|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|