Migration time along the Central Coast of California is underway with a few unusual sightings. First, it was the blue footed booby who stayed for a week or two. Last week, it was the black vulture that spent a couple days here. He was first seen at Morro Rock then later roosting in the heron rookery near the golf course.
Trying to observe the falcons at Morro Rock has been extremely difficult due to high off shore winds. They are not conducive to expensive spotting scopes and other gear so Heather and I took a ride to the High Mountain Condor Lookout for their Annual Open House gathering which is located outside of Pozo, California.
Forty five minutes on dirt roads that had not been maintained since last year, we arrived at the top of High Mountain. There was a spectacular 360° view of the Pacific Coast and Pacific Ocean to the west and the Coastal Ranges to the east.
As the crow flies, we are only a mile from Huff’s Hole, a very famous falcon eyrie that has been inhabited for many years by peregrines, but the last few years by Prairie Falcons.
Our host, Steve Schubert, greeted us and gave us a tour. There were many ongoing activities that day including bird walks, native plant identification and condor tracking demonstrations. No condor sightings were made that day, however a juvenile peregrine was observed by a young birdette that morning.
The vistas were so amazing, I could do little birding. Sitting next to the ocean every day you forget what it is like to sit on top of the world.
Happy trails, Bob
Fun was had by all. Congratulations, Steve!