Monday, March 29, 2010

China Camp State Park - N. San Pedro Rd. - Mar. 28, 2010

Walking Distance: 2.5 miles
Walking Time: 2 hrs., 54 min. (3:05 - 5:59 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Parked on side of (N. San Pedro) Road, just past China Camp State Park (North) entrance sign, San Rafael, CA

I was treated to another wild turkey sighting today (and the sounds of other turkeys gobbling in the vicinty), within a few seconds of locking up my car and starting to walk. It must be mating season.

It was a little overcast, but still nice spring weather overall. Birds, animals and insects were out, as were lots of wildflowers. For those sensitive to poison oak, be careful when you walk on the Shoreline and other park trails (shown in solid red and purple lines on map) above the road (shown as double yellow lines). The trail system is very nice, but there is quite a bit of poison oak close to the trail edge.

Wildlife Sightings:

1 wild turkey; 12 turkey vultures; 3 crows; 4 deer; 1 black and yellow bumblebee struggling on the ground; 4 little brown jobs (LBJs); 3 mosquitos - 1 bit me; 1 great egret; 1 rusty screw; 1 horse (on private land/farmhouse) and 1 cormorant, 1 duck, and 1 great blue heron (in farmhouse pond). Wildflowers included: blue-eyed grass; California poppies; yellow "buttercups"; little yellow flowers (unidentified); scotch broom (yellow flowers); purple irises; unidentified pink/purple vetches