This bird and cetacean watching holiday was organised by me using resources from the internet. It was primarily a holiday to California with the sole purpose of seeing a Blue Whale. However as with most of my holidays, I am always keen to add to my world bird list. Having been to California once before and failing dismally to see Blue Whale, I spoke to Debbie Shearwater of Shearwater Journeys (www.shearwaterjourneys.com) at the 2005 Birdfair and asked her advice as to the best time of year to see a Blue Whale. Having established that August was a good time I booked two pelagic trips with her. The first from BodegaBay was at the end of July and one from FortBragg in mid August.
The last time I visited California, I regretted not having enough time to visit YosemiteNational Park. I felt I wanted a few days built into the holiday to appreciate the stunning scenery that this area would afford to relax in.
Some motels were pre-booked as BodegaBay, FortBragg and Yosemite are popular holiday destinations amongst Americans at this time of year. Yosemite needs at least 5 months advance booking (more if you want lodge accommodation) www.yosemitepark.com
28th July - Fly from Gatwick to Detroit and onto San Francisco.
29th July Monte Rio. Birding around Point Reyes
30th July Monte Rio. Birding around BodegaBay
31st July Monte Rio. Pelagic out of BodegaBay
1st August LakeTulloch
2nd August YosemiteNational Park
3rd August Yosemite national Park
4th August - YosemiteNational Park. Birding around MonoLake
5th August - YosemiteNational Park. Non-birding day sight-seeing around Panum Crater
6th August - YosemiteNational Park, Birding around Bodie and Tuolumne Meadows
7th August Geyserville
8th August Willets
9th August FortBragg
10th August FortBragg. Pelagic out of FortBragg
11th August San Francico. Birding around Livermore
12th August Fly to Minneapolis and onto Gatwick
13th August Gatwick
We flew to San Francisco via Detroit (Minneapolis for the return journey) using North West Airlines booked with ebookers. ( www.ebookers.com ) The cost, which included car hire for sixteen days, amounted to £700 each.
In July and August the coastline around San Francisco is famed for its sea fog and this was certainly the case. Birding at Point Reyes was a non-starter and we wasted our time here. We drove through fog at any point of our journey that touched the coastline and we were only in sun when a few miles away from the coast. Once away from the immediate coastline birding took place in t-shirts and shorts as it was sunny and pleasantly hot without being uncomfortable. On both pelagics winter gear was necessary as it was very cold and windy on the sea. Luckily by our second pelagic from FortBragg the fog had cleared.
I took a few American Dollars but used a credit card for virtually all bills, including restaurants and brought most of my Dollars back home again! However it is necessary to show either a passport or driving licence for all transactions. Pelagics were paid via Paypal online before leaving England months before. Some motels were also booked and paid for before leaving England.
Some coastal forests are made up of the Giant Redwood trees (Monte Rio area). The Central Valley has many vineyards giving way to barren, parched land as you head inland. As we approached Yosemite we stopped off at lakes which were surrounded by either scrub or trees. Yosemite has a mixture of high cliffs, rock, river, trees and grassy meadows, affording stunning scenery. The other side of Yosemite is of a volcanic nature giving some interesting features of calderas, lakes, hot springs and scrubby Sage bushes.
The sea out of BodegaBay was fairly rough for our first pelagic and Paul certainly added to the chum. Calmer seas at FortBragg helped birders keep their breakfast down, but was not so good for bird numbers.
We left Gatwick at 13.50hrs after intensive security checks for our flight to Detroit. After a brief stopover and re-collecting our bags at Detroit, we flew to San Francisco. At DetroitAirport we started our trip list with Turkey Vulture, Purple Martin, American Kestrel, Ring-billed Gull andMourning Dove all in flight from the airport lounge. Near the runway a Killdeer was running around as House Sparrows looked for food near the airport windows. After arriving at San Francisco, we picked up our hire car and made our way to our pre-booked motel (£40 a night for the room) near the airport for the night. (www.Super8.com 421 El Camino Real, San Bruno)
We drove over Golden GateBridge watching a marathon taking place. The runners were drenched in the coastal fog and many looked miserable! We were hoping to escape Englands miserable summer and were not too impressed by the thick fog that greeted us. We drove to Point Reyes which was almost a waste of time as thick fog hampered all attempts at birding. We did however start our list with a few common birds. A Red-tailed Hawk sat on overhead wires. Stopping at various lay-bys near the coast we added Brown Pelican, White-crowned and Song Sparrow as well as American Crow and Heermans Gull. Western Grebe could just be made out in the gloom close inshore. At one stop we added Annas Hummingbird, Brewers Blackbird and Califonia Towee.A mixed swallow flock added Barn, Northern Rough-winged and Cliff Swallow to our tally.
