Monday, July 21, 2014
Next stop was at the northern end of Cayucos, a narrow little residential street with an overlook that looks down on a pocket beach with rock formations. Somewhere in the rocks is a Oystercatcher nest that is easily viewed from the overlook. Every other birder in town has seen it. Could I find it? No! I tried various angles, walked down a private driveway hoping to get a view of the rocks, but no luck. I really wasn't disappointed as I have seen them several times in MdO.
What I did observe was a feeding frenzy with Brown Pelican, 3 species of Cormorant, 3 species of Tern, gulls, and 2 Sea Lions; the chaos was marvelous.
Next stop, the Cayucos Pier, an historic landmark built in 1872 by Captain James Cass, the founder of Cayucos. It was built out of Cambria Pines Logs for a cost of about $15,000. The pier closed in 2013 due to damaged pilings; rebuilding is scheduled for next month. In the meantime the precious old pier is being enjoyed by a variety of birds, mainly the very vocal and elegant, Elegant Tern, plus a few Forster's Tern and the big daddy of Terns, the Caspian. Gulls, Western and Herrmann's are here and there and a few Brown Pelicans (photos were shot through chain link fencing).