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September 2021

BIRDING IN MARIN – Point Reyes Fish Docks, Lighthouse and Beaches

September 4, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Point Reyes - Fish Docks, Lighthouse & Beaches
September 4th
8:30AM - Mid Afternoon
Birding with Jim White and Bob Battagin

September provides the most birding surprises in Marin as many juvenile birds make their first migration west and south without the aid of google maps. Western migrants such as Townsends, Hermit and Black-throated Gray Warblers may be in the Point Reyes Tree islands with rarer eastern species. Western Tanagers may share a tree with a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Drake’s Bay begins to harbor large numbers of wintering species like scoters, loons, terns and gulls. A Wandering Tattler may join Black Turnstones, sanderlings and Godwits along the shores. This is a good time and place to witness Parasitic Jaegers harassing Elegant Terns to try to snitch a captured fish.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse sits well out into the Pacific Ocean so some pelagic birds like Shearwaters may be seen from the comfort of the shore. Peregrine Falcons are often seen, especially on mornings when the fog hides the coast, and migrating land birds may be hunted out over the ocean. The point with its few Monterey Cypress can then be a life saving vision to them.

Limit of 15 participants. All participants must be vaccinated. CLICK HERE to register for this field trip. There will be NO waiting lists at this time. 

DIRECTIONS: Meet at 8:30 at the Fish Docks parking lot on the outer point. Take Sir Francis Drake thru Inverness toward the Light House. Left turn to the FISH DOCKS just after Ranch A (The Nunes Ranch) and one mile before the Lighthouse. Carpool if possible, be vaccinated and allow 1.5 hour from the San Rafael area.

 

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