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Bird - Halter Ranch Vineyard

The Winery as our Vineyard Sleeps


Over the past week we’ve had two vineyard hikes and were the featured wine for guest chef Suzanne Tracht’s Monday Night Supper at Artisan Paso Robles.  Suzanne hails from Jar in Los Angeles and is close friends with Chef Kobayashi. According to staff and club members who attended, the dinner was absoutely stellar.  If you haven’t yet, we’d highly recommend a visit to Jar in Los Angeles and to Artisan in Paso Robles.  Our next winemaker dinner will be taking place at Robert’s in Paso Robles on February 25.  For additional information check our events page.

Sunday’s hike took guests up the old airstrip to visit the Ancestor Oak before heading out to block 52 where guests caught a nearly bird’s eye view of the entire vineyard.  A similar hike with a slightly different route will take place on  February 15, sign up information is available here if you’re interested in partaking.


Bird - Halter Ranch Vineyard

Hiking up to the Ancestor Oak


Monday, Mitch hosted our yearly birdwatching trek accross the property where the following list was compiled by the group and generously provided for the blog by Neil Gilbert and Mary Hirsch:

Halter Ranch Vineyard, San Luis Obispo (County), US-CA
Jan 20, 2014 9:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Weather: clear, calm. Cold at beginning (around 40 degrees), warming to mid-sixties. Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival field trip to Halter Ranch (followed by wine tasting!), led by Roger Zachary. We first birded around the house and tasting room, focusing on the small spring, and then walked out through the vineyard to the large pond.
49 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  3
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  115     Large flock on the pond. I estimated the group by blocks of 10, accounting for the few RUDU mixed in.
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  20
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  40
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  15
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  4
American Coot (Fulica americana)  80
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  18
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  2
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  8
Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli)  2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  15
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  12
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  45
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  30
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  10
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  5
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  20
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  10
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

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