Thursday, December 31, 2009

TOWSLEY CANYON, NEWHALL, DEC. 27, 2009

Entrance to the canyon.
Sycamores still have a few pretty leaves.
Thrust-up landscape from ancient earthquakes.

Spectacular cloud formations on this day.

Strange sandstone rock formation.
View from the other side.





The only bird shot I got--a Western Bluebird.

We did the 2 mi. loop trail--steep uphill one way, then steep downhill coming back. Spectacular views, albeit cold and breezy on exposed sections of the trail.

The bird list:
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Scrub Jay
Northern Flicker
Acorn Woodpecker
Hutton's Vireo
Red-tailed Hawk
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
California Quail
Bewick's Wren
American Kestrel
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Bluebird
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Common Raven

This turned out to be the last hike of 2009. We were going to return the next day to explore a side canyon we'd spotted from up on the ridge, buy the next day it rained.

I'm looking forward to going back next weekend to explore this canyon! It is quite lovely here. If you visit, please help out the parks by parking in the pay spaces instead of outside. It's still the cheapest and best entertainment to be had!