Sunday, October 23, 2011
Yes, we are still birding and were blessed to get a 'life bird' in Santa Cruz. Cued by a hotline tip, we found a Yellow-green Vireo less than 20 feet from our RV in an urban park.
Down the coast at Moss Landing and Elkhorn Slough we encountered thousands of shorebirds: Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Marbled Godwits, both Dowitchers, and many others. Plus we saw a Barn Owl in an abandoned barn in the preserve.
We recommend a visit to this wonderful area of California. Until next time, Ida & Ty
Thursday, October 13, 2011
We were staying in Oakhurst and had a great birding area right outside the RV, adding Nuttall's Woodpecker, Phainopepla, California Towhee, California Thrasher & Oak Titmouse.
Next destination - King's Canyon & Sequoia National Parks.
Once again, breath-taking scenery and massive trees. Pictured here a 320 foot tall Giant Sequoia with a base of 98 feet in circumference. It was amazing to see so many of these over 2,000 year old trees that were thankfully saved for generations to enjoy.
This curious coyote greeted us at one of the park pull-offs. Mule Deer and yet another Black Bear (this was bear #55 for the trip) made up some of the park's rich fauna.
From Sunny California, Ty & Ida
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Shafts of sunlight rarely filter to the forest floor from the towering 380 foot high canopies above. The giant tree pictured in the video measured 68 feet in circumference. Epiphytes, such as ferns, moss, lichens and shrubs grow profusely from upper story branches and trunks. This cool, dark and moist forest floor environment gives off the aroma of creation.
From "sunny" California where its been foggy or raining for the last two full days (critical to Redwood growth). Farewell for now, Ty & Ida