Palisades Trip 6/16/2013

Palisades Trip 6/16/2013
Leader Lindell Haggin

This morning 4 of us met at 6:30 a.m. to explore the Palisades area just south and west of downtown. We started out with the White-throated Swifts flying under the bridges near High Bridge Park. There were some Cliff Swallows nearby for comparison. Black-headed Grosbeaks were abundant both visually and with their wonderfully lyrical song. Saw one on the ground that seemed to be eating ants. Saw several shafts of sunlight swarming with small insects that would surge and sway. It was an impressive sight. Western Wood Pewees were the flycatcher of the day. Had some good views of the Red Crossbills at a feeder. Saw a Red-tailed Hawk carrying somebody off. All in all a pretty good morning, especially since we stopped at 10:00 in consideration of Father’s Day obligations.

  • Great Blue Heron

  • Mallards

  • Red-tailed Hawks

  • Bald Eagle

  • California Quail

  • Gull sp.

  • Mourning Dove

  • Rock Pigeon

  • White-throated Swifts

  • Calliope Hummingbird

  • Northern Flicker

  • Common Crow

  • Black-billed Magpie

  • Violet Green Swallow

  • Cliff Swallow

  • Black-capped Chickadee

  • Mountain Chickadee

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch

  • Pygmy Nuthatch

  • House Wren

  • Bewick’s Wren

  • American Robin

  • Gray Catbird

  • Cedar Waxwing

  • Yellow Warbler

  • Black-headed Grosbeak

  • Chipping Sparrow

  • Song Sparrow

  • Spotted Towhee (H)

  • Red-winged Blackbirds

  • Brown-headed Cowbirds

  • Red Crossbills

  • House Finch

  • American Goldfinch

  • Pine Siskin

  • House Sparrow