an
apparent shaft of light above the position of the sun below the horizon. A
phenomenon caused by ice crystals of high altitude clouds. Photos:
More information about the birding