Sector 43

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.

Estuary - Chorro Creek to Los Osos Creek

Check the willows along the Chorro Creek drainage.

Check estuary from South Bay Blvd. Park in the Quarry Trail parking area and walk south up onto a bench to scope the bay - especially good for ducks at high tide. Also, parking at the intersection of Turri Road and South Bay Blvd, walking across South Bay Blvd, and scoping from the bluff above the bay can also be very productive at high tide.

Walk as much of the salicornia marsh as possible (boots). Listen for Short-billed Dowitcher (mellow 'tu-tu-tu' call, not the harsh 'keek' of Long-billed). Check sparrows for Nelson's and Swamp. Watch for Bald Eagle and Osprey.

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