|Hermit Thrush. Discovery Lake, San Marcos, California. December 14, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
Back in mid-December I took a day to visit a couple of local lakes. First I went to Discovery Lake Park in San Marcos. It is a small tree-lined lake with paved path around it. I thought arriving at dawn on a brisk winter morning I would have the place to myself. Half-a-hundred hikers, joggers, baby stroller-pushers, and dog-walkers didn't agree with my logic.
After walking a mile loop around the lake I continued on to Lake Hodges a couple of miles south of San Marcos and Escondido. This area is more rugged than Discovery Lake, but there were still many hikers and mountain bikers enjoying the increasingly pleasant temperatures around this large reservoir.
I've already discussed some of the individual birds I saw this day, including...
Photogenic California Thrashers at Lake Hodges and Discovery Lake
A somewhat rare Eurasian Wigeon at Lake Hodges
Some Gambel's White-crowned Sparrows at Discovery Lake
Now I present additional birds seen that day.
At Discovery Lake several migrant Hermit Thrushes were hiding in the dense foliage, but one came out to perch on the fence rail to allow a photo showing its tell-tale reddish rump and tail (opening photo, all the way to the top).
Other skulkers included...
And that catches me up to mid-December's photos and I can now move on to more late December and January photos!