Clark's Nutcracker, Red Crossbills and others at Mt. Abel
- Spent 4.5 hours today, May 31st birding at the upper reaches of Mt. Abel
at Campo Alto CG. For us the best finds were a Clark's Nutcracker
rummaging near the top of a Pine and two male Red Crossbills on the
ground and then in the lower branches of a Pine. There were many of the
normally expected birds in this small area including four White-headed
Woodpeckers, two Green-tailed Towhees, a pair of Lawrence's Goldfinches.
There was a good array of flycatchers including Dusky, Olive-sided and
Hammond's and Western Wood Pewees. There were also many Violet-green
Swallows, Purple and Cassin's Finches, Pygmy Nuthatches and Fox Sparrows.
Surprisingly, there were two male Phainopeplas flying through.
The only other bird of note was a Swainson's Hawk, on Cerro Noroeste Rd
near the intersection with RT 166. There were 42 species found in Kern
Paul & Rita Rosso