This afternoon, I drove up Hwy 1. At around 2:30 PM, I parked on the
NE side of Howard Creek bridge. The sun was breaking through the clouds,
bringing a good-sized flock out into the open. A late Cassin's Vireo fed
amongst the Townsend's Warblers, Hutton's Vireos, etc. I then walked
out onto the bridge just above the creek.
A large flock of Yellow-rumps, chickadees, kinglets, and a late Yellow
Warbler were quite agitated and began mobbing, to my delight, a
Northern Pygmy Owl. The pygmy owl flew occasionally from perch to
perch, each time moving closer to the bridge - and me. Great looks!
Then, I went to Juan and Hardy Creeks. Nothing of note at Juan Creek,
but a close-knit group of 5 Marbled Murrelets were off the cove at Hardy
Creek at about 3:30.
North of Fort Bragg
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