Monday, July 29, 2013
After lunch, walked along Manzanita Creek looking for an American Dipper. They are one of my very favorite birds, as they frequent icy streams and walk under water to feed. They are equipped with an extra eyelid called a nictitating membrane that allows them to see underwater. When I heard a sweet tweet I knew one was near and sure enough there was the little darling standing on a rock. In a moment it disappeared under the water. A most amazing bird.
Our last sighting was of three Osprey, a fussing adolescent, and 2 adults soaring over the lake. A fitting close to a wonderful day.
Friday, July 5, 2013
(photo - Morro Bay at low tide). About 90 White Pelicans have arrived from their inland breeding areas. Soaring on a 9 foot wing span, a flock of White Pelicans is an impressive sight. Large flocks of assorted shore birds are now feeding in the mud flats. In and around Baywood yesterday observed 26 species. Best sighting was a Black-bellied Plover in partial breeding plumage (always a treat) and 3 Greater Yellowlegs. My favorite sighting was of a Long-billed Curlew probing in the mud for little crustaceans. Before swallowing the crustacean the Curlew rinsed it off - a behavior I had never observed before.
This morning checked out Turri Road. High Tides had brought water into the ponds by South Bay Blvd - moist mud brings the shorebirds, and sure enough, seeking breakfast were 4 Killdeer and a female Wilson's Phalarope. Unlike the other Phalaropes, the Wilson's seldom swims and is often easier to observe. Up the road in the area of the old pea field and the windmill, sighted Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Lark Sparrow, and a family of Western Bluebird. Total mileage for 2 mornings of birding, 6 miles.
In my last post I mentioned that I would include in this post the video on Montana de Oro's "Reservoir Flats Trail." Enjoy!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fxLmQVvYWk