Warblers at Baker… and more!

Second time was indeed the charm on April 20th as 16 Birdathon supporters joined co-leaders Cindy Sperry and Celeste Treadway for a great hike along Harris Creek in the northwest section of Baker Sanctuary. After a major rain-out on the original date, the weather could not have been lovelier for the second attempt. The hike was book-ended by great looks at the famously noisy but elusive Hutton’s Vireo that hangs out near the newly-built house for the Steward, and, near the end, a banded male Golden-cheeked Warbler who was so busy singing his “dare you!” B-song to the neighboring male that he let us all get great looks and photos to boot. In between we saw or heard 29 species, including at least 4 singing Golden-cheeked Warblers, and enjoyed loads of blooming flowers and butterflies. All in all, a fun morning spent in a good cause– supporting Travis Audubon and its Baker Sanctuary.

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Hutton’s Vireo

Photos courtesy of Shivarama Shetty.