High Tide Weekend 2

Monday, January 10, 2005, Led by Steve Shunk

Photos by Bill Walker

81 Species at Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Yellow Rail
Just as we were preparing to wade back across the low part of Waldo's Dike (now overflowing with high tide water), several people called out "Yellow Rail!" We spotted the bird making a desperate swim from the flooded marsh toward shore. During his long, strenuous journey we shared scope views and got excellent looks at his facial and back markings. A truly remarkable life bird look.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Swamp Sparrow
Although we were in the presence of Swamp Sparrow twice on our Texas trip months earlier, we feel today's sighting is properly our life sighting, since this time we got a much better look.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)

81 Species at Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Yellow Rail
Just as we were preparing to wade back across the low part of Waldo's Dike (now overflowing with high tide water), several people called out "Yellow Rail!" We spotted the bird making a desperate swim from the flooded marsh toward shore. During his long, strenuous journey we shared scope views and got excellent looks at his facial and back markings. A truly remarkable life bird look.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Swamp Sparrow
Although we were in the presence of Swamp Sparrow twice on our Texas trip months earlier, we feel today's sighting is properly our life sighting, since this time we got a much better look.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)

81 Species at Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Point Reyes National Seashore
Yellow Rail
Just as we were preparing to wade back across the low part of Waldo's Dike (now overflowing with high tide water), several people called out "Yellow Rail!" We spotted the bird making a desperate swim from the flooded marsh toward shore. During his long, strenuous journey we shared scope views and got excellent looks at his facial and back markings. A truly remarkable life bird look.
Swamp Sparrow
Although we were in the presence of Swamp Sparrow twice on our Texas trip months earlier, we feel today's sighting is properly our life sighting, since this time we got a much better look.

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Good morning weather plus very high tides made for a wonderful morning at Waldo's Dike, where we met a lot of birders and watched the drama of rails and mammals fleeing high water while trying to avoid being eaten.

We saw, but do not yet have the database capability to record, the newly minted Cackling Goose. We also saw but did not identify, Scaup.

In addition to the birds listed, other participants observed Red-throated Loon, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Snow Goose, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Wood Duck, Common Yellowthroat.