The attached aerial view may help.
On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 8:59 PM John Callender <callender.john@...>
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]
Santiago Lupi, a new young birder in town, and I went out to look for the
Pine Warbler at the S.B. Cemetery. We missed it, but gave it a 1.5 hour
try. I see that John Calendar saw it after we left.
Then we went to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, where we had nice
views of two adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (see
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S4249955) The area where the
Night-Herons hang out is basically restricted access.
On Friday, Libby Patten and I looked for the Tufted Duck at Lauro
Reservoir with no luck.
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