Mendobirders, Sorry for the late report but I felt it important to
report. Fellow birder Don Wyman and I drove up from San Jose hoping to
see the Albatross of Pt. Arena. This was the third try for the bird in
the past three years and with all the recent stories about his/her leg
injury, I thought we better get up there. On Sunday (7th)for one last
try. Four hours later after lunch there in the cove area we joined
several people--not all birders--who were standing at the end of the
pier. It was about one-thirty, windy and cold. As we waited most of
the others left, one was a fellow birder from our South Bay Bird group.
Just about two Al flew in from the left side of the pier and landed
just off the right end of it. Another fellow got the thrill of seeing
it fly in all from the south as I caught the flight just before it
landed in the water. To my surprise this life bird for Don and I was
not as large as I had thought. Al remained floating about the area on
the right side of the pier for several hours as we waited--hoping to
see the bird fly. The sea was rough but we still got good scope views.
Al approached several surfers obviously interacting with them with
open beak. Later Al tried to tuck in his/her head for a snooze but for
the most part was up during the time we were there. We checked after
seven and Al was still out there.
Sunday afternoon we also saw a gorgeous pair of Red-breasted Mergansers
in full plumage in the same area feeding in the rough water. It is a
rare treat to see these birds with their red breast! Thank you
Bernice Camuso, San Jose
Don Wyman, Morgan Hill
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