Limestone Canyon – Open Access Day February 7, 2015

In a private area owned by the Irvine Conservancy Group, preregistration allowed access to Limestone Canyon in Silverado Canyon, CA.  Mike Sanders and I opted to to take the Shoestring trail to Loma Ridge route then head back via Haul Hicks Road.  Lenticular clouds helped keep the canyon cooled off and temps were hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

This was a 5 mile round trip loop that offered panoramic 360° views (photos below) and early sightings of Lupine along the pathways.

The Zone-tailed Hawk was clearly viewed by Mike and I at approximately 12:20pm as it circled over Loma Ridge

Photos are included below of today’s journey along with an eBird Checklist

View from the Loma Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon
View from the Loma Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon
View from the Loma Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon facing south.
View from the Loma Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon facing south.
Taken at the top of Shoestring Trail in Limestone Canyon
Taken at the top of Shoestring Trail in Limestone Canyon
Lower end of Shoestring Trail in Limestone Canyon
Lower end of Shoestring Trail in Limestone Canyon

 

Rufous-crowned Sparrow pauses at base of Shoestring Trail
Rufous-crowned Sparrow pauses at base of Shoestring Trail
A lone Zone-tailed Hawk flies over Loma Ridge in Limestone Canyon
A lone Zone-tailed Hawk flies over Loma Ridge in Limestone Canyon
View facing south east from the Loma Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon
View facing south east from the Loma Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon

This is a cropped panoramic view from a cell phone capture

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