10/1 Orchard Oriole Location & Sandhill Crane Comment
- Thur, 1 Oct 2009 -- Luckily, John Sterling was still at MacKerricher SP near
Laguna Point, so I got to see the ORCHARD ORIOLE with his help. She is
an imm female and was feeding on blackberries in the spot where Matthew
had a Palm Warbler last year. If you are standing at the actual point platform,
walk SSE on the dirt path at the top of the bluff. Look for wax myrtle and
blackberry bushes hanging off the bluff. There was a Black Phoebe and some
sparrows around. The birds responded well to loud pishing.
I was sorry that the several people who looked for the imm SANDHILL CRANE
could not refind it, but it really blended in with the sand dunes. I first saw it
and photographed it just west of the Ten Mile R. bridges. It could be anywhere
in that area, or Bob Keiffer thinks it could go to Sand Lake, west of Inglenook
(difficult to get to). I will try to put a photo on either this listserv or on Peregrine
Audubon's photo gallery.
Speaking of Peregrines, I watched a PEFA chase a Black-bellied Plover out
over the ocean, but I didn't see if the plover became brunch for the falcon.
North of Fort Bragg, CA
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