Saturday, June 13, 2009

Avimor Bird Walk - June 2009 Report

Shon & Aiden joined me for a hike up Spring Valley Creek Trail this morning bright and early at 7am. Right around the Avimor Town Lake we observed a Eastern Kingbird. The hike was incredible. We had a little bit of drizzling rain, but the abundance of birds and wildflowers made it fantastic. There was some great rocky and steep terrain which is ideal for Rock Wrens. I played some Rock Wren calls on my Zune and one flew right to the rock next to us, much to Aiden's delight.
On the way back, we heard a Canyon Wren in the same area. Up above on the rocks we saw a lone Chukar.

Here is the complete list of what we saw on the hike:

Chukar 1
California Quail 12
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Mourning Dove 2
Western Kingbird 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Black-billed Magpie 2
Bank Swallow 36
Rock Wren 3
Canyon Wren 1
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 12
Yellow Warbler 4
Yellow-breasted Chat 5
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Black-headed Grosbeak 3
Lazuli Bunting 8
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Bullock's Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 1

Ian and Peggy joined me at 9am for the walk along the Greenbelt. We enjoyed Gray Catbirds and Bullock's Orioles along with the pair of Swainson's Hawks. Here is the list we saw during this walk:

Mallard 1
California Quail 4
Swainson's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 5
Mourning Dove 8
Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
Western Wood-Pewee 4
Western Kingbird 1
Bank Swallow 24
Barn Swallow 6
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
Yellow Warbler 6
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Western Tanager 2
Song Sparrow 10
Black-headed Grosbeak 4
Lazuli Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Western Meadowlark 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Bullock's Oriole 7
House Finch 3

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