August 27th, 2008

Birding, Shrike

Bodega Bay

Last Thursday, we took advantage of one of the last few days of summer to make a trip to the coast. I'd driven through Bodega Bay before (on our return trip from Mount St. Helens last year), but this is the first time I'd stopped and spent any time there. We didn't really spend a lot of time there - we just had lunch in a bay-side restaurant, where we got to watch pelicans and seals and sea lions and cormorants and, yes, gulls who looked like they might go crazed and attack at any moment. ;) (Surely someone here understands that reference, right)? Then, we went to the beach for a while, via the Bird Walk - a trail of about a mile (I'm guessing; maybe less, maybe a bit more, but probably less) which runs alongside a creek that flows into the ocean just south of the bay. It was a great day; Connor and I took two visiting Traveling Teddies, and a good time was had by all.

I was also very pleased to discover that this easy-to-get-to area of coastline is less than 25 miles away from home. That's one of the things that was kind of annoying about living in San Ramon. As the crow flies, we weren't that many miles from the coast, but because of traffic and geography, it was sort of a big hassle to get to the beach. Now that I know Bodega Bay is this close, I predict we'll be visiting regularly. :)

I can't quite decide which of these should be the official 365 for the day:

Doran Beach:

Beach, near Bodega Bay

Marbeled Godwit:

Day - Marbeled Godwit

I'm not in the mood to create a poll, but if you'd like to express your opinion in a comment, I'll do a "viewer's choice" vote that way. :)

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