19 December 2012 (Wednesday) - On the regular third-Wednesday MCAS
birdwalk at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, six observers tallied
49 species, a surprisingly high number under the conditions. Highlight
was a MERLIN who soared directly overhead, allowing great looks for a
few seconds. Later, a Peregrine flew past us, and half our group
happened to be looking in the right direction. A Kestrel perched on a
telephone pole and visible from the parking lot rounded out the Falconidae.
After lunch, we stopped at the Caspar Pond, where we met Sara Grimes and
found the two male Redheads, a male and female Gadwall, three male and
three female Ring-Necked Ducks, and one Ruddy Duck; along with four
Pied-Billed Grebes, one male Common Merganser, and lots of American Coots.