Aquatic bonanza…

Observation date: 1, 2, 3 August 2014

Here in Morro Bay the falcons are playing second fiddle to the aquatic bonanza that has been gathering everyone’s attention for the last few days. Humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, like a frothing cauldron, half a mile long, about a mile or more off shore. With the naked eye the humpbacks may be seen blowing and breaching. Killer whales, in a pack, chasing whatever. For a great view, 20 power binoculars or a scope was the ticket.

Humpback breached and splashed back down

Humpback breached and splashed back down                                 Photo by Mike Baird

As for the falcons, we haven’t seen the young south side chick for five days. The two north side young that spent so much time on the south side have not been seen around the rock for two weeks. However, we have had reports from birders of juvenile sightings around the bay and sand spit.

Pacific Ocean, Morro Bay, CA,

Looking out over the Pacific from our ocean room                                  Photo by Bob Isenberg

Heather and I had a juvie chasing pigeons out our bay window. Both the adult birds are around the rock most of the day, not always in view, but there. Within a few weeks they will be completely gone. Who knows, maybe one will show up in your neck of the woods.

Happy trails, Bob

Because of the hours that Bob spends at the rock, the juveniles may return when he is not there, maybe early morn or late evening.


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