Oak Canyon Nature Center
- Saw some interesting birds Saturday in the canyon:
20-30 Acorn Wood Peckers
100+ Audubon Warblers
2 Oak Titmice
1 Cactus wren making it's nest in the cactus
2 White Breasted Nuthatches
1 California Quail
1 Crissal's Thrasher
3 Pacific Slope Flycatchers
6 White Crown Sparrows
Scrub Jays galore
And no people. Beautiful spot. Birds make their appearance around
- My ten year old daughter and I went two hours later, at 10 am, on the
bird walk, a short walk geared toward kids. We saw the Acorn
Woodpeckers. One White Breasted Nuthatch. One California Thrasher - by
the parking lot. Plenty of California Towhees. One Pacific Slope
Best of all, though, was the Northern Mockingbird. My daughter didn't
quite see it but I did by the flash of its wings. I explained to her why
it's called by that name - and demonstrated. I'm hearing impaired, so I
asked her to listen - she has very acute hearing. She was just amazed! I
went through a range of sounds, faithfully reproduced by the mockingbird
as soon as the sounds were out of my mouth. Now, I've been having
feedback problems with my hearing aid. I decided to finish with a
flourish, singing the last stanza of Twelve Days of Christmas...and
darned if the bird didn't...! "...twelve drummers drumming - wheeep! -
eleven pipers piping - wheeeep! - ten lords a leaping - wheeeep!" I do
not think the staff there will thank me for teaching the mockingbird that
because by the time we pulled away from the parking lot, it had repeated
that stanza and feedback a good ten times. But the wonder and amazement
it engendered in my daughter was priceless, and served to deepen her
interest in birding.
So...if anyone hears that particular tune...that's where it came from.
I'm fond of that place myself.
On Tue, 08 Oct 2002 20:07:32 -0000 "kingbird58" <jhkeen@...> writes:
>Saw some interesting birds Saturday in the canyon:________________________________________________________________
>20-30 Acorn Wood Peckers
>100+ Audubon Warblers
>2 Oak Titmice
>1 Cactus wren making it's nest in the cactus
>2 White Breasted Nuthatches
>1 California Quail
>1 Crissal's Thrasher
>3 Pacific Slope Flycatchers
>6 White Crown Sparrows
>Scrub Jays galore
>And no people. Beautiful spot. Birds make their appearance around
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- This morning, from 9:15 to 11:30 or so, another list member and I birded
Oak Canyon Nature Center. The bugs were definitely out in full force!
Here is what we saw with a question or two:
-- is it possible to have a Ladderbacked Woodpecker down here? This was
separate and distinct from the Nuttall's and even more spotted front &
back, no red at all.
House Finches (in pairs)
female Yellow Warbler
Allen's Hummingbird (after about twenty minutes of comparing between
Sibley, Stokes, RTP guides and discussing - and for once, that Allen's
California Thrashers - in trees and on the ground; we saw one
tree-hopping and chowing down on berries; there were two or three on the
Black Headed Grosbeak
Two hawks who went by so quickly we didn't get a chance to really ID -
one may have been a Red Shouldered Hawk, it had a rufous belly and
breast. She saw one way up in the sky without the TV "fingers" so figured
it was a larger hawk.
Jury's still out on whether it was a Wilson's Warbler she saw or a Lesser
Goldfinch I saw; same bird, two different opinions. :-) She zeroed in on
the black cap, I zeroed in on the grey wingfeathers as it went by.
California Quail - by voice alone near the front end, calling back and
And, of course, the ones that got away without being ID'd. It was
wonderful, with my fellow birder's hearing, to be able to track down some
birds that I otherwise wouldn't have seen. She got a bit frustrated -
some of the brush was swarming with unseen birds and she kept repeating
the sounds to me - but those birds just would not appear.
Here's the other question. Is it possible at all to have a bird that
sounds like a chickadee but sings? What bird might that be? JG heard this
bird and explained. I said I'd ask, so here it is...
Thanks, JG! We saw some good ones today! -- did I leave anything off the
list? Didn't have a pen with me.
I'm shooting for Tucker in the morning, hoping it's actually open. If
not, I'll try Irvine Lake or Irvine Reg Park.
East Anaheim CA
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