Jim Johnson's Coyote Lake Park field trip is always a success and well attended by the nicest group of birders. We met at the Harvey Bear entrance on Roop Road where we had the usual nesting YELLOW BILLED MAGPIES and some common woodland birds. A variety of duck species were on the small pond and some well camouflaged WILSON'S SNIPE at the shore. A single WESTERN BLUEBIRD, a close chipping ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER and a LARK SPARROW were highlights here.
Coyote Lake Reservoir was full but muddy with few birds. We had at least one each WESTERN and CLARK'S GREBE at our first stop and RUDDY DUCKS scattered over much of the lake. An adult BALD EAGLE was perched in a tree on the far side of the reservoir. VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS were at a tree cavity and more OCWA were heard. Chattering WHITE THROATED SWIFTS entered cavities near the dam and NO. ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS were active. The elusive CANYON WREN was finally seen and a few WOOD DUCKS and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were found by Frank Vanslanger. We watched a large Bobcat leisurely walking on the trail below the dam. A BAEA was seen from the road on the way back. As we had our picnic lunch more WEBL appeared and two RED BREASTED SAPSUCKERS flew into nearby Pepper Trees. The perfect weather and enjoyable company made up for fewer bird species seen.