Bolsa Chica Birds
- I was at Bolsa Chica this afternoon, Aug 28, and found the following
birds of interest:
A Marsh Hawk (Excuse MEEEEE Northern Harrier)hunting along the dirt
path on the east side of the channel about 50 yards north of the end
of the fence near the wooden bridge. This was about 2:30PM. What was
unusual is that it was a male (gray) which is less commonly seen.
Eventually it landed in the pickleweed on the edge of the bay at the
bend where the trail turns west and let me get within 40 feet of it
for good views.
I searched for the Red-necked Grebe and was able to locate it at the
edge of the pickleweed meadow approx 200 yards south of Warner Ave
along PCH. It was in a small recess in the pickleweed where the
pickleweed is fairly wide and extends east away from PCH into the
channel. This was about 3:00PM.
Approximately 100 feet away to the south, in the sparser pickleweed,
was a Meadowlark.
On the way back to the parking lot, I spotted a White-tailed Kite
sitting on a low bush on the far side of the pond that is east of the
dirt trail and about 100 yards south of the flood gates (just south of
the the end of the fence). This was at approx 3:45PM.
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.