02 January 2012

Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Glaucous Gull

One of the targets on our quick trip to southern California was the DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER along Kingfisher Lane in Carlsbad, San Diego County.

We started by walking down the sidewalk from the tennis court parking lot (heading south) around 11:30 AM.  This sidewalk is on the west side of Kingfisher Lane.  I was about half way down to Batiquitos Drive when I heard the soft, mournful call note of a DCFL coming from the trees near the turn into the tennis parking lot.  We got closer and Ash picked up on the bird there and we eventually got great looks as it foraged in a pine tree and called often:

Specifically, here is a map of exactly where we saw it:
View DCFL in a larger map

Another target was the LITTLE GULL that had been seen at Prado Regional Park in San Bernardino County.  Despite looking between 3:00 and 4:45 PM, no LITTLE GULL to be seen.  Instead, only this single BONAPARTE'S GULL kept us company:

However, it was during our wait there that this apparent GLAUCOUS GULL flew over.  Nice snag for sitting on our butts:

Prado Regional Park had a lot of flycatchers including 10+ VERMILION FLYCATCHERS:

However, we didn't see the TROPICAL KINGBIRD that had been previously seen.  No worries.