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Agua Dulce – Clark's Nutcrackers

This morning (Friday Sept 21) a group of at least 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers was seen near the pumphouse on Agua Dulce at 7:20am. The flock followed the streambed downstream, turned and flew upstream. A few moments later 2 CLNUs flew out of a tree, could have been part of the 5 or an additional 2. The flock did NOT perch or come down for water, it was only a quick fly-by. Apparently 2 CLNU made an appearance at around 10;10am in the pumphouse area.

It is my opinion that these birds are foraging south (upstream) of the pumphouse location, possibly in the same region the flock frequented in April 2016. Possibly they are flying to the Agua Dulce area for water, or even for some fruit, but they are certainly not feeding on cones in this area. No vocalizations.

The Townsend’s Solitaire was heard to vocalize a couple of times, and was seen briefly by John Bruin and myself. Chris Smith had (presumably) the same bird downstream from the pumphouse near the place the dirt road crosses the streambed.


Nancy Christensen



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