Brewers BlackbirdHeermans Gull
At Valley Ford we stopped for something to eat and wandered behind the shops where a Western Bluebird was feeding young in a nest it had made in a generator. It was good to be in the sun as we watched with fascination as both parent birds provided a continuous supply of insects to their young. A Red-shouldered Hawk flew from trees and swooped over the fields as we grappled with its identification at a distance.
Stopping off at various shoreline stops we added to our tally with many coastal birds including Pigeon Guillemot, Long-billed Curlew, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Snowy Egret, Double-crested Cormorant and Least Sandpiper.
We had pre-booked The Village Inn, a motel at Monte-Rio [email protected] at a cost of $125 a night for a double room. This was a good option to be near BodegaBay but just back from the coastal fog. It had good views over the RussianRiver with good birding habitat around it. The Giant Redwood trees were all around too.
The Village Inn at Monte Rio with views of the RussianRiver.
A Great Blue Heron patrolled the marshy areas of the river as people swam or canoed past on the water.
After taking a small continental breakfast during which we added Belted Kingfisher, American Robin, Black-headed Grosbeak and Green Heron to our tall we set off in search of where the pelagic from Bodega Bay was due to leave the following morning. At the wharf we added Pied-billed Grebe, Willet and Western Gull to our lists.
The fog persisted and we decided to return to Monte Rio where the sun was shining. We wandered the back streets of our hotel and watched in awe of an Acorn Woodpecker at work. Goodness knows how many of the holes in the telegraph pole it was responsible for but it certainly had a good supply of acorns stashed away for winter.
After shopping for supplies we decided that the RussianRiver looked inviting and we hired a canoe for a leisurely paddle upstream. Black Ducks soon cleared out of our way as they obviously did not trust our steering capabilities. They were right as we soon found ourselves grounded on an unexpected sandbank. With two chiefs on board and no injuns even the Green Herons were falling off their perches laughing as we desperately tried to get going again. Goosanders swam to avoid us as we turned the canoe around to head for home.
We were up early and were down at Tides Wharf in BodegaBay for our pelagic birding trip by full of anticipation. Our only concern was that we were unable to obtain a decent breakfast as everything was closed at this time in the morning. We ate some of our supplies as I liked to have a full stomach for a pelagic. The wharf was deserted and our fellow birders all arrived after us. However Debbie Shearwater soon arrived and ticked us off the list. We had seven leaders and fifteen participants. After a safety lecture with full instructions on how to be sick off the back of the boat we were on our way. Very soon we were adding to our tally as Black Turnstones were in the harbour as were Black Oystercatchers. Hudsonian Whimbrel, Surfbirds and a Wandering Tattler added to the wader tally. Very soon the sea started taking its first victims as we rocked about on the fairly rough seas. Paul was escorted to the back of the boat to be sick and spent much of the journey lying down only getting up for new ticks or to take photos. Other birders joined him in adding to the chum. Although I felt sick I kept going with the oatmeal biscuits to mop up any acid floating around in my now very queasy stomach.
Soon we were surrounded by flocks ofPink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters. Cassins Auklet was a new tick for me as was the Rhinoceros Auklet that was good to see. Paul was delighted with the Black-footed Albatross that came gliding in and sat on the water. Taking pictures was nearly impossible as the boat rocked about and I had many pictures of nothing but empty sea or sky!
