*New – added Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park on October 18, 2014

After a recent visit to Riley Wilderness Park on October 17, 2014 in Trabuco Canyon (Coto de Caza), I was able to grab quite a few good landscape photos using only a cell phone. The lighting was optimum with gray cloud cover blocking much of the harsh sunlight.

Click here to access this local hot spot.

In March of 2012 I had visited this park as well and making the comparisons of a once lush landscape as compared to the drought of 2014 can be seen on this 2012 page

Yesterday’s bird tally can be viewed on eBird – my checklist for 10-17-2014

Finally, here’s a few bird photos from yesterday’s outing:

Lark Sparrow (19226)
Lark Sparrow just outside the parking lot

Say's Phoebe (19240)
A Say’s Phoebe near the intersection of Mule Deer Trail and Pheasant Run Trail

Anna's Hummingbird (19234)
A female Anna’s Hummingbird within the Butterfly Garden



  1. Ryan

    One thing to keep in mind is that even if it weren’t a drought year it would still be dry right now. October is typically the first month of the rainy season, and peak rains are typically around February, meaning March is more likely to be green anyway while October is just coming off 5 or so months of dry weather.

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