06-16-01

A brief, one night camping trip at Henry Coe State Park in the hills east of Morgan Hill produced a modest list of intersting birds. This is the second largest state park in California and is characterized by vast grassy foothills and open oak woodland. A few areas along the trail are rocky, but overall, it's an easy place to explore. Some highlights of our first encounter with this beautiful park include Golden Eagle, and Cooper's Hawk, we had with a group of female Wild Turkeys and their 16 young, Western Screech Owl was heard after dark, Yellow-billed Magpie, Western Bluebird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were easily seen as well as, Lark Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lawrence's Goldfinch. The Goldfinches flew into a tree right above our picnic table!