Tuesday in Pine Canyon


Mount Diablo Audubon Society had a field trip today into Pine Canyon and as far as the Castle Rocks and Mount Diablo State Park boundary.  We heard or saw a total of 53 species.  Some of the specialties were:  Black-headed Grosbeak, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting (photographed), Bullock's Oriole and a Cooper's Hawk with prey.  The Scrub-Jays ere not happy with the last one.

Flowers were amazing, this seems to be a really good year for the Mount Diablo Fairy Lantern.  But extra-special was a female Anna's feeding at the Hummingbird Sage.

On a different note, we had a first Canada Goose gosling in Heather Farm Park yesterday.  The Bushtits are still feeding young in a nest and the winter sparrows are just about gone.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek