SU19 Marbled Murrelets | 2022 | $20
Time - 5:00 am - 8:30 am
Trip Leader(s): Brit O'Brien
Meet at the Trinidad West Park & Ride (copy and paste into your web browser: https://goo.gl/maps/E8b9HyZ7qCzqhLRn6).
Discover this endangered and mysterious Marbled Murrelet, set in the dramatic redwood old-growth forest. The ringing “keer” calls pierce the early morning mist. This trip to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park near Orick is for early birds! The dawn chorus, including Varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, and possibly Pileated Woodpecker, accompanies pre-dawn flights of the murrelets. These birds are usually seen only in flight. Plenty of other redwood forest birds can be enjoyed and there may be an opportunity to stop along the coast to scan for murrelets on the water with a spotting scope. Flat terrain, but the field may be wet so boots are a good idea. Restrooms are available at Prairie Creek visitor center. This trip will not stop for food (or coffee). (Approximately 60 miles round trip). Marbled Murrelets only fly around during dawn and activity can die down after sunrise, especially if it is a clear day, the group will leave just a few minutes after the 5 a.m. meeting time.
If you are planning to also go on the Del Norte Tufted Puffin trip then the leaders of both trips will coordinate a meeting time and location. Please email us at [email protected] to let us know.
Bookings are closed for this event.