New Year’s Day found Sarah, myself, and our friends Debey & Terry, with whom we spent a lovely and mellow NYE, hiking the trails in Marin Headlands.
On a chilly and rainy Friday, Sarah & I headed east to the Central Valley to see what was a’wing at Cosumnes River Reserve and the Isenberg Crane Reserve, two locations I’ve heard much about, but had not previously birded. The year’s end approaching, I wanted to add a few Central Valley specialties to my 2007 list. Eagles of both the Bald and Golden variety, Cranes, Swans, and several Geese occur in this area that rarely, if ever, are found in the immediate SF Bay Area.
Sarah & I had a lovely pair of mini-hikes on Dec 16 in the Marin Headlands, ahead of an incoming storm.
Tennessee Valley Trail
Our first hike was to Tennessee Valley, a lovely short hike that we hadn’t done in over a year, despite the trailhead being only a 15-minute drive over the Golden Gate. Brewer’s Blackbirds and Golden-crowned Sparrows foraged in the parking lot, but it was otherwise pretty quiet. The first quarter-mile of the trail was rather blustery, but things calmed down once we descended into the valley proper.
Yesterday was the final field trip of the fall semester of Joe Morlan’s Field Ornithology classes, and despite some chilly-for-California weather, it wound up being a great outing.
Can you name the 3 bird species in this photo? Click for a larger version.
(I’m rather behind on editing photos, reviewing restaurants, etc etc., so I’m going with minimal text on my birding reports for the time being!)
Sarah & I visited Point Lobos State Reserve, one of our favorite places on the planet, last Sunday, 11/18, and as always, had a lovely time, even though conditions didn’t permit much in the way of great photography.
View from our hotel room (w/a 420mm lens, anyways!)
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
I decided I hadn’t had enough birding after last Sunday’s morning walk at Lake Merced, so after picking Sarah up at our place, we headed down the peninsula. After a tasty dim sum lunch at Joy Luck Place in San Mateo, we went to Shoreline at Mountain View Park. This was Sarah’s first time at this nice bay-side park, and the birding proved to be pretty good.