Sunday I hiked into Santa Teresa County Park from the Bernal ranch on Manila Drive. On Bernal Hill Trail, in addition to enjoying views of nearly two dozen native wildflowers, I saw a singing *RUFOUS-CROWNED Sparrow* on a rock, and a *LARK Sparrow*--probably one of a pair or a group--that took flight and perched on a utility tower. There was a coyote nearby as well.
As I stood on a hill very close to where the Lark Sparrow later started singing, something large erupted from the other side of the rocks and flew off. A Northern harrier, probably, I thought. Maybe.
Or not. As the folks on iNaturalist kindly informed me after I posted the photos, it was a *WILD TURKEY *in full flight!!
I have seen them fly-hop up to tree branches to roost. But this was unprecedented.