In the past I’ve written about my late June meetings with Pinyon Jays in Garner Valley, but on this autumn visit there were different avian hosts to entertain me. I spent most of my time along Morris Creek where it emerges from the chaparral-covered slopes onto the valley floor and meets the larger valley below. There were no ‘exceptional’ birds I met this day. Except for the Hairy Woodpecker and the Sharp-shinned Hawk, I’ve seen all these birds in my own yard at one time or another. But this is no cause for disappointment by me. I do not chase birds as much as I chase places. I can enjoy the birds I meet if I enjoy the place I meet them. I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve spent in Garner Valley.
Birds I met on this expedition were Hairy Woodpecker, White-Crowned Sparrow, Dark-Eyed Junco, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee, White-Breasted-Nuthatch, Oak Titmouse, Northern Flicker, Western Scrub-Jay, California Scrub-Jay, Sharp-Shinned Hawk.