Morro Bay on the Central California Coast is a popular place to vacation for humans, birds and humans looking for birds. With a nice State Park Campground with hook-ups it was perfect for us.
The area has a variety of habitats which means there is a variety of bird life.
In the grasslands of the estuary we saw Brants, American Wigeons and Great Blue Herons.
In the bay were Buffleheads, Loons, Greater Scaup, Ruddy Ducks, Pelicans, and a variety of grebes.
I find it hard to ID the grebes in there winter plumage, my guess would be an Eared Grebe. I also saw pied-billed grebes.
I love the way their little tails stick up.
|American White Pelican|
I'm sure there were many species out in the bay that escaped my view.
Other birds were spotted above the water like this Brown Pelican.
A squadron of Cormorants skimmed the water.
|female Belted Kingfisher|
Hubby spotted this Kingfisher watching for a meal from the mast of a sailboat. Thanks Jules, my best kingfisher image yet.
|Long Billed Curlew|
Shorebirds hunted in the mudflats at low tide. In addition to the Curlew I saw Egrets, Marbled Godwits and Willets.
I was told that there were some redknots among the other peeps out at the water's edge. They were too far to get a good shot.
Of course, there were passerines as well. I heard but did not see a Great Horned Owl.
We saw a lot in our three days but there is a lot more to see, we need to go back.
See more of what our wonderful world has to offer at Our World, Tuesday, hosted by Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sandy and Sylvia.
To see more birds from around the world, go to Wild Bird Wednesday, hosted by Stewart