A lovely day in Princeton-by-the-Sea

Oh dear, this report is so late as to be useless, but here goes anyways…. About a month(!!) ago, Sarah & I had a lovely walk on the bluffs above Pillar Point near Princeton-by-the-Sea, a small fishing community about an hour south of San Francisco.

We stopped for lunch at the take-out counter at Barbara’s Fish Trap, which had the longest line I’ve ever seen them have – by the time we got to the window, there were 25 people lined up behind us!  After some yummy fish & chips, we drove south to Half Moon Bay to get some pumpkins.  By drove, I mean “sat in a car at a snail’s pace.”  Unbeknownst to us, this was the Pumpkin Festival weekend, and everyone in the bay area seemed to be on Half Moon Bay’s roads.

 
Farmer Bob’s Pumpkin Farm

Bittersweet birding at Coyote Point (San Mateo)

Saturday was the second-to-last field trip w/my Field Ornithology class before the semester ends in December, and it was a good one.  I’d never birded Coyote Point before, despite driving by it hundreds of times on the way home from the office, and I was looking forward to exploring a new area along the bay.  After a very confusing drive in (road construction near Coyote Point has made it nearly impossible to find if you don’t know where you’re going!), our group met up and headed out at 9am under threatening skies.

 Turkey Vulture