Leader: Jeff Bleam
Date: Friday, September 3rd
Field Trip Report: We got lucky again with the smoke which was less than AQI 100 but not the normal <20. We started the walk by going through the arboretum. One of the first birds were HOUSE FINCH, MT CHICKADEE, and CROW. We didn't find any Warblers but we found MALLARDS, PIED-BILLED GREBES, BARN SWALLOWS, and 2 COOPER'S HAWKS around the pond. We headed toward the Nature Trail where we found an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and while we tried to get a better look we found a GREAT HORNED OWL. In the Cattail area we heard a VIRGINIA RAIL and 4 more OC Warblers, and a brief look at a DUSKY FLYCATCHER. On the way back we found another GH Owl, ANNA'S, BLACK-CHINNED, and a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS. We ended the walk with 36 species and a disappointing Warbler count of 2 species.