Re: Oceano OSVRA peitition? & birds
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Not sure who is circulating the petition, but you might try Oceano Beach Community Association:
Anyone interested in protecting Oceano Dunes and Oso Flaco, and snowy plovers and least terns from off-road vehicles should sign up with the Dunes Alliance and/or People for the Dunes. These are the coalition of groups working to protect Oceano and Oso Flaco from State park’s destructive off-roading plans:
You will get email and action alerts when State Parks releases their damaging public works plan for Oso Flaco (expected out this month), which would route off-road traffic through Oso Flaco, destroy the best birding spot in SLO County, expand off-roading into endangered shorebird habitat, and build a campground, race track, and other infrastructure. And their “Habitat Conservation Plan” which will actually expand off-roading and make conditions worse for protected bird species.
There is also a Protect Oso Flaco Lake list serve, ProtectOsoFlacoLake@groups.io
To keep this post about bird sightings, birded Arroyo Grande Creek mouth this morning – shearwaters were close enough to shore to identify them as Sooty Shearwaters. At the Oceano Campground I had a Black-andWhite warbler and 2 American redstarts.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Rubba Johanna via groups.io
I did see some birds on my trip. Upon entering the dunes by the houses on Strand Way, I saw (and heard!) a flock of 50-60 terns sitting tightly together in the little waves. I have some trouble with tern ID. These looked like Elegant Terns--white forehead with black funky crest; not-very-long, thin, red-orange bill. In flight were pure white above, black at wingtips from below. I couldn't distinguish leg color. Lots of krrrack-krrrack going on.
Farther along towards post 5 was a flock of around 100 peeps, hanging out on the dry sand. I didn't get too close for fear of flushing them. If I'm bad with terns, I'm awful with peeps. Probably a mix of Westerns and Sanderlings. Which peep is light grey on its back? There was a good number of those.
I forayed out in hopes of seeing the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, but it did not grace me with its presence.