Attractive neighborhood offers hiking and biking trails, park facilities

(Editor?s note: This is one in a series of monthly stories taking a close-up look at neighborhoods in Petaluma.)

As legend has it, once upon a not-so-distant time, turtles apparently lived in Petaluma?s Lynch Creek.

And so, when a subdivision of homes was built adjacent to the creek, the name ?Turtle Creek? was chosen for the neighborhood.

But several residents queried this month say they have never seen turtles in the creek, although a large assembly of other critters ? including deer, foxes, raccoons and skunks ? have turned up in the neighborhood.

?In fact, last fall, we saw seven raccoons rolling down a driveway,? said Ingram Way resident Suzanne Young, laughing.

While ?Turtle Creek? might now be a misnomer, the neighborhood?s street names, primarily bird types, more faithfully reflect its makeup. Hummingbirds, hawks, woodpeckers, buzzards, egrets and all sorts of other birds fly around and hang out in the area.

?We?re bird watchers, so we enjoy it,? said Linda Buffo, who has lived in Turtle Creek with husband Steve for the past five years. ?Many people here are interested in birds.?

Residents customarily rattle off directions that leave visitors feeling that they will be entering a bird community.

?After entering the neighborhood on Turtle Creek Drive, take a right on Sparrow Lane, a left on Linnet Lane and a right on Hawk Drive,? say some residents, who can always choose to inundate visitors with several more bird names if they want to give unnecessarily complicated directions.

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