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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 Hawk


One thing we hate to see when we look out the window into the backyard is a brownish streak that zips through and snatches a songbird. The culprit is usually a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. And, to make things worse, to watch it eat the bird in front of you. I happened to be out in the yard filling bird baths when this exact thing took place, literally a few feet from me. Luckily, the hawk missed its victim and landed on the bird bath.

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