Grab a pair of binoculars, hit the trail, and see what makes Palo Alto Battlefield a birding hotspot. Some bird species you see flying around the coastal prairie of Palo Alto today are the same ones U.S. and Mexican soldiers saw in 1846. The dense thickets of thorn scrub surrounding the large prairie provide native habitat for a variety of bird species.
Take a Closer Look
Keep your eyes peeled and listen closely as you walk along the battlefield trail. You might come across a Botteri’s Sparrow hopping around the grass or a Northern Bobwhite scurrying along. You might even spot an Aplomado Falcon soaring above looking for some lunch. A close inspection of the thorn scrub might reveal a Yellow Warbler foraging through the dense brush or scissor tailed flycatcher perched upon a Yucca. Whether you are a beginner or advanced bird watcher, the peaceful open prairie is a great birding hotspot.