Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Nuttall's Woodpecker, singing it's flight song, dashed between the trees. Two Tree Swallow sped overhead in their relentless pursuit of insects. House Sparrow brightened the semi-sunny morning with it’s cheerful chatter.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
San Luis Obispo County, El Chorro Regional Park - A storm was brewing - cumulus clouds gathering, winds increasing in strength - A perfect morning on the Central Coast, and a perfect day to bird Dairy Creek. The vegetation along the trickling creek (below) was thick with Oak, Willow, and California Bay - dried young bay leaves can be used as flavoring (use sparingly).
My first sighting was of six Canada Goose flying in the direction of Morro Bay. A few moments later heard gobbling from a male Turkey, always a day brightener.
Dense Stands of Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) cover the low hills (top photo). Birds heard in the oaks and creek bed - Pacific-slope Flycatcher (heard frequently but never seen), Wilson's Warbler (migrant), Bewick's Wren, Junco, Nuttall's Woodpecker, and a migrant Ash-throated Flycatcher (below).