Monday, April 4, 2016
Birding the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
The morning was damp and foggy as I entered the Botanical Garden, not ideal conditions for birding. Did I get a slight glimpse of an Oriole? No, though I did see 25 other bird species. (See bird list at end of blog)
After birding the Botanical Garden, checked out nearby Dairy Creek and the campground which abuts the golf course. The Dairy Creek Golf Course has become a habitat for our North American "Big Bird," the Wild Turkey.
(above photo by Len Blumin)
Coincidentally, a few days ago, at Montaña de Oro, I recorded a Wild Turkey gobbling from his perch in a Eucalyptus tree. (Yes, they can fly short distances.) The terrain was such that I could not get a view of the Gobbler, but he definitely sounded lonely. At the moment of the recording I am about 1/2 way down Horse Camp road. https://youtu.be/EDYNRhSWZ8g
The various habitats of El Chorro Park and the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden offer some of the best birding on the Central Coast. Spring is a special time to bird. Dust off your binoculars and get out and about.
Bird list - Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Scrub Jay, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Wrentit, Bushtit, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, California Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Anna's Hummingbird, Eurasian Dove, Mourning Dove, Brewer's Blackbird, California Quail, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Cedar Waxwing, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Wild Turkey