Big Sur Christmas Count
- Hi MBBers & Calbirders
Everyone survived the Big Sur Bird Count today. Participants and the total species count were both depressed by less than perfect weather and the fallout from this summer's infernos; nevertheless there were?a few?high points.?Buoyed by a gorgeous sunrise and count circle classics like Mountain Quail, Spotted Owl, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and California Condor, we pulled out a stalwart if sub-par 115 species. The best bird of the?day was a Dusky Flycatcher found by Mike Tyner (VWS) on the south side of the Big Sur River; scare in the higher elevations during?spring and summer,?it is quite rare as a winter sojourner on the central?coast, with only a handful of precedents in Mty. County.
Good luck with everyone elses' counts,
Carmel California & Portland Oregon
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