December 11th, 2010
It is quite common for me to find fox scat or pee on one of the two morning papers laying at the head of the B&B driveway. I think it’s one of the adult Gray Fox that hunts the property routinely that is doing it, but I haven’t caught him/her in the act.
Last summer (2010), we had a litter of Gray Fox at Roundstone Farm. This was the first litter in years, for a distemper outbreak a few years back greatly impacted the local population. Anyway, last spring and summer I watched an adult fox (I’m assuming one of a pair) routinely hunt in the pastures surrounding the pond and on the backside of the inn. I watched the adult(s) catch many a gopher or vole in the volunteer hay. As long as I stayed about 5o yards away, it would let me watch it without running off. Once it caught whatever it was, it would head immediately towards the barn and lower pastures. It wouldn’t stop or slow down for anything…it was on a mission. I never did follow the fox, for I didn’t want to scare it off its den, wherever it was. Years back we often found a bunch of kits in one of our large Eucalyptus tree stumps. But, that wasn’t the case with this particular pair of fox.
Later that summer, in August, I was down by the barn checking out the summer’s blackberry crop, when I spotted a kit slink out of one of the smaller blackberry batches heading to the largest one in the middle of the bottom pasture. Once I got my “fox eye” I noticed a different kit watching me from a runway in the largest patch. It just sat there on its haunches watching me, it didn’t seem to care, it just watched. Almost immediately I saw another kit walking up the hill behind the patch towards it. The kit walking stopped abruptly and caught a huge alligator lizard. Well as would have it, the first kit that I noticed saw the third kit with the lizard and proceeded to try to take the lizard from it. Not a chance! The third kit ran off with it to some tall grass and chomped on that lizard for at least 20 minutes. I watched the three of them for another 30 minutes and headed home. I went back to that blackberry patch a couple of times after that, but never did see them again. It looked to me that they were about the size to head out on there own anyway.
So, I don’t know which one of the five (3 kits & 2 adults) is leaving me their little tid bits, but one thing I do know…they must be eating pretty good.
May 28th, 2010
A guest of mine told me that he saw two, young Great-horned owls in the group of Cypress trees next to the residence just above the Pt. Reyes Lifeboat Station. So, liking owls and thinking that there may be a nest I decided to drive out and check it out. Being Friday morning of the Memorial Day weekend, I had the road and Chimney Rock parking lot almost to myself. Once I got out of the FJ I heard multiple elephant seals vocalizing. I was surprised to hear so many seals, for this was May 28 and I thought they were gone by now. I walked over to the look-out to check it out and saw why there was so much noise, for there must have been about 30 elephant seals. Most were hauled out on the rock beach soaking up the sun. They looked like a bunch of hot dogs. Of course I forgot my binoculars. Typical! After about 30 minutes I headed over toward the residence area to look for the owls. Walking over I heard more vocalizing down by the fishing dock. So, I checked it out and sure enough I found a couple more elephant seals sunning themselves. Walking back up the hill, I caught a glimpse of something small and light brown below one of the rock outcroppings. It was a baby seal. It was tentatively heading toward the water. I didn’t see an adult, but did hear one a little further back in the rocks. Finally the little guy/gal entered the water and swam around a rock outcrop. I didn’t see it again.
As I walked around the far side of the lifeboat station I saw about 15 more elephant seals, but this time they were only about 20 yards from me. They too were enjoying the sunny day. This group had 3 little ones in it. Man they were cute. They acted just like little kids in that they couldn’t sit still. They’d lay in the sun for a while and then get up and waddle over to one spot and then to another. All the fidgeting got them chewed-out from their moms, just like humans kids get chewed-out for rousting around when mom is trying to take a nap.
Heading back to the parking lot I gave the Cypress grove one last look. I must be living right, because just as I was about to leave I caught a glimpse of two fuzz balls sitting in a tangle of Cypress boughs. Man, they really looked like adolescents, adult size but still wet behind the ears. I watched them for awhile, padded myself on the back for finding them and headed back to the FJ, totally satisfied.
April 23rd, 2010
Cindy Muldoon has been named the Superindendent of Pt. Reyes National Seashore and will start her new position in mid-May. Ms. Muldoon has been with the National Park Service since 1985 and has occupied varied Park Service positions throughout the United States. She is currently serving as the deputy regional director of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region. Ms. Muldoon replaces Don Neubacher whom, since February, is serving as the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park.
April 21st, 2010
Priscilla’s - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays) 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, 415-669-1244, Cuisine: Fish/pizza ; Service: Friendly; Noise Level: Moderate; Recommended items: Fish tacos, crab enchiladas, pizza; Liquor selection: Beer, wine, soju, margaritas; Corkage: $10; Heart-healthy and vegetarian selections: Salads; Parking: Street and lot; Wheelchair access: Yes; Credit cards: All major
Summary: Nine years ago, Priscilla Levy bought the Gray Whale Pub and Pizzeria and renamed her roadside cafe Priscilla’s. Though pizza is still on the menu, the offerings have expanded to include everything from fish tacos, which are better than average, and fresh oysters to pastas and chicken pot pie.
Tanya Henry, Marin IJ,Wednesday, April 21, 2010 (for complete story visit www.marinij.com)
April 3rd, 2010
“Top 100 Bay Area Restaruants” San Francisco Chronicle (April 2010)
Chef-owner Christian Caiazzo calls his food “Point Reyes Italian.” Specialties: Oyster pizza, Tomales Cove mussels with Lunny’s grass-fed hot links; beans and greens; braised goat with creamy herbed polenta; any dessert. Prices: $15 to $19
Located at: 11285 Hwy ! (corner of 3rd Street) in downtown Pt. Reyes Station; (415) 663-9988 or www.osteriastellina.com
Lunch and dinner Wednesday thru Monday. Beer and wine. Reservations and credit cards accepted.
Personally, I love the goat shoulder. Frank B.
March 29th, 2010
Watch Egrets & Great Blue Herons courting & nesting at one of the major West Coast colonies. Everyone enjoys their visit! The Preserve opened for the 2010 year on March 20th and will remain open to the public until July 11. The hours are: Weekend & Holidays - 10 am to 4pm; Tuesday thru Friday by appointment only; Closed Mondays. There is no charge but a $15 dollar donation is appreciated.
Located at: Audubon Canyon Ranch, just three miles north of Stinson Beach, CA. www.egret.org