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Fair weather, fair birding at Sycamore

March 12, 2013

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A hardy group of hikers met at the Sycamore parking lot on a bright and calm morning. The storm-swept skies were calm, just 36 hours after this season’s biggest rain event. Birding started early in the parking lot with a Sharp-shinned Hawk calmly perched 15 feet up a small bare tree above our cars.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (J. Waterman 3/9/13)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (J. Waterman 3/9/13)

It was the start of a good day of raptor sightings as we walked up the main road and then up the Serrano Canyon trail. Not many species, but the almost-constant presence of the Black-hooded Parakeets may have quieted many other species.

A pair of parakeets (J. Waterman 3/9/13)

A pair of parakeets (J. Waterman 3/9/13)

When we reached the quarry/rockslide in Serrano the Canyon Wren treated us to a laughing concert, but hid from the view of all our birders. We hiked up the trail another half mile to the only creek water in the park and returned soon after 1PM.
[Lu Plauzoles, trip leader]

Sycamore Canyon
Bird List 3/9/13
50 – 70° F.
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Common Loon 1
Surf Scoter 40
CA Quail 5
Brown Pelican 3
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Western Gull 3
Black-hooded Parakeet 9
Anna’s Hummingbird 3
Allen’s Hummingbird 1
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 5
Western Scrub-Jay 4
Common Raven 3
American Crow 8
Oak Titmouse 6
Bushtit 4
Canyon Wren (voc) 1
Bewick’s Wren 1
Wrentit 20
Northern Mockingbird 1
California Thrasher 3
European Starling 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Common Yellowthroat 2
California Towhee 4
Spotted Towhee 1
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Golden-crowned Sparrow 12
House Finch 2
Total Species 33


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