On Friday I hiked Bear Mountain. Again, I was in search of a suitable hike for some young teenagers, but this one will not work due to snow and the fact there is plenty of opportunities to get lost.
But there were plenty of birds! Warblers were everywhere! Lots of Nashville Warblers, and one was carrying a bug which would be evidence of nesting in the area. I also saw Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray, and Townsend's. The trees were dripping with Townsend's Warblers at the top. Varied Thrush were numberous, as was Warbling Vireo. Also present were Pacific Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadees, Black-headed Grosbeak, American Robins, and at least 3 Red-breasted Sapsuckers.
5 minutes into the hike I flushed a Ruffed Grouse. 30 minutes into the hike a Northern Pygmy Owl was calling at 930am from the top of a Spruce Tree.
I forgot to add the Dusky Flycatcher that I saw after it was calling. Martin, the trail took us about 5 hours, but we were in some 3-4 feet of snow for parts of the trail. Most of the birds were in the first hour of the trail, including the pygmy-owl. Chris, the trail is described in the 103 Hikes book, but it was confusing at times - even finding the trailhead. Most of the trail is walking old logging roads. Great views, but I have hiked nicer trails.