Hiking and birding

Hiked the Meadowlark Trail in Deer Creek Canyon on Friday, and saw some great birds:

Female Bullock’s oriole
Lots of spotted towhees
Canyon wren
Sparrows (so hard for me to differentiate!)
Northern flicker
Others that were just too darned fast for me to id.

Then this morning, Marty and I took the dogs on a tough hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Serious inclines on the Beaver Trail. Felt like I was climbing a 14er! Only a few birds:

Brown creeper, my first in the U.S.! Saw one two years ago in Costa Rica. The brown creeper is North America’s only creeper.
Dark-eyed junco (gray-headed)
Steller’s jay
Sparrows again in the leaf litter (and no, they’re not house sparrows). Maybe if I get the Sibley’s Guide to Birds for my birthday, it’ll be easier to identify them…

Any day birding and hiking with my honey and our dogs is a great day!

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