Peregrine Falcon gets Big River Fall Bird Surveys off to a good start
- 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
Other birds heard or seen included Northern Flickers, Acorn and Downy
Woodpeckers, Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue
Herons and the "usual suspects."