Nelson's Sparrow, large-billed Savanna Sparrow, Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk, 10/22


Tom Edell
 

This morning Will Knowlton spotted a Nelson’s Sparrow that appears to be leucistic along the boardwalk near its junction with the trail across the east end of the boat basin. The bird moved east and soon was in the vegetation where the species typically is found in winter where the trail bends right as you walk it from the east end. It was last seen flying into the estuary. This bird appeared at high tide which today was about a 5.4 foot tide. This was an unusually pale individual that lacked any dark or gray plumage. In flight it looked like a small pale brown bird. Photos on eBird checklist.

 

Another bird of interest seen from the boardwalk this morning was the first large-billed Savannah Sparrow this season. It was also seen where the boardwalk bends to the right.

 

Five Brant together on the bay are the first to arrive this fall. The adult and immature Snow Geese continued across the estuary near South Bay Blvd and nearby there were an adult and sub-adult Bald Eagle perched together on driftwood. Three Red Knots and two Ruddy Turnstones were mixed in with Black-bellied Plovers.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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