We saw this Alligator Lizard sunning on the Palormarin Trail.
Juvenile Towhee in Stinson BeachA California Sea Lion on the beach near Fish Docks at Outer Pt Reyes Peninsula
All we need to do is to listen and look for the Chestnut-backed Chickadees to find the birds feeding in the area. From what we understand, many migrating warblers will hang out with the local chickadees to feed.
There is nothing "common" about the following "common" birds.....
It is always a treat to get to see and hear the Golden-crowned Sparrow along the coast.
This unfortunate Golden-crowned Sparrow appears to have some form of avian pox. We came across 2 Golden-crowned sparrows with the pox along the Palomarin Trail.
We noticed the 2 Great Horned Owls that were perched in the trees above where we parked near B Ranch (Mendoza's).
When we returned to the truck....the owls were gone but they left us a few presents.......owl pellets on our truck hood:)
A Western Gull hanging out with a group of Heermann's Gulls on Stinson Beach
This was one of the only Hermit Warblers we saw during our 2 month stay in Marin. This Hermit Warbler was near the residence at Fish Docks in Pt. Reyes.
This Lincoln's Sparrow was trying to stay cool on a hot day at Muir Beach:)
Note the "red shoulders"
A Rock Wren foraging along the fence near the residence at Pt Reyes Lighthouse.
This White-tailed Kite was resting on a dead snag near Bolinas Lagoon.
This Yellow Warbler was spotted at the pines at Fish Docks at Pt Reyes. It is probably heading to its winter home in Mexico or Central or South America.
That is the end of our tales from Marin:) We will be remote, counting Albatross on Midway Atoll and then working with the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project team on the south side of Haleakala in Maui until early February.
Happy & Healthy Holidays to everyone!!
The world is full of beauty & wonder,
Turtle & Hawk