Brown Shrike update (Humboldt)
- The BROWN SHRIKE continues at the Vista Point ponds in McKinleyville.
It appeared briefly between showers just after noon and was seen by
others in the morning. Park at the Vista Point on southbound 101 south
of Clam Beach, hop the fence, walk north on the trail to the bottom of
the hill, go left through the gate down another trail to its end below
the bluffs near the south end of the north pond, and scan south and
southwest for the bird.
- Chris Hiatt of Madera asked me to post that he, Bob Bingham, and several
others saw the shrike "again today from around 10 to 1 pm farther south
of where the trail ends on the south side of the north pond. It was
working the area west of where the burned pallet pile was or the black
drainage pipe and rocks are."
- This afternoon the BROWN SHRIKE was hanging out along the southeast
shoreline of the south pond at McKinleyville's Vista Point ponds. This
is a long walk from Vista Point and it might now make more sense to
approach from Murray Road as long as the bird is in this new area,
although that would be a bit of a trek, too. Maybe the best approach is
simply to buy one of the houses above the pond and view the shrike from
the comfort of your deck!
- This morning I was able to spot the BROWN SHRIKE from the top of the
bluff off Letz Avenue. It was actually pretty easy - certainly a lot
less work than hiking out, and with zero chance of disturbing the bird.
But I probably got lucky.