Islay Creek in Montana de Oro State Park (above and below) is a haven for nesting song birds; the creek flows through a canyon dense with willows and riparian vegetation, so dense that the creek cannot be seen unless you are standing on its moist bank. Last weekend I meandered along the Reservoir Flats Trail until I found the path that went down to the creek. To say the bird songs were intense is an understatement. Boldly singing were Swainson's Thrush, Song Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Flicker, Wrentit, and California Quail.
I have to admit, I do have a favorite songster, the Swainson's Thrush, whose song is an upward series of musical, whistling notes. On the following minute YouTube Swainson's Thrush comes through loud and clear. http://youtu.be/XjqbeKTe6G8
I was in high hopes of including a "Reservoir Flats Trail" video, but its extreme length at 1.38 min. is causing me to do more tweaking. Will include it in the next posting.