A first for me…

Holes to perch in and molt  Photo by Bob Isenberg

The many holes to perch in and molt                                   Photo by Bob Isenberg

It’s hard to get used to a spring and summer without young ones around on the south side of Morro Rock. In all the years that I have observed them, this was a first for me.

Inactivity at the rock is abundant with both birds molting for the last few weeks. They rarely fly, but perch for hours at a time, flying only to move to another spot and sit some more.

Humpback whale tail from SubSeas Tours

Humpback whale tail                                             Photo from SubSeas Tours

The waters around the rock are a hotbed of activity. Humpback whales and dolphins have been giving photographers and watchers something to squeal about. The “Dos Osos” skipper, Kevin Winfield, says that two miles straight out of the harbor is where the show starts. With all the activity he has added more trips. For information, call SubSea Tours at (805) 772-WIND (805-772-946). His website is www.subseatours.com

Breaching whale  Photo from Sub Seas Tours

Breaching Humpback whale                                     Photo from Sub Seas Tours

A few other notes:

  • The Crested Caracara is still in the area of Highway 1 near Hollister Peak.
  • The north side juvenile peregrines have not been run off yet.
  • And… We at Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch have received permanent status as a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization!  We are thrilled.
  • Now you can all go to page “9. Donate” knowing that you can write your donation off on your taxes.

Happy trails, Bob


About Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch

The Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is here to inform birders, students and all people who are eager to know about these handsome peregrines. We want you to enjoy and be able to use our on-site powerful spotting scopes. We are available to answer your questions about the pair of falcons that have been observed for many years.
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6 Responses to A first for me…

  1. Keith Newton says:

    Oh you guys. Gorgeous, spiritual and much appreciated.
    Your friends in Oregon, Keith and Karen

  2. Sharon says:

    Great news about the 503 status! All great news…but this one makes it even easier to contribute!

    • Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch says:

      Yes, we are so pleased to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. You should see a new post soon. ~Heather

  3. Sharon says:

    Sorry, I mean “501” status

  4. keith says:


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