Sunday, April 27, 2014
Birding Sweet Springs, Cerro Alto, and Turri Road
(photo) follows a creek that is densely vegetated with Willow, Oak, Sycamore, California Bay, and Poison Oak. Wilson's Warbler, singing with intense gusto, flitted through the shrubbery. Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warbler were numerous, House Wren was active. As I progressed up the road the singing became intense. In spite of the cacophony, was able to identify, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager, and Warbling Vireo. The walk to the small camping area is beautiful but watch out for the poison oak.
(photo). I stationed myself across the road from the Willows, as I did not want to spook the 5 inch little darling. Finally noticed movement and was sure the bird would show his self when a band of cyclists sped by. The singing stopped. I waited, eventually relocating to the other side of the road. While waiting, observed a pair of Lark Sparrows mating on a twig of a nearby Coyote Bush (a first time sighting).
After a few more minutes of quiet, the Lazuli Bunting perched on an outer twig and began to sing. I could see him perfectly. Success! As I was getting into my car 37 motorcycles passed by (I counted). From now on I will only bird Turri Road on weekdays.