Wm. Heise County Park & Santa Ysabel Mission Field Trip Report


Hi Friends,On a beautiful Saturday morning June 4, fifteen birders met up in 2 separate areas near Julian. We birded Wm. Heise County Park and then met up for a picnic lunch and birded the nearby Santa Ysabel Mission. We found 48 different bird species total at both locations.Lots of Wild Turkeys, Acorn Woodpeckers, Bushtits, Lesser Goldfinches, & Cliff Swallows. The most surprising bird species was the flyover of the adult Bald Eagle spotted at the Mission. The Bald Eagle was seen later perched in a very distant tree.Checkout the two eBird reports from Steve Ellis to see some nice photos of the birds we found.https://ebird.org/checklist/S112148349https://ebird.org/checklist/S112148616Here is our  bird species list:California QuailWild TurkeyGreat Blue Heron (flyover)Turkey VultureBald EagleRed-tailed HawkBand-tailed PigeonEurasian Collard-DoveMourning DoveAnna’s HummingbirdAcorn WoodpeckerNuttall’s WoodpeckerNorthern FlickerWestern Wood-PeweeBlack PhoebeSay’s PhoebeAsh-throated FlycatcherCassin’s KingbirdWestern KingbirdSteller’s JayCalifornia Scrub-JayAmerican CrowCommon RavenViolet-green SwallowCliff SwallowMountain ChickadeeOak TitmouseBushtitWhite-breasted NuthatchHouse WrenBewick’s WrenWrentitWestern BluebirdAmerican RobinCalifornia ThrasherNorthern MockingbirdPhainopeplaSpotted TowheeCalifornia TowheeSong SparrowDark-eyed JuncoBlack-headed GrosbeakBrown-headed CowbirdHooded OrioleBullock’s OrioleHouse FinchLesser GoldfinchHouse FinchTrip leader, JIM BECKMAN

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