Humpback Whales were a pure delight to watch as were the Rissos Dolphins. Northern Right Whale Dolphins appeared. They dont have a dorsal fin and all too soon disappeared. My favourite were the Pacific White-sided Dolphins that enjoyed riding the bow wave of the boat. It was exhilarating watching them as I leaned over the bow of the boat to get better views. How I love to be on board a boat when there are cetaceans about.
Pacific White-sided Dolphin
The fluke of a Humpback Whale Humpback Whale
A South Polar Skua flew by as did a small party of Sabines Gulls. All too soon after we had been out to the Cordell bank it was time to head back to the harbour. Luckily the fog had lifted a little but not sufficiently to see distant whale blows and I was a little despondent at not seeing a Blue Whale blow. Linda and Lisa had tried their best as they both knew I was keen to see a Blue Whale but it was not to be. Humpback Whales did their best to keep us entertained as did all the dolphins. As we neared the harbour an American White Pelican was added to the list as was Brandts and Pelagic Cormorants. A Pacific Diver was new for the trip list too. We had both had an excellent day out but I was disappointed at not seeing a Blue Whale. We joined many of the other birders in the Sandpiper Restaurant and ate a hearty Clam Chowder.
We left Monte Rio for the long drive towards LakeTulloch. We stopped off at BrannanStateIslandPark for lunch. The heat intensified and we were glad to find some shade at the side of the water under which to park the car. Lunch was brief as we were keen to add to our growing bird list. Paul had disappeared into some scrub that was extremely parched. Underfoot was scrunching as we pushed our way through the bushes. A yell went up as I was summoned over. Paul had flushed a Great Horned Owl and was keen to relocate it so I could see it. It sat staring down at us with attitude!
Great Horned Owl
Dark-eyed Juncos were all around the car as a Nutalls Woodpecker climbed the tree above us. Lesser Goldfinches flitted in the trees.
We motored on to LakeTulloch which was recommended to us in a garage as being a little more interesting than most motels around. A bit expensive but the lakeside views it afforded were certainly better than the barren landscape that we were travelling through en-route to YosemiteNational Park. After registering, we birded the hillside behind the motel and took photos of the Ospreys that had occupied a platform that had been constructed on a telegraph post.
Over the next few hours we watched as the adults brought in fish for the remaining chick that was reluctant to leave the nest as its sibling flew around with its parents.
After an early morning swim we drove towards Yosemite. It was good to leave the barren land behind and start the climb up towards the hills and Yosemite.
Black BearBlack Bear Cub
Upon reaching Crane Flat lots of cars had stopped by the roadside. A Black Bear and cub were making their way through the long meadow grass. It was difficult to get photos because of the long grass and rangers on hand trying to keep order and the traffic flowing as vehicles were being abandoned in the road as everyone scrambled to get photos. Continuing on our way we could not help but be impressed by the scenery as we descended into the Yosemite Valley. High cliffs on either side kept our eyes skyward. White-throated and Black Swifts were in the air as we gazed in awe at the scenery.
We drove onto Curry Village in the central part of Yosemite, where we had pre-booked a tent as we were too late to book lodge accommodation which needs to be booked a year in advance during high season.
Valley floor at Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park
At CurryVillage we were quite looking forward to camping as we thought this would place us in more natural surroundings for birding. Imagine our horror when we arrived to discover that we were in one of 700 tents all side by side. Piccadilly Circus could not have been busier. It was my idea of a nightmare. Because of the threat of Bear attack all our food and bathroom items had to be placed in bear-proof steel containers at the sides of our tents. After leaving our bags in our tents we soon left the camp site to get away from people and wandered around one of themeadows surrounded by trees. A Red-breasted Nuthatch called from one of the trees. We wandered down by the river but we surprised by how few birds we saw that were new for us. After an evening meal from the Pizza place (dont expect good food in Yosemite) we bedded down in our tent waiting for bears!
Having survived the night from bears we set off for an early morning walk of another meadow. Orange-crowned, Nashville, Hermit, McGillivrays and Yellow-rumped Warblers were all watched along one of the pathways. Hummingbirds were difficult to identify as many young birds were on the wing as they zipped around a few feeders that were hung in workers houses. Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds were new ticks for the trip. On the river an American Dipper was busy finding food.
