Day 80 – Wildlife Intern Daniel Solorzano-Jones

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! As the new year began so has a new phase of this internship. Having returned to Fort Cronkhite from winter holidays I realize that the shiny feeling of a new living environment is all but gone. Although that may sound sad, I am very happy to have a stronger understanding of what this internship will look like. By taking what I’ve learned over the last 80 days I can now make informed goals for myself, whether they be professional or personal.

New Year’s Resolutions

Professionally, my new years resolutions revolve around becoming proficient at the skills I have started to develop during this internship.

Work Life

After Hours

One of January’s highlights has been my kayak/birding (Kayirding?) trip to Drake’s Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore. It was my first time visiting Point Reyes

Rodeo Lagoon and beach are heavily birded by many but none compare to the legendary status that William Legge has earned.

Naturalist Notes

Lifers

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

One of the rarest birds I have ever seen on the West coast, this Eastern Phoebe was a treat to observe. While California is far from it’s namesake native range of the Eastern US, I found out that this is likely an individual that overwintered in the same area as last year. Reported first by the one and only William Legge.

Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)

I was very happily surprised to find a flock of Oak Titmice (I would think that’s the plural of Titmouse, right?) while camping with the EFTA interns. We rented a yurt in Bothe State Park which consists mostly of oak woodlands making it an ideal place to finally see this titmouse.

Clark’s Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii)
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