Audubon Trip to Point Reyes

Saturday, September 04, 2004, Led by Bob Reiling (See also...)

Photos by Bill Walker

59 Species at Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Northern Shoveler
after lunch
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
California Quail
after lunch
Gaviidae (Loons)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
White-tailed Kite
after lunch
Sharp-shinned Hawk
after lunch
Cooper's Hawk
after lunch
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer
after lunch
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Red-necked Phalarope
after lunch
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Strigidae (Owls)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Willow Flycatcher
After advice from Bob Power, I am excluding this photo from my ABA list.
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Western Bluebird
after lunch
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Hermit Warbler
We didn't even realize this was a new bird for us until we'd gotten home.
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

59 Species at Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Northern Shoveler
after lunch
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
California Quail
after lunch
Gaviidae (Loons)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
White-tailed Kite
after lunch
Sharp-shinned Hawk
after lunch
Cooper's Hawk
after lunch
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer
after lunch
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Red-necked Phalarope
after lunch
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Strigidae (Owls)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Willow Flycatcher
After advice from Bob Power, I am excluding this photo from my ABA list.
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Western Bluebird
after lunch
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Hermit Warbler
We didn't even realize this was a new bird for us until we'd gotten home.
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We spent the morning with Bob and company, then split off after lunch. Before we joined the group at Drake's Beach, others reported Red-throated Loon and Elegant Tern. We had great looks at Osprey flying over the beach. Weather was sunny and pleasant with an offshore wind. It was a good day for owls, with two Great Horned Owls at the fishdocks and a Barn Owl near the Drake's Beach parking lot. At the lighthouse, some observed Brant's Cormorant; we had great looks at Red-breasted Nuthatch, immature Hermit Warbler, and a Willow Flycatcher. The fishdocks offered looks at Common Murre and Pigeon Guillemot.

In the afternoon we walked part of Estero Trail, then ended the day at Pierce Point Ranch. We saw a coyote and had nice looks at the Tule Elk. We saw quite a few raptors in the afternoon heat, including a very dark morph Red-tailed Hawk. At sunset, the Sharp-shinned Hawks were calling incessantly at the Ranch.