Monthly Archives: February 2011

Brown Shrike and Redwoods

We arrived at the McKinleyville Vista Point north of Arcata before 8:00 AM and our spirits were high in anticipation of finding the Brown Shrike. We worked our way down the cliff then south to the south pond where we … Continue reading

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“Big Al” and the Brown Shrike

We’re racing north on the 101 towards Arcata, CA. Fifteen minutes ago we bagged the Tufted Duck at Stafford Lake near Novato. My ninth category 4 or higher bird for the year (see Bird List for category explanations). Now, it’s … Continue reading

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Thayer’s Gull

Yesterday I broke out of my mini-slump with two new year-birds.  In the morning I participated in Bill Kaempfer’s Indian Peaks Winter Count and added Clark’s Nutcracker to my year list.  There were also lots of Pine and Evening Grosbeaks … Continue reading

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Long-eared Owl – No

Unfortunately, I’m beginning to understand a little bit how Sandy Komito must have felt during his 1987 “Big Year”. Long-eared Owl was his nemesis bird and according to Mark Obmascik’s book “The Big Year” (to be released this fall as … Continue reading

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