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.
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.