Stinson's Gulch is the name for a valley in Marin County, California, that is associated with a stream that travels down Bolinas ridge and is located just north of Stinson Beach.
Lovely, shrubby habitat with lots of berries and insect attracting spring flowers. Above, a Western Scrub-Jay . Jays are among my favorite birds because of their assertive and inquisitive natures. The jay above appears to be acting as a look out, though Western Scrub-Jays don't display sentinel behavior as systematically as the Florida Scrub Jay.
As soon as we entered the habitat from the small parking area, warbler activity became apparent in the shrubby plants around us. The first species was a species that I enjoy during the winter months in my yard, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, above.
Bushtits are smaller than chickadees, only 4" compared to a chickadee's 4 1/2 to 5", and their foraging habits are much like that of chickadees, including the habit of hanging upside down as they search for tiny insects. What is also delightful, they often travel and forage in flocks. So if you miss your photo opportunity the first time, chances are you'll get a second chance!
The females have the yellow eye, while the males have a brown eye, and look at that long tail! Fun little birds!
Above, Keith Hansen, center, and my companions, Talissa and Wendy.
Next: More firsts and an enchanted forest!
Great book! Full of detailed life histories. As you might guess, I brought home an autographed copy!