Re: birding this a.m. -- missing Pine Warbler, etc.
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A trick I’ve sometimes been able to use to see the Yellow-crowned Night Herons without walking south on Sandyland Cove Road (which, as you say, is a private road where birders officially don’t have access) is to use a spotting scope from the area of the footbridge over Franklin Creek. From either end of that footbridge (which you can reach via the public trail that leads through the marsh from Ash Avenue) you have a distant view of the white-railed vehicle bridge at the south end of Sandyland Cove Road. Sometimes (maybe about half the times I’ve checked) one of the Yellow-crowned Night Herons (which usually hang out near that vehicle bridge) is actually perched on the bridge itself, and hence is visible. It’s far enough away that I haven’t been able to identify them using binoculars, but with a scope you can get enough magnification to reveal the face pattern, at least if the bird is one of the adult or adult-ish birds.
Worth a try, at least.
On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 3:49 PM Joan Lentz joanlentz@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote: