In case you have not been able to get by Bird Rock off the Mendocino Headlands*, an update:
Brandt's cormorants are setting up a bit different than last year. The primo spots (expensive real estate areas) were taken early with only about 8 nests. Very little competition for these spots unlike like last year. The bulk seem to be nesting on the rockier, more marginal areas this year. Much competition for the spiney, off shore rocks. Why? Who knows. Hundreds of common murres with some big "scrums" in the usual good spots. Still not nesting quite yet.
Closer to home two miles up from the coast: Steller's jays are all laying right now. Much angst and nervousness on the Steller's jay's part as they try to be inconspicuous. Right. Female in my back-yeard nest started laying three days ago. Spring in full swing.
* One half mile directly west of Mendocino village. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=442