The Coon Creek Trail Begins
Montaña de Oro State Park - Coon Creek is a coastal canyon at the south end of the park. Round trip 5 miles. The trail follows the creek as it flows to the sea.
I volunteer for the state parks as a roving docent. My duties involve walking the trails, answering questions, interacting with visitors, and in general being a presence in the park. I know, sounds like a tough job, but someone's got to do it.
As soon as we neared the creek, vegetation became intense. In some areas the plants had grown over the trail. (photo, on right Hemlock, on left Mugwort) In the willows between the trail and the creek, birds such as Wilson's Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Wrentit, and Bewick's Wren, were singing their hearts out. Mr. Wilson has a piercing song. In no uncertain terms he was communicating his territorial rights. (Bird list at end of blog)
I did manage to record a few other bird songs. The video recordings are rather primitive, but the songs can be heard. You might want to turn up the volume. https://youtu.be/vHO55WtCkfY
My favorite plant was the prolific Thimble Berry which has a beautiful flower and large velvety leaves. The berry will be red and edible.