900–918 Coopers Ave, Corona US-CA 33.89521, -117.54194
I went on my normal walk today so the terrain again remains the same. I walked through the park, which contains both deciduous trees and some coniferous trees. The majority of the park is low grassland with some shrubbery, but not much. The path I walked along contains mostly shrubbery with low hanging trees. The key bird species I saw today was the bushtit. Bushtits, as shown below, have very round bodies, almost circular seeming, with long tails. When I observed them today, they were traveling in a very large group, over 15 of them at a time. They usually forage low through bushes and shrubbery for food.
I first spotted the Western Tanager out of the corner of my eye as I was walking in the park. It was a flash of light, a bright barrage of color. As it whizzed by, I followed its path with my eyes. I saw it perch onto a tree and rest there, but it was clouded from my view. I quickly grabbed my binoms and went in closer to observe. The first thing I noticed was the bright yellow body of the bird. I wasn’t sure what bird it was until I finally got to observe it at a closer look. I noticed the stark red head against the black wings. I looked up what type of bird this could be and once I saw the description of the Western Tanager, I knew that this was the bird I had seen. Considering that these birds are generally found in higher elevation areas, I thought it was quite unique that I saw it where I did. Western Tanagers generally eat berries, fruits, and insects. They generally winter in Central America.
It was actually quite a crazy day birding. I saw a lot of birds I don’t normally see out there so that was nice. It was also a very eventful day because I went out for another walk later in the day and saw a bat for the first time! That was actually crazy, I had never seen a real live bat ever prior to that. It was a sunny day when I went out for the walk and a very bright day in general. I was using my binoculars so much that I’m pretty sure someone thought I was trying to stare at someone, so needless to say it was a little bit awkward. Seeing all these new birds also just was a great spark of re-interest because it was a bit dull only seeing the same birds every time I went out. Granted, it allowed me to study them a little more in-depth and look at the nuances, but it was still refreshing to see new things.