Lake Murray Field Trip Report

Hi Everyone,

On Saturday morning June 22, nineteen birders checked out Lake Murray. It was a cool overcast morning, very comfortable, and I’m sure that everybody had a good time. We found 44 bird species. Lots of Great-tailed Grackles, California Towhees, and Song Sparrows. A real close-up look at a very curious California Gnatcatcher. The highlight of the day was that almost everybody in our group got to witness a Common Yellowthroat warbler feverishly feeding it’s adopted fledgling, a Brown-headed Cowbird!
Here’s our species list:

Canada Goose
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Kingbird
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
California Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Scaly-breasted Munia

JIM BECKMAN trip leader

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