Posts Tagged ‘Monterey County’

CAL-GAL #1

September 25, 2014

Here is the first gallery of California photos (hence Cal-Gal) from birder Barbara Bens, one of the folks on my recent California Coastal birding trip for Partnership for Interantional Birding.
Female California Gnatcatcher near Pt. Vicente, LA County: CA GNT (1178x904)
Ruyfous-crowned Sparrow, also at Pt. Vincente: RC SPARO-GUD (1280x888)

Hiding Cal Towhee:
cato hides (1101x1124)
Curlew in the fog, Morro Bay.
curlu (1280x914)

Diving Brown Pelican, Morro Bay State Park.
pel dive1 (1280x853)
pel cive2 (1280x853)

pel dive3 (1280x853)

Santa Cruz Island:
island (1280x853)is scrub1 (1280x853)Above: the endemic Island Scrub-Jay.

Banded Song Sparrow on Santa Cruz Island off Ventura:
sosp banded
Willet and friend at Moss Landing:
willet walx (1280x877)
OTTR-WILL
Yeloow-billed Magpie up Pine Canyon near King City in southern Monterey County.
yb mag in mont

Two of three Great Horned Owls in Monterey cypress trees, Pt. Reyes. GHO IN TREE (1280x569)
On this trip we got both North American endemics: Island Scrub-Jay and Yellow-billed Magpie, the latter requiring us to drive far from the coast in search of dog in an outdoor location. When we inquired about the species locally one woman told us she can only feed her dog at night because the magpies onto the food instantly in the daytime. These are farm dogs not fed in the house. Neither, presumably are the magpies fed indoors, though if you left the door open…

TRULY ELEGANT

September 22, 2014

Our recently-completed PIB birding trip along the California Coast had many highlights…here are about five hundred in one single frame. Elegant Terns loafing on a sandbar at Moss Landing in Monterey County.
ELEGNT CROWD

ELEGANT BECHD (1280x654)

ELEGNT CROWD2
No far from the madding crowd with its squawks and boistrous shoving, there was this contemplative soul having a snooze on the incoming tide:
OTTEREST2