|I left my good camera behind for a nice walk, but thankfully I had my cell to capture this wonderful moment. It reminds me of UP!|
After really studying the Orange County landscape well, I discovered that there wasn't really much space at all provided for these birds. Hence the declining numbers! Much like the Florida Scrub-Jay, its habitat is in decline. These birds are now locked into areas, or fragmented, from other California Gnatcatchers. How will they maintain genetic diversity within their populations?
|Savannah Sparrow(Belding's Subspecies)|
During our weekend trek, we stopped to check out the Tijuana estuary and walked 8 miles without even realizing it! Micheal keeps track of our hiking. Along the way, we meet weird people that tell us to follow them and see this "eagle" on a telephone pole. Turns out the "eagle" is really a hawk. Another tells me about how her son would go out and shoot birds on the estuary and then tell her kid, "Hey son that's illegal. You're not supposed to do that." From her "shared" stories on the trail, I don't think he ever listened to her. Then she told me to take a pic of a Great Egret that was too far away. When is she going to turn off the trail??!!! Our nature trail connected with the local neighborhood for a time. Thankfully nature took over and we left the homes far behind. And the strange locals.