We first saw the Black-throated Blue Warbler at Mendoza or B Ranch. It was the first female we had seen. A few years ago we saw the male Black-throated Blue Warbler at the same location which we thought was an incredible coincidence.
Black-throated Blue Warbler-female
This species is one of the most common birds of the northern boreal forest. They spend the winter in South America. Their typical fall migratory route is over the Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern U.S to South America. The route averages 1,800 miles over water requiring a non-stop flight of up to 88 hours. To accomplish this feat the Blackpoll Warbler nearly doubles its body mass and takes advantage of of the prevailing wind direction to help conserve the necessary energy for the trip! These birds traveling the Pacific Coast might have found an easier route??
Blackpoll Warbler in Bodega Bay, CA
Chestnut-sided Warbler- non-breeding or immature bird seen in the pines at Fish Docks at Pt. Reyes Peninsula, CA
Clark's Nutcrackers are not a new bird for us but this sighting definitely provided the closest views of the species we have ever had. It is a resident of the mountains from British Columbia to California and New Mexico. They may wander widely but irregularly in lower-elevation forests during winter. This is the first sighting in the Pt Reyes area.
Dusky-capped Flycatcher seen at Arch Rock via the Bear Valley Trail at Pt Reyes National Seashore.(9.5 mi round trip hike)
Palm Warbler in the pine trees at Fish Docks at Pt Reyes.
Philadelphia Vireos seen near Mendoza or B Ranch- Pt Reyes, CA
Immature Prairie Warbler seen in the pines at Fish Docks at Pt Reyes, CA
This was another new bird for us. We were birding in Pine Gulch (near Bolinas Lagoon) and Bob spotted this bird feeding in the tree. It was pretty dark so the photos were a bit grainy but you can clearly see the strong streaking across the breast which is one of the characteristics of the immature or female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. They breed in the north eastern part of North America & winter from southern Mexico to South American and even the Caribbean.
A first fall or female Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen at Pine Gulch-Bolinas, CA
An adult breeding female Tennessee Warbler (must be transitioning to non-breeding plumage)-seen near Mendoza or B Ranch-Pt Reyes, CA
This species has become a regular fall visitor to the Pacific Coast. We had to come to Pt. Reyes to see one. Nearly every year a few wandering Tropical Kingbirds are discovered there. Most of these are thought to be immature birds.
We saw this Tropical Kingbird near Mendoza or B Ranch- Pt Reyes, CA
White-throated Sparrow (tan-striped morph) seen at Mendoza or B Ranch-Pt Reyes, CA
Enjoy the beauty & wonder:)
Turtle & Hawk