Summer Birding | Davy Brown Campground, Los Olivos, CA

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Note: There is a $10 day use fee.


June 2020 Field Trip


Distance: 2.7 miles | Duration: 140 minutes | Elevation: 2,100 feet

Habitats: grassland, riparian, woodland.


Driving from Nira Campground, we reached Davy Brown Campground after 9:30 AM on a Sunday, most of the campers had already left.

After we crossed the creek, we reached a large meadow with majestic Valley Oak trees and observed an Acorn Woodpecker, a Mourning Dove and a Northern Flicker which was preening.

As it narrowed, the trail lead us to the riparian habitat along the creek. The temperature quickly dropped. The vegetation was lush including the Poison Oak (slide).

All kinds of bird sounds were echoing in the narrow canyon!

Once breeding season is over, this Western Wood-Pewee will migrate to South America.

Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Warbling Vireo.

Black Phoebe.

A Black-chinned Hummingbird and Leopard Lily.

.A male Pacific-Slope Flycatcher watching us.

Can you find the female?

A beautiful Yellow Mariposa Lily (slide).

A boulder with a fireplace included.

Cassin's Vireo.

Pale Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a Narrowleaf Milkweed.

We observed a total of 21 bird species including a Nuttall's Woodpecker, an Oak Titmouse, a White-breasted Nuthatch, Lawrence's and Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Steller's Jays, California Scrub Jays as well as California and Spotted Towhees.


Davy Brown Campground birds, we will be back soon.

Credits and Additional Information


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/recarea/?recid=11120

http://www.sboutdoors.com/poison-oak.html

https://songsofthewilderness.com/2011/05/13/trail-quest-davy-brown/

https://www.independent.com/2011/09/26/who-was-davy-brown/

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Davy Brown creek was flowing, and many birds could be heard or seen while foraging in the lush vegetation or feeding their fledglings.

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