Bell View Trail East – Rancho Santa Margarita on February 13, 2017

With a 3:30pm arrival time and in between a series of wet days, it seemed an optimum time to seek out what species might be at hand on the Bell View Trail.  A few of the usual suspects had made appearances such as the Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner and both the Golden-crowned and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.  The one unsuspecting species that called out from within the canyon east of the water tower was a Mountain Quail.  With the hillsides overgrown with plant life, it was virtually impossible to locate the quail however a sound recording was made.  In the sound file within the link below, listen for the “ow!” sound – there are several within the clip.

eBird Checklist for 2/13/17:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34356456

Also, below are a few images of both Sparrows, the Cactus Wren and Greater Roadrunner

Photo taken on the Bell View Trail (NE) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on February 13, 2017
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail (NE) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on February 13, 2017
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail (NE) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on February 13, 2017
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail (NE) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on February 13, 2017

4 Responses

  1. Po

    So glad I discovered your blog. Thank you for sharing and for the lovely pictures.

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