The Ramona Grasslands is a 3,521-acre preserve located west of the town of Ramona. I took my fat-tire bike and camera gear out on a Saturday morning to investigate some of the trails winding through the park’s chaparral-covered slopes above the grasslands. These trails are enjoyed by hikers, bicyclers and equestrians alike. I make a point of stopping and moving to the side of the road when I encounter and anyone on the trail, ESPECIALLY horses. I don’t want to spook an animal and get a rider hurt.
I didn’t meet a long list of birds. Instead, I enjoyed intimate encounters with Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers setting up nesting territories among the brushy habitat. I also met a Black-Chinned Sparrow while touring this location.