Friday, April 30, 2010

Hamilton Drive to Hwy 37 - April 29, 2010

Walking Distance: 2 miles (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 19 min. (4:09 - 5:28 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Parked on street (Hamilton Drive), Novato, CA

It took me awhile to find this bit of trail (shown as red line on map) in northern Marin County. I walked north, up Hamilton Drive, to a point where the road made almost a 90 degree turn to the Right (right after the Starry Night Winery, and California Rice Oil across the street). At this point, I made a 90-degree Left turn, onto a paved asphalt bikepath and walking trail. I followed this trail (which ran roughly parallel to the railroad tracks and Highway 101 North), to Highway 37.

I walked underneath Highway 37 (where I saw many mud-daubed birds nests (shown), clinging to the underside of the freeway overpass).

After walking down (Hanna Ranch?) Road, to the end of the freeway entrance area (shown), as far as I could go, I turned around and walked back the way I'd come.

Wildlife Sightings:
19 little brown jobs (LBJs); 1 bumblebee; 3 bicyclists; 2 lizards (plus a few blurs in the bushes that I suspect were additional lizards, but I can't be sure); 12 barn swallows; 5 red-winged blackbirds; 4 ducks; 1 couch; 1 turkey vulture; 1 mockingbird; 1 dove; and 3 unidentified flying bugs.

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