Grasshopper Sparrow + Say's Phoebe in Tilden Today
This is my first post - though I've been enjoying the group emails for a while.
On my weekly early morning trail run in Tilden today, along which I bird (mostly) by ear, I found a few notable birds. Heading East on the Conlon Trail from Wildcat Canyon Trail, I heard a Grasshopper Sparrow singing - and made a brief recording of it. I never saw the bird (it was windy and I wasn't able to stop long). Ebird list with recording: https://ebird.org/checklist/S89276483
A little further East on Conlon Trail, maybe a 100-150 yards West of the cattle gate, I was surprised to see a Say's Phoebe fly by, with that typical phoebe buoyant flight pattern. Although I didn't have bins, I got a clear look at the uniformly dusty brown head, wings and back, with contrasting dark tail, flared in flight - before it sailed over the edge of the hill. I didn't see the orange-tinted underparts from the angle I was at, but I'm fairly confident in the ID. Being on a run of course, I wasn't able to spend more time pursuing it.
For perhaps the 3rd week in a row, I heard a MacGillivray's Warbler singing along the Meadow Canyon trail. See the ebird list for a recording of the song.
Along the way, I also heard 3 different Lazuli Buntings singing, a few Western Wood Pewees, Pacific-Slope Flycatchers and Swainson's Thrushes, and the usual assortment of Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warblers, Bewick's Wrens, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Chestnut-backed Chickadees feeding young, and more. A number of House Wrens are still singing away in the Eucalyptus grove along Nimitz Way. Birds I often hear along this route that were missing today were Olive-sided Flycatcher and California Thrasher.
In case anyone's interested, here are locations / directions: