A round trip hike of the pet/horse trails at Murphy-Hanrehan was
relatively uneventful, turning up mostly the regulars and a few
singles of the migrants. Song, Swamp, Chipping, and Field Sparrows
were present, and the sound of White-throated Sparrows and of Eastern
Phoebe was heard. An Eastern Towhee teased for attention with its
short call, but evaded viewing. Likewise, a house wren uttered a brief
call, then fell silent before it could be found. Among the singers,
only the bluebirds and tree swallows were cooperative about staying in
the spotlight, as dwere the egrets and a few commonwaterfowl.
The exception was 3 Sandhill Cranes in the small wetland just
northwest of the horse camp. These birds emitted raucous calls several
times while grazing in the grasses at the edge of the water. While the
calls sounded like an alarm, the cranes didn't seem nervous otherwise
and continued to feed. One of them finally did take off, with a lot of
loud calling, but it was not clear what, if anything, had spooked it.
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