The Birds of Mount Diablo's Mitchell Canyon

By Jenn Roe

A diverse mix of birds is drawn to Mitchell Canyon's riparian (stream-side) habitat, a corridor of close-growing trees, shade-loving shrubs, vines, and other vegetation that thrive along the banks of Mitchell Creek. Birds find ample water here, along with food, nesting sites and cover from prey.

The species found in Mitchell Canyon include year-round and seasonal (summer or winter) residents, visitors from nearby woodland, grassland or chaparral habitats, or those in need of a stopover during migration. 

Those shown here are only a few of the many types of birds seen in and around Mitchell Canyon. 

Spotted Towhee | Daniel Fitzgerald

Breeding birds species in the riparian habitat include:

  • Nutall's Woodpecker (year round)

  • Black Phoebe (year round)

  • American Goldfinch (year round)

  • Lesser Goldfinch (year round)

  • House Finch (year round)

  • Bushtit (year round)

  • Spotted Towhee (year round)

  • Ash-throated Flycatcher (summer)

  • Allen's Hummingbird (summer)

  • Wilson's Warbler (summer)

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (winter)

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (winter)

 

In winter, look for the permanent residents plus:

 

During migration also look for:

Black Phoebe | Daniel Fitzgerald

Lesser Goldfinch | Daniel Fitzgerald

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