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Birds at Mount Falcon

Author: Ann Bonnell

Date: September 2015

An adult Turkey Vulture. Photo by Don DeBold from San Jose, CA (Wikipedia.org)

An adult Turkey Vulture. Photo by Don DeBold from San Jose, CA (Wikipedia.org)

On September 29, seventeen members of the "Tuesday Birders" spent four and one-half hours looking for and counting birds at the West (upper) end of Mount Falcon Open Space Park. One hundred ninety-five individual birds, representing 31 species, were sighted. At the upper park's elevation, about 7800 feet, both plains and mountain species can be seen.

The most common mountain species were:

nuthatches - 18 pygmy, 6 white-breasted, and 2 red-breasted; and

dark-eyed juncos - 18 gray-headed, 1 pink-sided, and 1 Oregon.

The most common plains species were:

robins - 15 American and

sparrows - 10 chipping and 2 juvenile whitecrowned.

Coopers Hawk. Photo by William H. Majoros (Wikipedia.org).

Cooper's Hawk. Photo by William H. Majoros (Wikipedia.org).

Black-Capped Chickadees. Photo by CheepShot (Wikipedia.org).

Black-Capped Chickadees. Photo by CheepShot (Wikipedia.org).

Hawks included:

1 Cooper's,

2 red-tailed, and

1 American kestrel (it really is a falcon).

Woodpeckers included:

2 Hairy and

3 northern flicker.

Jays included:

2 pinyon and

6 Steller's.

Chickadees included:

16 mountain and

3 black-capped.

Bluebirds included:

39 western and

6 mountain.

Finches:

22 Cassin's and

2 lesser goldfinch

Other birds identified were:

1 turkey vulture,

1 black-billed magpie,

3 American crow,

1 common raven,

2 brown creeper,

6 Townsend's solitaire,

1 yellow-rumped warbler,

1 western tanager, and

1 pine siskin.

See also:

Mount Falcon Park

Copyright © 2015 Ann Bonnell




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