As we were preparing to leave for Madera Canyon the wind was already starting to blow. It was only 45 degrees when we arrived and there were very few birds out and about but we decided to hike out to check out the stream and get a little exercise.
The wind at this point was ragging and it was cold with very little sun. We walked out more than half a mile and enjoyed the views and the water.
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We decided to go down lower in the canyon to see if we could get out of the wind. At this point we were still not seeing many birds so I decided to play with the camera and hike a few trails for the exercise.
It was warmer so the hiking was more pleasant and I climbed two trails that headed upward. I walked out seven tenths of a mile and then back on each one
On the way down we stopped at the Lodge to see if there was any activity at their feeders. There was a large contingent of Yellow Eyed Juncos which also had a few Dark Eyed Juncos (Oregon).
We also saw Wild Turkey, Goldfinches, Mexican Jays, Acorn Woodpecker, White Breasted Nuthatches, and a Hairy Woodpecker.
On one trail I talked with another birder who told me that a Red Eyed Verio had been photographed further down the road but we did not see it.
Evidence of past glacial activity?
This is a nice little hike that loops around and is accessible for wheelchairs.
All in all a good day and we left for home just before it started to rain.