On the way back from Oregon, a stop in Trinidad, California, a stunningly beautiful town on the coast
The small protected harbor was dotted with rocks and fishing boats, Trinidad, California
Thanks to Laura, a great driving journey with our dslr cameras as far north as Bandon, Oregon
Highway 101 goes right through Praire Creek Redwoods State Park, and the elk can easily be seen from the road.
We got as far north as Bandon, Oregon
Bit of a heat wave here, so birding on the coast has become the most pleasant.
Back at the home feeders
Too bad it wasn't the wandering tattler, because it is such a cool name - there are recent sightings of the tattler in the same location that I saw this bird - however tattler is stockier, mostly gray on top, and with yellow legs.
This young red-tailed hawk was center of attention as it flew low and loudly over the Andy's Produce parking lot, Sebastopol
Recent walk through the Laguna de Santa Rosa, near Sebastopol
I went back to Hole in the Head, Bodega Bay, to stake out this bird to see if I could get a photo for I.D. purposes. I have been hearing this trippy bird song for about a month in different places, and didn't know what bird.
Turns out it is the very shy and very secretive Swainson's Thrush, known for its "flutelike" song.
This could be the same powerful bird that caught the fish right in front of me a few weeks back...he was doing some serious fish hunting again today, in the same location.
Surprised this barn owl, Hole in the Head, Bodega
My first visit to Quarryhill Botanical Garden, in Glen Ellen, a 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering plants from Asia. In the middle of the garden is a beautiful pond and waterfall, remnants of what had originally been an old quarry site (hence the name.)