I parked on a side that I don't go to much. The Gothard side. There is a very small parking lot on that side of the park. I was hoping to see Cedar Waxwings because the woods and "wetland" area are full of berries. As I walked into the sun-dappled path that wound through the trees, I heard Scottish bagpipes. It was surreal. As I walked along through the trees with the Audubon Yellow-rumped Warblers flitting from branch to branch, and butterflies lazily fluttering along the trails and through the trees. The bagpipes gave me a feeling of walking in the woods in Scotland. It was like a soundtrack.
Beautiful orange and black Monarch Butterflies were everywhere accented here and there by dark Mourning Cloak Butterflies. When the Monarchs flew overhead with the sunlight lighting up their wings they looked like flying stained glass. It was such a peaceful and calming day.
I saw numerous Black Phoebes.
I spotted a group of Cedar Waxwings in some Toyons near the wetlands area, but could not get a good look at them since I was staring into the sun and they were some distance away. By the time I worked my way over there, they were gone. I got in my car and drove to the Edwards entrance near Alice's Breakfast in the park. No more Highlands seranade, but nice birding nonetheless.
Double-crested Cormorants. One drying its wings.
All in all, it was not a steller day as far as birding, but a pleasant, relaxing day with sun and shade. Birds, bagpipes, and drums make for a really nice day of birding in the OC.
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