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A Ruddy Turnstone Was Spotted on the Mendocino Coast—A Dispatch from Mendonoma

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The following is an article written by Jeanne Jackson for her blog Mendonoma Sightings where she documents the wildlife, the land, and the waters of our coast.


The Ruddy Turnstone Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson spotted along the coast. Mike snapped this photo.

Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson were out looking for birds. Mike wrote, “There have been a variety of inhabitants on the coastal beaches and rocks the last few days. Always looking for a new bird, Karen spotted two new species (for us) this week. Her Bird of the Day is at 187 and over the weekend we photographed a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage and the large flock of Sooty Shearwaters.”

We’re hoping for more new sightings since we are running out of ‘known birds’ for the website!”

This Ruddy Turnstone is just coming out of breeding plumage. To see Karen’s fantastic bird of the day website, here is the link: http://www.mpkw.com/BirdOfTheDay

Thanks to Mike for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

It’s a beautiful, mild day here on the Mendonoma Coast today, with no wind. Huckleberries are ripe and ready for picking, which what I did with several friends earlier today!

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How Can You Support the Efforts of Mendonoma Sightings?

  • Buy Jeanne Jackson’s book Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year here. The 270-page, full-color documentation of our coast’s beauty would make for a great gift or coffee table conversation piece.
  • Jeanne Jackson has also written two children’s books: Sunny Loves Spring on the California Coast and Sunny Loves Summer on the California Coast. These playful children’s books were written to instill within children a love of nature. Jackson will be publishing the other two seasons this year. Those books can be purchased at http://sunnylovesnature.com/
  • Check out Craig Tooley’s incredible photography of our coastline here. Buy some prints of his photos, get them framed, and bring the Mendonoma coast home.
  • “Follow” and “Like” the Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year Facebook page for direct access to Jackson’s dispatches of life on Mendonoma.
  • If you have your own Mendonoma Sighting, contact Jeanne Jackson at mendonomasightings@gmail.com to submit your narrative and photograph so she can document the experience.

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