At 10am the lake was beautiful and the sky very blue - marvelous conditions for birding with two exceptions. 1) There was an Ultimate Frisbee competition going on, making it impossible to bird much of the park. 2) Wind! Strong wind! The wind made it difficult for the smaller birds and the Hawks to reach their intended destinations. A Red-tailed hawk, pushed by the wind was moving sideways.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
I highly recommend birding Oso Flaco Lake, as it is one of the premier birding areas on the Central Coast.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Next stop, the 3rd St. Coastal Access, a sweet little path takes one down to the bay.
While the feeding melee was going on a Double-crested Cormorant and a Snowy Egret were having a disagreement over feeding rights. As I walked along the edge of the bay, a Cooper's Hawk sped by and four Canada Goose honked as they passed overhead. In the area of the Baywood Pier were eight Ring-billed Gull. Birding Baywood was delightful! Now, isn't that interesting, my walk ended at the coffee shop.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
(above) and the Marina Boardwalk. I was looking for Early Birds, birds that breed elsewhere and come to the Central Coast for the fall, winter, and early spring.
Sandspit - A flock of 30 Brandt's Cormorant were resting on a rocky point. Brandt's can be seen on the central coast all year, but they have been missing from Montaña de Oro's rocky shoreline. I was rather happy to see them.
(above). Heermann's is classified as "Near Threatened," as 90% of their breeding is confined to Isla Raza in Baja California.
(above) fed, dashing hither, thither and yon.
Whimbrel breed in Alaska and Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland.
Although the morning was heavily overcast, fortune shined. Above the high tide line were two endangered Snowy Plover. In the wet sand, feeding on a bird carcass, were two Turkey Vultures. Diving in the rugged surf about 10-15 Surf Scoter.
(above). Many were in transition between their breeding and winter plumage. In the center of the bay rested about 50 amazing White Pelican (below). They can weigh 30 pounds and their wing span can exceed nine feet. They are fabulous to see in flight.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
If you enjoy birding by ear, spring is the perfect time to hike up the Islay Creek Road. The male Swainson's Thrush flute-like sound can be heard throughout the creek. It is difficult to describe the beauty of two miles of Swainson's Thrush song.
The birds that nest in Islay Creek may be difficult to see as the trees are dense with spring growth, and you are standing above them, looking down. Once you hear the Swainson's Thrush song you will never forget it. In the video, accompanying the Thrush is the male Wilson's Warble, whose song is not exactly dramatic, but it is persistent, forceful, and also not easily forgotten. In the first frame of the video you will hear Swainson's Thrush, accompanied by Wilson's Warbler; second frame, you may need to turn up your sound to hear the quiet Pacific-slope Flycatcher, accompanied by the call of a California Quail and the song, once again, of the male Swainson's Thrush.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I had been birding about 20 minutes; experienced an excellent view of Mr. and Mrs. Blue Grosbeak, and a Common Yellowthroat; identified the distant chatter of a Western Kingbird and the persistent song of a Black-headed Grosbeak, but that was it. I was about ready to try another location when one of the best birders in the county, drove up.
Continued on down the Road. Perched on barbed wire fencing were two Cassin's Kingbirds, a Lark Sparrow, and Say's Phoebe. In the fields - Meadow Lark, Red-winged Blackbird and Western Bluebird. For a complete list see bird list at end of blog. Once again this peaceful country road proved to be a birding goldmine. As soon as we get a sunny morning, I will return for another look at these beautiful little darlings.
* Turri Road is located on the Central Coast of California between the Communities of Morro Bay and Los Osos.
Bird List: American Kestrel, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Cassin's Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Common Yellowthroat, House Finch, Lazuli Bunting, Meadowlark, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow, Swainson's Thrush, Turkey Vulture, Warbling Vireo, Western Bluebird, Wilson's Warbler
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Coon Creek Trail Begins
Montaña de Oro State Park - Coon Creek is a coastal canyon at the south end of the park. Round trip 5 miles. The trail follows the creek as it flows to the sea.
I volunteer for the state parks as a roving docent. My duties involve walking the trails, answering questions, interacting with visitors, and in general being a presence in the park. I know, sounds like a tough job, but someone's got to do it.
As soon as we neared the creek, vegetation became intense. In some areas the plants had grown over the trail. (photo, on right Hemlock, on left Mugwort) In the willows between the trail and the creek, birds such as Wilson's Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Wrentit, and Bewick's Wren, were singing their hearts out. Mr. Wilson has a piercing song. In no uncertain terms he was communicating his territorial rights. (Bird list at end of blog)
I did manage to record a few other bird songs. The video recordings are rather primitive, but the songs can be heard. You might want to turn up the volume. https://youtu.be/vHO55WtCkfY
My favorite plant was the prolific Thimble Berry which has a beautiful flower and large velvety leaves. The berry will be red and edible.