Re: Spring birding on Mines Road
Thank you Aaron Maizlish for the Mines road report and Matthew Dodder for the link to the Del Puerto Canyon self-guided tour.
I assume the mile 0 for Mines road is the intersection with Tesla Rd since the road has a different name North of Tesla?
I was there this past Monday and there seems to be signs of recovery already from the SCU Lightning Complex fire. It looks like the vegetation at the black bird pond has grown since Steve Lombardi posted on eBird with photo on April 2nd (https://ebird.org/checklist/S84638048). I posted some photos of the pond (and some birds) for comparison on Flickr:
The only video in the album shows a Bobcat in one of the rock cavities at the Owl and Graffiti rocks.
I will go back now that I have a better idea for stops. I might even explore San Antonio Valley Road.