Castle Rock/Pine Canyon, Walnut Creek
Castle Rock Park and Pine Canyon are but a few minutes from my house in Walnut Creek,
and before Spring petered out, I wanted to get together with a few good birders for a field trip there.
This morning, a clear and Spring Beautiful morning, I gathered with good friends beginning
shortly after 7am. I lead through familiar territory (properly masked and distanced) joined by Paul and Nancy Shorr, Ray Whitbeck,
Dal Leit, Walt Duncan, Rosalie Howerth, Donna Kramer, Steve Bufi, Isaac Aranow, and Nat Weber.
The birding began rather slowly with little song, and fewer sightings. But things picked up as we progressed up the
canyon. We did finally see the Peregrine from the second meadow. Whether or not eggs have hatched is still an open
Our efforts took us to the State Park boundary where we listened and looked for several species.
Species count for the day, through all territory, was a respectable 52, as follows:
Eurasian Collared Dove
California Scrub Jay
Bullock's Oriole (at least four nesting pair through the canyon)
Hermit Warbler (striking male, first spotted by Donna Kramer)
Good birding to all,