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Dixon Lake to Elfin Forest

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  • MiriamEagl@aol.com
    Hi, all! Finished up Lake Dixon today and then headed to Wolford and Elfin Forest. It was pretty pleasant; started off foggy at Whisker Bay. Had the usual
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2002
      Hi, all!

      Finished up Lake Dixon today and then headed to Wolford and Elfin Forest. It
      was pretty pleasant; started off foggy at Whisker Bay. Had the usual
      chaparral fare (including a pair of very cooperative Rufous-crowned
      Sparrows), but the most unusual birds were a Canyon Wren singing from the dam
      and a couple of Least Bitterns "singing" at each other from a bed of reeds in
      Catfish Cove! Also had a Green Heron in the same general area. Added some
      oak birds over at the "ditch trail" at Lakeshore Picnic Area, including
      White-breasted Nuthatch, which I think is the first time I've had that here.

      Headed over to the back side of Lake Wolford after that, enjoying the trail
      down to the lake, where there were quite a few Tree Swallows, but the most
      interesting thing was a Clark's and Western Grebe together, close to the
      shore, almost as though they were a pair! Had a Green Heron here as well,
      and also had a Downy Woodpecker bounce into a tree while I rested.

      Nothing unusual at Elfin Forest; Black-chinned Hummer was nice, and had a
      Blue Grosbeak singing from up on the hill. Added Violet-green Swallows
      calling while I was taking a nap... Bird List:

      Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
      Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
      Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
      Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
      Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
      Snowy Egret Egretta thula
      Green Heron Butorides virescens
      Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
      Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
      Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
      Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
      Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
      American Coot Fulica americana
      Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
      Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
      Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
      Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
      Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
      Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
      Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
      Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
      Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
      Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
      Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
      Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
      Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens
      Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus
      Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
      House Wren Troglodytes aedon
      Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
      California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
      Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
      Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
      Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
      White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
      Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
      American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
      Common Raven Corvus corax
      European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
      Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
      House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
      Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria
      Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
      Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
      Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
      Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
      California Towhee Pipilo crissalis
      Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps
      Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
      Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
      Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea
      Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
      Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
      Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
      Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
      Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

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      Mary Beth Stowe
      San Diego, CA
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