[Tweeters] How I Spent My Summer Vac
chatonbirds at yahoo.ca
Sun Jul 31 17:30:00 PDT 2005
Interesting vacation - another birding trip to Washington state and to California - just a couple of thanks. I just love Wash state and was warmly welcomed by the Yakima Aud. on one of their trips that I dropped into, as part of a tour of Grant Cty. I espec. enjoyed seeing a 'Chat' as Edmonton is too far north for this warbler. Also thanks to Viking Cruises in La Conner - fun and informative tour. It's always nice for someone from the plains to see ocean spec. All said - since I travel by bus - I got about 85 spec. in a week.
Continuing to California - June was not the best month for Monterey, Carmel and the wine valley. 75 spec. Best places though were Point Lobos by Carmel - a total must-see. There were islands for the Corms - Brant's that were so close to the trail that you could smell them! Watching the interaction with the young as well as a BC Night heron with young - as clsoe as 25 ft. was great - even is you think you have seen too many corms. Another great place is the bird banding station at Andrew Molera Park near Carmel - saw my 1st White-tail kite plus Hutton's vireo, Nuttalls wp and Lesser goldf in hand. Riparian and chapperal habitat - orno lab was accomodating and welcoming. Did not get the Condors but here's a hint - they hang around Pfeiffer Big Sur Park south. Elkhorn Slough (the infamous) by Monterey was in 'low season' - it was also next to a big ugly Power Plant. I did meet a volunteer who took me onto Potrero beach area to see a Snowy plover. Also Garland Ranch pa!
Carmel highlands - for chapperal.
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