No fishing…

The many hours I spent at Morro Rock watching, needless to say, I meet a whole lot of people, some very interesting, some memorable, a very few not so. Most smile or nod, those that are curious will ask a question or two, if they do give a second look they soon gravitate towards the spotting scopes. Upon seeing the donation jar with money in it, some thinking it might cost money to look at the birds through the scope will be deterred. Most never read the large print on the poster board which reads, “Viewing of falcons is free.”

Then you get the person or persons who are really excited about seeing the falcons and what I have to tell them. Such is the case of two young CalPoly students who are “bird nuts” to the nth degree. They have an ornithology class that takes many field trips up and down the Central Coast. However, the teacher thinks raptors are boring, but to these two, it is their passion. They are into all types of wildlife and one of them is a licensed falconer. We hit it off from the get-go. I gave them some tips on where to see young red-tails that were about to fledge. They came back with photos of the hawks plus two oriole nests in the palm tree which I was previously standing under and didn’t see.

A few days later, we met at the Shell Beach eyrie to view two young falcons about to fledge. They had noticed a bird hanging by fishing line down the cliff face. All of the regulars, who go to photograph the falcons, have seen this hanging bird for some time and decided it was a crow. The two students, I didn’t mention they were girls, were going to climb down the face because they thought it was a falcon. I tried to deter them, it being very dangerous. A few days later they sent me this photo. They had gotten down closer to it to photograph it. As you can see, the plumage of a juvenile falcon with horizontal barring on chest and the tell-tale yellow band at the terminus of the tail is present. I forgot how brave and adventuresome youth can be.

Thank you Lindsey and Kat. Because of you, we, the Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch, will petition the City of Pismo Beach to have “No Fishing “ signs displayed on the cliffside at Shell Beach.

UPDATE: There are now new green “NO FISHING” signs present at the cliffside. Now the next thing to do is to have the California Department of Fish and Wildlife remove the monofilament from the cliffside. Contacts are being made as we write this. Bob & Heather

Peregrine juvenile tangled and dead in fishing line

Peregrine juvenile tangled and dead in fishing line                          Photo by Katherine Mokry

Happy trails, Bob

Item:
The news from the north side of Morro Rock…Cleve Nash saw at least two young falcons at 7AM yesterday morning. Story to follow soon.

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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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4 Responses to No fishing…

  1. Keith L Newton says:

    Bob, you have a wonderful, wicked sense of humor and your dedication and passion for the birds is awesome. If we were there we would sign the petition in a heart beat. Karen and Keith Newton

    • Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch says:

      We went to the Pismo Beach City Hall and found out that we needed to go another direction to handle the cliff with dangling monofilament dangers. We truly appreciate your enthusiasm. Thank you!
      Here is what we found out.
      UPDATE: There are now new green “NO FISHING” signs present at the cliffside. Now the next thing to do is to have the California Department of Fish and Wildlife remove the monofilament from the cliffside. Contacts are being made as we write this. Bob & Heather

  2. Janine Fallon says:

    HeyBobAReeBob: as u know I pick up trash at the rock and at beaches–especially monofilliment, such as that shown on the Falcon youngster. I have many small tangled masses–got 10 or more in N. Cayucos just yesterday. I would be glad to adorn a picture frame of any size with these clusters and give to Katherine, who took the photo, if she’d be willing to donate her photo to you, for a “show and tell” at the Pismo City Council (or wherever). She can call me directly at 805-440-1562 thanks, Janine

    • Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch says:

      Hi Janine, We have put you and Kat in touch with each other via personal emails. Thanks for your enthusiasm and creativity. Let’s see what you two can do. ~Heather

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