5 December 2009. At 11:30 today (Saturday) a group of 4 observers spotted an adult female Williamson's Sapsucker at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg. The bird was found adjacent to the path along the southern boundary of the park, just southeast of the open grassy area where tents are erected for musical events (about 150 yards west of the vegetable gardens). After about five minutes of viewing, the bird flew south. Other highlights of the morning's walk included several hundred Pacific Loons flying far offshore, all three coastal falcon species(Peregrine, Merlin and Kestrel), and a very cooperative Northern Pygmy Owl that surprisingly escaped the notice of nearby sparrows.
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