20 February 2013 (Wednesday) - On the regular third-Wednesday bird walk at
the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, seven birders tallied 42 species in
spite of the wind and cold. Best bird was a Nashville Warbler, foraging in
the Grevillea bush near the vegetable gardens; it flew from there into a
nearby flowering cherry tree, and then across the lawn, where we lost it.
Three female/1st year Hooded Mergansers were a nice surprise on the pond
just south of the Gardens.
We also had great looks at two Brown Creepers, and a very brief look at a
Merlin on the wing. Nice views of several Varied Thrushes and a couple of
bright Townsend's Warblers as well.
Signs of Spring included a Red-Shouldered Hawk carrying nesting material,
and an Acorn Woodpecker peering out of a nest hole.
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