Greater Scaup continues Moss Landing; fledging flycatchers elsewhere
- A male GREATER SCAUP continued as of 20 June 2007 upstream of the
Jetty Road bridge at Moss Landing (Monterey? County), left off
Highway 1 if heading north, just past the marina and boat launching
area. He appears to have a bad left wing (either bad feathers, or in
quirky molt), and may not be able to fly, hence his presence. No
other unusual birds to report, and ocean was very calm
(relatively)... This is a great place to watch 30+ inactive Sea
Otters floating around looking much like Star Wars Ewok, as they
sleep away the day, fore-paws to face or ears, some with fore-paws up-
raised as if in prayer.
Elsewhere, I saw 2 freshly fledged PACIFIC-SLOPED FLYCATCHERS north
of "The Red Barn" (along US 101 San Benito Co) being fed in oaks and
got great photos of one; at Los Alamos (Santa Barbara Co), a couple
of WESTERN KINGBIRD fledges held tight to a chainlink fence while
adults came and went with food in late pm wind along Bell Street,
giving me chance for decent photos of the little ones, but adults
were too quick for decent feeding images...
It's that time of year - Happy Traill's!