Barano Trail – Mission Viejo on October 17, 2014

Upon entering the trail this morning, October 17, 2014, there was quite a bit of activity right at the onset of this 1.65 mile journey.  The sun was obscured by clouds and there was an array of birds with plenty of insects for all.  The towering eucalyptus trees and backlit leaves made it difficult to get a handle on 1 or 2 species though the majority of sightings were recorded.

The eBird list can be found here

Of interesting note was the Hutton’s Vireo in which since my first visit in November of 2011, this species has not be located until now.

Here’s a few photos of today’s outing:

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (19207)
This Fox Sparrow was vocalizing its melodic song

 

Hutton's Vireo (19210)
A Hutton’s Vireo perches amongst pine needles on the Barano Trail

 

Photo taken on the Barano Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on October 17, 2014
Photo taken on the Barano Trail in Mission Viejo, CA on October 17, 2014

 

Hutton's Vireo - photo taken at these GPS coordinates:  33.6432, -117.6476
Hutton’s Vireo – photo taken at these GPS coordinates: 33.6432, -117.6476

 

Lincoln's Sparrow (19219)
A Lincoln’s Sparrows climbs amongst the leaves to catch of view of a Song Sparrow singing in the nearby shrubbery

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