I went out to the mission dam area of Mission Trails Regional Park yesterday and I found a spot along the riverbed that had lots and lots of goldfinches flying all around. I even saw several down at the creek drinking all at once. Not just American goldfinches, but lesser goldfinches, too. Here is a picture of a lesser goldfinch that I got from Wikipedia commons and Attis1979:
Here is the area of the park where I saw all the finches:
I also saw at least one black phoebe and I think I saw a Say's Phoebe, too, but I'm not sure. Here is a photo of it:
I saw a similar bird at SDSU. Both had yellow bellies underneath, especially near the tail. It also lifts up it's head feathers in a similar fashion as the black phoebe. But, I think it might be too brown to be a Say's Phoebe unless it was immature. It may be something like a vermilion flycatcher or some other bird in the flycatcher family.
On the way back to my car, I saw a man photographing this phainopepla nest with chicks in it. I got to see the parents feeding them. Very cute.
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