The Birds of Point Reyes National Seashore

A Pictorial

On the rolling hills of Point Reyes National Seashore, gophers drive the ecosystem. In addition to sustaining coyotes, foxes, weasels, and bobcats, this makes for happy hunting for all manner of raptors: kestrels, red-tail hawks, great horned owls, white-tailed kites, northern harriers, and more.

Turkey vultures, ravens, egrets, and great blue herons share the bounty.

In the chaparral scrub, western bluebirds, an occasional scrub jay and sparrows dominate.

Woodpeckers are common in the surrounding woodlands.

A shy, burrowing owl finds a home in a former badger den.

Kildeer and California quail flock in the meadows and scatter along the roads, running as fast as possible (“Don’t make me fly!”).

Along the coast, shorebirds, white pelicans, cormorants, tundra swans, gulls, and western grebes gather.

Point Reyes National Seashore has such a fantastic diversity of habitats in life in such a small area. There is so much to see while waiting for a bobcat. This is what it looks like when nature is given a little space.


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