Sector 31

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.

Pecho Coast

Walk the three-mile trail from Coon Creek south. Census the willow riparian along Coon Creek from road to ocean looking for mixed flocks and unusual species. Check the fields for raptors, Burrowing Owl, Greater Roadrunner, and unusual sparrows. Check the pond at the southern end for rails, snipe, and sparrows.

Check coastline for rocky shorebirds such as Spotted Sandpiper, Wandering Tattler, Surfbird, and Ruddy and Black turnstone. Be on the lookout for Rock Sandpiper. Scope offshore for shearwaters, gulls, terns, jaegers, and alcids.

Crowbar Canyon (requires PG&E permission) - watch for Greater Roadrunner. Check willows and oak woodland in upper drainage for warblers.

Ridge Road (requires PG&E permission) - Drive road watching for areas and birds of interest.

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