Morro Bay Birds

January 16, 2018 at 8:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife)

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Morro Rock

Morro Bay and the coastline to the north and south of it is my favorite part of the California Coast. It is also the most picturesque and interesting from my point of view.

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Morro Bay

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Morro Bay State Park Marina

There’s a short boardwalk at the Morro Bay State Park Marina that offers some great birding in both the scrub area and in the adjacent bog.

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Great Egret

It was in this area that perhaps 100 willets and 50 or so long-billed curlews rested and fed, mostly out of camera range.

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Long-billed Curlew

This guy deigned to come close enough for a portrait. Such an impossibly long bill!

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View from Morro Bay State Park Marina

In the middle ground is a row of seals (elephant seals?) basking.

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Eared Grebe

In the marina itself were two types of grebe – eared and pie-billed.

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Pie-billed Grebe

There was also a long-billed dowitcher and a spotted sandpiper.

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Long-billed Dowitcher

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Spotted Sandpiper in winter plumage

In the scrub were various songbirds.

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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Fox Sparrow digging

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Black Phoebe

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Black Phoebe


Say’s Phoebe

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California Towhee

On the road was a small flock of California quail.

California Quail Female

California Quail Female

And up in a tree in the parking lot was a juvenile black-crowned night heron.

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

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