This morning, Peggy Macres and I walked up the hill to Montgomery Grove in
the moments before dawn. We were rewarded with hearing a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL
along the hike, then two BARRED OWLS in conversation somewhere to the south
of the grove. Lots of PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, BROWN CREEPERS, WINTER
WRENS, and three PILEATED WOODPECKERS, too.
There were plenty of WILD TURKEY throughout Mendecino County today. We
encountered the largest flock of the day on and just off the road about two
miles west of Montgomery Woods.
At Van Damme State Park, we dipped on Gray Jay. We enjoyed plenty of
returning warblers (ORANGE-CROWNED and WILSON'S). At MacKerricher State
Park, we saw one RED-NECKED GREBE in full alternate plumage off-shore, one
HERRING GULL and quite a few GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS mixed in with WESTERN
GULLS, and a breeding colony of PELAGIC CORMORANTS. On the trail around the
lake, we enjoyed two HORNED GREBE feeding with AMERICAN COOT - we assume the
Horned Grebes were migrating, indulging in a feeding frenzy. One of the
Grebes had almost completed its molt; the other was still in basic, making
for an interesting comparison.
Good birding -
Half Moon Bay, CA