Date: 9/8/20 4:15 pm From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Schwan Lake
I dipped on the Yellow-breasted Chat, but the park was pretty lively with birds.
At the west end of the park, and a bit east of the 2 giant oaks I found a number of warblers: Black-throated Gray, Yellow, Wilsons, and Orange-crowned. This has been a typical area to see Black-throated Grays in early fall.
A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks were there, and made a number of appearances while hunting. One seemed to nearly hit Brian Scanlon in the head.
I saw 2 pairs of Hutton's Vireos in different areas of the park. Schwan Lake is reliable for them.
In the first ravine between the two loops of paths I found a Great-horned Owl. I had always thought it looked like a good place for a GHOW, but today was my first sighting of one there.
No crowned or sparrows of note yet, but there are plenty of poison oak berries awaiting them. They do love the big clump by the "ghost tree".
Acorn, Downy, Hairy, and Nuttall's Woodpeckers were present.