Two birds spotted while hiking the trails on top of the coastal bluffs southwest of Los Angeles. First a lesser goldfinch, which took me forever to actually catch on camera (there were 3 or 4 of them flitting around and not stopping for very long anywhere!) and a black phoebe that was perched a few yards from the trail.
I tried to take its picture on a fence. It flew to a cable. i tried to take its picture on the cable. It flew to another cable. I got one sort-of OK shot and decided to stop.
I’m not 100% certain – the yellowish color is mostly from the sunset lighting – but the head doesn’t seem to have the shape I’m used to seeing on Black Phoebes, which I see a lot more of here, and I have seen Say’s Phoebes in the area.
A couple of Black Phoebes spotted in the cherry grove.
Some days I spot a lot of birds at these gardens, some days (like on this one) I mostly just hear them. Though I was at least able to *see* some red-tailed hawks circling way up in the sky, even though I couldn’t get any photos of them.
Black Phoebes are one of those birds that I never noticed until a couple of years ago, but now I see them *all the time*. I’m fairly certain they’ve been here all along and I just wasn’t paying enough attention to birds before.