24 July 2012
I walked the fields north of the Willits skateboard park this morning and found the same number of species as the last time my daughter and I walked this area (47) back in June 12 this year. But no ducks this time. Of special interest are some Lawrence's Goldfinches feeding their young, 4 Yellow-breasted Chats, and a couple of White-tailed Kites.
To get to this area, drive about 1/4 mile east or more from 101 Highway in Willits on Commercial. Just past the Roots of Motive Power (trains) area on the left is a skateboard park. Park in the skateboard park parking lot and walk around the east side of the park. Walk through the hemlock into the fields to the north of the park picking your way carefully and watch and listen for birds along the way. There is a dirt road that runs north of the Roots of Motive Area that can be productive as well.
Check yourself carefully for ticks afterward!