PAAS class trip to Panoche Valley. Variety of water fowl at Paicines Reservoir but only minimal look at Bald Eagle hidden in tree across water. Did get good look at Say's PhoebeThe Canyon Wren was in its usual area and a California Thrasher nearby. Along Panoche Road we had several more Thrashers, a large flock of Yellow billed Magpies foraging in the field and the usual beautiful landscapes. Further along we had more Magpies,then a flock of Cedar Waxwings landed in a tree and a Western Bluebird flew in to join them. The Rufous crowned Sparrow was in its usual spot and nearby was a Red breasted Sapsucker. Further along the road we had one of many Ferruginous Hawk sightings. This one was busy feasting on its kill - possibly a squirrel. Lunch at the Panoche Inn produced a cooperative Black Merlin which perched for about 25-20 minutes. Out towards Griswald area we had Rock Wren and more great scenery.On way back we found Vesper Sparrows and more Ferruginous HawksWe also saw, but not photos, Golden Eagles, Rough legged Hawk and Prairie Falcon as well as Kestrals, Loggerhead Shrikes, Horned Larks. Missed out on Road RunnerOn way home wwe stopped at Wilson Road and Santa Fe Grtade in Los Banos to look for the reported Vermilian Flycatcher - no luck but had fantastic sunset
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