some desert birding
adult Black-throated Sparrow, digiscoped Borrego Springs, CA
I headed west toward Clark Dry Lake in hopes of spying the localized, Le Conte's Thrasher. This is a very difficult bird to see most places but I was hoping the sparsely vegetated margins of the Dry Lake would reap benefits. As I walked through the bleak arid habitat an occasional chip signified the presence of a Sage Sparrow but there was no other birdlife for a long time.
Patience is a virtue though and finally after much zig-zagged hiking the pearl-gray stunner appeared. I watched and followed as it dashed from shrub to shrub tail cocked, head down, & running full tilt across the dusty terrain. When it finally stopped and teed up briefly, I was surprised at how dramatically different it was from the similar Crissal Thrasher. As typical, the guides didn't do this stunning bird justice.
This was a great bonus to a wonderful day of birding!