July 14, 2010

Sitting in El Sobrante Starbucks charging the laptop and sipping caffeine. We had a great time in Yosemite and Mono County last week. (See entries below.) We’ve been visiting with Pam’s mom and her good friend Harold in El Sobrante. Have made a couple of trips to Berkeley to browse. We went to the Las Gallinas Sanitary plant near San Rafael to see birds at the effluent ponds. Effluent of the affluent? Killdeer, White Pelicans, Great and Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Black-necked Stilts, a bunch of mallards in eclipse, Cinnamon Teal, No. Harrier dropping in for lunch, House Finch, Black Phoebe, Clark’s Grebe, Canada Geese by the gaggle, etc. Turkey Vultures wheeling overhead. We also hit Point Reyes National Seashore on the Marin County coast. It was overcast and we didn’t walk much, but inland at park headquarters we got good views of California Quail and Acorn Woodpeckers, both nice looking birds. At the ocean they had a portion of the wonderful North Beach fenced off to protect Snowy Plover breeding territory. We did not see any during our short stay there, but we did see lots of sea birds, including Double-crested Cormorants, Common Murre, gulls of various hues, and a wedge of 40+ Brown Pelicans flying over. Friday we head to Seattle. Hope we can see some birds there, maybe at Nisqually Refuge. Anything is fine. We like them all.

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