Thursday, November 3, 2011
Morro Rock to - Channel Islands National Park
Pulled into Morro Dunes RV park next to this huge 578 foot monolith - pictured to the left, home to nesting Peregrine Falcons.
After a few days in Santa Barbara and Ventura, we boarded a catamaran for Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the 5 Channel Islands National Park chain. On the 26 mile voyage, were dozens of Common Dolphins racing our boat, thousands of Western Grebes, and a new 'life bird' a Xantus's Murrelet. Upon landing, we signed permits and were led by a Nature Conservancy naturalist into the closed property. Our small group of 5 got to experience the endemic flora and fauna. Our number one goal was to see the Island Scrub Jay - found nowhere else in the world. We found 6 of these dark blue colored, large birds. Pictured below is the rich waters around Santa Cruz Island teaming with sea life, fishes, seal lions and birds. Our best to all from sunny California. Ty & Ida