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Second Annual Blue Sky Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15, 2013

We gathered at the parking lot at 6:00 am to get the data sheets and break up into groups. We re-grouped at the amphitheater at 9:00 am to enjoy refreshments, good company and tally our results. We also covered Lake Poway for the shore birds.

Early morning crowd arrives to count birds

2012 Christmas Bird count in Blue Sky Canyon

This year Friends of Blue Sky Canyon organized a Christmas Bird Count at the reserve and nearby Lake Poway, expecting that we might gain useful information about bird species that inhabit this zone.

On December 31, 2012 about fifteen observers gathered at 6:30 AM (in 32 degree weather), received data sheets and maps, and split into four groups to cover Blue Sky Ecological Reserve (including the Ramona dam area) and the Lake Poway area.

bird watchersWe met again at 10:30 to combine our results. Download the full report (pdf) here for those really interested in our findings. To summarize, we found 59 species and 1356 individuals.

Of course there were numerous geese and ducks at the lakes, and always some raptors (bald eagle, northern harrier, osprey, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk, and kestrel) and song birds, but less likely finds were some American White Pelicans and Canadian Geese.

We all felt the morning was well spent and hope our listing is of interest to birdwatchers in the area.

Download a complete list of birds found in Blue Sky Canyon (pdf)

Debut of the first two of a series of interpretive signs

This is one of the visible projects that your membership in Friends of Blue Sky Canyon supports.

Come and check out the two new interpretive signs, the beginning of a new project of Friends of Blue Sky Canyon. Over the next several years we are attempting to highlight some of the major plant forms at Blue Sky.Reserve. The first two signs are the laurel sumac and the coast live oak.

interpretive sign: Laurel sumac Interpretive sign: Coastal Live Oak

One original goal of the Friends is to educate the public, and the signs will help fulfill that goal. However, the signs are quite costly as they are made to last. Our goal is to add two signs each year for a number of years.

Friends of Blue Sky Canyon celebrated the installation with a small party near the trailhead, and walked in to view each sign's placement, with photos to show our excitement over the project!

sign Len and Sue Milner sign
sign sign

Len Milner and friends made the donation for the first sign. Len requested that his friends donate to Friends of Blue Sky Canyon rather than give him gifts for his birthday, and their generous donations made the first sign possible!

Read about the 2009 Blue Sky Docent Retreat here