Central Coast birding 3-25-2023

Steve Schubert

Hello all,
This morning during the guided Coreopsis Hill, Guadalupe Dunes field trip conducted by the California Native Plant Society -SLO chapter, an OSPREY flew directly overhead perhaps in migration due north, flying over the dunes more than 1/2 mile inland from the coast. A vocalizing COMMON RAVEN was also soaring in proximity with a turkey vulture over the dunes, in the same general area.
Taking the scenic drive home along See Canyon and Prefumo Canyon roads I encountered 3 LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS flying to perches among eucalyptus and coast live-oak trees, occasionally sallying out between the trees likely insect hawking. A large flock of estimated 50+ BAND-TAILED PIGEONS and other small scattered bands of pigeons were constantly flying by and landing among the oaks on the grassy slopes above creek drainage. These woodpecker and pigeon observations were made while driving (very slowly!) northbound and .2 miles south of where the unpaved Prefumo Canyon road turns to pavement.
Steve Schubert
Los Osos