This afternoon Vishnu, George Chaniot, and I relocated the basic female
SNOW BUNTING that has been at Laguna Point the past couple days. The
bird was in the bare area on the south side of the boardwalk a few feet
before the observation platform. We first located the bird at about
1430 and watched it for an hour as it foraged out in the open.
Eventually the bird hopped up onto the boardwalk itself and then worked
the taller grass on the north side of the boardwalk for a few minutes
before returning to the bare area on the south side. Finally the bird
flew up onto the observation platform where it perched momentarily
before flying down to the rocks and out of sight.
Also in the same area as the Snow Bunting was a first basic male LAPLAND
LONGSPUR. Although this bird spent some time in the bare area it seemed
to prefer the slightly taller grass just before the bare area (in
particular the trails next to the boardwalk).
After Laguna Point we visited the Mendocino Headlands where we were
joined by Jerry White. After about five minutes of walking through the
grass we refound the first basic female CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR
reported yesterday by Chuck Vaughn and Bob Keiffer. This bird was
within a few feet of the bluff edge about 200 feet south of the sister
city monument. Eventually it flew about a hundred feet in from the
bluff but always stayed in the taller grass and wouldn't flush till
nearly stepped on. We observed this bird from 1600 to 1630.
Good Birding (it certainly was today).
- Matthew Matthiessen
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