• The Thorn Birds

    25 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    The reason that La Mesa is my new favorite local birding destination is not just that it is so close to home; it is the great mix of habitats that it offers. After walking three miles beyond the little town, I find myself in mature pine woods. On the way, I pass through a wonderful mixed habitat with lots of native trees that keep fruit-eating birds happy, and flowers that attract all of our region's hummingbird species. But often, the best part of my day happens before I reach the town, in the thorn forest surrounding a small reservoir.
    When I say “thorn forest”, I really mean it. When I...
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