We drove onto Glacier Point which has spectacular views of Half Dome rock and views of Yosemite Valley. En-route we walked up a creek where Mountain Chickadee and Wilsons Warbler flitted in the trees and bushes.
Yosemite from Glacier Point
At Glacier Point we failed to locate any Blue Grouse and after sight seeing we made our way back to one of the high meadows, where we sat and watched a couple of trees in the middle of the meadow by a small pool. In the late afternoon it attracted lots of small birds for their wash and brush up session.
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria Aphrodite)
A White-headed Woodpecker was joined by a Lazuli Bunting and Mountain Chickadees as well as a good variety of warblers, including a Yellow Warbler. Pine Siskins were also new trip ticks. We finished the day with yet another Pizza and vow to eat something different for the following evening.
We left our camp site for the three hour drive to TwinLakes and the search for Sage Grouse in the parched Sage Bushes of this area. Once we were out of the park the temperature rose and we admired the view of MonoLake, a dormant caldera of this volcanic region. Violet Green Swallows flew overhead as we stopped by a few fields near habitation. A Western kingbird sat on a fence line as Yellow-headed Blackbirds fed amongst the horses.
MonoLake with Tufa Stacks
We searched in vain at TwinLakes for Sage Grouse amongst the millions of Sage Bushes but did see Sage Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow and a Green-tailed Towee. We accidentally disturbed Mule Deer as we continued our search. The Sage Bushes had revenge on us as we gave up not without a few scratches. Three Clarks Nutcrackers flew overhead as we made our way back to the car. We turned around and drove to MonoLake. It was now very hot as we made our way down to the lakeside. MonoLake is famed for its thousands of Wilsons Phalarope that feed here at this time of
year as well as the breeding colonies of Califonia Gulls. Millions of black flies surrounded the lake, that were a good food source for the birds. Black-necked Grebes were also present as were Chipping Sparrows and House Wrens.
California Gull feeding on black flies
Back over TiogaPass at 9945 feet we found a Gray Flycatcher before stopping at Tuolumne Meadows for an early evening walk. An American Tree Sparrow and a Williamsons Sapsucker appeared by our car. We set off in search of Mountain Bluebird and soon found one. A Black-backed Woodpecker was added to our list as Red Crossbills drank out of a small creek. We headed back to our tent and the masses.
Today was billed as a non-birding day as I wanted to look at the volcanic features in this part of the world out the other side of Yosemite. We drove to Hot Creek where boiling water was spewing into the creek. Four Lesser Yellowlegs were running around a small sandy island in the middle of the creek. As we walked up the side of the creek a brown bird disappeared into one of the riverside bushes. With patience a Sage Thrasher came and sat on a nearby rock. How we had searched for this species yesterday in our search for Sage Grouse. A Rock Wren also put in an appearance.
It was now very hot and we made our way to Panum Crater a dormant volcano overlooking MonoLake. The temperature was rising and it was quite a climb up the side of the lava strewn volcano. Once at the top the obsidian and pumice plug of the crater was fascinating and gave excellent views over MonoLake. The heat began to get to us and Paul wanted to go down to the lakeside. Once we had found the track-way a couple of rangers turned up and encouraged us to take a swim. I realised that I actually had a costume in the boot of the car and put it on. The water was extremely salty and made me float very high in the water. It was impossible to swim as my legs were mostly above water level. Weird! Paul played safe not wishing to display his body and remained the photographer.
View of MonoLake from Panum CraterSue in the salty LakeMono
At the end of the day I could not face another pizza at Yosemite and we had dinner at Lee Vining the nearest town to the entrance of the National Park. At Tuolumne meadows on the way back we saw Fox Sparrow and White-breasted Nuthatch. It was dark on our arrival at CurryVillage, where our tent was and we fumbled for torches as we tripped over guy ropes. The tents were so close it was difficult to remember exactly which track-way ours was sited on. At least we had another bear attack free night.
