Trip report for Placerita Canyon -
Walker Ranch Waterfall Trail

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Number of participants: 15 + 3 leaders
Start time 7:30am
Finish time 10:45am
Distance covered: 1.25 mile
Weather:  slightly overcast at start then sunny

Overcast skies the night before probably worked to our advantage by keeping warblers and hummingbirds in the canyon.  Hoping for eight warbler species we did extremely well by finding nine.  We didn't do as well in the flycatcher department with only one species found (Pacific-slope Flycatcher).  But when it came to hummingbirds, the action was phenomenal!  Although there wasn't much in the way of flowering plants, a small seep proved irresistible to hummers (and others) seeking out a cool bath.  Sitting at this spot, in the span of about 30 minutes, we had SIX SPECIES of hummingbirds.  This coming together of oak woodland, chaparral, desert, northwestern forest, dry central coast and high sierra hummingbirds was quite a unique and wonderful occurrence!
56 species

Mountain Quail  1   heard only
Northern Harrier  1   soaring very high most likely migrating
Red-shouldered Hawk  2   one with heavy wing molt soaring quite high -migrating?
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  5
White-throated Swift  1
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Anna's Hummingbird  3
Costa's Hummingbird  2
Rufous Hummingbird  1
Allen's Hummingbird  1
Calliope Hummingbird  3   
Acorn Woodpecker  15  seen going into nest hole
Nuttall's Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1   heard only
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  1
Hutton's Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Steller's Jay  3
Western Scrub-Jay  9
Common Raven  3
Oak Titmouse  12
Bushtit  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  8
Bewick's Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Wrentit  2
Western Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  1
California Thrasher  1
European Starling  4
Phainopepla  2  male & female
Orange-crowned Warbler  8
Nashville Warbler  7
MacGillivray's Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  3
Black-throated Gray Warbler  6
Townsend's Warbler  2
Hermit Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  5
Spotted Towhee  4
California Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  8
Black-headed Grosbeak  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Bullock's Oriole  1
House Finch  10
Purple Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  6

California Ground Squirrel
California Gray Squirrel
Botta's Pocket Gopher

Western Fence Lizard

 Bird photos by Wild Wings field photographer Paula Maxwell:
 Calliope Hummingbird, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler and Steller's Jay.

Sometimes there is no better way to bird than to just sit quietly
...and let nature unfold before our eyes.

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