South County Christmas Bird Count
- The South Coast Christmas Bird Count was held today in southern Orange
County. Last year we had 155 species of birds, and so far we have 157
Looking over the list in rough taxonomic order... and comparing to
last years count....
We had two ocean species (Northern Fulmar and Pomerine Jaeger) not
seen last year, but missed the alcids we recorded in 2004.
Among the Gulls... we had had a Lesser Black-backed Gull show up at
Doheny this last week...and it was seen early in the morning on
Wednesday and was also seen on Thursday around 10 am on the spit at
the separation of the ocean and the lagoon. We missed the Gull today
(but it is on count week) but found an even more surprising
individual, a Yellow-footed Gull, the second one we have had on the
Christmas Bird Count for South County. Both individuals were found at
Doheny State Beach in southern Orange County.... and if you bird there
during the weekend get there early as the campers and others tend to
drive the birds off the beach.
We added 4 new species to our count list: Red Phalarope seen offshore
and another in the lagoon under the southernmost bridge at Doheny
State Beach; Gray Flycatcher at the San Juan Creek Golf Course in San
Juan Capistrano, and female Broad-billed Hummingbird and
Black-throated Sparrow....details to follow.
Also gotten on this years count was a Rock Wren and Snowy Plover...
both missing from our count last year.