Paul was still determined to see a Sage Grouse and I had ascertained another site to try from birders on the pelagic. We set off from Yosemite to the former gold rush town of Bodie which has many of its wooden and community buildings preserved for the tourists. It is however surrounded by Sage bushes. A Mountain Bluebird family kept us amused as we took photos.
Once again it was extremely hot and I soon became weary searching endless Sage bushes on the hillside. I decided to take an interest in the actual buildings I was searching around and stopped to talk to some builders busy restoring buildings. They told me a good place to try for Sage Grouse as they had seen a mama with chicks earlier. I wandered into their suggested place without success and on up the hillside. I was conscious that I was getting dehydrated as I had set off without any drink. A headache developed and I was having little success other than another Sage Thrasher and Dark-eyed Junco. Paul had set off in another direction and was now trying to find me as He had had more success and had located a pair hiding under a Sage bush not far from where I was earlier on. I felt relieved as we had spent a disproportionate amount of time trying to find them. My head was now hammering to the point I felt sick. However I had enjoyed seeing the former mining town but missed John Wayne riding through as Sheriff!
We returned to Tuolumne Meadows my favourite spot in Yosemite. We picked a lonesome spot by the river where I sat quietly whilst Paul sought out a few more birds.
Sue at Tuolumne Meadows
We packed our belongings into the car and bade farewell to Yosemite, but not before stopping to add Vauxs Swift, Mountain Quail and House Finch to the list on several stops along the way on the long haul up towards FortBragg. We motored to GrizzlyIsland where we saw very little and up through the famed NapaValley. I wanted to stop at one of the many vineyards but Paul was keen to press on. The NapaValley was very expensive and we struggled to find a place to stay at reasonable cost. We spent the night at a hotel www.geyservilleinn.comin Geyserville, a small town not too far from FortBragg ($160 a night). We treated ourselves to a fine meal in a local restaurant which was a bit of a boost after our poor food for the last few days.
After checking out we headed to ClearLake near Lakeport. This unscheduled spot turned out to be a good spot for birding in this otherwise difficult area of vineyards. The lake was surrounded by trees and scrub all harbouring birds, especially around the creeks that flowed into the lake. However it was also a popular holiday destination for boat owners and fishermen. As we crossed over the parking lot I was aware of something running. Assuming it was an animal I looked and suddenly realised it was a Wild Turkey, a species that I had wanted to see in the wild for many years. It was followed by a family party. It did seem odd!
Wild TurkeyClarkes Grebe
I counted over 300 Clarkes and Western Grebes on the lake. Up in the trees above our heads Tree Swallows called to one another. The bushes were alive with a mix of small birds that included Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bewicks Wren, Oak Titmouse, Wren Tit, Hairy Woodpecker, and a Blue-gray Nutcracker.
We had a relaxing time watching all the boats and fishermen before heading at the end of the day to Willits, where we stayed in a Best Western Hotel. Although it was by the side of a busy main highway, it provided me with a small pool in which to have a swim in the heat and was a reasonable cost at $97 for the room for the night. www.bestwesterncalifornia.com
We left Willits and drove the short distance to FortBragg in the hope that we did not hit the coastal sea fog that had plagued Bodega. Luckily it was totally clear and we located where our pre-booked B and B was. We headed for the Botanical Gardens which is often a good place in many cities or towns around the world no matter where you are for birding.
Hummingbirds darted around bushes and flowers but we only added Allens Hummingbird as a new tick. A Pygmy Nuthatch seemed at odds as Canada Geese flew overhead. We wandered down to the cliffs and watched Black Oystercatchers fly around the rocks. An Indigo bunting was a nice surprise lurking amongst foliage of an overgrown stream. A Swainsons Thrush flitted about a tree as we walked back up to the gardens as a Cedar Waxwing perched high up a dead branch.
I bumped into Don Doolittle who was the bearer of bad news for the following day. Paul and I were booked onto the pelagic for the following day. Don explained that the boat that we were due to use was in dry dock needing emergency repairs. Debbie was desperately trying to get a replacement boat but had to off-load some passengers as she knew it would be smaller. Don reassured me that it was unlikely to be Paul and I as we had travelled such a long way.
