Misc good birds -Big Sur, Point Lobos and Santa Cruz
- Big Sur at the Pfeiffer burns state park area were 6-7 CALIFORNIA
CONDORS. Three at the park and the rest further north. Condors are
likely not an uncommon bird at the park but a first for me.
Point lobos had an albino or leucistic RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at
Weston beach. The bird was with another RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
(female). I am not 100% sure the bird was a red-breasted since the
color pattern of the bird was very much absent.
There was also a pair of MARBLED MURRELETS, 10 or so WHITE-THROATED
SWIFTS and good number of whales. 8-10 grays, 15 or so humpbacks and
a large mixed group of feeding dolphins(200+)that included common,
norther right whale and risso's dolphins outside the group. There
were likely more species in the group.
At a small park in Santa Cruz (Garfield park) was a RINGED TURTLE
DOVE with some EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES.
Robert Garriock, San Francisco, CA