We are by no means "birders" and had no sense of what the Sonoma area had to offer, so it seemed like a reasonable idea to look up a local resident who could show us the around, Colin did not disappoint. Weather wise it was perfect, sunny, not to warm, with just a light breeze. On Colin’s recommendation we focused on the area around Bodega Bay, and spots like Bodega Head, Campbell Cove and Rail ponds to name but a few. As I say we’re not experienced birders but we know when viewing wild life, every day is what you make it and on this day, this was particularly true. In early June our timing for bird watching couldn’t have been more challenging. Most migratory species have pass through and breeding is near its end. Despite that, and in between filling us in on local history and lore, Colin was able to identify some 40 odd different birds species, some so nondescript I missed them even, when in plain view (in my defense I could claim the first sighting of sea lions “surfing” at Bodega head). All in all we had a marvelous time discovering the area. Colin was a great choice in helping make day even more enjoyable. Thank you Colin, this was one of the high-lights of our trip.