Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2011

Pt. Reyes Wildflower and Bird Report for Abbott’s Lagoon

If you are going to Abbott’s Lagoon don’t skip the Headlands

Today it was back to Pt. Reyes to check out Abbott’s Lagoon.  Driving out on Lucas Valley Road there were Milkmaids, Hound’s Tongue and California Buttercups.  On the way home we also passes a large group of Wild Turkeys.

Compared to last week’s Pt. Reyes trip to Chimney Rock the flowers at  Abbott’s Lagoon are further behind.  Flowers along the trail are coming out slowly and in no great numbers yet.  The area that is most flowery is the headlands area that is above and to the south of the bridge.  There are displays of Goldfields on the headlands and also Footsteps-of -Spring, California Buttercups, Hog Fennel, white form of Baby Blue-eyes and Johnny Tuck.  Seen along the main trail were most of the above as well as a few California Poppy, Salmonberry, Manroot, Big Marsh Buttercup, Candy Flower, Gumplant, Starrry Chickweed, a few Fiddlenecks in bud, and lots of Miners Lettuce.  Even the beach was sparse as the tide was up (it was the highest I have seen it, possibly due to Tsunnami) and much of it was underwater.  All that were visible at the Beach were a few Gumplant, Beach Suncup and Beach Strawberry.

Birds were active. Seen were American Coot, Black Phoebe, Raven, American Crow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Scrub Jay, Great Blue Heron, lots of Turkey Vultures, unidentified Gulls, and a Wrentit (heard only).  Also rabbits and Mule Deer.

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