Bolsa Chica Birds
I spent some time this morning, Friday, at Bolsa Chica. There are more
adult male Surf Scoters than in previous weeks. Most were north of the
flood gates. I think I saw the Ferruginous Hawk that Steve Smith has
seen in the past. It was on one of the dead limbs behind the fence in
the Heron Rookery on the mesa. The two Red-tailed Hawks were there as
well (one of them appears to be a rufous morph). I think we called it
a dark morph in earlier postings but I believe now it is a rufous
morph. Farther east on the mesa a coyote was resting on the edge of
the bluff when a Northern Harrier cruised by at ground level. The
coyote leaped up at it, the harrier flared up and the coyote missed
it's tail feathers by a few inches.
At approx 10:30 AM, the female goldeneye was feeding in the channel
along PCH approx 100 YDS south of the tide gates.
Several Common Yellowthroats were working the bushings along the
concrete path just north of the bridge parking lot.
Regards, Al Borodayko
- I had only a fleeting view of the CLAPPER RAIL from the Bolsa Chica footbridge this morning. I heard a second in the far distance. Also saw a male RED-NECKED PHALAROPE foraging by the north side of the eastern part of the footbridge. I ran into Trish Gussler who found a HORNED GREBE in alternate plumage at the first lookout. Otherwise, bird activity was low due to the breezy conditions.
Later went to Harriet Wider Park with Trish. We didn't see anything terribly exciting there. Considering the numbers present last weekend, warblers were surprisingly sparse.