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Walker Ranch Field Trip, April 11, 2015

April 13, 2015

We had perfect weather for the dozen people who came on this trip – sunny but not much beyond 70 degrees. The Acorn Woodpeckers were numerous and conspicuous and noisy, and also very busy. In addition to the trees they chose for acorn storage (trees that look like they have been machine-gunned with an acorn in every bullet hole) we found they had pounded holes in some of the glassed-in information cabinets, and there were piles of acorns inside.

We had good looks at four different warblers with an exceptionally lemon-yellow Wilson’s Warbler taking the prize. We found two Bushtit nests hanging like dirty hiking socks in the oak trees, and several active Acorn Woodpecker holes. Chris, Don and Ann found and, after long discussion, identified a Hammond’s Flycatcher. The more common Pacific Slope Flycatchers were calling but we only spotted one.

We came up short on raptors with only one red-tail. A few people saw the Western Tanager. We all saw the colorful Black-headed Grosbeaks and Spotted Towhees. All things considered, it was a very good outing. Nobody brought a camera – you had to be there.

 

Red-tailed Hawk.
Mourning Dove.
Anna’s Hummingbird.
Allen’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker.
Nuttall’s Woodpecker.
Hairy Woodpecker.
Hammond’s Flycatcher.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher.
Steller’s Jay.
Western Scrub-Jay.
Common Raven.
Phainopepla.
Western Bluebird.
House Wren.
Bushtit.
Wrentit.
Oak Titmouse.
House Finch.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Black-throated Grey Warbler.
Townsend’s Warbler.
Wilson’s Warbler.
Spotted Towhee.
California Towhee.
Western Tanager.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

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