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Painted Bunting

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Painted Bunting

The times I hear of a rare bird in my area I get excited especially when it is a lifer.  So when I heard a report of a Painted Bunting in San Benito County just over the Santa Cruz County line I went for it. 

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Say's Phoebe

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Say's Phoebe

Although my favorite bird is the one I'm photographing, I do have a soft spot for the Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya), which is a passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family.  Named for Thomas Say, an American naturalist, I find this bird striking in it's gray-brown back, black square tail, and buffy cinnamon below.  The colors blend in very well in dry brown fields it frequents.

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More Sparrows

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More Sparrows

There are 2 migrations a year and they bring a lot of activity in the birding world.  This week's photo is of a Lincoln's Sparrow that I was fortunately to have perch about 3 meters from me.

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The Portrait

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The Portrait

Woke up last Saturday morning to a Steller's Jay at my kitchen window.  Very friendly.  I stepped closer to the window and the guy hopped onto the widow sill, looking at me looking at her.

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Be Ready

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Be Ready

There was an MBB posting of a White-breasted Nuthatch at Arana Gulch by a Santa Cruz Bird Club member.  You may be saying that I see them all the time but in Santa Cruz County, CA they are a rare visitor. 

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