After lunch Don had recommended walking around a lake by the sea. This we did but apart from watching an Osprey fishing in the lake we added little to our list. We checked into our B and B but soon realised that our hosts were not used to birders. A request for an early breakfast was met with stony faces. I had to be quite persistent to obtain any alternative. In the end we realised that a shopping trip was in order for supplies for the following day.
Down at the wharf, Debbie had done a grand job and had managed to obtain a replacement fishing boat. We soon realised that we amongst some of the top American listers. FortBragg pelagics are renowned for producing rarities and top listers book every trip available in season. We listened intently once again to the health and safety talk and what to do if sea sickness made you throw up. I had a good supply of oatmeal biscuits but was fairly confident I would be OK (but I suspect Paul paid better attention to throw up from the back and had his pockets stuffed with crackers to save throwing up at the side of the boat again)
We set off from the wharf and noted many waders on the mud as we left harbour. Wandering Tattler was a world tick for me so I was thrilled to see one on the rocks. Once at sea, birds seemed few and far between but a Humpback whale added to the delight of 6 Dalls Porpoise right next to the boat. I was delighted at the sight of many Pacific White-sided Dolphins riding the bow wave. We had many Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters as well as Red-necked Phalaropes. A Pomarine Skua came close to look at us but there werent as many birds as there had been out from BodegaBay.
There was a lull in the birding and cetacean watching and many of us were taking it easy in the sun at the back of the boat when all of a sudden I was woken from my snooze. There cant have been a person on board that did not know that I wanted to see a Blue Whale and I had made it clear that if a Blue Whale spout was seen I was to be notified. Lisa had spotted a Blue Whale blow from the bow and Debbie was yelling to go to the right (starboard) side of the boat. A couple of Humpbacks were displaying on the port side and most people were watching them. However as the engines were cut, an enormous blue-grey shape emerged from the water on the starboard side with a very small dorsal fin. I jumped for joy as my Blue Whale that had eluded me for so long showed itself to the few of us that had remained on that side of the boat. I was thrilled! I tried to find Paul. I had assumed he was watching the Humpbacks, but I could not find him! Had he gone overboard? No! He had chosen those few precious minutes to visit the toilet. What timing!
We turned back and headed towards FortBragg. Small flocks of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters were sitting on the sea and we added Arctic Skua and Red-throated Diver to our species list. Once back ashore Paul and I headed to a Tri-coloured Blackbird site that I had gleaned from a fellow birder on board boat. We searched through the blackbird flocks and soon located a few birds. Paul and I returned to our B and B to freshen up. We decided to celebrate with a last special meal at one of the Wharfs Restaurants and treated ourselves with a window-seat looking out over the harbour. We watched the sun set on our holiday near its end.
More problems with our B and B meant that we had to wait over an hour for our breakfast. Along with other guests none of us were amused with one lot of guests leaving without getting fed. We have made a mental note never to arrange a private B and B again but to use chain organisations. Eventually we left late and birded a State park down the main coastal highway. Paul headed off up a forest pathway but I turned back as we were seeing very little. I was fortunate to meet up with some of the birders that we had met the day before. I discussed a few birds that I felt we had missed in the forests and a tape was produced from one of the birders pockets. Within seconds of being played a Huttons Vireo sat within touching distance of me. A Winter wren also made its presence known.
However once Paul had returned we headed off for a long journey south to Livermore and Mines Road. Here after much searching we finally saw our much sought after Yellow-billed Magpie. We carried on to Del Valle State Park and the lake where Yellow-billed Magpies were in abundance feeding all around the picnic tables and trees.
We made the most of the sun and wandered round with the rest of the tourists. Eventually we headed back to San Francisco where we had booked our last nights stay at the same motel as our first night because it was convenient for the airport.
Arriving at the airport far too early we were informed of a flight delay to Minneapolis. This meant upon arrival at Minneapolis we were met and transported straight to our plane for the transatlantic flight. Arriving at Gatwick we were amazed to find our luggage had arrived with us! Well done North-West Airlines!
