This morning I worked the south coast of Mendocino County. The day
started off well with a very cooperative BLUE GROUSE along Mountain View
Rd. Along Minder Hole Rd were two AMERICAN REDSTARTS (an adult male and
an adult female) along Miner Hole Rd. Also of note along Miner Hole Rd
was a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. Along the Garcia River at the end of Miner
Hole Rd was one PECTORAL SANDPIPER and two immature BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS. Along the Garcia River and the end of Windy Hollow Rd
were a pair of WOOD DUCKS and a CASSIN'S VIREO.
I concluded my coastal birding with a walk out to the mouth of the
Garcia River. On the beach were a pair of BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS mixed in
with the Sanderlings. At the river mouth was one ELEGANT TERN roosting
with the gulls and three SNOWY PLOVERS (only one of which was banded -
aqua on left leg, nothing on right).
- Matthew Matthiessen