Small group of snowy plovers resting, Doran Beach - they had each scooped out little depressions in the sand, where they then nestled. Almost the same color as the sand, they are difficult to see until you almost step on them. Then they scurry out of the way and look up at you, as if to say, hey, can't you see where you're going?????
Hiking up to the pond at Shiloh Ranch, hoping to see the hooded mergansers recently reported there, on one part of the trail a flurry of little birds greeted me, ruby-crowned kinglets, townsend warblers, and wonderfully, the golden-crowned kinglet!
Quick trip to the coast
This bird seemed as curious about me as I was about it, but for awhile I just thought it was a juvenile mockingbird, although it was larger and its behavior different. While looking through some other bird i.d.'s, I saw a photo of a sage thrasher, and realized this could be the bird that I had seen. Very closely related to the mockingbird, as it turns out.
It was a real wildlife day for me, as when I drove completely out of the park, heading for Inverness, I saw this beautiful male adult bobcat.
This Peregrine was sitting on a fence post on my walk down to Abbotts Lagoon.
I spoke with another hiker who came in after me, and she said she had seen two peregrines.