|Trailhead sign, complete with hoodlum spray-painted "tags". I'm sure General Holm could have whipped those boys into shape!|
|Nice patch of dense scrub brush, trees, and pines. I've already found these types of patches full of Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and more.|
|Every patch has something unique that gives it character like this section of leaning trees. I tried for some time to get a close-up of a Brown Creeper right in those trees and I never got a single photo.|
|A nice patch of sage brush along the trail which gives some nice variety to the habitat.|
|Some open areas above which perch American Kestrels hunting for voles and deer mice.|
I could tell that this location was publicly accessible, and there was safe parking. Sometimes you will find on the map places that you know are perfect birding locations, but when you arrive, you discover that they are private property with no public access or that the place is just to darn scary to park or walk.
This trail gets used by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and dog walkers. I have found everyone to be courteous and friendly and they have not interfered with my birding. I am concerned with the apartments which are right above the bank of trees and brush where the birds seem to congregate in poorer weather. Really, I'm just afraid that people will look down from their windows and see this strange dude looking up in their general direction with binoculars or a camera. It is important for birders to be sensitive to concerns about peeping and avoid false accusations. A couple of annoyances I have about my new birding patch is the amount of litter and of feral or neighborhood cats. Birding patches may also have other dangers, for example this location has a steep river bank that collapses regularly, so it is wise to stay on the trail.