Monday, December 14, 2020

Cassin's Kingbird

Since first spotting a Cassin's kingbird in early November in Live Oak Canyon, I've seen two more: One in Morongo Valley on November 21, in Big Morongo Canyon; and one in the wash in Live Oak Canyon on December 5. They are uncommon in Southern California: Some reside year-round (the light violet in the Audubon map below); and some spend the summers (the fleshy color in the map below) and migrate to Mexico for the winter. 
From Audubon. 

A different range map from All About Birds. 

In Big Morongo Canyon. 

In Live Oak Canyon

1 comment:

  1. At first glance, they look like a dull gray bird. But then there is a little flash of yellow. They really are quite pretty.