Enjoy a stroll through the western edge of the preserve looking for Band-tailed Pigeon, Red-breasted Sapsuckers and hopefully observe winter resident Lewis’s Woodpeckers. This is another part of the reserve not accessible on the self-guided loop.
In the Live Oaks Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks are possible as well as Great Horned Owl. In the large open expanse of Ione soil grasslands Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels are almost a given along with Horned Larks, Savannah Sparrows, Western Meadow Larks and the occasional Say’s Phoebe hawking from the rock outcrops.
Lots of broken tree limbs make for nice viewing of Spotted Towhees, Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows and the occasional Bewick’s Wren. Western Bluebirds are starting to seek nesting cavities making for a nice display of blue iridescence.
The Boiler/Furnace Pond makes for a nice snack spot and can yield a few surprises and a few stories about the local history that created the landscape you see here. Docents also have a fair knowledge of the wildflowers that may be on display along the route and are always happy to share.
Our exact route and distance will depend on the results of scouting activities by docents the preceding week, but usually covers about 3 miles. Please wear clothing in muted earth-tones, wear layers as temperature may start cold and end warm and footwear suitable for uneven terrain and wet grass in the morning. Birding scopes, binoculars and/or cameras, are highly recommended for all our birding trips.
We finish up back at Eagle Camp Corral. Optionally you can bring lunch and join us in the creation of the day’s ebird list.
Meet at Eagle Camp Corral at 7:45am and hike out at 8am.
Attendees must pre-register online. Space is limited.