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The Woodpecker Trail

The Woodpecker Trail

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There's a trail near the Bear Valley visitor center in Pt. Reyes National Seashore called the Woodpecker Trail. I saw and heard plenty of woodpeckers out there, but I also found plenty of sunshine, and even bluebirds! Zippety-Doo-Dah!



I was there for a poetry workshop, well prepared with a folding chair so I could sit and write for 30 minutes or so. Sitting still really paid off this time!



There was a whole family of bluebirds centering their noon-time efforts around this coyote brush. Dip down to the grass, grab bug, eat, repeat!




Before I left to rejoin the group, I took a picture of my writing spot.



I was kind of doing the trail backwards - it starts near the horse trailer parking, goes through the Douglas Fir grove, then crosses this hillside. I started at the Morgan Horse farm and came across that way.



The drapes of Spanish Moss reminded me that sunny days are uncommon in these parts - the moss (actually a lichen) thrives on fog and mist.



I didn't have a chance to get a picture of the woodpeckers high in the trees - so you'll have to be content with the sign!



This log shows what the woodpeckers do - drill holes in trees and store acorns there. All the larger trees bear their distinctive marks. No question who rules here! We're just spectators.




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