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Field Trip Report Sycamore Cyn 3/14/2015

March 15, 2015

We feared blistering Santa Ana winds, but lucked out with a pleasant 75 degrees average for a morning walk in a lush re-greened Sycamore Canyon. It was a little early for the full bloom of the plant life, even in an early year, however there were plenty of good views featuring full fields of Mariposa Lily (Calochortus catalinae) and Blue Dicks. (Dichelstemma capitatum) Thanks go to expert Jim Kenney for scouting the canyon for us, even though he was not available on Saturday! There were plenty of other early bloomers such Sticky monkey flower, Foothill lupine, and two species of Phacelia.
On the avian front, some of the regular birds (goldfinches. wrens, orioles) were hiding, but the Nanday Parakeets and Red-tailed Hawks gave us adds to the whoopee list, we had long looks at a nesting pair of Western Bluebirds, and we totaled nearly 40 species.

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Birds seen/heard, identified:
California Quail
Brandt’s Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Western Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-throated Swift
Allen’s Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrels
Nanday Parakeet
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Cassin’s Kingbird
Common Raven
American Crow
Western Scrub-Jay
Oak Titmouse
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebirds
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch

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