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RFI: Point Reyes and surrounding area

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  • Jody Hildreth
    Hello All, I have been following this list for a couple months in anticipation of a brief visit next weekend. I will be spending Saturday birding north of San
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 2, 2006
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      Hello All,

      I have been following this list for a couple months in anticipation of a
      brief visit next weekend. I will be spending Saturday birding north of San
      Francisco hoping to fill in some gaps on my life list. I was planning on
      visiting Muir Woods as soon as they open (before the crowds, I have read),
      Point Reyes, and possibly Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds. I have been using
      Birding Northern California by John Kempner as a guide.

      Here are the species I am looking for and a few questions at the end:

      Black Oystercatcher (missed then in February in San Diego!)
      Elegant Tern (to early? when do they show up?)
      Rhinoceros Auklet
      Pigeon Guillemot
      Cassin's Vireo
      Nuttall's Woodpecker
      Pacific-slope Flycatcher
      Tricolored Blackbird
      Allen's Hummingbird (how common is this hummingbird?)
      Rufous-crowned Sparrow (book says they are at Las Gallinas - anywhere else?)
      California Quail (anyplace in this area?)
      Western Screech-Owl (would probably try to find at night)

      I am also looking for suggestions as to where I could go before 8:00 AM when
      Muir Woods opens.
      Sunday I am going on a whale watch to the Farallon Islands. Has anyone been
      out in that area recently and what should I expect as far as birds? I was
      hoping for Black-footed Albatross and other seabirds.

      Thanks for any help you can send my way. Please reply to me privately at:
      falcon@...
      If anyone else is interested in my responses, please let me know and I will
      forward the messages to you.

      Jody Hildreth - falcon@...
      Library Media Specialist
      Sauquoit Valley Elementary School, NY
      Webmaster for KidWings.com : inspiring the next generation
    • Richard Carlson
      Point Reyes is lovely and sucks in mnay rarities during migration, but for just plain birding you ll see more species with less driving heading south of SF.
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 3, 2006
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        Point Reyes is lovely and sucks in mnay rarities
        during migration, but for just plain birding you'll
        see more species with less driving heading south of
        SF. The San Mateo coast has nearly all of what you're
        looking for.

        I've always found Muir Wods to be so overcrowded as to
        be lousy birding on weekends. I'd skip it, unless you
        know where the Spotted Owls are roosting lately.

        RCC

        Richard Carlson
        Full-time Birder, Biker and Rotarian
        Part-time Economist
        Tucson, AZ & Lake Tahoe, CA
        rccarl@...
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      • Joseph Morlan
        On Mon, 3 Jul 2006 09:58:28 -0700 (PDT), Richard Carlson ... Visiting birders should be aware that Hwy 1 has been closed at Devils Slide since April and is
        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 3, 2006
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          On Mon, 3 Jul 2006 09:58:28 -0700 (PDT), "Richard Carlson"
          <rccarl@...> wrote:

          >...but for just plain birding you'll
          >see more species with less driving heading south of
          >SF. The San Mateo coast has nearly all of what you're
          >looking for.

          Visiting birders should be aware that Hwy 1 has been closed at Devils Slide
          since April and is not expected to re-open until sometime in September.

          http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/stormdamageroute1/

          One can still get to Half Moon Bay via I 280 and 92, but it takes a while
          longer.

          --
          Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044 jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
          Fall Birding Classes start Sept 6 http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/
          California Bird Records Committee http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/
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