Red-throated DiverFort Bragg10/08/2007
Pacific DiverBodega Bay31/07/2007
Great Northern DiverBodega Bay31/07/2007
Pied-billed GrebeBodega Bay30/07/2007
Black-necked GrebeMono Lake04/08/2007
Western GrebeSan Francisco29/07/2007
Clark's GrebeClear LakeNational Park08/08/2007
Black-footed AlbatrossBodega Bay31/07/2007
Northern FulmarBodega Bay31/07/2007
Pink-footed ShearwaterBodega Bay31/07/2007
Sooty ShearwaterBodega Bay31/07/2007
Brandt's CormorantBodega Bay31/07/2007
Double-crested CormorantSan Francisco29/07/2007
Pelagic CormorantBodega Bay31/07/2007
American White PelicanBodega Bay31/07/2007
Brown PelicanSan Francisco29/07/2007
Snowy EgretSan Francisco29/07/2007
Great Blue HeronMonte Rio29/07/2007
Great White EgretSan Francisco29/07/2007
Green HeronMonte Rio30/07/2007
Wood DuckBodega Bay30/07/2007
Red-breasted MerganserTwin Lakes04/08/2007
Hen Harrier [sp]Monte Rio29/07/2007
Red-shouldered HawkValley Ford29/07/2007
Swainson's HawkBodega Bay31/07/2007
Red-tailed HawkSan Francisco29/07/2007
Ferruginous HawkPanum Crater05/08/2007
Prairie FalconTuolumne Meadows06/08/2007
Wild TurkeyClear LakeNational Park08/08/2007
California QuailSan Francisco29/07/2007
Black OystercatcherBodega Bay31/07/2007
Black-necked StiltSan Francisco29/07/2007
Grey PloverMonte Rio29/07/2007
Marbled GodwitSan Francisco29/07/2007
Hudsonian CurlewBodega Bay31/07/2007
Long-billed CurlewSan Francisco29/07/2007
Greater YellowlegsHot Creek05/08/2007
Ruddy TurnstoneSan Francisco29/07/2007
Black TurnstoneBodega Bay31/07/2007
Red KnotSan Francisco29/07/2007
Least SandpiperSan Francisco29/07/2007
Red-necked PhalaropeBodega Bay31/07/2007
Grey PhalaropeSan Francisco29/07/2007
South Polar SkuaBodega Bay31/07/2007
Pomarine SkuaBodega Bay31/07/2007
Long-tailed SkuaBodega Bay31/07/2007
Heermann's GullSan Francisco29/07/2007
Western GullSan Francisco29/07/2007
Sabine's GullBodega Bay31/07/2007
Caspian TernSan Francisco29/07/2007
Elegant TernBodega Bay31/07/2007
Common GuillemotSan Francisco29/07/2007
Pigeon GuillemotSan Francisco29/07/2007
Cassin's AukletBodega Bay31/07/2007
Rhinoceros AukletBodega Bay31/07/2007
Band-tailed PigeonBodega Bay30/07/2007
Great Horned OwlBrannan Island State Park01/08/2007
Black SwiftTulloch Reservoir01/08/2007
Vaux's Swift [sp]Yosemite07/08/2007
Anna's HummingbirdSan Francisco29/07/2007
Belted KingfisherMonte Rio30/07/2007
Acorn WoodpeckerBodega Bay30/07/2007
Williamson's SapsuckerTuolumne Meadows04/08/2007
Nuttall's WoodpeckerBrannan Island State Park01/08/2007
Hairy WoodpeckerClear LakeNational Park08/08/2007
Black-backed WoodpeckerTuolumne Meadows04/08/2007
Northern FlickerSan Francisco29/07/2007
Pileated WoodpeckerBodega Bay30/07/2007
Grey FlycatcherTioga pass04/08/2007
Pacific-slope FlycatcherFort Bragg09/08/2007
Say's PhoebeHot Creek05/08/2007
Black PhoebeSan Francisco29/07/2007
Ash-throated FlycatcherClear Lake National Park08/08/2007