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Mt. Tam & Corte Madera Marshes – Birding in Marin Season 7 – Trip 4
April 2, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Birding with Jim White and Bob Battagin
8:30 AM to mid afternoon
Register for this field trip HERE
Registration for this trip opens at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 23. 8:00 AM. Limit of 15 fully vaccinated participants for this trip. There will not be a waiting list.
Mount Tamalpais, rising like an icon above Marin, hosts some birds uncommonly seen in the rest of the county such as Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and in the winter 1or 2 Townsend’s Solitaire. About twenty years ago our friend Dave MacKenzie discovered a TOSO feeding on mistletoe berries in some Sargent Cypress trees along the trail to Barth’s retreat and the bird or its children have returned every year since! But the trail, built by the CCC, California Conservation Corp, back in the 1930s has not withstood the test of time quite as well. So, if you are up for a vigorous though short (3.5mi) hike, join us to see what we can find.
After our lunch break back at Rock Springs with fine picnic Tables and a restroom, we intend to drive down to sea level to look at the Corte Madeira marshes. This area is very birdy so depending on the tidal height we expect to see a lot of birds there. Wintering shorebirds are gearing up for the return to their arctic nesting grounds so we may be able to see why how Black-bellied Plovers got their name. As the shorebirds molt into their breeding plumage, if we are diligent, we might even be able to tell the two Dowitcher species apart.
Directions: Meet at Rock Springs at 8:30. From Highway 1 in Stinson Beach or up 3.3mi from Tam Junction, take Panoramic Drive to it’s crest then go uphill 1 mile on Pantoll Road to the Rock Springs parking lot.