Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Leaving Coastal Northern California

The murrelets were flying.  We were in place at Prairie Creek SP three-quarters of an hour before sunrise and they were already overhead.  At that hour they were impossible to see, but they vocalize a lot and that was a neat experience.  Clearly they come in, circle a bit, and then head off into the interior.  The parade stopped before dawn.  We went back to the motel, had breakfast, and checked out.  We headed south where we checked the harbor at Trinidad where we saw a dozen Pigeon Guillemots in their finery (including bright red feet) (web photo) along with cormorants, Western Gulls, and a couple of Caspian Terns.  With the morning still young we went up into the Trinity Alps where we drove along a nearly deserted road, stopping periodically to check out the birds.  Doing this we found Luzuli Buntings, MacGillivray's, Nashville, Hermit, and Audubon's Warblers, Warbling and Cassin's Vireos, a flock of Red Crossbills, and a couple of Hammond's Flycatchers.  We stopped for lunch in a local deli in a tiny town on the road over the mountains.  Then it was on to Redding and across to Burney Falls SP where we expected to see Black Swifts at the falls.  After much waiting, we did see a single bird that fortunately kept circling overhead which allowed a good look.  I'm guessing had we waited until sunset, we would have seen a larger group of swifts.  Anyway, one is all we need.  We're overnighting in Burney and we plan to bird Lassen Peak NP tomorrow.  The four new birds raises the total to 633.


  1. Always wanted to go to Lassen! Isn't that the place where they have a road to "Bumpass Hell"?? Hope the Mountain Quail and others oblige! I can't remember if that's what you're after up there, but it never hurts to see two of those in a year .... I hear they are active really early in the morning and late in the day....

  2. Bob,
    Your Blog is the first thing I look at every morning even before coffee. You have me hooked. Am pleased that you and John are doing amazingly well---Keep it up.

  3. Saw Joyce today in yoga class! She confirmed that Alaska was wonderful. I congratulated her on the Hawk Owl spot. Sounds like you are going to be busy forever! Don't forget to breathe every now and then : ) Renee