Upper Newport Bay, etc.
- Hi all,
I went down to the Upper Newport Bay Interpretive Center at lunch
and took a short walk to the boardwalk area. A pair of California
Gnatcatchers were foraging in the dry scrub just below the boardwalk
and giving excellent views. The male's black cap was a glossy
greenish-black in the direct sunlight. Striking. Over the bay a
flock of 12 American White Pelicans were circling.
Also, FYI Orange County regional and wilderness day-use park
passes for 2007 are ½ original price starting today, August 1, 2007.
A good deal if you don't already have one. County beach parking
passes are also ½ price. Passes are good until December 31, 2007.
Monday 7/30/07 late afternoon at Laguna Niguel Reg. Park around the
LGS shelter was a flock of Nutmeg manikins on the dry weeds of the
hillside, at least two Blue Grosbeaks in the eucalyptus including
one male, a female Western Tanager, an im. Hooded Oriole and seven
Western Bluebirds (2 adults and five fledlings). Along the creek to
the north was an juvenile Blue Grosbeak, Bullock's Orioles and
several Green Herons. Yellow Warblers are still around, and a few
males are still singing.
Tuesday 7/31/07 evening there was a Surf Scoter in Dana Point Harbor
at baby beach. At San Juan Creek mouth were 5-10 Semipalmated
Plovers, which I believe were all adults, 10-20 Least Sandpipers and
maybe 5 or less Western Sandpipers. Up the creek past the PCH
overpass, the creek is bone-dry, no water at all (that I could see)
up to Stonehill Drive. As you can imagine, the shorebirds were