Humble Coast Sightings
- Thursday, September 13, 2007.
I had two relatively minor sightings today that are worth noting. A Common Tern was feeding in the Navarro River just west of the Highway 1 bridge.
A pair of Merlin put on a wonderful show the hour before sunset above the Noyo Rive beach. A male and a female (the color and size differences easily noted) chased each other, with each alternatively taking the role of aggressor. They also literally flew circles around a few pitiful Ravens that got in their way. Red-necked Phalarope continue to be plentiful along the coast and in the lower reaches of rivers.
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- Yesterday about noon we saw a small Alcid in the cove off the end of
Main Street in Mendocino, not far from the near end of the sea cave. It
appeared to be a Marbled Murrelet in transitional plumage. Wish I'd had
the camera, it was quite close in and might have made a decent photo.
Also watched a Peregrine Falcon standing on top of the westernmost
island off the northwest tip of the Headlands. It made a couple of
short flights but returned empty-taloned.
Tim in Albion