The Boy Scouts camped across from the visitor's center at Van Damme State
Park were feeding the birds this morning. The GRAY JAYS that we drove 3
hours to see were everywhere.
A nearby tree was filled with dozens of grooming PINE SISKINS. Also seen
from the visitor's center were CALIFORNIA QUAIL (shoulder-to-shoulder on an
elevated feeder), ACORN WOODPECKER, STELLER'S JAY (terrorizing the quail),
AMERICAN ROBIN, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.
A few minutes of birding past the last occupied campsite yielded several
each of VARIED THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, WINTER WREN, FOX SPARROW, SONG
SPARROW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, COMMON RAVEN, and a single BROWN CREEPER. The
Winter Wrens sang beautifully.
Dennis and Patricia Braddy