Re: phalarope, Morro Strand; Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Embarcadero

Tom Edell

Following up on Marlin’s post, this morning I had an adult female Red-necked Phalarope on the beach just up beach from the Cayucos Creek mouth and two more females scoped at mid-Whale Rock Reservoir from the Old Creek arm overlook on Old Creek Road. Most likely a few were blown to shore during last night’s storm. None reported off the coast yet.


Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Subject: [slocobirding] phalarope, Morro Strand; Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Embarcadero


This morning I walked part of Morro Strand. High points were a Red-necked Phalarope in Alva Paul Creek, 13 Royal Terns, 1 Dunlin with black belly and 5 Black Turnstones (near North Point rocks) on the beach.


A friend photographed a subadult Yellow-crowned Night-heron near the South T-pier on 4 April. Photo shows developed head pattern but still immature body plumage.  This is probably the same bird seen during the bird festival and only a few other times since then.


FYI, this morning I was going to drive to Morro Creek along Atascadero Rd. (Highway 41), but it is blocked off just past the high school.  I walked instead. Some of the Cinnamon Teals remain, but no unusual birds.


Marlin Harms

Morro Bay, CA


Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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