Montana de Oro Oct. 2020

October 24, 2020 at 5:45 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, San Luis Obispo County)

View from Sandspit Trail

After a month of smoky skies from numerous wildfires, it was nice to encounter just plain old fog on a trip to the ocean last week.

Fogbow, Sandspit Trail

The nearly full fogbow was a special treat that morning. The beach is popular with surfers, but there were still some nice birds to be found.

Snowy Plover

There were about eight snowy plovers there, two of which had bands.

A non-breeding black-bellied plover and a long-billed curlew were also there.

Black-bellied plover
Long-billed curlew

Songbirds were in the ubiquitous coyote bush which was fuzzy with seed.

California towhee
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Painted Lady butterfly on coyote bush

A couple of birds looked just enough different from the “regulars” but I can’t really ID them. Any guesses?

Blue-gray gnatcatcher in buckwheat

I walked the Bluff Trail at the end of the park road hoping to see the Abert’s towhees, which I had seen the same time of year six years earlier. No luck. I don’t know if it was just a migratory anomaly that year, but I’ve never seen them since.

Bluff Trail
California buckwheat

I’ll end this with the first view of that morning – Hollister Peak through the fog at the beginning of the Sandspit trail.

Hollister Peak through fog

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