|Acorn Woodpecker, Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Orange, CA|
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
|Natural caves, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
I was greeted by a family of acorn woodpeckers. These are common and very obtrusive birds in Southern California generally but this was my first encounter and I was astounded.
|Acorn woodpecker, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
This was a good start.
Then I heard some loud sustained birdsong. Not particularly beautiful but very complex and coming from two spots at once. Up went the binoculars and...
|California thrasher, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
I walked the Roadrunner Ridge trail on the dry (coastal sage scrub) hillside first.
And many of what may be my favorite area bird, the black phoebe.
Near the end of the Roadrunner Ridge trail I explored a trail spur and was stunned to come upon a substantial reservoir (ringed by a housing development). And there in the middle of the water was an elegant western grebe.
I walked a combination of trails through the oak woodland on my way back, getting good looks at oak titmice and the speckled breast of the Nuttall's woodpecker
|Nuttall's woopecker, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
|Western Scrub Jay (and two acorns, at least), Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA|
|California Towhee, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
|Bushtit, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
|Anna's humingbird, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, CA|
I used Brad Schram's A Birder's Guide to Southern California as my guide and found it extraordinarily useful, even if didn't get to visit 99.9% of the sites listed in it. In coming days I'll do individual posts about the places I visited, which included
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Dockweiler Beach State Park
Posted by Peter Oehlkers at 10:56 AM
Friday, August 3, 2012
|Eastern Bluebird, Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA|
They've found an ideal set up. The huge oak that Irene knocked down last year provides a couple of perfect snags for fly catching.
Posted by Peter Oehlkers at 11:10 AM