Friday, June 18, 2010

Arnold Dr., Sonoma, p. 1 - June 14, 2010

Walking Distance: 3.8 miles
Walking Time: 1 hr., 20 min. (6:45 - 8:05 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Parked on Watmaugh Rd., near intersection with 116 E (Stage Gulch Rd.), Sonoma, CA

Tonight was a very pleasant evening for walking. I walked out to 116 East (Stage Gulch Rd.) and proceeded West. However, soon the road narrowed and the shoulder walking area disappeared (plus there were construction barriers which made walking impossible further West). So I turned around at Champlin Creek Road, and headed the other direction, to the intersection of 116 East with Arnold Drive. I turned left on Arnold, and enjoyed seeing fields and tractors across the street. I walked as far as Mission Drive (Temelec), and then turned around to walk back to car, via the other leg of Watmaugh Road.

My favorite part of the walk was seeing quail running in fits and starts along the ground -- trying to stay out of view behind trees. I hadn't seen any quail for months. While they are more common in the North Bay, I don't see them where I live. I also felt I was really in the country when I read the eggs for sale signs in the area.

Wildlife Sightings:
1 partial lizard sighting (small-med-light brownish) + 9 suspected lizard blurs in bushes/grass; 16 red-winged blackbirds; 6 blackbirds (orioles?); 20 swallows; 2 horses in pasture near road; 12 cows grazing; 1 mockingbird (very pretty song(s)); 3 doves; 5 crows; 3 unidentified flying bugs; 22 little brown jobs (LBJs); 2 dead birds (one w/ blue in tail feathers); 1 screw; 2 starlings?; 3 quails; sound of frogs toward vineyards

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