Sector 23

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.

Los Osos Valley Road - Northeast / O'Conner Way

Los Osos Valley Road - Drive the road stopping frequently (be very careful of traffic) to check willows (scope?) for birds. Explore any access toward center of sector. Watch for Tricolored and Yellow-headed blackbirds in mixed blackbird flocks. Watch for Cattle Egret, Burrowing Owl and raptors, especially White-tailed Kite, and Ferruginous and Rough-legged hawk. Check fields for Horned Lark and American Pipit.

O'Conner Way - Drive the road looking for species mentioned above.

Foothill Blvd - Same as above plus check wet areas for waterfowl and Wilson's Snipe. There is walking access to Bishop Peak where Canyon Wren is possible.

Turri Road - Same as above.

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