Sunday, March 18, 2012

Irvine Nature Center

We were greeted with fog and cold, which followed us during the entire the field trip.  Trip leader and excellent birder Keith Costley led us straight to the area where the LeConte's Sparrow had been seen, but it didn't make an appearance  unfortunately.  Some of the participants hiked back to see it later however.  Keith did scare up Snipe, Virginia Rail, and it was excellent habitat for Swamp, Song, Chipping, Savannah, and Fox Sparrow. 
Other birds noted were Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Phoebes, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, and Pileated Woodpecker.

Irvine Nature Center has 116 acres of woods and meadows with walking trails, and a robust environmental education program for kids.  Adults can find a lot to do there too.  Attend their upcoming birding seminar -
Feathers in Flight on May 5th, and the annual native plant sale and seminar on August 25th.

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