Twelve of us got together at 7:00 on June 1, a fine clear morning, and surveyed the birds of Busch CA under delightful conditions. Most of the small birds were in full song and busy on their nesting territories, including Yellow-billed Cuckoos (total 13), Acadian Flycatchers (11), Bell's Vireos, Gray Catbirds, Kentucky Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow-breasted Chats, Field Sparrows, and many more. A few species were quieter or in unexpectedly smaller numbers (Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue Jay), but overall it was a morning full of activity. We had no unusual species for the date or the area, but we were pleased to find a never-guaranteed Mississippi Kite and Pine Warbler.
Our total list of 76 species, with some photos, is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56995549
. It has already been shared directly with those I know of who have an eBird account; if I missed anyone, please let me know. The Comments section mentions the 15 species of butterflies (and one damselfly) that we noticed along the way.
This was a very nice conclusion for this year's Birdathon, and we expect to hold that event again in May 2020. Our thanks to all who took part or simply supported it!