William Heise Trip Report

Despite a High Heat Warning, most of the 20 birders completed the walk in good shape. The Heat Warning did make the leader much more insistent than normal to keep the group together to ensure no one had heat stroke. We had two visitors from England on the walk that added some new birds to their life list. The highlights were a Purple Martin and Brown Creeper which were target birds of several photographers in the group. We heard the Black-chinned Sparrow, but did not see him. At Santa Ysabel Mission the highlights were nesting Hooded Orioles, a brilliant Bullock’s Oriole, and a juvenile Bald Eagle being harassed by Red-tailed Hawks.

We saw or heard 52 species between the two locations:

Mountain Quail
California Quail
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Western Bluebird
American Robin
California Thrasher
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch

Leader: Jeff Ebright

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