|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 us 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.
Info on Boggs Mountain State Forest: www.boggsmountain.org/ and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boggs_Lake_Ecological_Reserve