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Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park    

Mount Diablo is a mountain of the Diablo Range, in Contra Costa County of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, in northern California. It is located south of Clayton and northeast of Danville.

Birds: woodland birds, warblers, hummingbirds.

Hiking Difficulty: 3

Directions:

  • Take 680 north (if leaving from the store, take South Broadway north, turn right on Ygnacio Valley Rd.)
  • Exit Ygnacio Valley Rd.; go approximately 7 miles
  • Turn right on Clayton Valley Rd.; go approximately 1 mile
  • Turn right on Mitchell Canyon; go 1.6 miles to parking lot
  • Be prepared to pay $2.00 or more per car.

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Bat


If you're lucky enough to be outside at dusk on a reasonably warm evening you might see something darting through the air at seemingly nothing. It could be a moth, maybe a bird out late, but most likely, a bat.

I was out at twilight trying to get my bird baths filled for the following day when I thought I saw something zip past out of the corner of my eye. I stood still and waited for movement. There it was again. I tried to track it, but it was moving too fast. "What the heck are you?" I said out loud.

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East Bay Times Article


Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Smith, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek and Dublin, says there are five essential elements for success water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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