Tuesday, May 11, 2010
COTTONWOOD CREEK ROAD
From Hwy I in Cayucos, took Old Creek Road to Cottonwood Creek Road (located on the East side of Whale Rock Reservoir). Within the first mile we saw 3 Black-headed Grosbeak, 3 Lazuli Bunting, Western Bluebird, Wilson's Warbler, and 3 Ash-throated Flycatcher
A Bald Eagle was perched on a dead branch of a scraggly oak (center tree in photo) on a hillside above the Reservoir. Within the next couple of miles we saw 4 Lark Sparrow, 3 Western Kingbird, 2 more Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2 Calif. Quail, Wild Turkey, scads of Cliff Swallows, and many soaring Turkey Vultures.
To top off the day we stopped at Morro Rock to get an update on the two Peregrine Falcon nestlings. Bob, the Peregrine Falcon guy, had a scope on the male and another scope on the soon to be fledgling. The fluffy little Peregrine was perched on the flat rock that is in the center of the nest hole. Bob said the other nestling has flown around a bit and was out of sight at the moment.
Will go back tomorrow to check on their progress.