Shearwater Journey's pelagic trip from Fort Bragg on Sunday, July 29,
2007 kicked off the seabird season on the north coast. Even though the
seas were very nice the day prior to our trip, we were not so lucky.
Swells and wind made the day somewhat difficult, but we did make it to
the canyon and to the Tolo Banks. Highlights of the day included:
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, PINK-FOOTED and SOOTY SHEARWATERS; POMARINE and
PARASITIC JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULLS; COMMON MURRE, PIGEON GUILLEMOT,
CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. In the morning,five PURPLE MARTINS
were in the trees at the harbor while an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was
calling. See notes below for details about other birding in the county.
We thank the participants and leaders of the July 29th trip: Scott
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Lisa Hug, David Vanderpluym, Don Doolittle, Jon
Dunn, and Debra Shearwater. Our next trips from Fort Bragg with spaces
available are: August 9, 10, 26; September 5 & 16. The August 12th trip
is SOLD OUT, and has a waiting list. The complete species list follows.
CALIFORNIA SEA LION-10
STELLER'S SEA LION-1
BIRDING IN MENDOCINO COUNTY:
While driving north to Fort Bragg, Don Doolittle and I stopped at the
Ukiah Sewer Ponds on July 28th. It was the middle of the day, and very
hot. Species present included: GREATER SCAUP, WESTERN, LEAST, and
SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and YELLOW WARBLER singing in
the willows. We cut across to the west on Low Gap Road (dirt) from
Ukiah. The only bird notable in the heat, was a single male MOUNTAIN
QUAIL which Don spotted, standing on the side of the road.
On July 30th, Don and I birded our way south to Bodega Bay from Fort
Bragg along Highway 1. It certainly must be one of the most scenic
drives along the west coast! At the intersection of Highway 1 and
Spring Grove Road, a solitary juvenile BAND-TAILED PIGEON was present.
This short road also produced: Wrentit, California Quail, Olive-sided
Flycatcher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, White-crowned and Song
Sparrows, and American Goldfinch.
At Navarro Road, things were very busy. We found a nice flock of birds
within the first 100 yards that included: 2 juvenile GRAY JAYS, WESTERN
SCRUB and STELLER'S JAYS, BUSHTITS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATHER, WESTERN WOOD
PEEWEE, WILSON'S WARBLERS (6), HUTTON'S VIREO (3), CASSIN'S VIREO (1),
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, PYGMY NUTHATCH, DOWNY WOODPECKER, WRENTIT,
PURPLE FINCH, HERMIT and SWAINSON'S THRUSHES.
A short jaunt up Mountain View Road produced RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
At Miner Hole Road, the wind had really picked up. So, finding
passerines was not as productive. We added WINTER WRENS and
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER to our day list. We ran into David VanderPluym
who told us about a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER on Lighthouse Road at the
mouth of the river, near Point Arena. So, we zipped over there, and
found the Semi-palm sandpiper there. Then, we headed south for Bodega
Bay where we would join the boat trip the next day.
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA
"Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr
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