No unusual gulls/ducks noted at Ocean Beach or Oso Flaco (SLO Co.)
today by me either.
Santa Maria River mouth is closed, by the way.
I spoke with a state game warden at Ocean Beach today who told me
that prior to the river breaking out to the ocean, the water had
covered the entire marsh and road (some new boat hulks high and dry
were the only evidence I noted of this event). Would have been a
good time to see marsh birds (e.g., bitterns) getting flushed; sorry
I missed it and hope to make an effort to be there when the marsh
floods prior to breakout next year.
On 2/3/2019 16:14, Dave Compton wrote:
I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past
couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing
after the big rain Saturday morning.
The only addition of even minor note was that this
afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open
Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about
10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were
reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and
Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area
K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.
I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has
added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it
would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But
now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks
around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to
know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.
And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a
handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the
past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had
more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since
anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.
On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM
Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area
K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a
scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely
full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the
overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the
drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding
Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach
yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a
couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS
closely, but there was nothing obviously good.
Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of
ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most
interesting birds I saw.
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