Sector 7

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.

Stenner Creek / Cal Poly Fields And Ponds

Stenner Creek Road - Check fields for sparrows. Watch and listen for turkeys and Cassin's Kingbirds in the vineyards and in eucalyptus at Cheda Reservoir. Check pond north of road and west of railroad tracks for American Bittern, Green Heron, rails, and Hooded Merganser. From Railroad trestle to end of road (public access) is good for Common Poorwill at dusk (playing calls is helpful).

Check along Stenner Creek as it parallels Hwy 1 for Chipping Sparrow and other sparrows. Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser have been found at Cheda Reservoir (by eucalyptus grove north of Stenner Creek Road).

Cal Poly ponds - Check all ponds (there are ten) for waterfowl, American Bittern, Green Heron, Sora, Virginia Rail, and Common Moorhen. Look through blackbird flocks for Tricolored and Yellow-headed blackbird, especially at dairy facilities.

Poly Canyon - Watch for Band-tailed Pigeon.

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