Sunday, December 25, 2016
Birding the Elfin Forest on Christmas Day
December 25th, 2016 - The last birding blog of the year. The Elfin Forest Preserve is densely populated with California Native plants. Due to recent rains, the preserve flora are cheerfully expressing themselves with new growth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx66zU7UFGk&sns=em Video also captured sounds of people walking by on the narrow boardwalk. Many families were out for a walk.
As I meandered along the boardwalk, I spotted not one but two Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Not far from the Gnatcatcher, a California Thrasher and an Oak Titmouse were singing a duet. Actually, they were making call sounds, perhaps establishing their territory.
Morro Bay Estuary Birds - The Elfin Forest offers excellent overlooks where one can observe ducks, raptors, and shorebirds, and with a scope, the entire estuary. From the overlook I could see a variety of water fowl, shorebirds and wading birds. Birds of interest were Dowitcher, American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, and an Osprey eating her prey while perched atop half a sunken tire. This proved to be my lucky day as I managed to get a clear and precise view of an Eurasian Wigeon. Finding an Eurasia Wigeon is similar to finding a needle in a haystack. The male Eurasian looks exactly like the Northern except the Eurasian has a red head. I was delighted!
Elfin Forest Birds - White-crowned Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scrub Jay, California Thrasher, Bewick's Wren, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, Anna's Hummingbird, California Quail, Turkey Vulture.
Morro Bay Estuary Water Fowl - Brant Goose, Green-winged, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal. Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Eared Grebe, American Wigeon. Thus ends the last Birding Blog for 2016.
Happy New Year!