Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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What Drake saw…

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A brief detour from blogging about Switzerland for a bird-walk last Saturday at Pt. Reyes…

We met the Master Birding group at 8:00 a.m. at the Five Brooks area of the National Seashore. Things started very overcast but abundant with birds…

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It was a nice gentle walk around one of the brooks…

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The group got in their cars and drove over to the park headquarters. Half of  the cars were left there  so that carpools could be formed. Parking spaces are at a premium on weekends in most of the areas of the park.

On the way to Drake’s Beach there were many stops so everyone could pile out of the cars in this case to see groups of raptors…(they do not show up in my photos but the count was high) and I was able to get the landscape…

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and Tule Elk here (those light dots in the second picture are really them)…

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It was still overcast when we got down to the coast…

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We were busy counting and someone was busy getting married…

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A monument to Sir Francis Drake…

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Here was one of the most amazing parts of this excursion. This is the first of two points where we saw barn owls flying…the most unusual thing, ever…in my whole life I have never seen a barn owl fly in daylight and we could not figure out what made this totally nocturnal bird do it…there is a spot in this picture that is the owl…

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After our picnic lunch, the sky started to roll back…

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and we were all happy…

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We drove around to the boat docks…finally we saw what Drake saw…

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Our walk out to the point where we could see whales breaching and spouting…

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By the time we made the walk back, there were sailboats in the harbor…

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This was a beautiful day…