June 2, 2006
Accompanied by a half-tailed cat the whole way, we walked most of the perimeter of the ranch. Rick gave us plenty of information about the plants and birds we encountered.
At the beginning of the hike, just past the parking lot, a red-tailed hawk posed for us. We also saw and/or heard song sparrows, a pileated woodpecker, Stellarís jays, Western tanagers, turkey vultures, and ospreys on two different nests. Plants in bloom included cow parsnip, checker mallow, larkspur, fringecup, and bleeding heart.
It was a pleasant walk on a humid June Friday morning.
Members: Rick Ahrens, Margot Fetz (leader), Judy Newman, Marriner Orum, Margaret Prentice and Barb Revere. Nonmember: Gail Wahl.