Thursday, May 31, 2012

More Birds in Palmer Park

We took advantage of today's absolutely gorgeous weather to take another short walk in Palmer Park. We wanted to check on a couple of our geocaches -  Hambone and Crusty. Our GPS was stolen last Labor Day and we haven't replaced it yet so we had to go by memory.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Heading west from the dog walk, Bill was the first to spot this hummingbird. The sun was shinning and his feathers shone bright emerald green.

We located Hambone without any trouble and it looked to be in good shape. We continued on the Templeton Trail, round the bend and up to the Yucca Trail.

Pygmy Nuthatch
On the way several Pygmy Nuthatches were hunting for insects in an old pine tree.

American Robin
 We saw lots of Robins, House Finches and Spotted Towhees - but we couldn't find our second cache, Crusty. The last person who entered a log online was also unable to find it and since we know exactly where it should have been, we decided it was "muggled;" - that means found and removed by a non-geocacher. We will have to replace it.

Western Scrub Jay
I don't think this house was built for a Scrub Jay - but it made a nice picture.

Black-headed Grosbeak
This Black-headed Grosbeak stayed just ahead of us along the aptly-named Yucca Trail for quite some time. Just as I would get close enough for a good shot, he would take off.

We have two more geocaches in the park - but we'll have to check on them another day.

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