Sector 1

Christmas Bird Count Sector Map The following is a listing of key locations within this sector that may be the most productive based on past experience. Also noted are species that are hard to find within the count circle and are possible within the habitat of this sector. Please don't limit census to just the areas mentioned, but consider them the most important. Cover as much of the sector as your time and energy allows. Remember, if your party splits or moves to another sector, please begin a new field card. Any constructive comments about this sector would be appreciated (e.g., too big or small, access problem, additional key locations). Please note actual areas covered. Also note contacts for entrance onto private property.

Highway 41 / Little Morro Creek Road

Highway 41 - Check willows along Morro Creek. Especially check eucalyptus grove and willows behind Grange Hall. Look for flycatchers, warblers, orioles, and Selasphorus (Allen's) hummingbirds. Check Miner's Hardware garden center.

Walk Morro Creek upstream of Main Street (access at the Main Street bridge) and check feeders at mobile homes along the creek. Nashville, Lucy's, Palm, and Wilson's warblers plus a Willow Flycatcher have all been found along the creek during the count.

Little Morro Creek Road - Check eucalyptus grove and residences at sharp right turn (1/4 mile from Ratcliff Ave.) for orioles, warblers, and Selasphorus hummingbirds. Check open hillsides for Burrowing Owl and Roadrunner. Check raptors for Ferruginous Hawk and Prairie Falcon. Watch for Mountain Bluebird in open fields. Check sparrow flocks for unusual species.

If time permits, check the neighborhoods north of Hwy 41 for Great-tailed Grackle and houses with feeders.

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