Sector 42

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.

Morro Bay State Park

Walk as much of the park as possible. Check the campground, the maintenance and nursery area, and the pines around the amphitheater.

Check along the "corner" of the Marina boardwalk for sparrows. This is where Nelson's Sparrow and "large-billed" Savannah Sparrow have been recorded at high tide. Watch for Semipalmated Plover and look and listen for Short-billed Dowitcher (mellow 'tu-tu-tu' call, not the harsh 'keek' of Long-billed). Watch for Merlin and Osprey.

Walk perimeter of golf course and check pines, flowering eucalyptus, and bottlebrush. Check clumps of mixed trees across fairway from campground.

Check Black Hill for mixed flocks and watch for unusual warblers or nuthatches, and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Check ornamental plantings around Inn at Morro Bay. Look for loons and waterfowl, especially Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaup, which seem to prefer Windy Cove and below the Bayshore Condos. Watch for Bald Eagle.

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