I spotted the red-necked Grebe this morning, Sun Aug 25, at approx
10:30 AM. I had been photographing sandpipers along the trail on the
east side of the channel, between the flood gates and the wooden
bridge, since about 8:00 AM with only occasional looks north of the
flood gates. As I was leaving for home, I drove north on PCH and
spotted it from the car in the channel about 50 yards north of the
flood gates. I returned to the parking area and walked back to the
flood gates. By the time I got there, it had swam to the third "No
Stopping" sign north and heading for Warner Avenue but hugging the
western edge (alongside PCH). Two photographers were trying for
pictures along the PCH bike path. They eventually gave up. I went back
to my car and drove to the Warner Ave parking lot.
As I drove down PCH, I watched along the edge of the channel and saw
where it had stopped. From the Warner Avenue lot, it was at the point
where the pickleweed meadow ends and becomes a thin strip as the
pickleweed continues south along PCH. This is approx 150 t0 200 yards
south of Warner Ave. I met a birder/photographer from Fresno and
together we were able to approach the grebe slowly and managed to get
close enough for good shots. At noon, we left the bird. It appears
like the grebe ranges a lot farther in the channel than when it was
first found two weeks ago. It also is a bit more wary, maybe its tired
of the paparazzi.
Regards, Al Borodayko
- I spotted the Red-necked grebe on Fri. Sep 6, at 9:00 AM at Bolsa
Chica in the channel just south of Warner Ave. Best view was from the
bluff directly behind the Refuge Visitor Center (trailer).
Regards, Al Borodayko
- While taking a stroll around Dana Point harbor this afternoon I noticed an adult RNGR near the boat ramp. Also in the area were two Horned Grebes, two Pacific Loons, and a Red-thoated Loon. Hopefully they stick around for the CBC this weekend.
San Juan Capistrano
- I'm not sure where this original message is in cyberspace.... and perhaps it will resurface....but I'll repeat it here.
From: Travis Cooper
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009
Subject: Red-necked Grebe
While taking a stroll around Dana Point harbor this afternoon
I noticed an adult RNGR near the boat ramp. Also in the area
were two Horned Grebes, two Pacific Loons, and a Red-thoated
Loon. Hopefully they stick around for the CBC this weekend.
Travis Cooper San Juan Capistrano
- This afternoon 2:20PM there is an adult red-necked grebe in Newport Bay, approximately 100m west of the bridge at Dover and PCH separating Upper and Newport Bay.