Carbon Canyon Walk 4/21: Blue Grosbeak, Chat, Ash-throated, etc...
- On the bi-montly Sea & Sage Audubon walk at Carbon Canyon, we had seventeen birders who participated and we ended up with 66 species, with lots of migrants. The birding there was exceptional, lots of great migrants, and some prolonged and splendid up close looks at these birds.
There were three Blue Grosbeaks up near the dam foraging & pursuing each other and providing some very up close glimpses of these birds.
At least three Ash-throated Flycatchers foraging in the open area as you leave the SW dirt parking lot to head over towards the redwoods.
At least five Yellow-breasted Chats throughout the dry riparian area, a couple providing good looks.
Around half a dozen singing Least Bell's Vireos, including two that gave us good looks at them.
Two Great Horned Owls at the SW end of the park.
For me, the biggest treat was the startled Long-tailed Weasel that appeared on the trail a few feet from us and gave us a great albeit fleeting look at it.
There were a large number of migrants, Western Tanagers in the Silk Oaks, lots of Black-headed Grosbeaks, even more Yellow Warblers, nesting Cliff Swallows at the dam, etc... Thanks to all the participants who turned out and contributed to such a successful walk.
The complete list of birds follows:
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Gray Warbler
- Thanks for the wonderful bird walk. I posted the photo of the walk on: