Morro Strand SB and Whale Rock Reservoir
- The continuing high tide series has created tidal ponds along Morro Strand
State Beach. I could not find anything unusual in the ponds at the campground
or near San Jacinto, but these conditions are an improvement over the dry
creek mouths this summer as these tidal ponds have attracted rarities in the
past. A male and three female/juvenile Great-tailed Grackles molting in new
tails flew south past the campground, probably on their way to the Cloisters
Pond. Both adult and juvenile Western Sandpipers were present.
The sub-adult BALD EAGLE continues at Whale Rock Reservoir. It was perched
in a tree at the very top of the hill northwest of the Cottontail Creek arm
of the reservoir. An adult COMMON MOORHEN in the shallows of the Old Creek
arm is a new arrival. A male and female WOOD DUCK were also in the Old Creek
arm and two eclipse Gadwall were with the eclipse Mallards in the Cottontail
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