Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tiburon - Corte Madera - Feb. 15, 2010

Walking Distance: 4.2 miles
Walking Time: 1 hr., 47 min. (1:48 - 3:35 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Parking spot near 5060 Paradise Dr., Tiburon, CA; and spot on Redwood Highway, Corte Madera, CA

Thank you to Alec for walking with me and setting up a two car system that allowed us to cover roughly double the normal distance (avoiding the need to backtrack, or do a loop back to a single car). It was sunny, warm day, with more green grass and trees in bloom. Definitely feels like spring is in the air.

Lots of bicycles and walkers out today for the Presidents Day Holiday Monday. We walked the remaining stretch of Paradise Drive to San Clemente, and crossed over into Corte Madera. Following the Bay Trail as close to the Bay as possible, we enjoyed some nice views of Mt. Tamalpais (shown). We chose to take an unpaved portion of trail to walk out to a point (looking directly out at San Quentin prison across the way - see image). We then headed back to Redwood Highway, back to where we'd parked car #1, and then drove back to pick up car #2 on Paradise Drive, where we'd started the walk.

Wildlife Sightings:
49 ducks; 2 Western grebes; 6 unidentified brownish shorebirds; 3 great egrets, 8 snowy egrets; 14 sea gulls; 11 little brown jobs (LBJs) plus 1 mockingbird; 5 crows; 8 Canada geese; 1 black-necked stilt; 5 American avocets; 1 big black and yellow bumblebee; 2 lady bugs; 1 coot; 1 hawk; and 1 tennis ball - semi-attached to a (lively) dog - in the Bay.

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