Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Miscellaneous Sightings in the Great Beyond of Morro Bay
Below is a Google Map that shows the location of the Avila bird sightings, from left to right - 1) X is where the Goose were located. 2) bridge over creek, Goldeneye, 3) Bluebirds, Woodpecker, 4) Great Blue Heron.
Monday, January 1, 2018
All of a sudden I noticed that the water was gone and so had the birds. As I experienced the magic of nature, I was unaware that time had passed.
Monday, December 25, 2017
When Sara and I reached the overlook we could see a wake (group of Vultures) about 17, peacefully perched at the end of the bluff. Fortunately the area was cordoned off with single wire fencing which kept visitors on the trail and away from the Vultures.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Earlier in the day, I birdied the usual Sweet Springs (above). In the thickets of brush, digging thru leaf litter, were Junco, Song Sparrow, and White and Golden-crowned Sparrow. The Golden-crowned Sparrow is a rather feisty feeder. If another Golden-crowned gets too close, the interloper gets a quick peck on the butt.
In the Eucalyptus trees, vivid black and yellow Townsend’s Warbler, Northern Flicker, pert Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a sweet little Downey Woodpecker. Belted Kingfisher was perched on a branch overlooking the pond.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Estero Bluffs State Park begins directly after the community of Cayucos. The park follows along Highway 1 for about 5 miles until the road takes a slight curve inland.
Destination of this morning’s birding adventure, Villa Creek Beach, located at the northern end of the park. Several days ago migrant Mountain Plover had been sighted. I had high hopes that at least one of the three that had been seen by local birders would appear in my binoculars.
After walking a few yards along the beach, I spotted the Mountain Plover, (first time sighting) chasing flies with her cousins the Snowy Plover. I was delighted to get a photo of the Mountain Plover, as it was constantly on the move chasing kelp flies. While watching the Plovers two of the Snowy got into a rough and tumble disagreement, feathers were actually flying. (Photo - Snowy Plover often rests in small depressions.)
Monday, October 2, 2017
Thousands of birds winter on the Central Coast. Primarily, the first of the winter arrivals are the shore birds. Then come the Terns, gulls, Geese, White Pelican, water fowl, and much to the delight of the birding community, the occasional rare or seldom seen bird. Oops, must not forget the songbirds, such as Warblers, and my favorites, the White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. By the first of October large numbers of shore birds can be seen feeding in the Pickleweed and along the edges of the bay.
From the boardwalk we observed numerous, Willet, Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, and two Greater Yellowleg feeding in the pickleweed. Mike spotted a small flock of White Pelican. (photo by Mike Baird)
As we came off the trail and headed to the car 🚗 we noticed a women looking through her camera into the trees. Her face was hidden by her hat and her camera. We were nearing the car when she called out, “Joyce, is that the Yellow-crowned Night Heron?” As soon as she spoke I knew who she was. I looked into the area she was focused on and sure enough there was the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, perched nearby was a Black-crowned Night Heron. “Yes,” I said.
Friday, August 25, 2017
On this overcast August morning the beach was quiet. To the north and to the south flocks of Elegant Terns. Moments after we arrived we saw a Caspian Tern. Following the Caspian was a fussing adolescent. I clearly heard it say, "Feed me, Feed me."
I watched an adult Elegant Tern with a small silvery fish gripped in her bill circle over the flock, calling and calling. She circled many times. Finally her youngster rose into the air and followed her away from the flock. They landed and the youngster took the fish.
Eventually, we birded the lagoon. Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope, Semi-palmated Plover, Western Sandpiper, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, and here and there Ring-billed Gull (below).