Geysers Pipeline Threatens Sanctuary
October General Meeting
Pee Wee Welcomes Fall: Fruits, Nuts,and Seeds
Audubon Adventures Booming
Annual Leveque Lecture: Sea Otters
Midweek Walkabout Results
Beginning Bird Walks
Field Trip Report
Squeaking, Pishing and Other Gross Noises Made
Welcome New Members
Through the Garden Gate: Backyard
Volunteer Opportunities: Mayacamas Sanctuary
Species List for Developmental Center
Midweek Walkabout Results
April 24, 1997, Hopland
Twenty-eight birders were
warmly welcomed to the University of California Field Station in Hopland
by bob Keiffer and Chuck Vaughn. They led the group on an enjoyable and
productive tour of the facility finding 41 species of birds. It was Golden
Eagle day with five flying over, one being harassed by a Red-shouldered
Hawk and one on a nest with an eaglet. Other avian highlights included
a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Bullock's Orioles, California Thrashers, a
Black-throated Gray Warbler and Sage Sparrows. Patches of
Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii) were searched for Lawrence's
Goldfinch without success. (Six had been spotted there the day before.)
Many deer were observed as were a Jack Rabbit and a Bush Bunny. Drag
marks in the dust across one of the ranch roads were identified as a sign
of a fresh deer kill by a Cougar.
May 22, 1997, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
eager birders led by David Hofmann had a very pleasant leisurely walk in
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park under an overcast sky with moderate temperature.
At the main parking area we had excellent views of a dazzling male Lazuli
Bunting and an impressive male Pileated Woodpecker. As we sauntered
along the Meadow and Hillside Trails we saw most of the regular nesting
species defending the territories that they had laid claim to along Sonoma
Creek. On Hillside Trail we encountered a coyote as it crossed our path.
After lunch in the picnic area, we walked up the Canyon Trail to the "falls"
and lured a Northern Pygmy-Owl to come within a yard or two of us,
to our delight. A total of 47 species of birds, and many beautiful wildflowers
and butterflies were seen during the day's walkabout.
September 3, 1997, Bodega Bay
The first fall walkabout
at Bodega Bay attracted 29 birders. On a calm day 73 total bird species
were logged. Most notable were a Willow Flycatcher at Campbell Cove,
a MacGillivary's Warbler behind the rail pond, and many flying Sooty
Shearwaters off Bodega Head.
September 10, 1997, Duncans Mills and Jenner
birders met at Duncan Mills under drizzly skies. A total of 41 species were
seen including the Red-breasted Sapsucker and the bird of the day--a
pair of Willow Flycatchers--in the campground at Duncan Mills. After
lunch the group went to Bodega Bay to try and find the reported Least
Flycatcher. We were unable to locate this bird but did see another Willow
Flycatcher. The afternoon turned warm and sunny.