On Sunday, July 1, 9 folks met me at the Lake Creek Trail parking lot at the end of Braes Valley for my monthly neighborhood bird walk. The highlight of the morning was the weather. It was beautifully overcast and breezy all morning, and we ended the walk by getting rained on. I guess I kept us out just a little too long. Here are a few of us (I'm in the gray t-shirt):
(By the way, all the photos in this post were taken by Barry Noret.)
Birding highlights include 3 juvenile Eastern Bluebirds, close looks at Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a single female Painted Bunting by the footbridge, and a Red-shouldered Hawk. We watched the hawk fly up and down the creek and get harassed by jays, crows, mockingbirds, and more every time it landed. Barry got this photo of the hawk with one of its Northern Mockingbird tormenters:
And here's one of the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. This exotic-looking species is always a crowd pleaser!
Here's our complete bird list for the morning. Don't let the heat keep you inside all summer!