Mendocino Coast birds 7 July (Horned Puffin)
- Hey birders,
Oscar Johnson, Brett Tryon, Ayla Reith and I birded
along the Mendocino Coast yesterday, from Pt Arena
north to Ten Mile River.
Three GRAY JAYs were at Van Damm State Park, in the
upper portion of the campground
One second-summer HORNED PUFFIN at the Murre Colony at
the Mendocino Headlands. We first saw it sitting on
the water, just off the northern-most rock at the
north parking lot. It then picked up off the water,
flew around for a bit, and then landed again out of
sight before we could obtain photos. I'd imagine this
is the same bird that was seen last week further
north. We couldn't find any Tufted Puffins. A single
MARBLED MURRELET in alternate plumage flew north.
30 Western Sandpipers, a dozen Whimbrels, 5 Least
Sandpipers and 3 Short-billed Dowitchers were at
Virgin Creek Mouth.
The summering LONG-TAILED DUCK continues at Ten Mile
River. It was upstream of the bridge, resting on a
small exposed mud flat near a very large tree trunk.
Also present were ~100 Western Sandpipers and 4
Short-billed Dowitchers just east of the bridge.
A single BARRED OWL called at 9:15 pm at Montgomery
Woods State Reserve at the usual spot at the rear of
the main grove.
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