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Morro Bay Overnighter
May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Our May, 2019 Field Trip is a weekender to Morro Bay. The dates are Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. We will meet at the parking lot of the Twins Bay Inn (formerly Best Western El Rancho) at 2460 Main Street, Morro Bay 93442. (844-365-0122) We will leave the parking lot at 7:00 a.m.
This trip will include a bit of every kind of habitat. Of course, we will stop at Morro Rock and hopefully find nesting Peregrine Falcons along with (hopefully) White Throated Swifts and Canyon Wren. We will work our way to the marsh near Morro Bay State Park and also hit the marsh at Sweet Springs. Willets, Curlews, Godwits, Sandpipers and Dowitchers are on the menu. The Elfin Forest is always good for chaparral birds. Montana de Oro State Park is generally reliable for Pigeon Guillemots this time of year. Watching them dive off the cliffs, into the crashing sea, flashing their bright red feet is worth the trip.
Saturday, after birding, we will re-hydrate at our traditional “Wine and Cheese Party” in my room at the “Best Western El Rancho”.
Sunday, the plan is to head back, taking the “scenic route” via Highway 58 and the Carrizo Plain. The Western end of Highway 58, east of Santa Margarita, is good for Yellow-Billed Magpies. We will stop at a couple of spots along Highway 58, then head down Soda Lake Road, hoping for Golden Eagle, Merlin, Pronghorn, Tule Elk and other such birds that we typically think about along the Soda Lake Road.
Some of this plan may change after I make my scouting run, so watch the website for updates. Please let me know if you are going so I can let you know of any last minute adjustments. Bring your usual birding stuff, lunches for Saturday and Sunday, survival junk food and your contribution to the Saturday Wine and Cheese Party. The weather should be pretty mild. You probably will not need anything heavier than a sweater. Scopes and radios will be very handy. The only dirt road will be the last half of the Soda Lake Road. Ordinarily, normal passenger cars are fine there. If that changes, I will let you know.
Please let me know if you plan on coming. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone my office (562 945 2838).
See you there!