Saturday, February 19, 2011


Took advantage of the semi clearing sky to take a quick walk in the Elfin Forest. The Calif. Lilac (Ceanothus cuneatus) was in full bloom (photo). Photo on left looks west across the bay.

Had only gone a few feet when I was assaulted by song - a trio of Wrentit, Bewick's Wren, and Spotted Towhee. Saw thousands of water fowl from the overlooks, Western Grebe, Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup, Teal, Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, (some of the males were in mating plumage).

To be honest I was hoping to get a glimpse of the Bald Eagle that has recently been seen. I will persist!!


  1. Anne and I were out late this afternoon also looking for baldie without avail. Sounds like you experienced quite the choir in full song, what a great way to be greeted by the friends of the Elfin Forest. Hope you have better luck tomorrow looking for Baldie and look forward to a blog on your spotting.

  2. Kevin, I was out in Baywood, Cuesta Inlet, and by the Golf course, and no Baldy. It seems when ever there is an unusual sighting in the neighborhood, I am the last person to see it. I did have a good view of a Bald Eagle at Whale Rock recently. But would certainly be fun seeing it in the neighborhood.