Date: 02/13/20

 

Locations:

4799–4835 CA-1, Fairfax US-CA 37.93055, -122.68861

4799–4835 CA-1, Fairfax US-CA 37.93055, -122.68861

3855–4019 CA-1, Stinson Beach US-CA 37.90620, -122.65056

 

Site Description: 

We visited the marshlands of Marin County. Specifically, we were on the border of Stinson Beach. The terrain was very open and there were very few trees. Around the shoreline there were many shrubs and some grass. However, the majority of it was marsh-like surrounding a shallow body of water. The key bird species here was the American Wigeon. American Wigeons have fairly long tails along with a green head with a white stripe down the middle.

 

Species account:

The Great Egret is especially known for two things- its extremely long neck and startlingly white feathers. It is a type of heron that has a very sharp yellow bill and black legs. It is also unique because its neck is bent slightly halfway down the length. Great Egrets are generally found in open marshlands or coastlines. They find prey by sifting through the water until they see something. Once they see something, they immediately strike with their long beaks and necks. Often times, they can wait for extended periods of times, staying completely still until something pops up. Its general prey includes fish, frogs and snakes. They are generally found abundantly throughout the world, including places such as North/South America, Europe, and Southern Asia.

 

Narrative: 

For this trip, we traveled the farthest we had ever traveled before. We went to Stinson Beach in Marin County and visited a sort of marshland. The weather was extremely cold, especially considering that I had foolishly worn shorts. We arrived around 9:15am, and for the most part we stayed around that area. It was very cloudy and some very light sprinkling occurred at one point. It was interesting to see the Great Egrets stalk their prey- they moved so quietly and gracefully but were able to strike within a blink of an eye. We even observed an osprey from quite far away. Overall, another successful trip.

 

Sources:

Professor Paul

E-bird

 

E-bird link:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64420755

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64423332

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64424218