Date: 5/22/18 10:27 pm
From: Jake Kirkland <kirklandj...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Brant & Harriers at Wilder Ranch
Sorry if I'm telling you something you already know but since you labeled
it sp. I thought I'd let you know that in that area your weasel was a
long-tailed weasel, Mustela frenata, as there's only the one species.
Really cool sighting!


On Tue, May 22, 2018, 7:59 PM <stevejisawesome...> wrote:

> Hello birders,
> I visited several spots from Pescadero south to Wilder Ranch SP this
> afternoon, failing to find any Black Swifts. But there were a few
> highlights, as follows.
> Pescadero (south, free parking section) - 16 Surfbirds
> Pigeon Point - a flock of 100+ Band-tailed Pigeons on the telephone wires,
> by far the largest flock I've ever seen. Probably the same bunch reported
> there earlier this month.
> Just S of Ano Nuevo SP - 3 Purple Finches, and a White-throated Swift
> making no attempt at all to imitate a Black Swift
> Wilder Ranch SB - Brant (at the mouth of the creek), and two Northern
> Harriers, including an adult male.
> I also a weasel spp on the bluffs along the Old Cove trail. I was
> watching a White-crowned Sparrow with a moth in its bill, and we both saw
> the weasel cross the path into the shrubs near the Sparrow. It remained
> perched high with the moth, looking around, for several minutes. It then
> flew to perch atop a nearby shrub, near two prominently perched Song
> Sparrows, and continued to look around with the moth in its bill. I guess
> the WCSP did not want to visit the nest, while the weasel was around.
> cheers,
> Steve Johnson
> visiting from Virginia

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