I checked out the dry corner of the county last night and this morning. I camped in Deer Park Canyon, also birded Ballinger Canyon, and then hiked Santa Barbara Canyon trail for a bit. A few highlights:
Black-Throated Sparrow: Mark Holmgren reported four from Deer Park Canyon in late May, and John Callender had them again 6/4. I had the same number this morning.
Scott’s Oriole: I heard one singing at Deer Park Canyon.
Mountain Quail: I had them in Deer Park Canyon and on the Santa Barbara Canyon trail. In Deer Park, I saw an American Kestrel try to pick off a Mountain Quail chick, which was fun to see (it was unsuccessful).
Willow Flycatcher: There were two singing away at the Santa Barbara Canyon trailhead.
Lesser Nighthawk & Common Poorwill were both present in Deer Park Canyon
I was on the lookout for Brewer’s Sparrow, but didn’t get them.