A Brief Visit to Lake Hodges

Field Notes

May 06, 2024  9:08 AM
61°F   0.53 mi   48:17

Sunny, cool becoming warm. Rained briefly but heavily the morning before. I set out from the parking lot off Lake Drive, across the street from Hernandez Hideaway. Didn’t see many other people on the trails, other than a few mountain bikers. Meandered south along the trail for about a quarter mile. Took the same route back to the staging area.

photo of lake hodges

Birds Observed

Species Count
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri) 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 1
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 5
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
View at eBird.org


  • Numerous patches of Black Sage, Wild Cucumber, and California Sagebrush along the trail.
  • Seems like there’s more Red Bush Monkeyflower blooming than I’ve seen in recent years.
  • Vocal Black-headed Grosbeak in a tree. Couldn’t get a good look, but I enjoyed the song.
  • Tarantula hawk in the brush near the trailhead.