- 14 Nov. 2002 At 0845 I refound the Snow Bunting at Laguna Point,
MacKerricher State Park. It was feeding on the northside of the boardwalk,
sometimes in the rather tall grass, but sometimes coming out onto the open
trail. Another birder, Peter White, had just been viewing the bird
also. I viewed the bird for about 10 minutes when it flew to the highest
post on the observation platform. I was able to get several photos while
it fluffed its feathers, exercised its wings, and made a couple of
chattering calls. After about one minute on the post it lifted its wings
and headed south. It seemed to drop back onto the coastal bench about
half-way to Virgin Creek Beach ... maybe about 1/8th to 1/4 mile south of
the observation platform. I don't know if it will be back to the
I could NOT locate the Lapland Longspur after an hour of searching. I
also could NOT refind the Chestnut-collared Longspur at Mendocino Headlands.
Three Harlequin Ducks were close to the shore 100 yards south of the
viewing platform. Two Red-necked Grebes were at the end of Ward Avenue
(north of Mill Creek Street).
For those of you who saw the Snow bunting please submit observation records
to me before the end of the month for the fall period report. This is a
CBRC review species so notes/photos are important. Thanks. Bob Keiffer
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html
- Saturday - 20 October 2007 - Dave and Sarah (last names unknown), a couple of new birders on the Mendocino Coast, found a winter male Snow Bunting at MacKerricher State Park this morning. "Toby" Tobkin confirmed the sighting at 12:15 pm today... and the bird was at the same place as described to her. From the "south" parking lot at Mackerricher ...this is the one just a short ways north of Pudding Creek, one takes the "southern" path that leads towards the "tip of land" ...the bird was at the far end of the main walk trail. Reported for Toby Tobkin by Bob Keiffer. This is a CBRC "Review" species ....so please take descriptive notes, sketches, photos if possible. Good birding.
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11/25/15 1:33 pm
Chuck and I were on the Virgin Creek bridge when the bird flew onto the ground about 15 feet from us. Unfortunately, this was one of the only times I did not have my camera with me. I ran back to the car to get my camera when some dog walkers scared the bird off to the bluffs. Fortunately Chuck Vaughn found the bird again on the beach by the bluffs about 100 yards South of the mouth of Virgin Creek. Photo's were obtained and I have uploaded them on flickr. This is a link to one of seven photo's, great day.
- Snow Bunting continues
Seen at 1 p.m. Friday, actively foraging on bank of cove south of creek as described by Karen this morning. Flew south to next cove after several minutes.