Friday, April 30, 2010

Sonoma Baylands Tidal Marsh - April 29, 2010

Walking Distance: 3.1 miles
Walking Time: 1 hr., 36 min. 6:13 - 7:49 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Public parking area (Public Shore spots); Sonoma Baylands Tidal Marsh area, CA

Today, I barely made it back to the car by sunset, because I was enjoying sweeping views along this long straight trail (red line on map) by the bay, and interesting clouds, a faint half rainbow (shown), lots of wildflowers, birds, and nice "golden hour" light and colors.

The Bay Area is filled with people; however, as is often the case, I saw one other person on this trail, at the very beginning. So, it was very quiet and peaceful. The afternoon breeze settled down about 1/2 hour before dark.

The path itself was surrounded by grasses and wildflowers, and was hard to walk through in spots. However, I think it was because it was fairly overgrown that I saw two mice -- one (unfortunately) recently deceased.

Wildlife Sightings:
22 red-winged blackbirds; 13 ducks; 2 killdeer (on path); 5 swallows; 3 live rabbits (+ 1 deceased); 17 little brown jobs (LBJs); 100 unidentified brownish and brownish/white shorebirds out in or flying around the mudflats; several spots with little brownish ground flies; 1 ladybug; 1 kite; 2 orange and brown butterflies/moths; 1 dead mouse + 1 live one; 1 crow; and 1 Canada goose.

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