Sunday, December 20, 2015

2015 Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count Highlights

The Morro Bay CBC was held yesterday. Rainy weather finally gave way to mostly clear skies in the early afternoon, though mostly cloudy skies were back by late afternoon.

Thanks to approximately 112 dedicated counters, we were able to overcome the poor conditions and tally 190 species.

Count highlights were: Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Elegant Tern, Spotted Owl, Long-eared Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Short-eared Owl, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Hooded Oriole, and Bullock’s Oriole.

Big thanks to Maggie Smith, Bert and Elaine Townsend, Kaaren Perry, Bill Bouton, Eric Wier, and Mike Stiles for helping organize the count. And, thanks to Paul Andreano for making it so easy to use the web site to sign-up and download count information.

Tom Edell
Count Compiler
Cayucos, CA