Montgomery Woods/Ft Bragg/Pt Arena
- Today, David Vander Pluym, Austin Booth and I did some birding along the
coast.� We started at Montgomery Woods Sate Park at 6:45 am, where we heard
a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL, 2 BARRED OWLS, a dozen MOUNTAIN QUAIL, and about 6
PILEATED WOODPECKERS.� We saw the Barred Owls near the fallen log that has
been cut up at about 7.� Also around the grove were a few White-breasted
From Montgomery Woods we went on to Glass Beach, where we were unsuccesful
in looking for the Harlequin Ducks or Laughing Gull.� We then went on to
Mckerricher State Beach, where we found the LAUGHING GULL on the beach.� We
first observed it at 9:30, then again at 11:15. At about 11:25 it flew over
to Lake Cleone. On Lake Cleone was a pair of GREATER SCAUP.� Along the
board walk near Laguna Point were 6 BARN SWALLOWS cruising around.� They
were pretty white below, which is apparently similar to birds being seen in
Washington.� Off the Point was a pair of RED-NECKED GREBES, a HEERMAN'S
GULL, and a�BROWN Pelican.
At Van Damme State Park a small flock of GRAY JAYS were frequenting a
campsite just past the visitor's center.
At the Garcia Flats, we saw the TUNDRA SWANS, SANDHILL CRANE, dozens of
ALEUTIAN GEESE, a few BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and a�GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE.� At the Point Arena Harbor the LAYSAN ALBATROSS was sitting out with
some surfers.� It even let a surfer apparoach to within just a couple of
feet!� We then headed out to the light house.� Although we didn't see
anything different out there, it looked like it could be a spot to check in
the fall for vagrants.� Do any ever show up out there?� In many ways it
looks like similar habitat to the Pt. Reyes area.� From there we headed back
to the Garcia River, where we hiked out to the River mouth.� Access is at
the end of Miners Hole Road, and requires rubber boots, as you have to ford
the river and several muddy puddles.� On the way out we saw a ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK fly and land in a cow pasture.� Out at the mouth was a large flock of
gulls, including many Herring Gulls, our only individuals of the day.� Off
shore was an ANCIENT MURRELET, a MARBLED MURRELET, several NORTHERN FULMARS,
and a HORNED GREBE.� On the way back we saw 2 more BARN SWALLOWS flying
around.� The Garcia River mouth looks like another great spot that I haven't
heard any reports from.� There are extensivce flooded pastures that look
like they might attract things like Baird's and Le Conte's Sparrows and
Yellow Rails, and definately seems worth a check in Fall.� Again, rubber
boots are�at the least necessary, and hip-waders recommended.
Tomorrow we're heading up past Lake Pilsbury in search of high elevation
stuff, and I'll post on what we see tomorrow night.
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