Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Central Coast of California

We followed the beautiful coastal highway on this gorgeous sunny day.  Bright blue water and snow white waves crashing against the craggy sea rocks.  We pulled into Olema Campground for two nights and had close-up wildlife.
Black-tailed Deer, Mom and Fawn

Black-tailed Buck - King of the Park

We spent a partly foggy day exploring Point Reyes National Seashore, with the sun breaking through later.  We enjoyed the birds and wildlife of this amazing area.
Point Reyes Lighthouse - 30 stories of stairs below

Peregrine Falcon through the scope

Greater White-fronted Geese in the fog

Wind swept Cedar Tree top of the cliff

Blue-green algae on the rocks - little chlorophyll 

Tule Elk

Tropical Kingbird - wandering westward

Colorful autumn plants cover the dunes

We drove south along the coast staying at Sunset Beach State Park finding some new birds for our year list.  And Ty got lots of practice with Anna's Hummingbirds and some amazing stop-action shots.
California Thrasher

California Towhee

Pygmy Nuthatch

Tri-colored Blackbird

Along the route south was the Elephant Seal Vista where hundreds of these large, magnificent marine mammals haul out to rest and play.

Heermann's Gull

Ever southward, we spent a few days at Morro Dunes RV Park near the beautiful Morro Rock at the entrance to Morro Bay.  This monolith stands 581 feet high and takes up 50 acres of ground.  As many things in California, you really need to see it as the photos do not do it justice.
Sand dollar with barnacle 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Elegant Tern


Dungeness Crab

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew finds a Mole Crab

Pelagic Cormorants 

Prickly Pear beside Morro Rock

Sea Otter Mom and pup

Baby gets groomed

We took a day trip up into the mountains and in the large farmlands along Pozo Road, we found the indigenous Yellow-billed Magpie, only found here in Southern California.

This "on the road" photo is from Point Reyes that somehow got to the bottom of the blog by mistake but seemed like a good way to end this entry.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Northern California

Our first three days in Northern California were spent on the coast in Crescent City  Our RV site overlooked the bay and the Battery Point Lighthouse.  We watched the tides ebb and flow bringing birds in very close.

Ground Squirrel hoping we had treats

Harbor Seals resting

American Pipit

Pacific Golden Plovers


Black Brant 

We drove inland through the magnificent Redwoods towering over 350 feet above us.  We then found an RV park right in the middle of "Elk Country".
Bugling Roosevelt Elk

Elk make themselves at home in Elk Country RV Park

Allen's Hummingbird

California Sea Lions basking

River Otter at Humboldt Bay

Peregrine Falcon gets the Sanderlings flying

Wandering Tattlers

Then back to the coast with stops at many coastal overlooks and into Humboldt Bay for 3 days of fantastic bird and wildlife observations.
Aleutian Geese

Marbled Godwits,  Long-billed Curlews, Whimbrels and Willets crowd up at high tide

Hottentot Fig covers dune areas

Semipalmated Plover

Tree Frog on the beach?

Townsend's Warbler

Heading south, we took the scenic byway called "The Avenue of the Giants".  Twenty plus miles of beautiful Redwood groves following the meandering Eel River.
California Quail

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Then back to the coast and the hidden Westport RV park and beautiful beach and towering cliffs.

Beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, another wonderful day of enjoying God's creation.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann