|Female Phainopepla. Culp Valley, California. December 25, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
I was able to get several photos this past week in the Anza-Borrego Desert, in the eastern portion of San Diego County.
Females are grayish, as above. The males are a silky black with big white wing patches at the base of the primaries, visible in flight.
|Male Phainopepla. Borrego Springs, California. December 26, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
I'm always happy to see these birds and hear their imitable mellow, whistled, "whit!" call.