SA47 Garberville & Southern Humboldt – NEW | 2017
Time - 7:15 am - 4:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): Keith Slauson
The inland habitat of Southern Humboldt County can reveal different species than the redwood coastal region. White-throated Swifts occupy some of the bridges over Hwy 101, Acorn Woodpeckers and California Towhees with Western Scrub Jays are around. The car-pool down Hwy 101 through the redwoods will take about 1.5hrs. Warming temperatures and more open/oak hillsides begin as, after a pit stop in Garberville, we head out east along Alderpoint Road. This south east Humboldt route is the standard for our oak loving species. White-breasted Nuthatch should be present, Western Bluebird and other singing inland birds will be heard. The destination is a large rock outcrop referred to as “Rock Wren Rock,” clearly the place in Humboldt were one can see this energetic wren. Much more open prairies here shifts the species to Western Meadowlark and Savannah Sparrow and a good chance for Grasshopper Sparrow. The remainder of the trip will be spent generally birding as we work our way back up Hwy 101 checking on the swifts and some seriously large redwood trees on the way. Bring a lunch, water, and some sun-screen as this trip moves up and out of the fog belt.