Sector 50

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 Rock / Morro Creek

Morro Rock - Check the harbor mouth. Watch and listen for Canyon Wren (a must, typically on south side) and Peregrine Falcon on Morro Rock or overhead. Scope offshore for shearwaters, alcids, and jaegers. Check the harbor mouth for Black and White-winged scoter, and Long-tailed Duck. Carefully check the loons for Artic and Yellow-billed.

Morro Creek mouth and beach - Check the creek mouth and willows if possible; watch for Swamp Sparrow. Walk the beach to north of high school looking for Snowy and Semipalmated plovers in particular. Offshore scan (scope?) through scoter flocks for Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, and Black and White-winged scoter. Watch for shearwaters, alcids, and Royal Tern. Watch and listen for Great-tailed Grackle.

Lila Kiser Park - Check sparrow flocks and willows for warblers such as Nashville and Wilson's. Watch and listen for Great-tailed Grackle.

Morro Bay High School - Walk campus checking lawns and trees for sparrows, warblers, and flycatchers. Watch and listen for Great-tailed Grackle.

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