Trip report for Placerita Canyon -
Walker Ranch Waterfall Trail

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Number of participants: 15 + 1 leader
Start time 7:30am
Finish time 10:20am
Distance covered: 1.25 mile
Weather:  cool and calm at the start, warming to the mid 70s with strong wind gusts.

It's hard to find a more charming space than Placerita Canyon during springtime.  With its rolling grassland, oak woodland and streamside habitats, it's California at its finest!  We started off the morning being serenaded by Ash-throated Flycatchers and Mountain Quail.  Once into the canyon, we were hoping for some pulses of warblers and came across two good ones.  One flock contained at least 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 2 Hermit Warblers - too awesome!  We ended-up with 8 warbler species for the day.  Water was running through most of the upper canyon, so our usual sit-spot by the pool was quite slow.  Interestingly, the bird of the day may have been an unusually colored male House Finch.  With its mix of oranges and reds, it was a striking bird.  Who knew a House Finch could bring such bling!
45 species
Mountain Quail  - heard only
Turkey Vulture  
Red-shouldered Hawk - heard only
Red-tailed Hawk  
Band-tailed Pigeon  
Mourning Dove  
Black-chinned Hummingbird  
Anna's Hummingbird  
Acorn Woodpecker  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
American Kestrel  
Hammond's Flycatcher  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  
Ash-throated Flycatcher  
Hutton's Vireo  
Steller's Jay  
Western Scrub-Jay  
Male House Finch
Photo: Scott Logan
American Crow  
Common Raven  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  
Oak Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
House Wren  
Bewick's Wren  
Western Bluebird  
California Thrasher - heard only
European Starling  
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Nashville Warbler  
MacGillivray's Warbler  
Yellow Warbler  
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler  
Hermit Warbler  
Dark-eyed Junco
California Towhee  
Spotted Towhee  
Western Tanager  
Lazuli Bunting  
House Finch  
Lesser Goldfinch  
Lawrence's Goldfinch

California Ground Squirrel
California Gray Squirrel

Western Fence Lizard

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Lorquin's Admiral
California Sister
Funereal Duskywing
Mormon Metalmark
Umber Skipper
Checkered White
Sara Orangetip

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