Southern Mendocino coast
- Hi Birders. Taking a break from helping my parents
move back into their house in Potter Valley, Austin
Booth and I made a quick trip to the south coast this
afternoon. We headed up and over Mountain View Rd.,
went to Hunter's Lagoon, Pt Arena lighthouse, the
Garcia River mouth, Pt Arena pier and the Gualala
River mouth. Highlites were limited to:
Three Blue Grouse along Mountain View Rd. at 2:30 PM.
One Whimbrel, ~10 Caspian Terns, 4 Surf Scoters
(including one disguised as a Black Scoter), 1
Red-throated Loon, 1 Pacific Loon and small numbers of
assorted and distant Calidris Sandpipers at the Garcia
A pair of Purple Martins at the bridge crossing the
Gualala River (also in Sonoma County - gotta love
those two'fer County birds). Is this a known/regular
location for this species?
Three Mountain Quail (one adult and two very small
babies) coming back over Mountain View Rd. this
evening. this is a great road for this species,
especially early in the morning.
Its good to be back in California. Good birding,
Currently in Potter Valley, MEN Co.
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