Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018
The Golf Course Waddle - From flag to pond - Coot participants were arranged into teams of 60. Winning requires each team member to circle the flag once, then head directly to the pond. The Coots, having difficulty understanding the instructions, got off to a slow start.
Well, I think you have an idea of what to expect at the next Morro Bay Winter Bird Olympics. It is a unique experience and something you will talk about for years. If you are coming from out of town make your motel reservations early. Bring warm clothing, food and drink, sun screen, and binoculars. A flashlight is essential, as many of the birds do their best performance at night or in the wee hours of the morning.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
As I entered the preserve two female deer were feeding in the new grass growing along the edge of the boardwalk. Both of the deer alerted to my presence. In a few moments they disappeared into the brush.
Scanning the far side of the flooded pickleweed I spotted a few more Teal, but where was the bounty of dabblers I had been expecting? For several years I've noticed that fewer water fowl are wintering in Morro Bay.
From the photo, taken at Sweet Springs in January 2007, there is no doubt in my mind that fewer ducks are wintering in Morro Bay. Can you find the Eurasian Wigeon?
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.