|Travel 45 minutes from the hotel up Cobb Mountain, with lovely views of the scenic wine country. Depending on weather and ground conditions, visit either the Boggs Lake Nature Preserve, administered by the Nature Conservancy, which includes a vernal pool with a one mile walk through oak woodlands, or head to the more forested 1.3 mile Boggs Mountain State Forest Interpretive Trail. Ample time for birding throughout the morning. |
Joining Brad as a guide on the Cobb expedition will be local expert Darlene Hecomovich, who also organizes the annual Lake County Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Residents here include Pileated Woodpeckers, Pygmy, White-breasted, and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, and Hutton's Vireos. In spring and summer, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos are also present.
On the way back from Cobb Mountain, stop in Lower Lake to meet Lake County winemaker Gregory Graham, and taste some of his wines.
Info on Boggs Mountain State Forest: www.boggsmountain.org/ and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boggs_Lake_Ecological_Reserve