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Morro Bay CBC Tentative Results

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    The Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, December 20. The weather was better than last year although less than optimum by California
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 21, 2003
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      The Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, December 20. The
      weather was better than last year although less than optimum by California
      standards. The day was mostly overcast and cool with slight to no wind. The lack
      of a boat this year potentially cost the count several pelagic species. The
      tentative count total yesterday evening was 195 species.

      The highlight of the count was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER found upstream of Hwy 1 on
      Morro Creek in Morro Bay by Karen Havlena. Not surprisingly, this is a first
      for the count. The bird was refound this morning around 0900 by Karen,
      Curtis Marantz and myself.

      Other highlights were:
      GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE -an adult on Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo
      ROSS'S GOOSE - 2 adults on Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo (two immature birds
      there appear to be Snow x Ross's)
      WOOD DUCK - San Luis Obispo Wastewater Plant
      EURASIAN WIGEON - up to seven have been on Morro Bay this fall/winter
      BLUE-WINGED TEAL - up to 17 have been in the Baywood Cove area of the Morro
      Bay Estuary
      CANVASBACK - one on Chorro Reservoir, Cam San Luis Obispo National Guard Base
      HOODED MERGANSER - found in at least two locations including Chorro Reservoir
      GLAUCOUS GULL - Seen at Morro Rock on Friday and Baywood Cove count day.
      YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - One on the Cal Poly St. Univ. campus.
      RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER - One on Camp San Luis Obispo National Guard Base
      DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER - One at the upper end of Islay Creek, Montana de Oro
      SP (looked for by not seen today)
      CASSIN'S KINGBIRD - Cal Poly and the California Men's Colony property
      PYGMY NUTHATCH - Black Hill, Morro Bay SP, northeast side
      NASHVILLE WARBLER - on Morro Creek same area as the Willow Flycatcher
      HERMIT WARBLER - details unknown at this time
      WILSON'S WARBLER - Los Osos Creek
      SUMMER TANAGER - willows between the Morro Bay SP marina parking lot and
      State Park Rd
      WESTERN TANAGER - along the bike trail on the west side of Hwy 1, south of
      Morro Creek
      "Large-billed" SAVANNAH SPARROW - with NSTS in coastal scrub west of the
      Morro Bay SP marina at high tide (up to five have been reported this winter)
      NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED FLYCATCHER - in coastal scrub west of the Morro Bay SP
      marina at high tide (up to three have been reported this winter)
      "Red" FOX SPARROW - one in back loop of the Spooners Cove campground in
      Montana de Oro SP

      This years misses were:
      Pine Warbler - one found on Friday, December 12, on the Morro Bay Golf Course
      was last seen on Tuesday December 16, American Bittern, Cattle Egret (none
      around this year), Greater Scaup, Mountain Quail, Wandering Tattler, Ruddy
      Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Greater Roadrunner, Red-breasted Nuthatch (none around
      this year), and Varied Thrush.


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