mouth of Gualala River report
My wife Xiaoqing and I birded the mouth of the Gualala River 8-20-04. There
was a Chestnut-sided Warbler along the river downstream of the Hwy. 101 bridge
on the Mendo side. On the Sonoma County side along the straighaway leading
to the entrance to Gualala Point Regional Park there was a Northern Parula
(possibly a HY bird). Xiaoqing also saw her first Pileated Woodpecker and River
Otter. The Black Skimmers were waiting for me when I returned to Humboldt.
Also, on 8-19-04 we birded the mouth of the Garcia River. There were lots
and lots of shorebirds (SBDO, MAGO, WHIM, RUTU, BLTU, WESA, LESA, SEPL, RNPH)
and a large tern flock (ELTE, CATE) but nothing shocking. I had a probable
Semipalmated Sandpiper, but am uncertain on that one. That is probably where the
skimmers rested on their way to Humboldt!
The high point of my trip was my lifer Point Arena Mountain Beaver at
Manchester State Park!!