BAB Winter 2009, Field Trip 3: Point Reyes

Haven't been diligent about journaling lately, alas. Our 3rd birding class trip was to Pt. Reyes, and luckily landed on one of the few recent dry days. Beautiful rainbows greeted us as we headed into Olema. Great day for birding, with two lifebirds for me! Rock Wren and White-winged Scoter. Very cool. Also, crazy Elephant Seals. They are large. Very large.

Posted by kueda kueda, January 27, 2010 07:07 AM

Observations

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Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010 01:28 PM PST

Description

This male Elephant Seal, his harem of two, and his kid were pretty close to the trail and quite personable. At least one of his womenfolk was taking no guff.

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Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010 12:24 PM PST

Description

This Elephant Seal was hauled out at Drake's Beach. The naturalist on hand said he'd probably lost some confrontations in the main colony further up the shore, and was here in exile. I wish I could have taken a pic of myself lying down next to this beast because it was absolutely gigantic. Like 4000 lbs gigantic. Of course, that would have been both illegal and kind of dangerous.

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Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis ssp. nannodes)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 2010

Description

Did you know tule elk decorate their antlers with algae and lichen? I didn not. Party on, elk. Party on.

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No photos or sounds

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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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California Quail (Callipepla californica)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Description

Life bird! I think the most distinctive things about it were the dark eye line, overall grey coloration, and the interesting tweedy pattern on the back.

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No photos or sounds

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Short-billed Gull (Larus brachyrhynchus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Serreta Mediana (Mergus serrator)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Zampullín Cuellinegro (Podiceps nigricollis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Zampullín Cuellirrojo (Podiceps auritus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Description

Another lifebird! I would never have noticed this if Bob wasn't there to point it out. There were about three individuals, mostly brown and distant (FABB: Far Away Brown Bird), but even in the binocs you could see that they had a white wing bar, and in the scope you could see the white comma by the eye.

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No photos or sounds

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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Porrón Osculado (Bucephala clangula)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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No photos or sounds

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Cerceta Común (Anas crecca)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 23, 2010

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