Sunday, February 12, 2012

California Twitchin' Jan/Feb 2012

In the little Foster City Park, Western Grebe, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Eurasian Coot, Common Merganser, and another grebe (Eared or Horned?) too distant to tell, and this White Crowned Sparrow,

Around our hotel: Snowy Egret, California Towhee, Mallard, American Green-Winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Black Crowned Night Heron and this Rough Legged Hawk, which I saw when I heard a commotion of crows heckling something

After a hard week of work, I took Saturday off and headed up beautiful Route 1, along the San Andreas fault, to Port Reyes National Park. With 490 recorded species it is a top US birding destination.
Turkey Vulture, Ruddy Duck, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, California Quail, White Crowned Sparrow, Acorn Woodpecker, Varied Thrush, American Crow, Stellars Jay, Dark Eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, California Towhee, Winter Wren, Red Winged Blackbird, Brewers Blackbird, American Robin, Black Phoebe, Canada Goose, Mallard, American Wigeon, Western Gull, this Surf Scoter

, Marbled Godwit, Willet, Sanderling, Starling, American Kestrel, Western Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Killdeer and this Savannah Sparrow