|Don, on the lookout for the the vagrant warbler|
|Hermit Warbler in lichen swathed apple tree|
Back to the bird! We were near freezing as we watched a parade of birds in the orchard - Fox and Golden-crowned Sparrows, American Robins, California Towhees and jaunty Hermit Thrushes.
Then, across the street from the orchard, I spotted a few birds shooting into a pine tree and the game was on! Soon I was capturing glimpses of a little slaty blue bird, and the occasional perfect profile of a male Black-throated Blue Warbler. The bird then shot into the orchard, settling in a tree by the gate, where he picked away at an old apple. Who knew warblers ate apple?
|The Male Black-throated Blue Warbler|
|An apple a day, keeps the Sharp-shinned Hawk away|
We decided to stop at the Arcangel's Market to buy sandwiches for lunch and stock up on the wonderful fresh baked bread they always have for sale. Yum!
|Busy little Townsend's Warbler, behind the Arcangeli Market in Pescadero|
Before we left Pescadero I took a shot of the not-found-in-Pescadero hummingbird on painted on the side of a gas station building. No clue of the murel's significance, but it is pretty.
Our next stop was the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, to look for Ancient Murrelets which we heard were seen there the previous day, just off shore.
|Pigeon Point Lighthouse|
|Flotilla of Red-breasted Merganser drakes|
|This fellow seems particularly proud of himself|
I would loved a good look at Ancient Murrelettes, but alas, the little alcids were already off to another location. There were loads of Red-breasted Mergansers, Black Turnstones & such.
|From behind the lighthouse here, we spotted White-winged Scoters and other seabirds|