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Peregrine Falcon gets Big River Fall Bird Surveys off to a good start

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  • matt coleman
    The Big River Stewards spotted a pergrine falcon at Station 1 (Big River Beach parking lot)and again at station 4 (the Quarry)during the first survey of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2007
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      The Big River Stewards spotted a pergrine falcon at Station 1 (Big
      River Beach parking lot)and again at station 4 (the Quarry)during the
      first survey of the West Haul Road this Fall.

      For the past four years experienced surveyors from the Mendocino
      Coast Audubon Society have joined with volunteers from the Mendocino
      Land Trust's Big River Stewards program to conduct Fall Bird surveys
      at various locations on Big River.

      An Eared Grebe(possibly new to the surveys), was also observed near
      the mouth of Big River, as were a pair of Harlequin Ducks. Volunteers
      also observed a juvenile Sea Lion hauled out on the Beach and Harbor
      Seals at Station 2 (Haul Road Gate.)

      Further upriver, strong winds made surveys challenging but Brown
      Creepers were heard at both Stations 7 and 8 (about 2 miles up the
      haul road)and a Brandt's Cormorant was observed at Station 9 (New
      Boom).

      Other birds heard or seen included Northern Flickers, Acorn and Downy
      Woodpeckers, Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue
      Herons and the "usual suspects."
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