14 birders enjoyed a pleasant morning alongside a mostly dry San Luis Rey river. The highlights included Bulloch’s and Hooded oriole, Western tanager, Black-headed grosbeak and Costa’s hummingbird. A total of 54 species was seen which included the following;
Eurasian Collared Dove*
Western Wood Pewee
Western Scrub Jay
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Thanks to all who joined for a nice walk,
Vista, CA 92081
P.S. Mystery Shrub Wilderness Gardens
A number of us scratched our heads at a lovely yellow-flowered shrub at Wilderness Gardens yesterday. Some, including me, suggested Spanish Broom or a member of the pea family.
Well, we were wrong on all counts. The plant is Yellow Bush Penstemon, Keckiella antirrhinoides. Per my copy of Lightner’s San Diego County Native Plants, it is a deciduous shrub to 6′ height, common below 5000′ in San Diego County; erect, twigs much-branched, leaves small. It’s also called Beard Tongue.
From: Jack Friery