Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pin-tailed Whydah: Andulka Park in Riverside, California

Pin-tailed Whydah

A colleague asked Mike to identify a bird she had seen. As he read the description, the pin-tailed whydah came to mind and she verified that it was the whydah. So, the next morning, Mike and Chris head out to the location, Andulka Park in Riverside, in hopes of spotting it. The Whydah is a bird from Africa that has established a small breeding colony in Southern California.

As we entered the park, we spotted a nutmeg mannikin, another introduced species from Asia. We viewed that as a good sign because we've observed them together in other locations such as Huntington Central Park.

Nutmeg Mannikin

We spotted the female first.
Pin-tailed Whydah (female)

It's a fairly cooperative bird, easy to locate and well worth the 3 minute drive from our home.

Pin-tailed Whydah

To complete the day, we also saw an acorn woodpecker and a Say's Phoebe.

Acorn Woodpecker

Say's Phoebe

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