We visited Cooper Mountain Nature Park on Monday. Although we got there at 10:30am, it was pretty darn warm. We saw a small flock of six Western Bluebirds fly overhead, an Anna’s Hummingbird doing some pretty cool aerial acrobatics, lots of Scrub Jays and heard some Stellar’s. Lots of hank-hank calls from Nuthatches and Junco’s chipping to one another as we walked through the woods.
The pond was the draw for the birds. It has dried up to not more than perhaps an inch or so of water in the deepest spot. We parked ourselves on a rock and watched birds take turns trying to bathe or drink from the little bit of moisture left.
The highlight for me was seeing a Black-Throated Grey Warbler at the watering hole for which I promptly took a series of very bad photos. And a family of White-Crowned Sparrows, including some juveniles took their turn at the communal bath.
A Lorquin’s Admiral butterfly flew in and was kind enough to stop for a photo, too.