Posted by: atowhee | July 11, 2011

Nesting Birds of Pt. Reyes

I taught a class on nesting birds for Pt. Reyes Field Seminars on Sunday. We had a decent day in the field. Highlight was watching a pair of Pacific-slope Flycatchers carry insects to their tiny brood in their tiny nest on a park service office building porch.

We also found four species of nesting swallow: Barn, Tree, Violet-green and Cliff:

And while Barn Swallows don’t re-use nests, here;s clear evidence they will re-use nest LOCATION:

Nesting on a porch light, two nests deep.


Another highlight was watching a young Osprey try his wings on the branches that support his nest.  This high atop a dead Douglas-fir along Limantour Road east of the ridge crest.

Pt. Reyes–Marin, CA
Jul 10, 2011 8:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
45 species

Surf Scoter  X
California Quail  X
Red-throated Loon  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Pelagic Cormorant  X
Brown Pelican  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Osprey  X
Northern Harrier  X     pair at Limantour
Red-shouldered Hawk  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Heermann’s Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Pigeon Guillemot  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Acorn Woodpecker  X
Nuttall’s Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Western Wood-Pewee  X
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  X
Black Phoebe  X
Steller’s Jay  X
Western Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  X
Tree Swallow  X
Violet-green Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Cliff Swallow  X
Swainson’s Thrush  X
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Wilson’s Warbler  X
Spotted Towhee  X
California Towhee  X
Song Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Black-headed Grosbeak  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Bullock’s Oriole  X
House Finch  X


  1. Thanks Harry. It was a fun day. Certainly a learning experience;-) The tiny PSFL young were a treat. The young Osprey trying out his wings was
    special too.

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