We went to a small party Friday night and ran into Jen who mentioned that white headed woodpeckers had been spotted at the James Reserve near Idyllwild. We were planning on birding Saturday morning but had not decided where and that settled it right then and there. Jen was a great host and we had a fine time, even though we didn't see the target species. That just means we will have to come back some other time.
The Mountain Chickadee was new to Chris and we only had brief glimpses of the black-headed grosbeak before. The western bluebird is similar to eastern bluebird except that it wears sandals and is a vegetarian. Actually, it has a little more brown.