Humboldt Surf and Turf 2

Friday, October 11, 2002, Led by Steve Shunk and Greg Gillson

Photos by Bill Walker

84 Species at 6 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall AM
Mallard AM
Redhead AM
Greater Scaup AM
not sure whether it was greater or lesser
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Snowy Egret PPSP AM
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Red-shouldered Hawk AM
Flushed from the side of the trail
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer RCHT
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet AM
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Northern Flicker PPSP
We saw a surprising number of these all day.
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin RCHT
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit PPSP
Five or ten wrentits came within a few feet of us on the overgrown hiking trail, revealing their low sputting, puffing sound. A magical moment.
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
American Pipit RCHT
flying high overhead and calling. Not a good look.
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Cedar Waxwing AM
We were immersed in a flock of 500 waxwings at sunset, litting about, eating berries.
PPSP
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Fox Sparrow PPSP
These guys responded persistently, noisily, and aggressively to pygmy owl calls all day. They fell for it every time.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Red Crossbill (h) RCHT
Legend
Arcata Marsh, CA = AM
Azelea State Reserve, CA = ASR
Patrick's Point State Park, CA = PPSP
Redwood Creek Horse Trail, CA = RCHT
Rural Areas of Humboldt County, CA = RAHC
Trinidad Harbor, CA = TH

84 Species at 6 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall AM
Mallard AM
Redhead AM
Greater Scaup AM
not sure whether it was greater or lesser
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Red-shouldered Hawk AM
Flushed from the side of the trail
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer RCHT
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet AM
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Northern Flicker PPSP
We saw a surprising number of these all day.
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin RCHT
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit PPSP
Five or ten wrentits came within a few feet of us on the overgrown hiking trail, revealing their low sputting, puffing sound. A magical moment.
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
American Pipit RCHT
flying high overhead and calling. Not a good look.
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Cedar Waxwing AM
We were immersed in a flock of 500 waxwings at sunset, litting about, eating berries.
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Fox Sparrow PPSP
These guys responded persistently, noisily, and aggressively to pygmy owl calls all day. They fell for it every time.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Red Crossbill (h) RCHT
Legend
Arcata Marsh, CA = AM
Azelea State Reserve, CA = ASR
Patrick's Point State Park, CA = PPSP
Redwood Creek Horse Trail, CA = RCHT
Rural Areas of Humboldt County, CA = RAHC
Trinidad Harbor, CA = TH

84 Species at 6 Locations

Arcata Marsh
Cedar Waxwing
We were immersed in a flock of 500 waxwings at sunset, litting about, eating berries.
Greater Scaup
not sure whether it was greater or lesser
Red-shouldered Hawk
Flushed from the side of the trail
Azelea State Reserve
Rural Areas of Humboldt County
Patrick's Point State Park
Fox Sparrow
These guys responded persistently, noisily, and aggressively to pygmy owl calls all day. They fell for it every time.
Northern Flicker
We saw a surprising number of these all day.
Wrentit
Five or ten wrentits came within a few feet of us on the overgrown hiking trail, revealing their low sputting, puffing sound. A magical moment.
Redwood Creek Horse Trail
American Pipit
flying high overhead and calling. Not a good look.
Trinidad Harbor

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We had some wonderful close encounters today -- waxwings, winter wrens, wrentits, hutton's vireo, all within a few feet at various times of the day. We worked a lot today on sounds.