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Sandy S
03-30-2015, 05:18 PM
I spent the last three days at Pt. Reyes at what is often the height of wildflower season. The best wildflowers for diversity and interest were at Chimney Rock and Abbott’s Lagoon. See earlier post Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes Wildflowers & Birds 3/27/15 (http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2015/03/27/chimney-rock-pt-reyes-wildflowers-birds-32715/) for what I saw there.

There is also a nice display of California Poppies with Tidy Tip, Fiddleneck and alien Mustard at the end of the Kehoe Beach Trail above the beach. It seems throughout Pt. Reyes there are many areas where the California Poppies and Douglas Iris are doing well. There also are good numbers of the popular Pussy-ears Star-tulip at Chimney Rock and in other headland areas. Poison Oak is also plentiful so keep an eye out for it.

If you go out towards the abandoned ranch at the north end of the Park your chances of seeing Tule Elk are very good. We also saw a coyote and pocket gopher in that area as well. You can also walk down to McClure’s Beach for a scenic sand and rocky beach that is relatively uncrowded.

Abbott’s Lagoon is my favorite hike at Pt. Reyes as there is always something of interest happening there. The diversity of habitat results in many species being present. It includes Coastal Bluff with dominant the dominant shrubs of Coyote Bush and Yellow Bush Lupine, Grassy Headland, Lagoon, Sandy Beach and Dunes. We walked four miles including parking lot to bridge at end of trial, headlands south of bridge and beach and sand dunes north of the bridge. Poison Oak is plentiful next to trail and at headland.

The dominant birds Abbott’s Lagoon were White-crowned Sparrows with frequent appearances by Song Sparrows. Both were often singing. Ravens and Turkey Vultures were often seen flying overhead. Least Sandpipers and American Robins were seen and Lesser Goldfinch heard, all of which were listed either infrequent or not at all on ebird lists. Waterbirds were mostly absent. A few waterbirds were seen in the distance but the only ones that could be identified with binoculars were Bufflehead and Ruddy Duck. We identified 21 different birds today and also had a good view of a Brush Rabbit.

Many species of wildflowers were in bloom. Most plentiful along the trail were California Poppies and most abundant at the Beach was Yellow Sand Verbena. Pussy-ears Star-tulip could be found on the headland, but beware the Poison Oak.

See photos and detailed plant and bird lists at: Pt. Reyes Wildflowers, Birds & Photos (http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2015/03/30/pt-reyes-wildflowers-birds-photos/)

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