- San Luis Obispo County's fourth record of TRI-COLORED HERON was found yesterday afternoon at Morro Bay, and is still there this morning. The bird was found-- and recurred this morning--at Sweet Springs, a small inlet of Morro Bay.
To reach Sweet Springs from Hwy. 101 turn off on Los Osos Valley Rd. just south of San Luis Obispo proper; go west toward the ocean (do you ever find yourself giving directions and debate whether to add a further descriptive phrase?). Ten to twelve miles later you come to the community of Los Osos. Continue on LOV Rd. through town, the stop light and stop signs, toward Montana de Oro State Park. About one-half mile west of town (the stop signs) turn right on Pine Street, landmarked by a church on the corner. Continue down Pine until the end at Ramona. Turn right on Ramona and park in front of the mobile home park (this is about .7 of a mile from Los Osos Valley Rd.). You will see the entrance to the Sweet Springs trail in the cypresses across from the mobile home park. Follow the trail to its end at the newly constructed observation platform at the edge of the Sweet Springs inlet. The bird has been working little channels and ponds edging--and at low tide in--the inlet near the platform.
It is an adult bird in transition toward non-breeding plumage, but still quite bright.
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