Black Swifts, Common Gallinule and Bank Swallow at Oso Flaco


Kevin Zimmer
 

I spent a few hours this morning at Oso Flaco, mostly trying to avoid being blown away by the strong (and cold) winds. No migrants in the willows, but there were at least 8 Black Swifts (photographed) and 1 White-throated Swift feeding over the willows and the lake. They were mixed in with a large aggregation of swallows (mostly Cliff & Barn, with 1 Tree and a few Violet-greens), and were present throughout our stay at the lake.

There were 2 Least Terns hanging out on the boardwalk railing (one bird was banded), 1 adult Common Gallinule (photographed) working the shore at the northwest end of the lake, and 1 Bank Swallow foraging low over the lake.

Oceano Campground was devoid of migrants, but flowering Eucalyptus were attracting lots of hummers and a family group of Hooded Orioles (+1 Western Tanager as the sole migrant). The Snow Goose was still in the campground.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

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