253, Virgin Creek
- On Sunday I drove to Fort Bragg via Hwy 253 and Anderson Valley. Just
before getting off of 101 on to 253 I saw a kestrel fly to the 101
median strip, grab something, and zoom back to the east side of 101.
The prey looked short and narrow, like a lizard without its tail.
I stopped twice on 253. At the first stop (mm 6.63) I saw a red-tail,
1-2 downy woodpeckers, and 8-10 varied thrushes feeding on madrone
At the second stop (just past Anderson Creek, .5 mm) I climbed the hill
on the south side of the road and saw 1 or 2 townsend warblers, along
with lots of chestnut back chickadees, all feeding in an oak tree. 2
nuttalls woodpeckers, bushtits, juncoes, flickers, acorn woodpeckers,
oak titmice, and ruby crowned kinglets, one with crown showing, rounded
out the bonanza in the area.
Yesterday I walked to Virgin Creek Beach and saw a kite hover and stoop
successfully in the meadow on the way in. It was so beautiful hovering
with the light shining through its wings. I didn't recognize the prey,
but caught a flash of what looked like yellow orange. (?)
On the beach was one black turnstone, one marbled godwit, 15 or so
black-bellied plovers, and about 8 snowy plovers, I think.