|Sunrise on the drive up the mountain.|
You can see the Salton Sea on the far right side of the photo.
I had heard that the birding at Idyllwild Park was very good but I admittedly had not done my research and did not know where to go and did not realize that there were actually two sections of the park. We ended up starting out birding in the campground because that is where my gps took us. As we walked along the trails, we were greeted by tons of Acorn Woodpeckers and Mountain Chickadees!
|One of the many Acorn Woodpeckers in the mountains.|
|My lifer White-headed Woodpecker.|
We birded for a little long in the park and then decided to head on to some other areas. After a very scenic driving tour of a couple other parks, we checked the location we had been given for quail.
We found the area easily but could not find any quail. As a consolation there were a ton of Western Bluebirds and my only Spotted Towhee of the day.
|Cafe Aroma, a great place for lunch!|
On the way out of town, Stephanie suggested that we stop by the quail spot again. We saw the first one right as we pulled up and I quickly found 7 more hidden under the bushes. These were my life California Quails!
|The view on the way back down the mountain.|