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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 Crow


I was watching all the bird activity on my feeders recently, specifically noting the hierarchy of birds getting to feed while others were waiting their turn. While I was checking out the action I suddenly noticed another bird, a crow, looking my way.

"Hey!" I called to the crow. "Are you watching me?" Incredibly, the crow answered. "Yes, people watching is my hobby. I find human behavior both fascinating and complex." "Thatís funny," I said.

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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, says there are five essential elements for success ó water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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