09-09-00

Things are moving! Migration is full under way and obvious by the recent arrival of shorebirds and ducks in our area. A trip to Point Reyes National Seashore produced Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Red Knot, Pacific Golden Plover and multitudes of the more common shorebirds such as Marbled Godwit, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least and Western Sandpipers. Two Peregrine Falcons were seen during our trip to Abbott's Lagoon and Chimney Rock as well as Common Tern and Elegant Tern. Yellow Warblers, and MacGillivray's Warbler were among the handfull of landbird migrants encountered.


09-02-00

I visited the newly reopened Stanford Dish area from the Alpine Road entrance today and found four Golden Eagles, two adults and two immatures. The birds were soaring low over the eucalyptus trees and surrounding fields near the bottom of the hill, presenting fantastic photo opportunities. The birds approached close enough to fill nearly the entire view finder and were calling frequently! The security guard informed me that there was a nest in the area, but I could not locate it. Most of the activity was centered around the tallest eucalyptus trees, so I can only assume it must have been there. At this point in the season, it seems doubtful the nest would be still be in use.