Hello, all. Approximately 20 intrepid birders visited Tecolote Canyon on Saturday, 7/23 for our regularly scheduled Palomar Audubon field trip. Fortunately, the weather was overcast and tolerable for most of the morning. As we were returning to the starting point, the skies cleared, and Nature showed us how hot the canyon can really be in late July.
As can be expected at this time of year in the canyon, the bird count was limited. We were, as always, excited to spot a number of Acorn Woodpeckers, a species that is normally uncommon near the coast. Black-headed Grosbeaks and Ash-throated Flycatchers became more observable and vocal as the morning wore on. Our final count was 33 species.