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Spring Birding | Butterbredt Spring, CA

Habitat: desert

It took us over an hour to reach the Butterbredt Spring wildlife sanctuary from Weldon, CA.

Desert Calico.

Female Costa's Hummingbird feeding on Prince's Plume nectar.

Pair of House Finch perched on a Joshua tree, enjoying the morning sun.

California Quail on the lookout.

A glimpse of the landscape around the spring.

Yellow-breasted Chat, new life bird!

Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Glimpse of Dusky Flycatcher, life bird number two.

Lincoln Sparrow.

Black-headed Grosbeak.

While this Lazuli Bunting was singing its heart out...

...this Acorn Woodpecker was very quiet.

Mourning Dove.

Resident Red-tailed Hawk brought back a snake to two eyases.

In the video, the hawk is patiently holding the snake with its talons while the eyases learn to pull off pieces.

Gray Flycatcher, life bird number three.

Fox Sparrow (slate-colored).

Desert wildflowers in bloom.

Joshua tree and close up of fruits.

We were able to identify 31 bird species in 3 hours. Other species included Olive-sided Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Wester Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, California Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Wren, Lesser Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, and Western Tanager.


Credits and Additional Information

Butterbredt Spring, a premier hotspot to observe birds during spring migration



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