The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is an annual 4 day event to celebrate birds, birds, and more birds. My friend Cathy arrived from Palm Spring to join in on the festivities. She was scheduled for a field trip, a workshop, and to help with the evening's reception. Fortunately she had nothing planned for the morning.
Our first stop - The Morro Bay Marina
In addition to the plethora of water birds, there was also Spotted
Sandpiper, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow and Ms. Black Phoebe.
Onward to Baywood. At the northeastern edge of the bay we discovered Dowitcher, Dunlin (I have not seen for ages), a solitary Avocet and a flock of resting Sanderling. The highlight of the morning occurred off the Sweet Springs overlook. A perfect ebbing tide allowed for memorable viewing of dozens of dabblers feeding with their feathered bottoms pointeing toward the sky. Undoubtedly our Bird Festival Birding was the best birding ever.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
(above photo - Oystercatcher habitat)
Their high piercing sound, which makes them easy to identify, can be heard at a distance of at least a 1/4 mile. The Oystercatchers were very active along the bluffs this warm, spring like morning.
Oystercatcher pair by Mike Baird)
(flying Oystercatchers by Mike Baird)
Today, Black Oystercatchers dominated the scene. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.