Our first field trip of the season was a great success with 9 of us participating! South Coast Botanic Garden is a beautiful place and had lots of birds that were very easy to see. We got our target bird of Scaly-breasted Munia (aka: Nutmeg Mannikin) bathing in a fountain and in a nearby tree. Other highlights were the newly named California Scrub-jay, one of whom had just caught a nice fat bug: California Towhees running all over the place: Mockingbirds chasing each other around: a fly-over Cooper’s hawk; a Western Wood peewee; and a Pacific-slope flycatcher, Wilson’s and Orange-crowned warblers for a total of 23 species. Many thanks to Kim Moore for taking photos of us and our target bird. Come out and join us on our next birding trip to see what you’ve been missing!