Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Park

Had an awesome hike in Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Park today.The weather was sort of overcast and misty, probably a thick marine layer that never quite burned off. I saw all sorts of good birds, including a loggerhead shrike, some lark sparrows, and a bunch of raptors including, a red-tailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, American kestrel, and a white-tailed kite.

Aliso Woods

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Bommer Canyon Hike

I went for a short, 4 mile out and back hike in Bommer Canyon today. Since the City of Irvine took over the property, its been made public, but access has also been changed dramatically. Now instead of driving in to the staging area to hike out, there's a mustard-filled "nature loop" that you must take to get to the real trail. Definitely took away some of the pleasure of the trip to have to hike out to the start of the real hike in flat, monocultured, unshaded land.
Caterpillar Phacelia
 Stinking Gourd
 California Buckwheat